MIAMI TOWNSHIP — Miami Township elected one incumbent and one new member to the board of trustees.
Mark Crockett will continue his service to the township, while Don Hollister will begin his after receiving the most votes. Out of the 3,350 total ballots casted Nov. 7, Hollister picked up 1,180 or 35.22 percent of the votes, while Crocket followed closely behind with 1,161 of the votes, or 34.66 percent.
Lamar Spracklen, who was appointed to a one-year term starting in January, 2015 and was elected for an additional two years on November, 2015 made another run but was defeated. He received 899 votes, or 26.84 percent. Douglas Bailey initially expressed interested in running, but withdrew from the race in September. He received 110 votes, or 3.28 percent.
In a questionnaire sent out by this newspaper to all candidates making a run for a seat this election, Crocket, Hollister and Spracklen each said the biggest challenge facing the township is constructing the new fire station. A levy to fund such project was passed in May 2017.
Both Crocket and Spracklen have served as trustees for the last 16 years. Hollister said in his questionnaire that he has served local organizations, such as the Boy Scout Explorer Post advisor, village plan commission, village council, interim director of Glen Helen, friends care center board and Tecumseh Land Trust board. He said he also has leadership experience among the state level and expressed concerns with ensuring that Miami Township is communicating effectively among citizens while encouraging community involvement.
Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.