Melanie Farkas – Township Trustee, Liberty Township
As an award-winning marketing professional, Melanie Farkas uses data-driven decision making and storytelling to work with others to solve problems through transparent communication. She has been a resident of central Ohio for more than ten years and moved into Liberty Township in 2015.
Melanie graduated from Central Michigan University, where she received a B.A. in Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts. She began her journalism career at WWTV/WWUP, a small TV station in northern Michigan, as a news producer. That is also where she met her husband, Dan.
Dan and Melanie moved to central Ohio in 2007 shortly after they were married. They moved into Liberty Township in 2015 because they were looking for an area to raise their children that was close-knit, with great schools, safe streets, and a sense of community. Melanie now works with the best in-house marketing team in the area at the law firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP. Dan is a lecturer at The Ohio State University. Melanie’s children, Leah (9) and William (6), attend Tyler Run Elementary School.
Melanie teaches Sunday School and helps with the children’s ministry at Linworth United Methodist Church. She is the proud co-leader of her daughter’s Brownie troop, where they focus on the Girl Scout mission of building courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place. Her volunteer work has helped the MidOhio Foodbank, YMCA Family Shelter, American Red Cross, Heather Pick Spirit Fund, Saks Key to the Cure and NC4K. Melanie was inspired to run for Liberty Township trustee after seeing what happens when the wrong people are elected to local office. She’s spent the past year attending nearly every township trustee meeting, knocking hundreds of doors, conducting meetings and research to hone in on what she believes is the best way forward for her community. Her priorities if elected are keeping the fire department based in the township, repairing the relationship between Liberty Township and the City of Powell, making responsible decisions with the township’s funds, and restoring trust and transparency to the office.