Candidates compete for Brown Twp. trustee

By Amy Barger -




BROWN TOWNSHIP — There are three candidates vying for a Brown Township trustee seat during the upcoming Nov. 3 elections.

Those in the running are John Beal, a self-employed farmer; Ryan Havenar, full-time firefighter/paramedic/RN for the city of Troy and apprentice auctioneer for Havenar Bayman Bair Auctioneer; and Dan Sturgill, a research scientist and DEA regulatory liaison for Procter and Gamble.

Beal has successfully owned and operated his own farming business for the past 35 years. Because he is self-employed, he will be able to arrange his schedule to be available for the residents of Brown Township “24 hours a day, 7 days a week” as specific needs arise.

“This is a very important qualification because one never knows when roads will need worked on, snow will need plowed, work will need to be done in the Fletcher Cemetery, or another township trustee duty will need to be performed,” Beal said. “Most of the needs handled by a township do not occur on a set schedule.”

Havenar’s qualifications include an associate’s degree in applied science and he is currently the secretary/treasurer for Troy Firefighters Local 1638. His father, Mike Havenar, is a Springcreek Township trustee and his grandfather, Louis Havenar, is a retired Miami County commissioner and Springcreek Township trustee.

Sturgill has served for the Ohio Public Works Commission on the District 11 Natural Resources Assistance Council; the Ohio State University on the Miami County Extension Advisory committee chair; the Ohio Farm Bureau on the Young Ag Professionals committee as a voting delegate and county board president; Ohio 4-H as a conservation camp advisor, youth trainer, and county junior camp staff; United Way of Greater Cincinnati on the Young William Cooper Proctor Society and Emerging Leaders; and DuPont/American Soybean Association in the Young Leader program.

“I believe in a spirit of volunteerism and of servant leadership,” Sturgill said. “My community involvement over the years is largely because I have seen the opportunity to make a difference and followed my heart to do so. One can be successful at balancing many things in life, if you are only passionate about each and every one.”

As a lifelong resident of Brown Township, Beal wants to serve the community that has “done so much to enrich my life,” he said.

“I have been actively involved in the community in a wide variety of ways,” Beal said. “It is now my wish to serve in an even larger capacity.”

If elected, Beal said he will work diligently to provide strong support to the Fletcher Fire Department and EMS; place time and effort into maintaining and beautifying the Fletcher Cemetary; keep township zoning regulations as they are now; and continue keeping the township fiscally sound during difficult economic times.

Havenar wants to have a “much more personal and positive relationship with the residents of the township.” Beal said he will always welcome residents’ concerns, ideas, and suggestions, create positive changes while preserving historical heritage, and be fiscally responsible.

“One of the greatest needs in Brown Township is to preserve our historical A.B. Graham Memorial Center & Museum while keeping the township fiscally responsible for years to come,” Havenar said.

Sturgill expressed his reason for seeking office.

“I believe that I can bring many of the strengths of my career, education, and upbringing to benefit all residents of Brown Township,” Sturgill said. “When making decisions with finance on new projects at P & G or even on the farm, I adhere to a set of core values to choose the difficult right decision. The same principles apply when dealing with many individuals and entities globally. I simply wish to serve, and do all possible to positively impact our little corner of the county.”

If elected, Sturgill wants to maintain the safety of the community, be an impartial mediator, and work diligently at the physical needs of the township.

The greatest need to be addressed in the trustee position is to “maintain an excellent township with less.”

“A little-known fact is the state estate (death) tax actually funded the townships,” Sturgill said. “While it was a victory for the individual to abolish such a tax, the result is a different and less abundant stream of revenue for Ohio’s townships. The challenge is to maintain an excellent township with less, and diligently work with other groups to find more funding.”

Beal is married to Melissa and they have two children, Emily and Isaac. Havenar is married to his wife Hannah and they have a 5-year-old daughter, Addison, and are expecting a son in December. Sturgill did not provide his family information.



By Amy Barger

Reach reporter Amy Barger at (937) 451-3340 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.

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