Prairie Township Trustee Nicole Schlosser announced at the Aug. 26 meeting of the trustees that she has changed her mind and will not run for re-election this fall.

Prairie Township Trustee Nicole Schlosser announced at the Aug. 26 meeting of the trustees that she has changed her mind and will not run for re-election this fall.

In the spring, Schlosser had announced in ThisWeek that she would be seeking re-election.

"With much deliberation and with a heavy heart, I will not be running for reelection," Schlosser said Wednesday. "This is a family decision. My kids are involved in activities that I can't miss."

Deadline for filing petitions with the Franklin County Board of Elections to seek elective office or to place an issue on the Nov. 3 ballot was Aug. 20.

Two seats on the Prairie Township board of trustees are up for grabs this year. Incumbent trustee Steve Kennedy seeks to retain his seat, and resident Andy Andrews has filed to run. Kennedy announced his plans earlier this year.

Township resident Chris Rymer, who serves on the township's zoning board, has said he will be a write-in candidate for this year's election.

"This township is in a different place than it was four years ago," Schlosser said, discussing her departure. "However there is a lot more to do and the board seated now will continue with that vision."

Schlosser thanked fellow trustees Kennedy and Doug Stormont for the years they served together.

"We treated each other with respect," she said. "We agreed in some cases to disagree."

Schlosser also thanked the residents who supported her not only during her campaign for trustee but throughout her tenure on the board.

"I truly appreciate all of the support," she said. "This is a delay in my political career."

Schlosser said she will support Kennedy in his endeavor to get reelected. In the meantime she will finish out her term on the board, which ends in December.

"I will miss these Wednesday nights," she said.

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