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Incumbent earns GOP nod

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Incumbent Ben Jackson secured the Republican nomination for Columbus Township trustee on Tuesday.

Jackson, who was appointed to the position in June 2013, defeated Rod Blasdel and Bob Freeman.

Jackson easily outdistanced his opponents, capturing more than 44 percent of the vote (2,033 votes). Blasdel garnered 28 percent of the vote (1,280) and Freeman more than 27 percent (1,256).

Jackson previously worked as a lead driver and scheduler for FAB Express and Transcorr at Rock Tenn. He sought the trustee’s office after Fred Barkes resigned amid the turmoil of two criminal investigations into the office.

“I was happy last June when the Republican precinct committee people trusted me to turn this office around, and I’m even happier to be the party’s candidate in the fall,” Jackson said.

Jackson campaigned on the positive changes he has made since taking over as township trustee, including the rewriting of assistance standards.

Jackson said he enjoys serving the poor and providing township assistance, and while he is not as familiar with fire protection, he is determined to give his constituents the best bang for the buck there as well.

“Some people think we give too much away and some think we give away too little,” Jackson said.

“I recognize that some people treat assistance as a source of income and we need to put a stop to that. I think we can help people the most by finding a way to let them help themselves.”

Jackson will face Democrat Chris Rutan in the general election.

Columbus Township trustee


Ben Jackson        2,033

Rod Blasdel    1,280

Bob Freeman    1,256

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