Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ed Jerse, candidate for State Senate 25th District

Jerse, 56, is a 47-year resident of Euclid. He served on Euclid City Council from 1989 to 1993 and as a State Representative from 1995 to 2004. He recently retired as Cuyahoga County’s director of regional collaboration.
If elected, Jerse said he would like to focus on economic development, education and the rebuilding of Ohio’s infrastructure.
On economic development, Jerse said, “We should revitalize key, bipartisan programs that have been adrift: Third Frontier, Clean Ohio, Historic Preservation Tax Credits, Technology Investment Tax Credits, and the Ohio Capital Fund. Business leaders are not satisfied with the current advancement of these programs. I would push for a comprehensive review of the status of these programs and for a reinvigoration of them.”
On education, Jerse said he supports early childhood education, a focus on improving educational attainment and aligning curriculums with job opportunities.
Jerse said Ohio’s infrastructure needs to be rebuilt and the need far outstrips the funds currently dedicated to that task.
“A solid infrastructure attracts and sustains businesses; the rebuilding of the infrastructure brings high-paying jobs,” he said. “I would document and emphasize the need and advance the case that the rebuilding of the infrastructure would be a greater engine of economic growth than marginal income tax cuts, which disproportionately favor the wealthy.    
As a State Representative, Jerse said he was a frequent spokesman for the Democratic Caucus on the most complex issues.
“Despite being in the minority, I authored two substantive bills, on day care safety and video voyeurism, that became law,” he said.

Kenny Yuko, candidate for State Senate 25th District

Yuko, 63, is a 17-year resident of Richmond Heights. He served as District 7 State Representative from 2005 to 2012.
If elected, Yuko said he would like to focus on economic development projects, education and “anything and everything” that will improve quality of life of the constituents.
“With plants closing, employers downsizing, combined with the need to attract new families to reside in vacant homes, it has become  imperative that we create opportunities to fill abandoned buildings and clean up vacated work sites to attract businesses,” Yuko said.
He said children make up “30 percent of our population, yet they are 100 percent of our future.” He said from early childhood education to college education, he wants to provide the best opportunities for success.
“We must assist the parents and invest in the lives of our children from early childhood learning programs to compete with their classmates on the same level,” he said.
“Let’s look at our ‘rainy day fund’ as a means to address infrastructure challenges — from bridge replacements to pot hole repair. Revenues from Racinos could go to update our schools to provide our teachers an environment that encourages both learning and staying in school.”
As a State Representative, Yuko said he brought jobs with his casino legislation, as well as revenue for all 88 counties.
“In fiscal year 2013, Lake County received $2,599,000.51,” he said.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Matt Lynch, candidate for 14th Congressional District

Lynch, 62, has served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives since 2013 and was a Bainbridge Township trustee from 2008 through 2011.
He said that he decided to run for Congress on behalf of conservatives who are fed up with politics as usual.
He aims to repeal Obamacare and defund it until that would happen, balance the budget by amending the Constitution with a balanced budget amendment, close the nation’s Southern border by using the National Guard until a fence would be built, and impose term limits of 12 years by constitutional amendment.

Dave Joyce, candidate for 14th Congressional District

U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce, 57, has served in Congress since 2013 and was Geauga County prosecutor from 1988 through August 2012.
Joyce said he has pledged to fight every day in Washington for Northeast Ohio.
He aims to continue to stop wasteful government spending and shrink the nation’s debt by getting Washington to operate on a budget, create good jobs, strengthen the economy and to continue work to repeal the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mary Samide (R) for Geauga County Commissioner

Mary Samide has lived in Chardon for 47 years. She has served as Commissioner for 10 years and as the Republican Precinct Chair for 14 years. She served as a Munson Township trustee for 9 years.
"I am seeking this office to continue the excellent record I have as County Commissioner for the past 10 years and to serve the people of Geauga County," Samide wrote on her candidate questionnaire issued by The News-Herald.
Samide said the following items were accomplished during her 10 years as commissioner:
Moody’s upgraded Geauga County bond rating to Aa1 while other states and communities were downgraded.
14.7 million Safety Center will be paid off in less than 10 years after opening in 2005
State Auditor continuously gives Geauga County highest award for sound fiscal management with 2011 award with distinction (given to less than 5% of Counties) We have balanced county budget yearly without raising taxes. Geauga County receives Digital Technology award for outstanding use of technology countywide.
Extended Fiber Optic throughout county facilities. All Sheriffs vehicles have the latest technology and presently we are installing the latest digital communication radios that bounce signals between our 5 constructed towers in Geauga. This will help all fire, and safety personnel countywide throughout all 16 townships, 4 villages, and one city.
We are continuing to build economic development through our 14 million dollar portfolio, and our new small business incubator project. I plan to continue economic development while at the same time preserving farmland and protecting the beautiful environment in Geauga County. Our motto, which we put in place in 2004 is “Growing Geauga Greener economically and environmentally.” These goals are not mutually exclusive of each other. We see them working in tandem.
We have managed to keep all personnel working in Geauga County through a difficult economy and have managed not to raise taxes. Geauga county has a 5.8% unemployment rate, and property values have only gone down by 5%. We feel we have weathered the economic downturn. Geauga County was ranked by Forbes magazine the 4 th best place in the Country to raise a family ,and we are ranked 1 st as the healthiest in the state of Ohio during my tenure as Commissioner. If re-elected, I plan to continue these aforementioned policies, committees, and involvement.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Anthony Podojil, running for Lake County Educational Service Center

Podojil cites shared services and legislative partnerships as his priorities if elected.
“Work with our legislators in developing a more in depth understanding of the needs of the unique districts we serve and the impact that legislative initiatives are having on the quality of education be delivered to the children,” he wrote in his questionnaire.
He cites his past experience in education as a reason to be elected.
“In my role as a public school administrator, I have had many opportunities to develop and participate in numerous programs that have been developed jointly between districts using the ESC as the catalyst to make that happen,” he wrote. “In our current economic environment, the means by which we utilize our resources to their maximum potential has never been more important.
“I am committed to working with all district members in seeking solutions that benefit our students and the community.”
Podojil has been a resident of Painesville Township for 25 years.

Caitlin Fertal, The News-Herald article, Oct. 28, 2013 

Scott Slocum for Huron School Board

Scott Slocum
Slocum, 50, who is currently on the school board, said if re-elected, he would like to improve community engagement, improve labor relations and continue to be fiscally responsible.
“We now have a leadership team focused on community engagement, reflecting a new tone in the district,” Slocum said. “We intend to partner with the city on projects, which will help both the city and district share resources and be more fiscally responsible.
“We are developing a formal strategic plan to be rolled out in 2014 which will include community input.”
In regards to labor relations, Slocum said he has 20 years of labor relations experience which has gone “untapped” for the last eight years.
“Our employee morale is high right now,” he said. “I have heard this from many employees in the past month. I understand that treating employees with respect and following contract language ultimately saves the district money. Good labor relations is good business.”
The district also needs to keep on the same path of being fiscally responsible.
“This year, the district negotiated a successful contract with classified employees, saving the district $100,000 annually,” Slocum said. “And $652,000 in cost saving measures has been identified for the 2013-14 school year. Additionally, expenditures held to a 1.9 percent increase in 2012 – lower than the rate of the inflation and an improvement over 2011.”

-- Kaylee Remington, Morning Journal article from Nov. 1, 2013