Washington Township trustee race
Hubler views business experience as asset
Lloyd Hubler is making his first run for public office, but he knows the ropes of the election process.
Hubler has helped his wife, Julie, run for several seats. He is seeking political office on his own for the first time with hopes of winning a seat as a Washington Township trustee.
"People know me as Julie Hubler's husband because I have helped her with so many campaigns," he said.
The 15-year Brand Road resident will challenge incumbents Denise Franz King and Charles Kranstuber for one of two seats on the Washington Township Trustee board on Nov. 5.
Hubler said he was inspired to run after attending many Dublin Planning and Zoning Commission and Dublin City Council meetings to learn about a nearby development.
"I felt like I could get involved and make a difference," he said. "I wanted to give voters a choice from the status quo."
Hubler is a workers compensation lawyer at a practice in northwest Columbus he owns with his wife. Based on years of running his own small business, Hubler said he would take a financially conservative stance if elected.
"I'm a lawyer. I've been self-employed for a number of years," he said. "I know how important the bottom line is. I would limit spending to what's necessary."
One of Washington Township's primary responsibilities is providing fire and EMS services.
"My goal would be to deliver quality services to the residents in the most cost-effective manner," he said, adding he would work to keep taxes low for young families, seniors and others. "We want to spend their tax dollars wisely, but it's important to have good safety."
If elected, Hubler said he'd like to see the township continue to work with Dublin to save money and share services.
"Being financially conservative would be my approach to all township matters," he said.
Although this is the 57-year-old's first foray into politics, Hubler said he thinks he has the knowledge to be a trustee.
"I think my personal experience as a business owner would give me background," he said. "I don't have government experience, but the same things are important in the private sector as the public."
Both private and public sectors focus on providing good services to their customers and watching the bottom line, Hubler said.
"I want to make sure we provide essential services and keep government small," Hubler said. "I will learn if I'm elected to apply those same principles to government."