Four candidates are vying Nov. 5 for two seats on the Truro Township board of trustees.

Incumbents Pat Mahaffey and Chris Long are being challenged by Mack Quesenberry and Joseph Sorenson, respectively.

Mahaffey, 69, is seeking reelection to the seat he's held since 2000. His four-year term expires Dec. 31, 2019.

Mahaffey is a real-estate broker and father of three who is serving as the board's chairman. He is chairman of the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Center Regional Council of Governments, an organization formed in 2016 to combine costs for the emergency dispatching services for the fire departments of Truro, Violet, Mifflin, Jefferson and Plain townships.

Mahaffey said he is running for another term to finish several projects.

"The township is near and dear to my heart and I think I am the best person to serve as trustee," he said.

Mahaffey will be challenged by Quesenberry, 59.

Quesenberry is a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School who works as a union representative with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1059.

He is married to Jeni Quesenberry, a member of the Reynoldsburg City Schools Board of Education, and they have 15 grandchildren.

A former youth sports coach, Quesenberry said he enjoys bowling and boating and is running for office to "give back to the community that has given my family so much."

Long, 61, is running to keep the seat to which he was appointed in February, after former trustee Stephanie McCloud resigned. McCloud was elected to the seat in 2017 but resigned in January after she was named administrator/CEO of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation by Gov. Mike DeWine.

Long must win the election to serve the remainder of the term, which ends Dec. 31, 2021.

An Air Force veteran, Long is married with six children. He is the director of client services for the North American division of JAAS Systems Ltd., a manufacturing software company.

Long, who previously served on Reynoldsburg City Council and the city's board of zoning appeals, said he is campaigning with a focus on fiscal responsibility and public safety.

"I believe I have no greater responsibility as a Truro Township trustee than to the safety and well-being of the citizens of Reynoldsburg and Truro Township, the township's employees and our community's businesses," he said.

He is being challenged by Sorenson, 40.

Sorenson is a Reynoldsburg High School social-studies teacher. He holds a master's degree in education from Ohio State University and is married with three children.

He serves as a Reynoldsburg student council adviser and volunteers with the Special Olympics and Taste of Reynoldsburg.

Sorenson said he is running to improve communication between the township and its residents and to ensure the continued success of the fire department.

"I have told my students that it is up to them to make the change they wish to see in the world. It is time for me to show them I am willing to do the same," he said.

Truro Township residents also will vote on the fiscal officer's seat. Incumbent Natalie West-Nicodemus is running unopposed.

Early in-person and absentee voting begins Oct. 8.

NOTE: Look for candidate Q&As and additional election coverage in the coming weeks in ThisWeek Reynoldsburg News and online at ThisWeekNEWS.com.

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