ELKTON - Two incumbents and two new candidates are running for the two open seats on the Elkrun Township Board of Trustees.
The incumbents, Ronald Mills and Richard Rudibaugh, did not return candidate questionnaires and the following are the responses of the new candidates:
The 63-year-old Republican is seeking office to focus on implementing and reviewing plans for new development in the township and to prevent problems and conflicts before they materialize.
He also wants to achieve maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort and expense.
If elected he said he will try to improve the community by regulating or providing services to market the agricultural, commercial and industrial opportunities available in the area.
He believes the biggest issue is focusing on public and private improvements to make the area work more efficiently and attract new residents, talented workers and new businesses.
Mimna is a veteran and 35-year resident who is self-employed and believes his experience as a business owner will also be an asset to the township.
The 34-year-old Republican is seeking office to "bring a new approach and energy to handling issues residents face in the township."
If elected he said he will work to develop an open dialog with township residents and listen to their ideas and view on what is occurring so they can work together to find solutions to issues.
He believes the biggest issue facing the community is the oil and gas industry.
"We have to make sure our roads, environment and residents are protected. I will work to ensure all the steps are taken to make sure our township is not left with roads in disrepair or pipelines that are not properly cared for," he said.
He added the township needs to be prepared to work with drilling companies and pipeline crews to ensure the proper protection.
He is a Beaver Local High School graduate and currently works for the Columbiana Street Department.