Township races

Jefferson elects two newbies; Mifflin returns incumbents


No surprises came from Tuesday’s election for Jefferson and Mifflin townships.

Both townships had an equal number of candidates per available seats on their board of trustees.

On the Jefferson Township board of trustees, newcomers Claire Yoder and Rich Courter were elected with 781 and 683 votes, respectively, with 21 of 22 precincts reporting, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Seats of Jefferson trustees Mat Flanagan and Donna Finn expire at the end of the year. Finn, who ran for her first four-year trustee term in 1997, decided not to seek re-election. Flanagan had planned to run for re-election, but he wasn’t certified as a candidate because of filing errors. He has served on the board of trustees since 1986.

Yoder has served for 12 years as a member of the Gahanna-Jefferson Board of Education, and she decided not to seek re-election there.

She serves on the Jefferson Township Zoning Commission, and she has been the school district’s liaison with the township.

In Mifflin Township, incumbents Joseph Spanovich and Lynn Stewart faced no challengers, and they were re-elected with 3,924 and 3,888 votes, respectively, according to unofficial results from the county elections board Tuesday night.

The seats of both board members expire at the end of the year.

Spanovich began serving as a Mifflin trustee in 1986, and he’s the current chairman.

Stewart is the first elected female trustee in Mifflin Township. She was appointed to fulfill the term of her late husband, Jack Stewart. She was later elected as trustee in 2009.