Three people plan to challenge the three Plain Township trustees Nov. 3.

Three people plan to challenge the three Plain Township trustees Nov. 3.

Sharon Cason-Adams will challenge incumbents Bud Zappitelli and trustees chairman Dave Ferguson for the two four-year terms up for election.

Valerie Griffith and David Olmstead will run against Don Shoemaker for the two-year, unexpired term left by former trustee Don Cameron, who passed away Jan. 2008.

Dave Ferguson was appointed to the board shortly after Cameron's death.

Cason-Adams, 44, said her goal would be to have all of the community stakeholders work together.

"It would be my goal to promote cooperation between the township, village and school district and make sure we are working together so that we don't over-tax our resources," she said. "We need to grow in smart ways so we get tax money in for commercial growth."

Cason-Adams also said she would work to protect property owners' rights, irrespective of how much land a person owns.

The married mother of two said she owns a home in the township and a law practice in the village.

Ferguson, 47, said he has had a wonderful experience as a Plain Township trustee for the past two years.

"It's been a pleasure trying to achieve a balance of growth as well as trying to preserve our natural character in the township," the 12-year resident said.

Ferguson, a director of transmission, financial services and planning for American Electric Power, is married with four children. He said he would work to improve the Maplewood Cemetery's policies and infrastructure and continue to maintain a well-managed budget.

Griffith, 49, said she is running because she wants to continue to plan for the future of the township through planned development and good communication.

"Sometimes there is Plain Township versus the village," she said. "All of our interests are probably, at the root, very similar. I like to think I straddle both. I have a foot in both worlds."

Griffith, a married mother of three, works with the Columbus City Schools as a GED teacher. She said she also serves on the board of the nonprofit organization, Center for Vocation Alternatives.

Olmstead, 51, said he is running because opportunities are being missed to reduce the tax burden on residents.

"I think the biggest issue continues to be effectively managing growth and reducing its impact on the New Albany-Plain Local Schools and the area of infrastructure," he said. "Increased business development has helped to fund the schools as well as build new roads and make other improvements without increasing the tax burden on residents."

Olmstead, a financial accounting manager, served on village council from 2004 to 2007, village planning commission for the past two years and the Rocky Fork-Blacklick Accord implementation panel for three years.

Shoemaker, 65, has served as a Plain Township trustee for 16 years.

"There are still some things that need to be done," he said. "We've still got school issues to deal with; I would like to deal with that."

Shoemaker, a married father of three adult daughters, said he thinks some of his largest accomplishments have been in getting the fire station and new aquatics center constructed and solidifying a partnership with the Metro Parks.

He said he hopes to improve the cemetery and make sure the township handles taxpayers' money efficiently.

Zappitelli, 45, was first elected four years ago and said he wants to continue the work he has started as a trustee.

"I think we have done an excellent job as the board of trustees, doing all the right things on behalf of the community," he said. "We need to continue with the fiscal responsibility. I feel like I've done a very good job there."

He said the biggest issue moving forward is to maintain the township's fiscal responsibility and take the burden off the taxpayers.

Zappitelli, married with three school-age children, is a financial consultant.

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