Scioto Township race has familiar faces


OSTRANDER — Scioto Township’s three precincts will have a contested trustee race on the November ballot.

Ralph Moseley, the incumbent, was first elected in 2015. Retired from Honda, the Ostrander resident previously served on the township’s Board of Zoning Appeals.

On his Facebook page, Moseley said in 2019, “I am a lifelong resident of Scioto Township and would appreciate your vote to continue needed changes in our rapidly growing township.”

His opponent, Dick Jones, ran unsuccessfully for trustee in 2019 and 2021. The next full four-year trustee term will begin on Jan. 1, 2024.

“Trustee meetings are open to the public and are held on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. and the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the Township Community Center, 3737 Ostrander Road, Ostrander Ohio 43061,” said the township website.

Also serving as Scioto trustees are Douglas Loudenslager and Sandra Stults, both of whom reside in Ostrander. Their terms will expire at the end of 2025.

“The Scioto Township Board of Trustees believes that open two-way communication is not only an important part of our local government but a must,” said “Input and opinions from township residents are vital in serving its needs, its people and dealing with growth and the challenges facing the township. Township officials are always available and ready to meet face to face to discuss any problems, concerns, suggestions and needs or just for a friendly conversation.”

Established in 1814, Scioto Township calls itself “one of the best-kept secrets in Delaware County … located on the Western edge of Delaware County between the City of Delaware and the Union County line. The scenic Scioto River bisects this pristine countryside dotted with longstanding family farms, friendly rural housing communities, historic areas and a mixture of commercial, industrial and quarrying operations.”

Scioto’s slogan is “A great place to live, work and raise a family!”

According to the county, the township has 2,841 residents. It has a park at 4363 Marysville Road (state Route 36 West), and its own fire department. It also has several cemeteries: Fairview (3447 Ostrander Road), Mill Creek (4622 Ostrander Road), Newhouse (1467 Ostrander Road) and Bokes Creek (6360 State Route 37 West).

Incumbent Scioto Fiscal Officer Kathy Melvin is running unopposed for a full four-year term commencing on April 1, 2024.

Assistant Editor Gary Budzak covers the eastern half of Delaware County and surrounding areas. He may be reached at [email protected].

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