ASHVILLE- Five candidates are seeking election for Ashville village council's four vacancies on the Nov. 5 ballot.
ASHVILLE— Five candidates are seeking election for Ashville village council’s four vacancies on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Incumbents Glenn Cook, Jim Mathers and Keith Moore seek re-election with appointee Tracie Sorvillo also looking to keep her seat. Todd Henson is a newcomer challenging for a spot on council.
Cook, 48, works as a dock worker for Walmart Distribution. He said he is seeking reelection because he enjoys the job.
“I ran for council last election because I wanted to make sure that the village was run properly, and it is,” he said. “This is a great council to work for. I enjoy doing it and also I like to see that the small town of Ashville is run efficiently, which it is.”
Cook said the biggest issue facing the village is the waste water treatment plant.
“I’m the chairman of the utility committee, and it’s amazing to me how an entity can mandate things like this on a small village,” he said. “That’s got to be the most important issue.”
Cook said the village is working with the EPA, and they are working on a plan that will benefit the village in the long run.
“We are going to build a plant that will last 40 years and be right for the residents,” he said. “We’re working with the EPA, and we’re not going to build a $10 million facility just because they told us to; we’re going to do it because we can afford it and because it’s right for our residents.”
Henson, 29, works for the Ohio House of Representatives. He said his motivation for seeking office is his call to serve.
“Public service is something that I’ve always wanted to do,” He said. “I was in the Marine Corps for four years and no matter where I was stationed, Ashville was always home."
Henson said the biggest issue facing council is the water treatment plant and handling it moving forward.
“We need to find the right place for it and have a way to pay for it, and also ensure that it’s put to good use,” he said. “I’d like to see that done without levying any taxes and fees on the residents”
Mathers, 76, is retired from the insurance industry. He said he’s running again because he wants to continue to keep Ashville a great place to live.
“I’m running again because I’m with a great bunch of people and we’re keeping Ashville a fine place to live away from the urban sprawl of Columbus,” he said.
Mathers said moving forward, two of the biggest issues are the waste water treatment plant that’s being discussed, as well as a potential need to increase capacity for clean water as the village grows.
“I will work in harmony with the other members and try to obtain the proper amount of land at a good price for the waste water treatment plant and let the people of the village know you’re with them and not against them,” he said.
Moore, 57, works as a truck driver; he said he’s seeking reelection because he wants to serve.
“I enjoy helping the village and helping the community,” he said. “One of my biggest regrets in life is not joining the military, and this is my little way to give back to my community and my country.”
Moore said the biggest issue facing the village is the budget and how to handle things with the new waste water treatment plant.
“We have some debt coming off the village that we will use to help manage the new debt, and over the last couple of years we have implemented small coverage charges and some of that will go toward funding the plant,” he said.
Sorvillo, 40, is a financial advisor. She was sworn in as an appointee in April of this year. She said the reason she wanted to run was to be able to use her expertise and serve the community.
“I want to give service to the community and make it a better place for the residents where I live,” she said. “I also want to give back to the community and focus on how I can help the village.”
Sorvillo said the two most important issues moving forward were the waste water treatment plant and the state Route 752 and Long Street intersection project.
“I’ve had the opportunity to give my service by using my engineering and biological background to collaborate with the EPA and engineering firm helping to make the decisions that are in the best interest to our residents of Ashville and keeping with our mission statement,” she said. “I’m also working with the state treasurer’s office in order to implement the state financial initiative, seeing if it’s plausible for us as a community.”