Worthington News

Sharon Township trustees race

Three of five candidates are write-ins


Voting for a Sharon Township trustee might mean more than touching the screen this year.

Three of the five candidates are write-ins, meaning some voters will enter the voting booth ready to spell the name of their favorite person for the position.

Two trustees are to be elected.

Though most of the business of the trustees covers the unincorporated portions of Sharon Township, the city of Worthington is officially part of the township, so all city voters may cast their votes for township trustees.

The two names on the ballot will be John Oberle, the only incumbent, and Phillip Smith, a challenger.

Write-ins are Craig Mayton, John Haueisen and Slade Hankinson.

Oberle has been a trustee for eight years and currently is chairman. He is running on a platform of 20 years of experience in government. He is an attorney and lives in Riverlea.

Smith lives on Rosslyn Avenue. At a recent candidates night, he emphasized that he has been helping his neighbors for 20 years.

Mayton lives on Worthington-Galena Road and has lived in the township 35 years. He is an attorney and once served as chief legal counsel to the state auditor's office, reviewing township audits.

Haueisen was born and raised in Sharon Township and has lived in the Worthington area all of his adult life. He lives on Fox Lane.

He is known for the three books of local history he has authored and his work with the Worthington Historical Society and the Walnut Grove Cemetery advisory committee. He is a retired librarian.

Hankinson lives on Rosslyn Avenue. He lists his occupation as sales and service independent contractor.