One incumbent and three challengers are running for two open positions on the Sharon Township Board of Trustees this year.

One incumbent and three challengers are running for two open positions on the Sharon Township Board of Trustees this year.

John Oberle is seeking election to his second four-year term. Also in the running are John Haueisen, Linda Jarrett, and Ed Johnston.

The township trustees have been in the news in recent months with the purchase of a new police building at 95 E. Wilson Bridge Road; opposition to water rate increases for township residents served by Ohio American Water; and opposition to a roundabout traffic control device being considered for the intersection of Linworth and Olentangy River roads.

The township includes all of the city of Worthington, plus scattered areas of unincorporated land.

The township provides police and road services to the approximately 2,000 people in those unincorporated areas. Those residents also provide the primary tax support for the township, with city residents paying only for upkeep of Walnut Grove and Flint cemeteries, which are jointly owned by the city and the township.

All city of Worthington voters plus those from the unincorporated parts of Sharon Township elect the three-member board of trustees.

Besides the seat held by Oberle, a second seat opened this year when 28-year veteran Dave Bachelor chose to not seek re-election.

Oberle, 39, lives on West Southington Avenue in Riverlea. He is an attorney working on government issues for Schottenstein, Zox, and Dunn. He also worked for ten years for the Ohio Department of Commerce.

He believes his government experience is important to his service on the board of trustees.

The main issues he sees facing the township are the maintenance of high levels of service without raising taxes; the continued fight against increased water rates; the possibility of the expansion of the Ohio State University airport; and the roundabout.

The township provides excellent police and road services, and that must continue, Oberle said.

"We need to continue responsible government and keep costs down and not put ourselves in a position where we have to raise taxes," he said.

Haueisen, 62, lives on Fox Lane in Worthington. He is a retired librarian for the state of Ohio.

He believes his greatest qualification for the position is his honesty and the fact that he has lived in the community his whole life.

"I really love this community and I want to look after it and make sure future generations enjoy it the way I have," he said.

He believes the township is running well right now, but trustees must continually look at the role of the township in the modern world.

Haueisen sits on the cemetery advisory committee and values both of them in the township. A history buff, he enjoys walking through the cemeteries and introducing others to the history that is buried there.

Jarrett, 73, lives on Dunhill Street in the unincorporated part of the township. She works for the YMCA as a site director for before- and after-school programs in the Olentangy School District.

She has lived in the township for 40 years and raised five children there.

She has a degree in social work from Ohio State University and for many years ran a trade exchange business.

The trustees are doing a good job being frugal and made a wise decision in the purchase of the new building, Jarrett said.

She is troubled when she sees pieces of the township slowly annexed by Columbus.

"These are the kinds of things I don't want to happen," she said.

Johnston, 49, lives on Crandall Road in Worthington. He is president/owner of API Security Services and Investigations.

This is his fourth run for a seat on the board.

He believes his business background plus his knowledge of the township qualify him to be a trustee. Johnston once served as a Sharon Township Police officer.

Because the township has a $700,000 surplus, it could help out the city of Worthington in providing police, road, and other services, he said.

"I would like to see us unify tasks as one," he said.

He is also concerned about why the township trustees and the Memorial Board could not work together. The township moved out of the Memorial Building on East Granville Road last spring after the two could not come to a lease agreement.