Olentangy Valley News

Race shaping up for Orange Township board seats

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Two incumbent Orange Township trustees could face at least two challengers in the Nov. 5 general election.

Debbie Taranto and Rob Quigley both said they are gathering signatures of registered voters on petitions to run in the fall election. The deadline to file with the Delaware County Board of Elections is 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, for the two seats up for election.

Bob Ruhlman, who lost in a bid for trustee in the November 2011 election, also is gathering signatures. Angela F. Wilkerson has filed to run in November as well.

Quigley, who is chairman of the board of trustees, won a four-year term in November 2009 and has served in a variety of liaison posts, including zoning and public safety.

He said after the board's meeting Monday, July 29, that a strong support group has advocated that he seek re-election.

"I believe we still have a lot of things to be done for the growth of the township," he said

Taranto was elected in November 2011. She defeated Chris Masciola, who was appointed as a trustee, and several others seeking to serve out the remaining two years of the post. John Cassady was elected to that four-year seat, but he resigned in 2010.

Taranto will seek a four-year term in the fall. She has served as liaison for the parks and maintenance departments.

"It's a great job," she said July 29. "There's a learning curve ... and I'm looking forward to continuing on."

Ruhlman, a businessman with a financial background, has been a watchdog over township finances and other issues.

"In general, I think there is a real opportunity here to lower taxes," Ruhlman said. "We need to stop what's going on asking for money all the time (from taxpayers)."

Wilkerson could not be reached for comment.

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