Voter’s Guide: Plain City village council

(Posted Nov. 4, 2019)

Three candidates are running for two seats on Plain City village council in the Nov. 5 general election.

Each candidate was given an opportunity to provide information for the Madison Messenger’s Voter’s Guide. The following is the information they provided.

For more information about the election, contact the Madison County Board of Elections at (740) 852-9424 or visit Madison County Board of Elections.

Candidates for Plain City Village Council

(Two seats up for election)

  • Daniel W. Fennell

3059 Dogwood Ct., Plain City

Occupation: Fleet coordinator, City of Columbus, Department of Public Utilities

Previous service in public office: This is my first opportunity to run for public office.  For the last six years, I have been employed in the public sector.

Education/military experience: Formal automotive technician training at New Castle School of Trades. Additional courses were attended at Butler County Community College. Leadership training from Dale Carnegie Leadership Institute. Graduated from William J. Lhota Leaders of the Future program. Further training from The John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University.

Community activities/honors: Previous volunteer as little league baseball coach.  Coached children’s soccer with Cypress Church youth ministries. Volunteer and foster with Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue.  Currently serving as the membership coordinator for Uptown Plain City Organization. Active member of the National Management Association.

Goals if elected: If elected, I plan to continue working with current council and village residents on responsible growth for Plain City. Growth is certain for the future of our community, yet needs to happen responsibly. I feel synergy between residents and council regarding our growth potential is key. I also plan to partner with the residents and business owners of Plain City in continuing the traditions and events which attract visitors and allow revenue for our small businesses.

  • Frank Reed

8435 Country View Lane, Plain City

Occupation: Retired

Previous service in public office: None

Education/military experience: B.Sc. mathematics, The Ohio State University; M.Sc. computer and information science, The Ohio State University; Purdue University Global Law School. U.S. Air Force, Vietnam Era veteran.

Community activities/honors: Organizer and producer, Plain City Music In the Park. Member, Plain City Parks & Recreation Committee. Member volunteer, Union County Emergency Management Agency. Treasurer, Union County Amateur Radio Club.

Goals if elected: Plain City is experiencing rapid population growth. Also, the 2020 Census will record population numbers that will result in Plain City transitioning from a “village” to a “city.” With that change will come important changes to our form of government and its responsibilities to the citizens of Plain City. I would like to be able to represent the voters and taxpayers of our community to help with the enormous amount of legislative work to be done, to insure that coming changes are sensible changes and to provide a firm commitment to preserving our community’s values and heritage.

  • John Rucker

122 West Ave., Plain City

Occupation: Retired

Previous service in public office: I am currently a member of Plain City council.

Education/military experience: I have an associate of applied science in emergency services from Columbus State. I served for eight years in the Kentucky and Ohio National Guard as a medic.

Community activities/honors: I currently am an officer in Plain City’s Masonic Lodge, Urania 311. I am involved with Plain City’s Daily Needs Assistance program as a breakfast team leader. I am a former president of the Uptown Plain City Organization (UPCO)

Goals if elected: I would like to help guide Plain City through the rapidly approaching inevitable growth, while maintaining the desirable qualities of small town life.

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