NEWBERRY TOWNSHIP — Two candidates were in the running for open one trustee seat for Newberry Township during the Tuesday election, with J. Jason Sargent unofficially winning the seat by 945 votes.
Along with Sargent in the race was Robert (Rick) Reck, who had 657 votes. Votes came to a total of 1,602.
Sargent has repaired the roads and maintained the cemeteries in Newberry Township. Having this experience, he said he is familiar with the location of all of the roads and cemeteries within the township as well as the equipment, duties, and personnel.
Sargent’s focus will be on “stretching every dollar” as a trustee.
“The one big issue facing Newberry Township is adequate funding,” Sargent said. “The amount of money the township receives from the state is on a downward spiral. In addition, fuel-efficient cars have led to a decline in fuel tax revenue as well, yet the cost of maintaining roads continues to go up.
“The trustee of the future must know how to do more with less. I have that experience to stretch every dollar. I want to visit with other county and township officials to see if there are any ideas that they have implemented that might help us run a more efficient township.”
Sargent is married to his wife Heidi and has two sons, Owen and Caleb.
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