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  • Candidate profiles: Jackson Township trustee

  • Four candidates vying for two trustee seats in Jackson Township. Candidates include the longtime Trustee John Pizzino and Trustee Todd Hawke, who was appointed in 2012. Carrie May and Glenda Zink are the challengers.

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  • Jackson Township Trustee
    Four-year term, beginning Jan. 1
    Elect two
    Candidates on the ballot (* denotes incumbent)
    • Carrie Connor May
    • *Todd J. Hawke
    • *John E. Pizzino
    • Glenda J. Zink
    Carrie Connor May
    Date of Birth: Jan. 18, 1973
    Address: 4428 Noble Loon St. NW
    Family: Husband, Jim May; two daughters
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    Education: Jackson High School, 1991; bachelor’s degree in business management and human resources, Ohio State University; master’s degree in education, University of Akron
    Job title and employer: Human resources consultant and stay-at-home mom
    Public office experience: None
    Other political or community activities: Member, Church of the Lakes United Methodist; leader, Daisy & Brownie Girl Scouts, 2011-present; chair, Holiday in the Park, 2012-present; committee co-chair, Sauder Elementary PTG, 2012-present; Lake Cable PTO, 2011; Jackson Community Theater, 2012-2013; Stark County Bicycle Club; Friends of the Library
    1. What issue or event prompted you to run for trustee?
    During my participation in community services, I noted a need for more passionate commitment to our township. I also realized that the future of our Jackson Township park system was completely dependent on the passage of a single levy and such important services need a more stable underpinning.
    2. What makes you the most qualified candidate for the office?
    I am a SHRM-certified human resources professional with over 16 years of work experience. I have experience with internal investigations, project and budget management, employee and labor relations, performance and talent management, training and development, compensation and benefits and more.
    3. If elected, how would you seek to increase revenue or reduce expenses to offset the decline in state funding?
    Given my fiscally conservative values, I would approach any decline in state funding with logic and prudence. I would be sure to prioritize and protect critical infrastructure and services.
    Todd J. Hawke
    Date of Birth: Feb. 12, 1975
    Address: 9318 Paulding St. NW
    Family: Wife, Tricia; children, Brady and Kylie
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    Page 2 of 4 - Education: Kenton Ridge High School, 1993; bachelor’s degree in economics management, Ohio Wesleyan University
    Job title and employer: Principal, GDK & Co.
    Public office experience: Jackson Township Trustee, 2012-2013
    Other political or community activities: Jackson-Belden Chamber of Commerce board, 2007-2012; Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks, 2004-present; coach, Jackson youth football, baseball, softball and basketball, 2008-present; Junior Achievement board, 2007-present; American Cancer Society council, 2008-present
    1. What issue or event prompted you to run for trustee?
    I applied for the appointment because I felt that I could help build on the sound management and positive growth of Jackson Township. I am running now for the same reasons as well as continuing the overall advancement of the community, especially through economic development.
    2. What makes you the most qualified candidate for the office?
    I am passionate about Jackson Township, its growth and continued prosperity for its residents. I’m able to gather information, review possibilities, listen to positions and make sound decisions for the community. I am also a strong believer in the power and benefits of collaboration and cooperation.
    3. If elected, how would you seek to increase revenue or reduce expenses to offset the decline in state funding?
    Continue to work with joint economic agreements to add revenue and business expansion. Build on savings realized from streamlining departments and cross-training employees. Expand on the work with department heads to find more opportunities on purchasing and processes to save on expenses.
    John E. Pizzino
    Date of Birth: June 8, 1953
    Address: 4039 Glenmoor Road NW
    Family: Wife, Lisa; son, Anthony
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    Education: Jackson High School, 1971
    Job title and employer: Owner, Motor Cars of Canton and JEP Properties
    Public office experience: Jackson Township Trustee, 2001-present
    Other political or community activities: Founding president, Jackson Township Jaycees, 1974; founding member, Jackson-Belden Chamber of Commerce, 1976-present; past chairman, Hall of Fame Balloon Classic committee, 2000-2001, active member since 1996; active member and past chairman, Jackson-Belden Food Fest, 2001; former Jackson Township Volunteer fireman; member and finance committee member, St. James Church, major sponsor, Holiday by Design, 2011-present
    1. What issue or event prompted you to run for trustee?
    In my 12 years as trustee, I’ve worked full-time to provide the services you deserve and expect. I’m seeking re-election to continue to use my business background and management experience to provide the best services for our community and to help make Jackson an even better place to live and work.
    Page 3 of 4 - 2. What makes you the most qualified candidate for the office?
    My 39 years of business and management experience have given me the tools to successfully guide the township. As a full-time trustee, I’ve gained valuable experience in handling the daily operations and budget. As a lifelong resident, I care about Jackson and will keep donating my trustee pay to our children.
    3. If elected, how would you seek to increase revenue or reduce expenses to offset the decline in state funding?
    Years ago we began planning for cuts by: Cross-training employees to enable job cuts through attrition; negotiating labor contracts to address rising health care costs; boosting reserve funds to soften the severity of the cuts; sharing with neighbors; forming joint economic districts to create jobs.
    Glenda J. Zink
    Date of Birth: Jan. 19, 1952
    Address: 5733 Channel Drive NW
    Campaign website: www.facebook.com/glenda.zink.7
    Family: Husband, Larry A. Zink; children, Glen, Genell, Lauren, Justin, Hallie and Brandon
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    Education: Oakwood High School, 1970; doctorate, University of Akron
    Job title and employer: Dean of business and entrepreneurial studies, director of the entrepreneurship center, Stark State College
    Public office experience: None
    Other political or community activities: Board member and graduate, Leadership Stark County; board member, American Red Cross; United Way of Greater Stark County Impact Council; Stark County Entrepreneurship Alliance; Jackson D.A.R.E., Jackson schools and Jackson police levy committees; college committees
    1. What issue or event prompted you to run for trustee?
    Having lived in Jackson for over 30 years, I’ve observed good and bad township government. I believe Jackson must be run on sound business practices and be more responsive to residents’ concerns. There needs to be accountability for what trustees do with tax dollars and their management of employees.
    2. What makes you the most qualified candidate for the office?
    My educational background, over 30 years of educational business experience, managing a large number of employees and developing budgets as dean at Stark State. I also have directed the entrepreneurship center and work with business leaders to place startup businesses in our business incubators.
    3. If elected, how would you seek to increase revenue or reduce expenses to offset the decline in state funding?
    Page 4 of 4 - I would encourage new business development to increase revenues. As trustee, I intend to look for ways the township can reduce expenditures. I recognize that I need to, as a new trustee, review and analyze what is currently happening before making any major decisions.
    Editor’s note: Some candidate responses have been edited for length.