Newberry Township elects trustees

Long, Gearhart win Staunton seats

By Sam Wildow -

NEWBERRY TOWNSHIP — Residents chose between three candidates for two trustee seats in Newberry Township, electing George Furrow and Michael Maniaci.

Sitting township trustee Furrow received 41.72 percent of the vote with 718 votes, according to unofficial election results.

Maniaci received 34.51 percent of the vote with 594 votes.

The remaining candidate Darrel Blanton received 23.77 percent of the vote with 409 votes.

Newberry Township Fiscal Officer Mary E. Benedict was re-election. Benedict was running unopposed.

Furrow has been married to his wife Tammy for 37 years. They have two daughters and three grandchildren. Furrow has worked in construction for 40 years with Finfrock Construction. Furrow has also been a township trustee for 13 years.

Furrow’s goals for the township include maintaining the township’s 29 miles of road along with the township’s numerous cemeteries with the township’s decreasing funds.

He has previously said that those goals — building roads and maintaining structures — coincide with his career in construction. Furrow added that he enjoys when he gets to work with the Miami County Engineer’s Office on repair and reconstruction work in the township.

Regarding the greatest needs in the township, Furrow noted maintaining the roads and cemeteries as a priority, as well as supporting the Bradford Fire Department and Covington Fire and Rescue for the township’s fire and EMS protection.

Maniaci has been married to Sally Subler-Maniaci for 46 years. They have three children that graduated from Covington High School. They now have six grandchildren with one enrolled in Covington schools.

Maniaci is retired after working 46 years as a retail manager. That has not slowed him down, however, as he currently owns a lawn care service that mows residential and cemetery lawns. He is also a farmer and maintains a family farm. For the last five years, Maniaci has been on the Miami County Zoning Commission Board.

He has been a resident of Newberry Township for the last 41 years. Maniaci has previously said that he felt he has the “time and experience to best service our township.” Regarding the greatest needs in the township, Maniaci noted replacing and repairing roads, maintaining side ditches in the area, and maintaining the local cemeteries.

Long, Gearhart win Staunton seats

In the Staunton Township trustees race, Levi Long won a seat with 372 votes along with Bill B. Gearhart with 442 votes, according to unofficial results.

Susan Couser received 146 votes, but did not win a seat on the trustees.
Long, Gearhart win Staunton seats

By Sam Wildow

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336