FRANKLIN SQUARE - Salem Township residents returned the two incumbent trustees to their seats on Tuesday by re-electing Bill Heston and John Wilms.
Voters cast ballots for two seats with three candidates on the ballot.
Wilms received 459 (37.32 percent) votes while Heston collected 442 (35.93 percent) votes, according to complete but unofficial results from the Columbiana County Board of Elections.
Paul C. Taylor, a third candidate on the ballot, received 329 (26.75 percent.) votes.
Trustees serve four-year terms.
Wilms, a 1964 graduate of Leetonia High School, has served as a township trustee since 1986.
He is self-employed in the trucking industry and owns Wilms Topsoil in Leetonia.
He is a founding member of the Heritage Day park committee and says he brings a wealth of contacts that benefit the township so it receives the most economical services and materials and with 27 years as a trustee.
Heston, a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran, has served on the trustee board for several terms.
He is a West Branch High School graduate and a member of the Columbiana County Farm Bureau, Leetonia Masonic Lodge, the Washingtonville VFW Post 5532, Salem AMVETS Post 45 and the Leetonia American Legion Post.
He has owned Dairy Equipment Sales and Services for 38 years.
Before the election, Heston said, "I have lived at my Yates Road address for the past 40 years. I am familiar with our 42 miles of township roads and I have worked together with the other trustees over the years to maintain the roads an insure their safety throughout the year.
"I also serve as sexton for the township cemeteries, handling all matters pertaining to that position."