Four candidates are running for one opening on the Canton Township Board of Trustees. Ray Bednarczyk, William G. Mittas, John Ring and Robert J. Steigerwald are vying to replace long time trustee Jim Wilcox. Ron Smith is running unopposed for the position he currently holds as fiscal officer.
Ray Bednarczyk, 68, has lived in Canton Township 40 years and graduated from Central Catholic High School. He currently works part time at the Quarry Golf Course and is the retired owner of B&B Decorating.
He is a member of St. Anthony/All Saints Catholic Church and the American Legion Post 44. Other public office experience includes being the zoning inspector for seven and a half years for Canton Township and one year for Hartville.
John Ring,. 51 years old, was born in Youngstown but has lived in the township for 14 years. He is a graduate of Ursuline High School and Ohio University where he received a bachelor of science degree in communication with minors in political science and English literature. He is a loan officer for Huntington Bank.
His public office experience includes Canton South Rotary past president, Canton Township Board of Zoning Appeals, ABCD Inc.- Board of Directors, Stark County Association of Realtors- Affiliate Member, Save Our Homes Coalition, Stark County Out of Poverty Partnership Board of Directors, Boy Scout Scoutmaster Troop 203, Mustard Seed Development Center Board of Directors and Metropolitan Home Ownership Center Advisory Board.
Ring operates the family business, Canton South Dairy Queen with his wife, Donna. His management experience includes operating full-service restaurants and budget accountability for multi-million dollar revenue properties. He has been responsible for staffs of up to 70 employees. He has a successful track record of building businesses. He was given the Stark County Association of Realtor's Fair Housing Award in 2010.
His comments to the community: "Budgetary pressures will become increasingly difficult as revenue sources are curtailed or disappear. It will be important to continue to provide the current level of services as this occurs. This will require creative, innovative decisions. Leadership is listening to and distilling our residents' priorities and implementing solutions. I will provide the following as trustee: 1 Creative solutions in human resource, facility and services management. 2 Shore up revenue- market our advantages. Keep, attract business. 3 Maintain forum for residents, businesses to voice concerns, solutions. 4 Ensure residents' interests are protected in cooperative agreements as trend toward regional solutions becomes necessary to save money, build revenue. The trustee position requires commitment, dedication and time. I have a proven track record in business and community service that clearly demonstrates my willingness to put in the time, work hard, investigate and learn - and provide intelligent decision making and collaborative leadership skills that solve problems."
William G. Mittas, 50, is a graduate of Canton South High School, Ohio State University and The University of Akron where he earned a bachelor of science degree in financial business administration, a law degree and a master of taxation. He is employed by Marsh and Mittas Law office. Mittas is a member of Faith Family Church, Ohio State and Stark County Bar Associations and National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives.
His comments to the community: "Having been a Canton Township resident for most of my life, I have seen many changes over the years. My goal is to continue the development and growth of Canton Township into an attractive area to start a business and raise a family. We have seen budgetary cuts at all levels of government, including the townships. The biggest challenge is going to be to preserve the welfare of Canton Township residents at the lowest cost. It is important to know the concerns and issues affecting the residents of Canton Township and I encourage the residents to become involved and to communicate those concerns. My commitment to the residents of Canton Township is to continue to foster an open line of communication and to be a voice for their concerns."
Robert J. Steigerwald Jr., 50. is a graduate of Canton South and has lived in the area all his life. He is employed by Canton Local Schools and is the owner/operator of Wood-Stock Landscape. He is a member of the Arbor Foundation and active in disabled veteran organizations including the Washington D.C. disabled Veterans Memorial. He has been a volunteer at the Canton Local Mega event and has worked installed baseball, softball and soccer fields. "I have a lot of hands on knowledge about Canton Township, working in the area all of my life."
Ron Smith, 55, is a graduate of Canton South High School and The University of Akron where he received a bachelor of science degree in business management. He is an incumbent running unopposed. Smith is retires from Stark County MRDD. He is a member of the Ohio Township Association, OEAA/NEA, and is a past president of the Canton South Rotary. As a certified member of Ohio Treasurer of States, Center for Public Investment Management and Ohio Public Records Training, he believes he is qualified for this position.