In Perry Township, two incumbents are facing one challenger for two seats on the Perry Township board of trustees.

Incumbents Andrew English and Jim Roper face challenger Jill Reardon on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Early and absentee voting already has begun.

The three candidates answered ThisWeek's questions about their qualifications and local issues. Their responses have been distilled into the following capsules in alphabetical order, but their complete and unedited responses also are available at ThisWeekNEWS.com/Worthington.

Andrew English

English, 46, is a landscape contractor who has served as a trustee for eight years.

He said taxes are the biggest issue facing the township and that he's advocating for controlling costs and spending.

"It is critically important that our police have the equipment to do their jobs," he said.

"However, operational costs continue to increase in this department; therefore, we need to make sure we are controlling our costs and making good financial decisions without sacrificing safety and service."

English said his priorities are "increasing safety, saving taxpayer money and protecting property values."

Jill Reardon

Reardon, the 40-year-old owner of a health-and-wellness business, said "keeping our property taxes under control" would be her priority as a trustee.

She said she would look into alternative funding for township programs.

"Getting creative with how to supplement our current funding will be critical," she said.

Reardon said she plans to proactively ask for residents' input and said she would "vow to make decisions based on this input."

Jim Roper

Roper, 58, has served as a township trustee since 2002.

"Safety will always be my No. 1 priority," he said, adding that he plans to "make our already outstanding police department even better."

Roper said he believes shared services are important and pointed to collaborations with Worthington and Franklin County as positive deals to save money for the township.

He also said he pledges "not to ask for any new or increased tax levies if re-elected."

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