With all precincts reporting, Mifflin Township incumbent Joe Spanovich lost his bid for re-election, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.
Lynn Stewart was the top vote-getter in the race with 4,129 votes, followed by Kevin Cavener with 2,882 votes and Spanovich with 2,767 votes, or 42, 29 and 28 percent respectively. Two seats were up for grabs in the election.
Stewart, 65, is a retired sales executive.
“I have a proven track record of providing best-in-class emergency, police and cemetery/road services to Gahanna and Mifflin Township, and believe strongly in investing in our community EMS program, expanding the role of our fire personnel in proactive health and safety prevention programs, such as our community CPR program,” she said. “While I believe I am open to new ideas and challenging the status quo, I am also experienced in leveraging creative ways to finance projects, including state, local and federal grants, nonprofit partnerships, cost sharing and collaboration, in addition to prudent planning with our tax dollars.”
Cavener, 59, is a firefighter and first responder.
He said he wants to proactively improve communication between the township and the residents.
Mifflin police levy rejected
Also in Mifflin Township, voters said no to a 3-mill replacement and 3-mill increase for police protection with 120 votes or 58 percent cast gainst the levy and 87 or 42 percent voting in favor
Jefferson Township voters keep incumbent trustees
In Jefferson Township, two incumbents will return to the board of trustees.
Claire Yoder was the top vote-getter with 1,410 votes, followed by Rich Courter with 1,226 votes, or 51 and 45 percent respectively.
Write-in candidate Jennifer Staten received 107 votes, or 4 percent.
Jefferson fire levy approved
Voters in the township said "yes" to renewing an existing 2-mill, five-year fire levy with 1,955 or 77 percent voting in favor of the tax and 592 or 23 percent voting against it.
Fire Chief Brad Shull said the renewal wouldn’t cost residents any more than they’re paying now. Residents currently pay $61.25 per $100,000 of appraised property value, he said.
The renewal will generate $982,000 annually to maintain fire protection and emergency medical services, including fire suppression and prevention, lifesaving emergency medical care, car seat inspections and specialized public education.