KOSCIUSKO — The Seward Township Advisory Board members and Township Trustee face no competition in the upcoming fall election. Republican incumbents for the Advisory Board include Kevin Hohman, Bruce Lankenau and Allison McSherry. The Republican incumbent for Seward Township Trustee is Aime Hoffman.
The upcoming election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Lankenau was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., and moved to Yellow Creek Lake in August 2002. He is involved in the local bicycling community as a volunteer with the KCV bicycling group. He also volunteers as president of the Yellow Creek Conservation Club and is now the Director of Facilities at the Kosciusko Community YMCA.
“I have truly enjoyed working with and developing an understanding of the local fire departments,” said Lankenau. “My wife had a bad auto accident last year that she is still recovering from. The first responders were excellent in their professional and caring behavior, which helped ease the pain and shock of a very traumatic experience.”
McSherry served 14 years with the federal government, working for former U.S. Congressmen Mark Souder and Marlin Stutzman. She was elected to Seward Township Advisory Board in 2014.
“As a board member, I have been able to see the cemeteries updated to honor those who had ties with the township,” said McSherry. “Headstones from the 1800s that had been broken due to age and wear were able to be restored. I have also been able to assist the residents with property issues. I am grateful to be able to serve on the Seward Township Advisory Board; it’s a way to serve the community that I raise my children in.”
Hoffman was elected as Seward Township Trustee 20 years ago after serving as township clerk for her father-in-law, Bob Hoffman. She resides at Yellow Creek Lake with her husband, Hal. She has three children and four grandchildren.
She is also a member of Beaver Dam United Methodist Church and the Indiana Township Association. Hoffman also serves on the Four Way EMS board.
“Being able to purchase fire apparatus and equipment without raising taxes is important and we have been able to do that by being fiscally responsible with the taxpayer’s money,” said Hoffman. “The board and I have a good relationship with Seward Township/Burket Volunteer Fire Department. Three cemeteries have been completely restored by budgeting funds over a period of nine years.”
Hoffman also commented on the importance of local government.
“Nowadays people think larger government means better services,” said Hoffman. “I don’t think that’s true. Township trustees know their townships and its residents because we live here and have a stake in our township.”
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