Ferguson, Rybski, Zappitelli retain Plain Township posts

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Plain Township voters favored current officeholders Nov. 5.

Trustees Dave Ferguson and Tom Rybski and fiscal officer Bud Zappitelli retained their posts, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

The results, which included absentee ballots, were calculated with all precincts reporting.

Ferguson was the top vote-getter for trustee with 883 votes, or 40 percent of the votes cast.

Ferguson has served six years on the board of trustees; he was appointed in 2008 and elected to a four-year term in 2009.

Ferguson currently is chairman of the board of trustees.

Rybski received 767 votes, or 34.7 percent of the votes cast.

Rybski was appointed in 2012 to replace Zappitelli, who resigned to accept an appointment to fiscal officer.

The third trustee candidate, Brad Hennebert, was running in his first campaign. He received 559 votes, or 25.3 percent of the votes cast.

Meanwhile, Zappitelli will retain the fiscal officer’s position as he received 893 votes, or 65.5 percent of the votes cast.

Zappitelli was appointed to the officer last year after John Brandt, who was re-elected in 2011, declined to take office.

He was challenged by former trustee Don Shoemaker, who received 471 votes, or 34.5 percent of the votes cast.

The township fiscal officer serves a four-year elected term, but in this case the winner of the Nov. 5 election must return to the ballot in 2015.

The original term Brandt won expires in 2016; in order to complete the term, Zappitelli was required by the Ohio Revised Code to run for the position in the next election that included a race for township offices.

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