Former trustee returns

CHAMPION – A former trustee was the top vote-getter in a three-candidate race for two seats in the Champion Township election.

Keith E. Bowser, who had served as a trustee from 2002 to 2005, received 35.4 percent of the votes, according to unofficial incomplete results in Tuesday’s general election.

Incumbent Jeffrey Hovanic, who is completing his fourth term and retained his seat for a new term, received 33 percent of the votes.

Incumbent Williams Templeton, who was completing his second term as a trustee, lost his attempt at re-election with 31.6 percent of the votes.

Bowser said he credits his return as trustee to the support of family and friends ”who believed in me.”

”I want to be a voice for the citizens of Champion. I appreciate everyone who voted for me and look forward to going forward as a trustee board and getting things done in Champion,” Bowser said.

He said he looks forward to returning to the board and bringing ”common sense.”

Hovanic said he was grateful to the residents of Champion for returning him for a fifth term in office. He credits hard work and belief in the community for his success in retaining his seat.

Controversy arose just a few days before the elections over allegations that Hovanic used his office to improperly benefit his brother’s insurance business. His attorneys called the allegations a political stunt in advance of Tuesday’s election.

Hovanic made an argument Friday in Eleventh District Court of Appeals, responding to the allegations filed by attorneys representing township Patrolman Robert Koehler.