Three vie for Jackson Township trustee spot

By Nick Walton - [email protected]

Three candidates will compete for one Jackson Township trustee seat Nov. 3.

The three candidates are Herb Luttrell, Douglas L. Zirkle and Steven Flora.

Luttrell grew up on a dairy farm in Miami County. A 1968 graduate of Miami East High School, he graduated from The Ohio State University in 1972 with a degree in animal science.

Luttrell was married in 1984 and later that year began working at Hobart Brothers Company as a maintenance technician. He has two daughters.

Luttrell was transferred to the engineering department and worked on special projects before becoming a project leader and facilities manager working with outside contractors. Luttrell retired from Hobart in 2008 and went to work for IES 2000 doing noise control work before retiring to back to part-time farming in 2012.

Luttrell was the resident inspector for the Christiansburg sewer rehabilitation project in 2014. He said he is running for office because he has sufficient time to commit to the township as he is currently semi-retired.

“I am finishing the sewer project, which has went well,” Luttrell said. “I have spent the last two years working with people solving problems and maintaining quality on this project. My past experience working with contractors and budgets helps to qualify me for this position. I have lots of field experience in areas that will be beneficial to this job.”

Zirkle said he has lived in Jackson Township his whole life on the same farm as his father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Zirkle graduated from Clark Technical College in 1979 with an associate degree in agribusiness. He retired this month from Cargill, Inc., as the maintenance coordinator after 37 years of service.

Zirkle said he is a lifetime grain and livestock farmer with his brother, Steve, on their 1,200-acre family Century Farm. He has been married to his wife, Penny, for 36 years and has one son, Ashley, who resides in Delaware with his wife and two children.

Zirkle is a member of the Masons, Farm Bureau and Champaign County Cattleman’s Association.

“I know the people and resources of Jackson Township and am available to address their needs,” Zirkle said. “I’ve worked with contractors for the past 20 years and know the importance of getting bids for jobs as well as keeping the township vehicles and equipment well-maintained. I will work hard to keep the township roadways clear and accessible, and look forward to serving my community.”

The Daily Citizen did not receive election information from Flora.

By Nick Walton

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Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.