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The counties included in the voters guide for the Nov. 5, 2019 elections are: Montgomery, Warren, Miami, Greene, Clark, Champaign, and Butler.

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Clay Twp. Trustee (unexpired term)

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    Michael Henne

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Experience State Representative 2010-2018 (until term limit) Owner of Boord-Henne Insurance Agency with my prother Steve in Englewood.
Education Northmont HS, 1980 Miami University, BS in Finance 1985
Being a primarily rural township, our challenges may be different than most communities. Keeping up with the services the ORC requires townships to provide with a limited budget and limited means, to create additional revenue is probably our biggest problem. Rather than look for additional ways to tax the citizens, I would like to see government be more efficient with the taxpayers' money and find better ways to work with other local governments to provide those services more effective.
I was born in the area and my wife and I have raised our 4 kids in this community. I have been State Representative for the area for the past 8 years until term limited. I have served the community through my business, Boord-Henne Insurance for over 30 years.
Clay Township already has a JED on route 49 north of the highway prime for development. We could do a better job of marketing the benefits of being between Dayton and Richmond on a major east-west thoroughfare.
Clay Township is our own basic piece of the American Dream. I believe in this progressive world where we look for the government to do more and more for us, it is better to help maintain the status quo.
In Ohio, all the authority for Townships is defined in the Ohio Revised Code. Any changes to that must come from the General Assembly. We all know the best form of government is the one closet to the people and that would be local government, the Township. I would like to use my relationships I developed while I was a State Representative to remind the ones in Columbus of that very fact.
Experience I am currently serving as a Clay Township Trustee. Prior to serving as a trustee, I served the township as a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals. I am in my 26th year as an educator. I began my career in education as an agricultural education instructor and FFA chapter advisor at Brookville High School. I currently serve on the administrative team at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) as the building principal. I have served the MVCTC in this capacity for the past 14 years.
Education I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from The Ohio State University in 1993. While serving as an agriculture education teacher, I continued my studies at the University of Dayton where I earned a Master of Science Degree in Education. While studying at the University of Dayton I also earned Superintendent, Principal, Supervisor, and School Counselor licenses from the State of Ohio. I am also a proud graduate of the Leadership Northmont Community Development Program.
There are many issues facing small communities such as ours throughout the state of Ohio, the largest of which continues to be funding. With reductions in funding sources over the past several years, communities like ours are finding it ever more challenging to maintain the same high level of service our residents have come to expect. I will work with my fellow trustees to secure additional sources of funding through grants in conjunction with the implementation of cost-cutting measures, so we are able to continue to provide a high level of service to our residents while maintaining a low tax burden on their families.
I have served as a Clay Township trustee for several years and in doing so have gained a greater appreciation of the inner-workings of small government. While serving as a trustee I have had the privilege of directing the day-to-day operations for the road, bridge & cemetery department as well as serving as the chairperson for the public safety, personnel, information technology, building and grounds, and records commission subdivisions. I also served a term on the Clay Township Board of Zoning Appeals which allowed me to gain insight into the zoning and code enforcement aspects of the township. This experience within the township along with the experience I have gained while serving as an administrator have provided me with the opportunity to learn how to make informed decisions for the benefit of all parties involved. I have learned through my many years of experience that the best decisions are made when the points of view from all parties involved are taken into account.
I will work with the township trustees and fiscal officer to ensure the township is well positioned to benefit from future regional growth initiatives, while at the same time, preserving the agricultural land and the rural lifestyle we have enjoyed for many years. The Miami Valley Region is ripe for growth with its infrastructure, human resources, and many vibrant communities. Controlled growth in our township and surround communities will ensure we are able to maintain the way of life we have come to enjoy while providing additional sources of revenue to maintain new and existing infrastructure and the many services we provide to our residents.
If reelected to the position of Clay Township trustee, I will work to ensure that the voices of our residents are heard and that any concerns brought forward are resolved in a timely fashion. I will continue to preserve our agriculture land and maintain the rural lifestyle as it is today. I will continue to work with the township trustees and fiscal officer to implement cost-saving measures and seek out new revenue sources so that the residents of the township are able to continue to receive quality services through our current model of small government. I will continue to offer support to the outstanding group of individuals who serve our residents daily. This group includes the individuals from our police department, road, bridge & cemetery department, front office support staff, and first the responders from Verona, Phillipsburg and Brookville Fire and EMS departments who provide exceptional services to our residents.
I would be honored to continue to serve the residents of Clay Township as a trustee and look forward to such an opportunity.