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Ieropoli to seek Perry Township trustee seat

SALEM — Lifelong Salem resident Tony Ieropoli, a member of the road maintenance crew of Perry Township for 30 years, announced he’s running for Perry Township Trustee.

Ieropoli said he’s planning to retire from the road crew effective Sept. 1 and wanted to continue to serve the residents.

During his time on the job, he said “I have developed strong relationships with the community I serve. I am proud to be well known and respected by township residents.”

In a press release, he said his extensive experience working for Perry Township has given him a detailed view of the township and what is needed for its departments to function efficiently.

“I have served the township my entire adult life. This experience has shown me the intricacies of the various township departments – from police to fire to roads – and I know the equipment and materials necessary for them to meet their needs and get these important jobs done,” he said.

If elected, Ieropoli said he’ll advocate for critical updates to both the police and road departments.

“The police garage was built over 20 years ago, and is no longer adequate for the number of vehicles and the size of their SUVs now in use. Roads also need a few new pieces of equipment,” he said, adding this should not come at the cost of increased budgetary expenditures. “I will prioritize staying within the budget by seeking grants and other programs to keep the township running strong without wasting funds.”

“I would also like to create a more efficient blacktop paving program for township roads,” he said.

Another main focus if elected will be to seek the addition of a township representative to the Columbiana County Drug Task Force to help decrease drug problems.

“Sadly, the nationwide drug problem has also impacted our local township residents and that’s why we need representation within the task force. Having a representative, who would build a strong relationship with the police department to effectively communicate knowledge and training, will strengthen our community,” he said.

His 30-year career with the township spurred him to run for trustee.

“I’ve enjoyed serving township residents and developing relationships with them, especially listening to any problems they may have. Their appreciation and thankfulness for the work of our road maintenance crew has been an extremely fulfilling part of my career. I would now like to serve the township residents in a higher capacity, and that is why I am seeking the office of Perry Township Trustee,” Ieropoli said.

A United States Army veteran, he’s a member of the AMVETS Post 45 in Salem. He is also an active member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Salem and currently serves on the property division with two years of experience as the property head.

Ieropoli is married to Pam Ieropoli nee Pam Meals Kelly and between them they have four children and six grandchildren. s is a 1977 graduate of Salem High School and proud to call Salem his home.

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