With all precincts counted, 61 percent of Genoa Township voters on Nov. 3 elected Frank Dantonio to serve a four-year term as township trustee.
Dantonio’s opponent in the race, Leo Wilhelm, has sat at the trustee dais since January. Late last year Wilhelm was appointed by trustees Rick Carfagna and Kerl Gebhardt to serve out the final year of former trustee Barb Lewis’ term in office after her successful bid to become a Delaware County commissioner in the November 2014 general election.
Wilhelm’s appointed term in office ends Dec. 31; Dantonio will assume his trustee seat, effective Jan. 1.
Dantonio and his supporters ran a campaign based on stopping residential and commercial overdevelopment in Genoa Township that schools, roads, and public services cannot financially support; and continuing to provide high levels of Genoa public services with financial responsibility.
“First, I want to thank Genoa taxpayers and all the members of my election committee who worked very hard to support my primary goals,” Dantonio said. “The outcome of this election is a clear message to Genoa Township’s trustees, fiscal officer and administrators that Genoa should not violate its current comprehensive development plan and should not be influenced by outside special interest groups.”
Dantonio said it’s important for Genoa Township trustees to respond to what current Genoa taxpayers want and not increase land densities that will decrease their quality of life and decrease property values.
“For the next four years, I promise to work hard to listen to the majority voices of Genoa taxpayers and not make pre-determined decisions,” Dantonio said. “In fact, I encourage and challenge all Genoa taxpayers to increase their level of involvement and provide direct input to shape Genoa’s future. Working together as a team, I’m confident that we can maintain Genoa’s rural heritage and improve our quality of life.”
Reached by phone after the election, Wilhelm said he appreciates the work that many volunteers did for his campaign.
“I’m proud that our campaign was conducted in an honest and ethical manner in this era of negative politics,” Wilhelm said. “The best part of these months of campaigning has been meeting hundreds of residents who believe Genoa is a great place to live, and I especially treasure the many close friendships that have developed.”
Also on the ballot was separate Genoa Township electricity and natural gas governmental aggregation issues. Each issue was approved by 74 percent of township voters.
With voter approval, township voters gave trustees the authority to negotiate residential and small business electricity and natural gas opt-out aggregation programs with an energy broker.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093