Incumbents re-elected as Madison Twp. trustees


Madison Township residents returned two incumbents to the township board of trustees by wide margins in the Nov. 5 election.

Current trustees Edward Dildine and Victor Paini will retain their seats after defeating newcomer Maria Stewart, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Stewart received 1,001 votes, or 22.63 percent, in her unsuccessful bid for office.

Dildine served the township as a firefighter before retiring from that job and being elected to the board of trustees four years ago. He was re-elected to a second term with 1,729 votes, or 39.09 percent, according to the elections board.

“My goals for the next four years are straightforward and attainable: better water quality and lower rates for residents of Blacklick Estates, maintain high quality of life for all residents and a high degree of public safety within budgetary limits,” Dildine said.

Paini said he also looks forward to his next term on the board. He said he wants to increase township services while specifically focusing on economic development. He received of 1,693 votes, or  38.28 percent in his successful bid for re-election.

“My first priority is economic development. Bringing new companies to Madison Township would also expand the tax base, helping to reduce the tax burden across the board,” Paini said.