Incumbent Dennis Horvath and four newcomers — Daniel Ankney, Daniel Dangelo, Charles Reynolds and Mike Setser — are seeking to fill two trustee seats, each four-year terms, in Litchfield Township.
- Age: 49
- Education: Westside Institute of Technology; Nashville Auto Diesel College and Buckeye High School graduate
- Family: spouse, Linda; three children: Shannon, Brandon and Paul
- Occupation: heating and cooling service technician, Jackson Comfort Systems
- Age: 41
- Education: technical diploma in clinical engineering through Department of Defense; Ohio State University and Midview High School graduate
- Family: not applicable
- Occupation: clinical engineer for Department of Defense/Army and MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland
- Age: 58
- Education: bachelor's, Bowling Green State University
- Family: spouse, Jill; three children, Barry, Shannon and Lenae
- Occupation: business manager at Sandridge Food Corp.
- Age: 54
- Education: Buckeye High School graduate
- Family: spouse, Shelia; two children, Christopher Reynolds and Carrie Patrick
- Occupation: retired from the Medina County Sheriff's Office, part-time employee at Harbor Freight
- Age: 61
- Education: high school
- Family: spouse, Darlene; two adult daughters, Darcie and Madeline
- Occupation: self-employed in the automotive industry
Question: What makes you the best candidate for the position?
Ankney: Over the last year and a half, I have attended the trustee meetings and sat back and listened to the problems that our community faced. I can’t sit back any longer. I want to take action. I want to become part of the solution. This is why I am the best candidate for the job.
Dangelo: My family has lived in Litchfield for five generations. I’ve run a farm in Litchfield and spent a lot of time in the Statehouse for town hall meetings representing the military.
Horvath: Through my current work as a trustee, I have proven that I will work to preserve our rural values, all while using the knowledge and experience I have gained to better our township.
My passion for the residents drives me every day and I hope to continue putting that passion toward improving and maintaining Litchfield.
Reynolds: Some of the reasons I believe I am qualified for the position of Litchfield Township trustee includes being a township resident for almost 40 years.
I also am familiar with many of the departments the trustees are responsible for having been involved with the Medina County Sheriff’s Office for 17ﾽ years, Litchfield fire and rescue as a firefighter/EMT for 20 years and serving as chief, Spencer police for five years and also working for the Litchfield Township road department.
Setser: My experience on public boards, serving several terms on the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Zoning Commission in Litchfield, most recently serving as its chair.
Living in the township for 18 years, I am self-employed and a horse farm owner with a keen interest in the continued success of Litchfield. I have attended several symposiums dealing with township and city planning, and worked with the Medina County Planning Commission and the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office on comprehensive text amendments to the township’s zoning code.
I believe my unique experience best qualifies me to be a Litchfield Township trustee.
Question: What are the biggest challenges facing your township and how would address them?
Ankney: I think one of the biggest challenges we face is maintaining effective communication. Most times there are no residents present at the township meetings. I don’t think it’s due to a lack of interest, but merely a lack of understanding of what is going on.
Residents need to be informed about those issues that are impacting them and the township. Once residents are aware, they can take those diverse backgrounds, skills and past experience and share those with others.
When we all come together, share ideas and experiences, it creates a stronger and more unified Litchfield Township.
Dangelo: My goal is to try to get federal grants to improve infrastructure and response times to emergencies. Let’s put politics aside and look for community interests.
Horvath: The biggest challenge facing Litchfield is that people want to change our current zoning from 3 acres to smaller lots. The reason we all moved here is because we fell in love with the rural atmosphere. I do not want to become like the other townships that allow smaller lots. I would continue to fight to maintain our current zoning regulations.
The other challenge facing the township is maintaining a balanced budget. I will continue to fight over every penny that we spend. I realize that people work hard for their money. I won’t take that responsibility lightly.
Reynolds: Although not opposed to growth, I like the small-town feel of Litchfield and would do my best to keep it that way by working with the zoning department and talking to residents to see what concerns they have and what they would like to see happen in our town in the future.
Setser: The largest challenge facing Litchfield is preserving the bucolic nature of the township. Steadfastly maintaining the 3-acre minimum is the cornerstone of that effort, as well as utilizing our business circle district to its fullest capabilities and beauty without abridging property owners’ rights. I believe the majority of Litchfield residents wish to maintain this rural atmosphere.
My goal is to keep Litchfield in the rural crossroads of southwestern Medina County.