Two candidates are seeking election to one seat on the Madison Township board of trustees Nov. 5 -- incumbent John Kershner and challenger Michele Reynolds.

Kershner, a lifelong resident of Madison Township, is a graduate of Groveport Madison High School and the Ohio Institute of Photography and Technology.

He is seeking a second four-year term.

"I am passionate and invested in Madison Township because my roots are here," Kershner said. "You won't find anyone who will work harder or more enthusiastically as your trustee."

Kershner also has served on the Groveport Madison Schools Board of Education and is past president of the Canal Winchester-Groveport Area Rotary Club. He is second vice commander of the Groveport American Legion.

Reynolds is the director of the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

"While talking with various residents and local officials about their concerns and experiences living and working in Madison Township, it became apparent that Madison Township is long overdue for some improvements," she said.

"As a community stakeholder and results-oriented individual, I have a proven track record of solving public problems with innovative solutions, and I'd like to help move Madison Township forward by representing the interests of the people and enhancing the quality of life for all residents as an active and engaged member of the Madison Township trustees."

Reynolds earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. She also holds master's and doctorate degrees.

She is a member of Common Ground Destiny Center Church, Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., ServeOhio Commission, Ohio Commission on Fatherhood, Columbus Realtors, National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice and Asian-American Commerce Group.

She and her husband, Pastor Rick Reynolds, have two sons.

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