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Miami Twp. trustee races already attracting interest

Interest seems strong in the two Miami Twp. trustee seats on the ballot this fall, four years removed from a required recount in a six-candidate race.

Nearly four months before the filing deadline, one person has already turned the paperwork while two others have taken out petitions.

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Meanwhile, the man appointed this week to the vacancy created by Robert Matthews Jr.’s resignation said he plans to seek election.

Miami Twp. Board of Trustees President Andrew Papanek got the most votes in 2013, with just 51 votes separating him, Matthews and the third-place finisher, incumbent Mike Nolan. It triggered an automatic recount by the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

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Papanek has pulled petitions for a re-election bid while Miami Valley Fire District board member Bob Davis did so in late December, elections records show.

Trustees voted this week to appoint Eric Flasher to fill the seat formerly occupied by Matthews. Flasher, one of four candidates interviewed for the vacancy, said he plans to be on the fall ballot.

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Another of the four interviewed, Don Culp, on Tuesday filed petitions for the seat, county records show.

Matthews’ resignation attracted seven applicants, including Nolan. Trustee Vice President Doug Barry said he would encourage all seven to run.

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