Keeping Dublin and Washington Township residents safe is important for Denise Franz King.
The three-term Washington Township trustee is seeking another term this November, she said, to keep the fire department up to snuff.
With two Washington Township trustee seats up for grabs in the Nov. 5 election, King will face incumbent Charles Kranstuber and challenger Lloyd Hubler.
"I am running for re-election because I want to help the Washington Township Fire Department maintain its current level of responsiveness to the families and businesses of Dublin. I know from personal experience how very important it is for our firefighters to have the training and equipment necessary to save lives, including their own," King said. "I want to make sure we continue to deliver the prompt, high quality response our residents expect.
"Secondly, the township has many partnerships with the city of Dublin that reduce the size and cost of government. I want to add to these partnerships by negotiating the transfer on one of the township parks to the city while preserving its current services to senior citizens, the scouts and other user groups," she said.
King has lived Washington Township and Dublin since 1983 and served two at-large terms on Dublin City Council.
The executive director of farmland preservation at the Ohio Department of Agriculture has two grown sons, one residing in Columbus and another in Washington, D.C.
As King faces the end of her third term, accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International stands out as a major accomplishment.
"I am proud that the Washington Township Fire Department is nationally accredited," she said. "It is one of only a few accredited departments in Ohio. This reflects on the professionalism of our staff and their ability to deliver a very high level of medical and fire suppression services when needed. Secondly, I led the effort to eliminate double taxation for emergency services in the Hayden Run corridor. The affected residents now save an average of about $600 a year in taxes," she said.
If elected to another term as a trustee, King said she would want to maintain fire services and create more partnerships with Dublin to save money.
"Having administered programs in private business and in government, I know how to resolve problems constructively," she said. "Having been active in many Dublin organizations and schools, I receive a lot of input and use it to shape township budgets and priorities."
More information on King can be found online at re-electkingtrustee.com.