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Three vie for two Washington Twp. trustee seats

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP – Residents will have the choice of three candidates for two seats on the board of trustees in November.

Candidates include Charles Jarvis, Karianne Sevek and Timothy Rhodes.

Rhodes, 52, a 1988 graduate of Southern Local High School, has never held public office. He is currently a union mill wright in Local #1102 since 2005, with previous work experience at Mascotech in Minvera from 1993 to 2004, Valley Forge in Salem from 1989 to 1992 and Dowdell Lumber in Salineville from 1984 to 1988. His current community activities include the American Legion and Fraternal Order of Eagles, Highway 39 Cleanup for Post 442.

Citing his work experience, Rhodes said he is qualified to be township trustee because he has worked as a mill wright, logger and welder as well as in auto plants, steel and paper mills, gas steamers and nuclear, gas and fossil fuel turbines.

He said he is seeking election because he has been a resident of Salineville for 52 years and has lived in the township for 16 years.

“I feel I can help make improvements to our roads, drainage issues, and also lend a helping hand if needed,” he said. “I have the hands-on experience to give direction when installing or making repairs to culverts, drainage, black top, plowing roads, trimming trees, etc. I would like to make improvements to our roads, water drainage issues, and make sure our tax dollars are being spent appropriately and in the most efficient way possible. I will do my best to keep Washington Township a safe and enjoyable community to be proud to live in.”

Rhodes lives on Monroeville Heights in Salineville. He has two sons, Braden, 14 and Logan, 17; and two daughters, Alexis, 19, and Brittany, 32.

Sevek, 51, is co-owner of B&S Country Carryout in Salineville. A 1989 graduate of Southern Local, she previously worked at Huntington Bank FKA Sky Bank from 1992 to 2009. She is a member of the Salineville Southern Local Alumni Association and Salineville Southern Alumni Scholarship Committee.

Sevek has never held public office, but noted her father-in law has been a trustee for many years, so she has witnessed the dedication that all of the current trustees have. She also noted she has been attending some township meetings throughout the year and it seems that there are a lot of similarities in running the township that there are in running a small business.

“We do not have the benefit of a lot of industry in our community therefore we don’t have as much money to work with as other townships,” she said. “As a business owner I can appreciate the fact that you have to work hard to keep your equipment running in the most affordable way and to make the most of your employees.

“Over the last seven to 10 years we have seen a lot of activity with gas and oil drilling. This has brought a lot of truck traffic on our local roads leading to some improvements for the roads or in some instances less than ideal conditions that can be hard to remediate with the limited funding available.

“If elected I would like to continue the work that is an ongoing item with roads as well as bringing the township into the digital age with respect to road use permit applications, culvert installation and other items that will make it easier for people wanting to do business with our township to access.”

Sevek and her husband since 1992, Roger Sevek, live on Clarks Mill Road in Hammondsville. They have two children, Drew and Anna.

The paper did not receive a response to a pre-election questionnaire from Jarvis.

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