Lori Gerald, Jeremy Herman, Ed Johnston and Phillip Smith are running for a seat on the Sharon Township board of trustees.

Lori Gerald, Jeremy Herman, Ed Johnston and Phillip Smith are running for a seat on the Sharon Township board of trustees.

Early voting started Oct. 4 for the Nov. 8 election.

Current trustee Jack Moss will not seek re-election, leaving one seat open on the three-member board.

Though most of the issues handled by the board affect the unincorporated portions of the township, all Worthington voters vote in township races. Worthington is part of Sharon Township.

The unincorporated portions of the township are scattered about the north end of Franklin County and include Mt. Air, which is just north of Worthington Hills; a portion of Worthington Hills; a few streets off Cleveland Avenue; and several streets just south of Worthington and north of Graceland Shopping Center, running east and west of North High Street.

Johnston is the only candidate who lives in Worthington. The other three live on Rosslyn Avenue, one of the streets in the unincorporated area south of Worthington.

Lori Gerald has lived in the township since 2005 and said she helped create the Block Watch program that has helped reduce crime.

As a liaison to the North Clintonville Coalition, she said, she has worked to help save small neighborhood shops and to stem the encroachment of “mega” businesses.

As a trustee, she would keep township costs down, promote positive township identity and quality of life, continue to fight crime, and advocate for citizens on such issues as power outages and information sharing, according to her campaign materials.

Herman is a lifelong township resident who attends Ohio State University and works in the parks and roads department of Liberty Township.

An Eagle Scout, he is a volunteer as a Scout leader. He is active in the Knights of Columbus and is an Ohio hunter education instructor.

During a recent candidates event, Herman said the township police are doing a good job and he doesn’t see any increase in crime.

A lifelong Worthington resident, Johnston would like to be Worthington’s voice on the board of trustees, he said. Worthington pays taxes to Sharon Township but has no representation, he said.

The tax dollars go toward the jointly operated Walnut Grove and Flint cemeteries.

He owns API Security Services, which this week celebrated its 20th anniversary, and is a former Sharon Township police officer.

He also volunteers with Leadership Worthington, the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, Worthington City Schools and the Worthington Historical Society.

Smith, who is on disability, is captain of the area Block Watch. He said he walks the neighborhood as part of his duties and has come to know the needs of the neighborhood.

He said he petitioned the board to replace streets, aprons and gutters on Rosslyn, and he would like to see a sewer system installed on the street. He said he also is concerned about the expansion of Don Scott Field and power outages in the neighborhood.

He has lived in the township since 1990.