Uncontested races for Goshen, Green, Ellsworth townships; two seats open in Smith Twp.

The races for Goshen, Green and Ellsworth townships are all uncontested in the November election, while three will be vying for two seats in Smith Township.

Incumbents Dave Mannion and Terry Criss will be joined by write-in candidate Larry Barnett on the ballot for Smith Township while George Toy and Mark Stepuk for Green Township, Todd Beeson for Goshen Township and Bob Toman and Fred Houston for Ellsworth Township will all be seeking re-election.

After the election, write-in candidate Teresa Stratton will take over for Roger Heineman in Goshen Township.


Teresa Stratton

A 1978 graduate of West Branch, Stratton has been the office manager for Stratton Chevrolet for 39 years.

She said as trustee, she can use her experience as a life-time township resident and owner/operator of a township business to be sensitive and aware of the concerns and needs of township residents.

“My ability to form relationships and dedication to making this town a better place make me the best choice for trustee,” she said.

Stratton also noted her dedication and awareness to residents’ concerns as a positive in her campaign for township trustee.

“I will work close with the police department and road department, as well as getting along with the other trustees,” she promised. “I feel I would represent Goshen Township and the community.”

Stratton lives her husband of 35 years, Don, state Route 14. They have one son, Dirk.


Bob Toman

Toman is seeking his second term as Ellsworth Township trustee.

A 1979 graduate of Youngstown State University with a BSAS in Law Enforcement Administration and 2017 graduate of the Ohio Township Association Leadership Academy, Toman was the owner/operator of the Country Pantry from 1983 through 2006 and is the owner/operator of the Ace Hardware in Ellsworth since 1999.

As trustee, Toman said he has been instrumental in developing Ellsworth Township’s first ever “Comprehensive Land Use Plan,” worked with fellow trustees and zoning officials in completely rewriting local zoning ordinances and started and managed daily the local crime watch. His current community activities include volunteering with Hattie Larlham in Mantua and the Mill Creek Metro Parks in Youngstown; and he has been appointed to the Mill Creek Metro Parks Development & Commissioner Selection Committee.

He said he is seeking re-election to continue prudent use of taxpayer dollars and see through community improvements already underway. He also said he wants to expand on the residential safety he has helped start in the Western Mahoning Crime Watch Crime Reporter he started with Berlin Township through a Facebook page, which had 964 members after two years.

Toman lives with his wife of 36 years, Rebecca, on Herbert Road. They have four children.

The Salem News did not receive a response to an election questionnaire from Barnett, Criss, Mannion, Beeson, Toy, Stepuk or Houston.