November 22, 2014

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Election 2013: Four vying for two trustee seats in Litchfield Twp.

LITCHFIELD TWP. — Two incumbents, a former firefighter and a Buckeye Schools substitute teacher are running for two seats on the township board of trustees.

Dennis Horvath

Dennis Horvath

Horvath is running for a fourth term as trustee. He works as a sales representative for Lipari, a company that sells food to grocery stores. Horvath is married and has three children.

If re-elected, Horvath said he hopes to maintain Litchfield’s fiscal responsibility.

“We take very seriously the amount of money that our taxpayers give us,” he said.

He said he plans to pursue potential shared services agreements with Buckeye Schools.

“We have to make sure that we maintain our roads, maintain our ditches,” he said. “We as a township need to make sure that we’re always watching our pennies and dimes — not buying things and doing things that we don’t need.”

Horvath is a member of Hope Church in Brunswick and served as Litchfield zoning inspector for two years.

Nancy Wargo

Nancy Wargo

Wargo is running for a second term as a Litchfield Township trustee.

She is retired from Buckeye Schools, where she worked as a bus driver for 10 years and a principal’s secretary for almost 15 years. She is married and has two adult daughters who both graduated from Buckeye.

Now that she’s retired, Wargo said being a trustee has become a full-time job. She said she’s learning in more detail the jobs of township workers, for example, by spending a day with the road crew and working in the township’s two cemeteries.

“I would like to continue to be fiscally responsible in handling the money and making decisions for Litchfield residents,” she said.

“Right now they feel free to talk to all the trustees. I’d like to continue to communicate with them and work for them to the best of my ability.”

Wargo said she has begun the process of implementing a neighborhood watch program, which she hopes to use as a way to communicate more with residents if re-elected.

Christopher Teodecki

Christopher Teodecki

Teodecki has a familiar name. He is the husband of former Litchfield Township Fire Chief Joyce Teodecki, who resigned in 2011. He also served on the Litchfield Township Fire Department for 20 years, with several years as chief.

Teodecki has six children and seven grandchildren, and is retired from doing electronics design for NASA.

He said he is running for office because he is not happy with the current board.

“They’re spending money that they don’t need to spend,” he said.

As an example, he cited discussion of the purchase of a new fire truck to fight grass fires, which he didn’t think was needed.

“We haven’t had a grass fire in five years,” he said.

If elected, Teodecki said he would work to return a paramedic to the Fire Department.

“Maybe I can get in there and see if I can straighten some of that out,” he said.

Teodecki’s wife, Joyce, sued township trustees in 2011, accusing them of violating an agreement to keep the results of an investigation into her work private.

Suzan Virosteck

Susan Virosteck

Virosteck is another newcomer to politics. She works as a substitute teacher for Buckeye Schools, and formerly owned Cana wine bar in Medina, which she sold to Thyme 2.

“I’m a completely fresh set of eyes when it comes to looking at issues,” she said. “Getting some fresh ideas is integral to the evolution of the political system.”

She has two children in high school.

She said she didn’t think the trustees have done a bad job.

If elected, Virosteck said she would like to see maintenance codes developed for new businesses and more services provided for the township’s older residents.

A challenge for the future, she said, will be maintaining the township’s rural atmosphere while encouraging economic growth.

“It’s really a juggling act between protecting the rural community and encouraging development, all under the umbrella of managing declining finances,” Virosteck said.

Virosteck served on the township’s zoning board for less than a year and resigned to run for office.

She also serves as a trustee at St. Innocent Church in Olmsted Falls.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.