Three candidates will be in the running in the Nov. 5 general for one seat on the Jerome Township board of trustees.

Ken Gordon, Megan Sloat and Mark Spagnuolo are all running to be elected to the seat held by trustee Ron Rhodes who is not seeking reelection.

Gordon, lives on Warner Road. He said he's a long-time resident of the township and has seen a lot of growth in the area.

"It is time for that growth to be well-planned and thoughtfully considered," he said.

Gordon is executive director of the IFYE Association of the USA Inc., an international cultural exchange program for young adults 19 years old and older.

He is also a farmer and has a master's degree in public relations and a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Gordon is married and has two daughters.

In addition to serving on the Jerome Township Zoning Commission, Gordon is a member of the Union County Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Farm Bureau. He also serves as president of the Plain City Lions Club.

Sloat lives on Mitchell-Dewitt Road She said her involvement in the effort in opposing the FedEx truck transportation facility on Industrial Parkway motivated her to run for trustee.

"We are in a desirable location along the U.S. 33 Innovation Corridor that has the potential to attract quality businesses and residential areas," Sloat said.

"The objective should be well planned, responsible growth that contributes to the appeal of our township."

Sloat, worked as a veterinary technician for 13 years. She has a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University and an associate's degree in veterinary technology from Columbus State Community College.

She said she is married, has three children and enjoys running marathons and ultramarathons.

Spagnuolo lives on Wells Road. He previously served as the Jerome Township zoning officer. He has a master's degree in business administration from Franklin University and a bachelor's in architecture from Ohio State.

He is married and has one daughter.

He has served on the Jerome Township Board of Zoning Appeals, the Jerome Township Planning & Zoning Commission, the Jerome Township Land Use Committee, the Hyland-Croy Corridor Improvement Committee and the Jerome Township Historical Monument Relocation Committee.

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