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Township fiscal officer

Shoemaker to run against Zappitelli


Plain Township Fiscal officer Bud Zappitelli will be challenged in the Nov. 5 election by former trustee Donald Shoemaker, according to the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Trustees David Ferguson and Tom Rybski will face challenger Brad Hennebert.

Zappitelli resigned as trustee in April 2012 to accept appointment to the fiscal officer's position and will run to complete the term, which expires in 2016.

John Brandt was re-elected fiscal officer in November 2011 but declined to take office in April 2012.

Zappitelli said in the past 14 months, he has made the township fiscal office more efficient by changing the staffing and positions.

"I think we've got it back up to be a very efficient and effective office and we're doing a great job," Zappitelli said.

Shoemaker, who was a trustee for 16 years before losing his bid for re-election in 2009, said he is concerned Zappitelli isn't spending enough time in the office.

Shoemaker is a self-employed electrician.

Ferguson, chairman of the board of trustees, initially was appointed in February 2008 and elected in 2009 to serve a full four-year term.

Rybski was appointed in April 2012 to replace Zappitelli and will run for his first four-year term as trustee.

Hennebert, 40, is the director of accounting and financial reporting for the Franklin County ADAMH.

The deadline for candidates to file petitions for the November ballot was Aug. 7.

The filing deadline for write-in candidates is Aug. 26, according to the Franklin County Board of Elections website.