Reily Township Trustee Faces Opponent in November Election

By Ryan McSheffrey

Reily Township Trustee Nick Schwab, a trustee for 36 years, will face an election challenge from Amanda Tuertscher Nov. 5.

“If I didn’t enjoy it, I wouldn’t do it,” Schwab said. “The people have always voted me in and I would like to continue to prove that their trust is well-founded.”

Schwab has been certified to appear on ballots for the election by taking out a petition with the Butler County Board of Elections, and garnering the necessary number of signatures. Tuertscher has turned her petition in and awaits certification. The filing deadline was Aug. 14.

Schwab is a volunteer EMT for the township and he said that Tuertscher is as well, although he didn’t want to elaborate much on that.

“She is also an EMT, she’s relatively new, I’m not going to say anything bad about her, certainly, I’m going to run on my record,” Schwab said.

Tuertscher could not be reached for comment.

According to Schwab, he and one other Reily Township trustee, who’s been a trustee for 38 years, are the longest-serving elected officials in Butler County.

Reily Township leadership has held the reins for a long time. According to Schwab, another trustee has been on for 14 years, and the township fiscal officer has been in position for 10 years. Those positions are not up for election this year.

Schwab said one of the achievements of the current Reily board was winning over $100,000 in state grants to renovate the Reily Community Center.

Schwab said he has been opposed two or three times in his nine elections and runs the same way every time.

“I’ll send letters out and I’ll put up signs. I’ve always done the same thing whether I’m opposed or unopposed,” he said.

“I could make you a list a mile long of good things going on in Reily right now.”

Other Township Races are Uncontested

Also, in Reily Township, incumbent fiscal officer Dianne Halcomb has been certified and will run unopposed.

That lack of opposition for candidates is a common theme in local township races this cycle.

In Oxford Township, incumbent township fiscal officer, Amy Butterfield has been certified and will run unopposed. Additionally, Oxford Mayor Kate Rousmaniere, who is term-limited from being able to run again for city council, is running unopposed for Oxford Township trustee.

In Hanover Township, incumbent trustee Larry Miller and incumbent fiscal officer Greg Sullivan are running unopposed. 

And in Milford Township, incumbent trustee Amy Butterfield has been certified and will run unopposed.