Voters in November will either return two veteran leaders to Orange Township's board of trustees or add a new voice to the township's governing body.
Incumbents Rob Quigley and Debbie Taranto on Nov. 7 will seek re-election against newcomer Ryan Rivers. Voters will be able to cast ballots for two of the three candidates.
Rivers, 40, who owns Rivers Insurance Group, said he would bring a fresh perspective to the board.
"I'll bring a new set of skills along with new energy and enthusiasm," he said.
Quigley has served on the board since 2010, while Taranto has been a trustee since 2012. The two candidates selected by voters will serve on the board with Trustee Lisa Knapp, who joined the board in 2012.
Rivers said he thinks voters are ready for a shake-up after years of governance by the three trustees.
"For an area of our size, it's not healthy in general," he said. "It's time for some new faces."
Quigley, 44, and Taranto, 50, both cited their experience as trustees as a reason residents should return them to the board.
"I think (my tenure) has been very successful," Taranto said. "The township has never been healthier, and I enjoy the work."
Quigley said he thinks residents have seen positive changes in the community during his tenure.
"(I'm running) because I do believe we're doing good things," he said. "I really care about the community."
Quigley cited improvements to the Orange Road corridor as a successful effort he looks forward to working on further if re-elected.
The township earlier this year completed a project to widen the road near U.S. Route 23 and add turn lanes at the eastern and western legs of the intersection. A planned second phase of the project would add traffic signals at the three intersections between U.S. Route 23 and the Orange Road railroad crossing.
Township and Delaware County officials also are looking into the possibility of a railroad underpass, though the work could cost between $10 million and $20 million, leaders said.
Quigley said building the underpass would lead to safer, more-convenient trips for township commuters.
"We're looking at some creative ways to see how we could fund it," he said.
Taranto said she also wants to continue working toward the goal of bypassing the tracks.
"I would like to find a way to get under the railroad tracks at Orange Road," she said. "That would be a huge coup for the township."
Rivers said he's not yet convinced the project is financially feasible for the township.
"I'd have to see all of the details and numbers," he said.
All three candidates said they support plans for the Creekside Industrial Park -- a 93-acre commercial development planned directly east of Menards off U.S. Route 23. Delaware County officials have projected businesses at the industrial park could employ up to 700 workers.
Quigley said he had initial concerns about how tax incentives for the project could affect the Olentangy Local School District. He said the county's projection that the district will receive $6.9 million even with the incentives in place helped sway his opinion in the project's favor.
"I think it's looking a lot more positive," he said.
Taranto said she thinks the site between Route 23 and the railroad tracks makes sense.
"It's a great place for it," she said. "It's a great location."
Rivers said he thinks the site's development could be a positive step for the township.
"We need that," he said. "That's critical to lessen the tax burden."
Rivers said he hopes township officials have a seat at the table to help "make sure the right businesses come in there."
Quigley said his goals for a new term include finding a sustainable way to maintain neighborhood streets and moving forward with the construction of a veterans memorial.
"This is something that residents and veterans want to see," he said.
Rivers, who has been a driving force behind the township's Independence Day celebration for the past few years, said his goals include getting residents more involved in government. He said he wants resident feedback to influence what infrastructure projects are pursued.
"For the township today and going forward, it's important for our residents to be engaged and involved," he said.
Taranto said if re-elected, she wants to make sure the things the township is known for -- from excellent fire service to top-notch parks -- remain stellar.
"We're always very proactive in improving the township," she said.