Fairfield Twp. trustee race: Hartkemyer, Berding win election

Newcomer Michael Berding, left, and incumbent Shannon Hartkemeyer were the top vote-getters in the four-candidate race for the Fairfield Twp. Board of Trustees.
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Newcomer Michael Berding, left, and incumbent Shannon Hartkemeyer were the top vote-getters in the four-candidate race for the Fairfield Twp. Board of Trustees.

Fairfield Twp. Trustee Shannon Hartkemeyer and candidate Michael Berding have won election to the township board for the next four years, according to unofficial election results.

Hartkemeyer, the lone incumbent in this race, was seeking her third term on the board and is the top vote-getter in the four-candidate race, according to the unofficial vote.

Hartkemeyer, who’s been active in local and regional organizations, including Caring Like Angels and Heroes and the Jo Ann Davidson Leadership Institute, said over her past two terms, the trustees and administration have worked to “solidified our financial position and built for the future.”

The township has replaced an outdated fire station, built a new public works facility, widened roads.

She said the board will work over the next four years to “strengthen our financial position to safeguard our future,” streamline methods of providing services, and promote economic and community development.

“I’m humbled to be honored by our citizens with their vote of confidence,” said Hartkemeyer. “There are a lot of great things on the horizon for Fairfield Twp. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve for four more years.”

Berding, who will transition off Fairfield and Butler Tech school boards at the end of the year, called the 2021 race for trustee “a team effort.”

“Shannon and I knocked on almost every voter’s door in Fairfield Twp,” said Berding. “We went out to meet the public and found out what they wanted.”

Berding’s public service career, which includes nearly a decade on the Fairfield School Board, has previously served on both the township’s Zoning Appeals Board and Zoning Commission. Now he’ll focus his efforts toward improving the quality of life for Fairfield Twp. residents. Two of Berding’s goals involve maximizing the township’s budget and seeking more entertainment and quality of life options for township residents.

“I am very excited the citizens of Fairfield Twp. put their trust in me to continue the great progress being made in our community,” Berding said. “Shannon and I knocked on thousands of doors and the common theme was residents are very happy with the direction Fairfield Twp. is headed and this is a great place to live and raise a family.”

He said the voters’ “message was clear tonight, Shannon deserves another four years and people recognize the work Susan and I have done in our community.”

Susan Berding, who decided this past summer not to seek re-election to a second full term, was appointed in 2016 and elected to her only term in 2017.

Political newcomers Denise McCoy and Benjamin Wall finished third and fourth, respectively with 26.9% and 8.4% of the vote, according to unofficial election results.

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