Two incumbents and a newcomer will vie for two seats on the Norwich Township board of trustees in the November election.

Two incumbents and a newcomer will vie for two seats on the Norwich Township board of trustees in the November election.

Incumbent board president Chuck Buck has filed as a candidate with the Franklin County Board of Elections to seek a third term as a trustee. Fellow trustee Larry Earman has also filed to seek his second term, along with newcomer Fred Berkemer.

Buck, 57, was appointed as a trustee in July 2000 and has been elected to two terms since then. Buck co-owns Buck & Sons Landscaping at 7147 Hayden Run Road with his brother, Steve.

A Norwich Township resident for 14 years, Buck served as a member of the Hilliard School Board from 1986 to 1993, acting as president in 1989 and 1993. He was also a member of the Central Ohio Joint Vocational School Board from 1986-1991 and the Washington Township-Dublin Merger Commission 1988-89.

Buck attended Ohio State University in landscape horticulture and Franklin University in business administration before serving in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves from 1972-77, receiving an honorable discharge.

Buck said serving as a trustee has been a great experience and one that he hopes to continue.

"I enjoy serving the community, and hopefully the community thinks that Larry (Earman) and I have done a job deserving of re-election," Buck said. "I think we have a wonderful staff and employees, and I want to continue working toward keeping that strong.

"The good news is we haven't had to ask for additional tax money since we've been trustees," he said.

Earman, 61, has been a Norwich Township resident for 38 years and has operated Earman & Wood, a certified public accountant firm at 3955 Brown Park Drive, for the past nine years.

Earman earned his B.S. in business administration from OSU, and also served on the Hilliard City School Board, from 1985 to 1991, acting as president from 1988-1991.

Earman also said serving the township's residents is a job he hopes to continue.

"First of all, I enjoy the job," he said. "I think that the township as a whole is doing a good job for the citizens and providing their fire and emergency services. I want to make sure that's continued."

Rounding out the list of candidates is Fred Berkemer, 61. Berkemer is a partner in Frederick L. Berkemer Co., L.P.A. in the Riverside Corporate Center, 1335 Dublin Road Suite 215B, Columbus.

Berkemer is a lifetime resident of Columbus and a graduate of OSU and the Capital University Law School. He was admitted to practice law in Ohio in 1977, and is a member of the Ohio Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, and the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Berkemer said being a self-employed business owner for the last 30 years will help him to be sensitive to business-related issues in the township.

"I think I've got a wide range of experience that would be good for the township," he said. "I've lived in the township for 22 years, both my kids graduated from Davidson, and I think the people of the township really need to have a choice.

"We're not out to go negative on any candidates, I just want to put out my qualifications for the people."

Berkemer said he has served on the Ohio State Board of Building Appeals, Franklin County Rural Zoning, Franklin County Mental Health Board and the Franklin County Rural Zoning Board.