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Challenger seeks to unseat Moorefield trustees

Two incumbents face a challenger for two seats as Moorefield Township trustees in Tuesday’s election.

Darren Cotter is seeking to unseat one of two longtime trustees, Jack McKee or Joe Mosier.

Here’s a look at each of the three candidates:

Darren Cotter

Cotter, 44, has been a Moorefield Township resident for 37 years and graduated from Wittenberg University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a specialization in finance.

His top priorities for Moorefield Township are safety, security and amenities for the residents.

“I have a duty to serve my community” Cotter said.

If elected, Cotter plans on increasing the hours of the Clark County Sheriff’s deputy that’s contracted to the township without increasing taxes, thus increasing the presence of the sheriff within the community.

He wants to help the township keep Northridge Swimming Pool open by using some of the same techniques that were used to save the baseball park on Moorefield Road.

Cotter worked at Fifth Third Bank for 20 years and served in various leadership positions. He joined the Turner Foundation as chief financial officer two years ago. The foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all of Springfield and Clark County residents.

For job creation and economic development, he plans on working closer with local and regional economic entities to bring in and keep businesses in the area.

His proudest accomplishment so far is assisting in bettering different facilities, including the Rocking Horse Community Health Center and joining the Turner Foundation.

“Moorefield is a fantastic place in which to raise a family, retire and start and grow a business,” Cotter said.

Jack McKee

McKee, 64, has been a Moorefield Township resident for 57 years and attended Northeastern High School and Clark State University.

He has served as a Moorefield Township trustee for 24 years.

If re-elected, McKee said he plans to keep the fire, emergency medical service and road and bridge departments at their current levels.

Lately, McKee said it has been difficult to keep these services in order because Moorefield has experienced budget cuts from the federal and state levels. He said the township has been able to overcome these challenges so far, and he plans on helping continue that.

McKee believes it’s important that the road and bridge department is instrumental in keeping the township safe, especially during times of inclement weather.

“I believe in a community where people can raise a family and live in a safe environment,” McKee said.

While serving Moorefield Township, he said he was involved in instituting an enterprise system that has brought businesses and employment opportunities to the community.

“There’s nothing like experience,” he said.

If expenditures must be reduced, McKee says that he would prioritize the services of the township.

“Our services are crucial to the well-being of our residents, and there is no room to budge on those.”

Joe Mosier

Mosier, 54, is a Moorefield Township native and a Northeastern High School graduate who currently serves as the president of the township board of trustees.

Mosier said one of his top priorities is to maintain the quickest possible response time to emergencies.

Recently, Mosier worked with the trustees to construct a 24-hour fire and emergency medical service for the township.

“Our community is used to having good services, but the 24-hour fire and EMS service was a big plus that we implemented Jan. 1 of this year,” Mosier said.

The board also enforced having a road and bridge department employee available at all times for road-related emergencies.

Mosier is proud of the Moorefield Family Park development.

“It’s just beautiful and we are really proud to have that in the middle of our community,” he said.

The trustees purchased the park in Moorefield Township’s name from a grant through the county.

They built dugouts and a concession stand for the baseball field, developed a pond with a fountain, built a shelter house that can be rented and purchased playground equipment.

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