Voter’s Guide: Townships

(Posted Nov. 4, 2019)

There are three contested races at the township level in Madison County in the Nov. 5 general election. Two candidates are running for one trustee seat in Canaan Township. Two candidates are running for the fiscal officer’s position in Pike Township. Three write-in candidates are running for one trustee seat in Pleasant Township.

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 Canaan Township Trustee

(One seat up for election)

  • Monroe E. Harbage

6325 Lucas Pike NE, Plain City

Occupation: Retired, self-employed farmer

Previous service in public office: Canaan Township trustee, eight years. Madison County Historical Society board member and chairman.

Education/military experience: B.S. – Ohio State University. M.S. – Ohio State University. Jonathan Alder High School.

Community activities/honors: Volunteer of the Year Farm Science Review 2019. Member, Plain City Lions, 46 years. Member, Scioto Valley Model A Club. Own and live on a Century Farm in Canaan Township.

Goals if elected: Continue the mowing and snow plowing of the township. Improve the township cemeteries.

  • Jason Straley

7415 Lucas Pike, Plain City

Occupation: Farmer/propane service technician, self-employed/Red Hot Propane

Previous service in public office: Madison County Farm Bureau Board

Education/military experience: Jonathan Alder High School and Tolles Career and Technical Center

Community activities/honors: Resident of Canaan Township for 48 years; litter pickup for Canaan Township; snow removal for Canaan Township; married for 20 years with two girls that graduated from Jonathan Alder; and owner and operator of Straley Farms Trucking for 27 years.

Goals if elected: To continue to improve the township. Hold down overhead and increase communication between agricultural and non-agricultural residents.


Candidates for Pike Township Fiscal Officer

(One seat up for election)

  • Kellie Burns

2495 Rosedale Rd., Irwin

Occupation: Contract compliance coordinator, BrightView Enterprise Solutions

Previous service in public office: None

Education/military experience: High school diploma

Community activities/honors: Union County 4-H advisor (10 years); Fairbanks Middle School cheer coach (2 Years)

Goals if elected: I will continue to support and assist the township trustees in providing the township the services and improvements that the residents feel are important. Our township officials have done a superb job in making and keeping our township a great place to live. I hope to help keep it that way just as my predecessor has done for the many years she has served as the fiscal officer.

  • Andrew J. Kolarsky

4906 Rosedale Rd., Mechanicsburg

Occupation: Plant manager, The Timken Co.

Previous service in public office: I have served on advisory councils to: State of Ohio, governor’s appointment; City of Dublin, city council appointment; Allegheny County, Pa., county commissioner’s appointment.

Education/military experience: Waynesburg University, B.S. mathematics.

Community activities/honors: I have served previously on two state associations: Ohio Manufacturers Association, committee chair; Ohio Chamber of Commerce, committee chair.

Goals if elected: Develop a strong working relationship with township trustees. Ensure township funds are spent in the best interest of the residents. Direct township’s financial compliance, budget and investment programs.


Candidates for Pleasant Township Trustee

(One seat up for election)

  • Dan Fryer (write-in candidate)

8095 Robison Rd., Mount Sterling

Occupation: Retired teacher, farmer, tax preparer.

Previous service in public office: Assistant fiscal officer, Pleasant Township

Education/military experience: U.S. Army veteran. Plains High School. Ohio State University graduate.

Community activities/honors: Former 4-H leader, school volunteer, Madison-Plains marching band volunteer.

Goals if elected: Assure that the roadways of the township are maintained and that township finances are accounted for. Also, to represent the township on any other township committees, such as fire, squad and cemetery.

  • Jeff Martin (write-in candidate)

299 E. Columbus St., Mount Sterling

Occupation: Retired from the Correctional Reception Center, 31 years. Presently working as the parks and recreation director for the village of Mt. Sterling.

Previous service in public office: Parks and recreation director for the village

Education/military experience: Associate degree in criminal justice. Veteran of the U.S. Army.

Community activities/honors: Coached junior high football for East Clinton for two years, coached football and baseball for Madison-Plains Junior High, member of the Mount Sterling Youth Athletic Association, volunteer coach for Mount Sterling Youth for 12 years. Volunteer activities in the community such as Christmas in the Village, Summer Jam and Street Markets.

Goals if elected: I would like the village and township to work together to make the area great. I would like to continue to make a difference in my community and surrounding area. I want to get out in the public and help solve problems and make sure the township’s roads, ditches and bridges are safe, clean and in good repair.

  • Tim Phillips (write-in candidate)

8020 Dyer Rd., Mount Sterling

Occupation: Territory manager in charge of sales/marketing, Augusta Sportswear Brands

Previous service in public office: No public service, first attempt.

Education/military experience: 1979 graduate, St. Peter Chanel High School, Bedford, Ohio.

Community activities/honors: Served on the board of the Mount Sterling Youth Association for many years, Madison-Plains High School Band Booster president, many sales awards, member of many professional associations.

Goals if elected: The main thing is available and affordable internet and cable service. Help to develop the Route 56 corridor in order to bring business into Southern Madison County. Do more for the residents of Pleasant Township, like a splash pad, dog park and, hope above hope, a grocery option. Maintain the high level of service the people are used to and keep good relations with the fire and cemetery boards. Grow a better relationship with county government. Get an interactive website for the township; residents need to have a place to go to be informed.

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