Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Karen Lieske for Bay Village City Council

Karen Lieske
Lieske, 63, is the incumbent councilwoman for Ward 3. She also currently works as an assistant director of Career Services for Cleveland State University.
A 33-year resident of Bay Village, Lieske said her experience makes her a perfect candidate to continue serving Ward 3.
“Voters should elect me because of my 14 years experience representing them in an elected capacity,” she said. “I am completing my second year on City Council and was elected to three four-year terms on the Bay Village Board of Education. This unique combination of experience has provided a background and framework for understanding the needs of the community and working to come up with the best solutions.”
If reelected, Lieske said that she will continue the work she has started.
“I would like to continue to promote fiscal accountability and transparency by attending Finance Committee meetings, when possible, and consider the long term implications on city resources when reviewing legislation,” she said. “I also will continue to represent my constituents and the entire community in my role as a member of council.”

-- Jon Behm, Morning Journal article from Oct. 30, 2013

Paul Vincent for Bay Village Council

Paul Vincent
Vincent, 31, is currently an attorney at Mills, Mills, Fiely and Lucas, as well as the co-owner of Guys Pizza in Cuyahoga Falls.
“Utilizing my experience as a family man, attorney and pizza shop owner, I am committed to asking tough questions and providing a new perspective to City Council,” said the registered Democrat.
“In each decision I make, I will only vote after asking tough questions and being convinced that each action is in the best interest of Bay Village residents.”
There are three key elements that Vincent said he plans to improve if elected.
First, Vincent said he would work to make the government more open and accessible.
“I’d work to broadcast council meetings, hold monthly town hall meetings, update ward residents by email and twitter and integrate council member e-mail addresses to the city server,” he said.
Second, Vincent would like to build up and promote more community events.
He said he hopes to build community bonding through events that residents can enjoy together.
Finally, Vincent hopes to set up a system to help out returning veterans and seniors.
“I’d work to make a network of volunteer residents to utilize their business networks to help returning veterans transition home after serving our country,” he said. “I’d also request volunteers to assist our seniors in clearing their driveways in the winter and leaves in the fall. These tasks are small but significant to our residents.”


-- Jon Behm, Morning Journal article from Oct. 30, 2013

Nick Nunnari for Westlake City Council

Nick Nunnari
Nunnari, 54, currently works as an assistant service manager at AutoNation Ford.
The Westlake High School graduate believes that because he has lived over 40 years in Westlake, he is in touch with Ward 2’s needs.
“I’m well versed on residents’ concerns and passionate about community service,” he said. “I attend City Council meetings regularly and build solid working relationships.”
Nunnari said financial issues will be his chief concern.
“I will focus on areas which have fiscal components: continued cost savings for our citizens, strategic economic development and regionalization,” he said.
Nunnari said that he can see a bright future for Westlake.
“I envision the future Westlake will have financial stability, quality affordable city services, interdependence with regional partners and an open and responsive government that believes in low taxes and responsible management of our tax dollars,” he said. “It’s time to give back to the city that has given me so much. It would be an honor and privilege to serve as your voice on Westlake City Council.”

-- Jon Behm, Morning Journal article from Oct. 29, 2013

Lynda Appel for Westlake City Council

Lynda Appel 
Appel, 51, is currently the webmaster of the Westlake City School District.
A registered Republican, Appel holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in communications.
Appel said she believes that her commitment to go above and beyond the expected is why citizens should vote for her.
“I am always reaching above and beyond what is expected and with the highest of standards,” she said. “I consistently demonstrate professionalism and a collaborative attitude, paired with creativity, innovation and efficiency.”
From walking through Ward 1, Appel said she believes she has identified three main concerns she would like to address: safety, low taxes and good schools.
Appel believes that while the fire, police and other safety personnel do a fantastic job, other departments should begin to collaborate.
“I support rationalization and collaboration if it optimizes our resources and does not compromise the level of service we have become accustomed to,” she said.
Appel believes that taxes in Westlake should remain low. She also said and that money raised by taxes need to be spent wisely.
Additionally, Appel believes that having a strong school system will keep Westlake a premier city.
“Ward 1 residents recognize the need for a strong public school system,” she said. “They know that without strong schools, their property values will decrease.”
More than anything else, though, Appel says that she wants to be someone who Ward 1 citizens can trust and come to.
“I plan to listen to the concerns of Ward 1, ask questions to gain understanding and make thoughtful decisions that benefit the most people while keeping the goals of the city and the needs of the Ward in balance,” she said.

-- Jon Behm, Morning Journal article from Oct. 29, 2013

Shamus Cusick for Westlake City Council

Shamus Cusick
Cusick, 50, currently works as a manager in the construction business.
A four-year resident of Westlake, Cusick says that he has been active in the Westlake public for eight years.
Cusick believes that his plethora of experience, both in work and in life, makes him an excellent candidate to serve Ward 1.
“Most of my working career has been building relationships locally, though I have worked out of state and even as far as Africa, which is a very valuable perspective to have in this global economy,” he said.
Cusick said he believes that there are two main things that he would achieve should he be elected.
First, Cusick said that the major issue stemming from the transition of the water providing services is one thing he would immediately tackle. He said that he believes the transition is one step that will give Westlake better control over its own development.
Second, Cusick plans to continue building on the momentum and success of the mayor and current council.
“I would also work to assist the mayor and council, who have a history of forward thinking and planning and sound financial management,” he said.
Cusick said that he has made Westlake his home, and that he wants to represent the people to help maintain the city that has adopted him.
“In Westlake, I have found a safe and secure place to live, raise my son in good schools and enjoy close amenities with great safety forces and services,” he said. “You can trust that I will use my knowledge, experience and common sense to vigorously represent all Ward 1 residents’ concerns and (make) a smooth transition for the citizens of this great city.”

-- Jon Behm, Morning Journal article from Oct. 29, 2013


Stephen Wolf for North Olmsted City Council

Stephen Wolf
Wolf, 57, is a retired police officer who currently works as a practicing attorney for the Law Office of Stephen W. Wolf, LLC.
A registered Democrat, Wolf holds multiple degrees from Cleveland State University.
A nearly lifelong city resident, Wolf said he believes his longevity in North Olmsted, coupled with his previous service to the city, makes him an excellent candidate for city council.
“I want the North Olmsted I was born in, that I grew up in, to be the North Olmsted I grow old in,” he said.
“Born and raised here, I bring with me the institutional knowledge of nearly fifty-seven years of residency and thirty-two years as a police officer.”
Wolf said he believes that there are three main issues that he would like to address should he be elected.
First, Wolf hopes to tackle and rebuild what he calls a “post-apocalyptic economy,” citing it as the biggest issue that convinced him to enter the race.
“Every street has one or two vacant and foreclosed homes,” he said. “People will move here, into those vacant homes, if we can convince them of what we know: North Olmsted is a great place to call home.”
Second, Wolf plans to re-enforce the dwindling number of vital city services.
Finally, Wolf wants to increase the transparency of the city.
“I will work to eliminate privatization,” he said. “Privatization allows government funds to be funneled from the city to a private entity. Transparency is critically important to the proper operation of North Olmsted government.”

-- Jon Behm, Morning Journal article from Oct. 30, 2013


Monday, October 28, 2013

Michael Silver for Beachwood City Council

Michael Silver
Silver has been a resident of Beachwood for 17 years. He said he would like to be more responsible for the city’s tax dollars. To do this, he would like to ensure competitive bidding of key contracts and large purchases, reduce administrative overhead and become more cost effective by using Lean Business practices. He would like to eliminate deficit spending and work to roll back the tax increase. He said he would like to cut expenditures for outside marketing firms “charging $120 an hour to post comments on Facebook.”
He also would like to be more open with the residents of Beachwood. This would include providing online access to City Council and other city meetings so residents can attend remotely. It would also include disclosing expenses through monthly financial reports that are posted online so “residents know where our tax dollars are being spent.”
Silver said he also would like to be more respectful of residents. This would include eliminating mayoral appointment of Planning and Zoning Commission members, allowing and providing for resident input at Planning and Zoning meetings, and developing and implementing a master development plan for Commerce Park and the city of Beachwood overall, which can be displayed at City Hall. It also would include protecting residential neighborhoods through controlling zoning changes and existing deed restrictions.

-- Andrew Cass, News-Herald article from Oct. 28, 2013


Michael Friedman for Beachwood City Council

Michael Friedman
Friedman is a lifelong resident of Beachwood. He said communication is very important to him and thinks he would be a great liaison between the people of Beachwood and City Council.
“I would listen to what they had to say and do my best to resolve their issues,” he said.
He also said the homes in Beachwood are aging and a lot of home buyers are looking at other suburbs because they “feel they can get a better value.” He said he would to look into it and try to get more people to move to the city.
Friedman also said negative publicity about the city bothers him.
“Most of it comes from people that do not listen to the whole story,” he said. “I want to be able to represent our community well and keep as much negative (publicity) away as I can.”

-- Andrew Cass, News-Herald article from Oct. 28, 2013


Neil R. Wilson, running for Lake County Educational Service center

Wilson has lived in Painesville for 35 years and cites finances as his main focus.
“The members of the Lake County Educational Service Center have done a good job of being fiscally responsible, and I will continue that practice,” he wrote. “I will strive to improve the educational opportunity for member school districts. The present board has built up a financial surplus and I will be judicious in using that surplus.”

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

Erik L. Walter, running for Lake County Educational Service Center

Walter has lived in Concord Township for seven years and has served on the Educational Service Center Board for eight months.
He cited school funding, use of Common Core Curriculum in Ohio and public relations as his priorities if elected.
“In order to address these three areas, I plan on using my time on the Lake County ESC to communicate with the public as well as state and local politicians on all aspects of these areas and give a neutral, non-biased opinion on what is best for the educational system in Ohio,” he wrote in his questionnaire.

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






James Marsic for Montville Township trustee

James Marsic
Marsic seeks a third term in office and he looks to continue to assist in the development of an improved fire and rescue department for the township, according to his election questionnaire.
He also would aim to assist in road improvements as the township faces tighter budgets to due less state assistance and fewer grants available.
Marsic is concerned about an influx of gas wells and power lines so he wants to protect the health and safety of residents.
He credits the help of fellow trustees and department heads for accomplishments in the township.
“I feel lucky to have a good working relationship with the township to see that improvements and accomplishments can continue to be done and achieved to make Montville Township one of the best townships in Geauga County, not to mention the state,” Marsic wrote.

-- John Arthur Hutchison, News-Herald article from Oct. 28, 2013


Randal C. Peterson for Montville Township trustee

Randal C. Peterson
Peterson is looking to win a fourth term in office and wants to address the continuation of road improvements including work to make sure all township roads are paved, according to his election questionnaire.
He also wants to address the continuation of daytime staffing at the fire department, which was implemented earlier this year on a one-year trial basis.
Peterson aims to maintain and improve the community center and said the building that houses township offices and the fire department is quite old, but still has many years that it can function through maintenance.
“I have worked hard to fight against tax increases and have given the residents as much as possible with the finances that we have to work with,” Peterson wrote. “I have supported decisions to improve our roads with the budget that has been set before the board,” Peterson wrote.

-- John Arthur Hutchison, News-Herald article from Oct. 28, 2013


Lu Ann Burger for Montville Township trustee

Lu Ann Burger
Burger has been active in the community as part of groups such as 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and church organizations, according to her election questionnaire.
A former township fire department emergency medical technician and dispatcher, Burger would like to see a greater effort to recruit residents to serve for the department and she would like more input from residents before additional tax dollars are asked for these operations.
She wants to improve relationships with neighboring townships and to modernize the township’s communication efforts.
“I am willing to serve my community and represent everyone who calls Montville home,” Burger wrote. “The board needs to bring new energy to the table. It is important to focus on the resources we have y being open and available to our residents.”

-- John Arthur Hutchison, News-Herald article from Oct. 28, 2013

Geoffrey T. Kent, running for Lake County Educational Service Center

Kent is a resident of Painesville and has lived there for 28 years.
He cited state funding cuts, and student preparation as his main concerns.
“Future funding cuts by the state cannot impact student programs. All students upon graduation must be prepared to enter the workforce or post-secondary education,” he wrote in his questionnaire.

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





Timothy M. Rush for Avon Lake Municipal Utilities Board

Timothy M. Rush
If elected to the Board of Municipal Utilities, Rush hopes to promote collaborative efforts between the mayor, City Council, and the Municipal Utilities Board by enhancing information sharing and creating joint policies and strategic plans.
With his professional background, Rush believes he will be an asset to the board.
“Because of the interdependence between City government and the Utility, it is important to elect people who believe in shared efforts between both entities,” Rush said. “Enhanced information sharing is particularly important now as we face large credit and capitalization needs to meet EPA standards. I have the experience to encourage teamwork between people to build joint policies and strategic plans.”

-- Adriana Cuevas, Morning Journal article from Oct. 28, 2013


Kevin Ward for Avon mayor

Kevin Ward
Ward, 44, is currently serving his second-term as Ward 3 Avon Councilman, chairman of Avon Parks and Recreation Committee and member of the city’s finance committee.
When not serving on council, he is a business consultant with the Spartan Group.
He received his degree in business administration from Boston University and a degree in accounting from Cleveland State University. He also received a certificate from Kent State University for successful completion of their Elected Official’s Academy.
If elected to office, Ward said he will encourage new businesses development, secure home values through improvements to roads, utilities and parks and maintain a lasting relationship with the city’s schools, police, and fire departments. He also hopes to improve City Hall’s efficiency and communication through the use of technology and social media.
Recently receiving political backing from fellow city council members Mary Berges, Craig Witherspoon, Dan Urban and Kevin McBride, Ward said he is confident in his abilities to serve as mayor.
“Avon is no longer the small town of many years ago,” Ward said. “Our next mayor will be responsible for a $34 million budget, over 150 employees, and tens of millions of dollars in assets. I have the proven skills and experience to lead and deliver results for the people of Avon from Day One. I will work together with residents, city council, and all city employees to secure Avon’s future and meet the challenges ahead.”

-- Adriana Cuevas, Morning Journal article from Oct. 28, 2013

Richard Summers for Avon mayor

Richard Summers

Summers, 41, currently serves as an assistant prosecutor in Parma and a litigation lawyer for McDonald Hopkins in Cleveland.
Prior to joining the law firm in 2003, he acted as an assistant county prosecutor for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and assistant program director for the city of Parma.
Summers earned a bachelor’s degree from Baldwin Wallace College and a law degree from the University of Akron School of Law.
He has lived in the city for the past six years, acting as an Avon Youth Baseball Coach and member of the Avon Athletic Boosters.
If elected to mayor, Summers said he will take measure to protect the city’s infrastructure from being overrun, attract targeted businesses and increase communication with residents.
With his legal experience, Summers said he’s certain that he can steadily lead the city to continued growth through careful planning and increased communication.
“This is a very important time for the city of Avon,” Summers said. “Avon is going to steadily grow and we must plan wisely for that growth. In planning for the growth of Avon, we must always start looking at how any plan affects the residents of Avon.”

-- Adriana Cuevas, Morning Journal article from Oct. 28, 2013

Bryan Jensen for Avon mayor

Bryan Jensen
Jensen, 53, is currently serving his fourth-term on City Council and has served multiple terms on the city’s planning and safety service commissions.
Apart from his political duties, Jensen is owner and president of Pinehaven Greenhouses.
Jensen received his degree in business management and general business from West Liberty State College, W.Va.
He also is a member of the French Creek Merchants Association, Avon Athletic Boosters, coach of Avon youth soccer and president of the Greater Cleveland Flowers Growers Association.
Most recently, Jensen earned Smith’s support who said he would do an excellent job as Avon’s next mayor.
If elected, Jensen said he hopes to continue developing commercial and industrial growth to build the city’s tax base, improve traffic flow through road improvements, acquire more park land and implement an outdoor swimming pool using no additional tax increase to fund it.
As a successful growing community, Jensen said Avon needs an experienced leader with a passion for the city.
“I have the most experience of any candidate,” he said. “I have run a successful local business for 28 years, giving back to the community through that business and also donating time to local activities and events,” Jensen said. “My goal is to build upon our past with a keen eye to the future. I will work hard every day to keep Avon moving in the right direction.”

-- Adriana Cuevas, Morning Journal article from Oct. 28, 2013

Dan Zegarac for Avon mayor

Dan Zegarac
Zegarac, 57, is the currently the president of Avon’s City Council serving his second-term.
He previously served as a member of the city’s charter review commission, chairman of the Service and Economic Development Committee, Parks and Recreation Commission and the Legal Committee.
Prior to serving the city, Zegarac was a sales/business manager with the Ganley Auto Group in Cleveland and Aurora for nearly eight years.
Zegarac is a graduate of Avon High School. He also attended Kent State University.
He is a member of St. Mary Church, Knights of Columbus 3269, Avon VFW Post 7035, Avon High School Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee and Avon Blended Class Reunion Committee. He also has coached several youth sports groups and is actively involved in Chevrolet Youth Soccer and Chevrolet Youth Baseball with the Ganley Auto Group.
If selected as mayor, Zegarac said he hopes to continue solid growth around the Nagel Road Interchange, expand and promote business development and address the city’s flooding issues through a storm sewer project along the southeast section of Nagel Road.
As a 51-year resident of Avon, he said he has been actively involved in the community, raising his family in the city and witnessing the growth of the city under Smith’s leadership.
“I am ready to serve Avon as its next mayor,” Zegarac said. “My experience as City Council president as well as business and management experience will serve Avon well. My experience and conversations with Mayor Smith, the directors of our city and others has given me a desire to lead Avon on a full-time basis as mayor. I am committed to giving Avon as much as possible to have a positive impact on our city.”

-- Adriana Cuevas, Morning Journal article from Oct. 28, 2013


Donna Hauck for South Amherst Village Council

Donna Hauck
Hauck, a 13-year resident of South Amherst, is a married mother of five children.
Hauck said voters should elect her to council because as a community member, she would like to be involved in decisions that affect her and the community.
During her last council term as chairman of the finance Committee, she said she “had the committee functioning as it should which was not the case prior to my chairmanship.”
She said she also was “instrumental in getting the village website up and running and the initial drafting of a village personnel policy manual.”

-- Eric Bonzar, Morning Journal article from Oct. 28, 2013

Diane Marzano Snider for Mayfield Heights mayor

Diane Marzano Snider 
Serving on council for the past 12 years, Snider said she has the experience needed to run the city.
“I have come to realize how important it is to demonstrate real experience and real results to the resident of the city,” she said.
One of her goals, if elected, is to revisit the Master Plan.
“(I will) appoint a committee, with myself included, to evaluate our city’s growth, progress, and development,” she said.
Snider will work on maintaining and enhancing services for senior citizens, as well as addressing the foreclosure crisis.
She is confident in her ability to serve the city as mayor.
“As the only independent candidate running for Mayor and most experienced candidate with a proven history of accomplishment, I will provide the best leadership and vision for Mayfield Heights and its residents,” she said.

-- Amy Popik, News-Herald article from Oct. 26, 2013



Donna R. Finney for Mayfield Heights mayor

Donna R. Finney
After serving two terms on council as well as serving on Mayfield School Board, Finney said she knows what is best for the city.
“I have always been guided by what is right and what is good for the residents and the city of Mayfield Heights,” she said. “Tough decisions will need to be made and the administration and council must work together to make the right decisions.”
If elected, her main focus would be safety for all residents.
“I will make sure that we will increase our manpower, giving our responsive forces more opportunities to focus on the areas in our city that need to be considered top priority,” she said.
She will also work to make sure rental properties are well maintained and to keep the Mayfield City School graduates in the city. 
Finney is eager to keep serving the people of Mayfield Heights.
“I can make our city a place that one will be proud to call home,” she said. “It is time for new leadership in Mayfield Heights, someone who will be responsive to residents and the needs of our city.”

-- Amy Popik, News-Herald article from Oct. 26, 2013



Anthony J. DiCicco Jr. for Mayfield Heights mayor

Anthony J. DiCicco Jr.
Serving as mayor since February, DiCicco said he has already worked to promote city growth.
“I have already taken some steps to ensure the city is headed in the right direction,” he said.
One of the main goals he would like to achieve if he is elected, would be increasing economic development.
“I instituted the Job Creation and Retention Grant, which already has attracted a large company to our corporate park,” he said. “I also have reorganized the duties of our compliance officer so we now have an economic development point person.”
He will be continuing to focus on housing stock, to make sure complaints and issues are taken care off, as well as making the departments of City Hall open and accountable to residents.
DiCiccio knows he is the right candidate for the job.
“I live in Mayfield Heights, my family’s business has been here for 49 years and I am raising my family here,” he said.  “I have no agenda other than what is best for the city and it’s residents.”

-- Amy Popik, News-Herald article from Oct. 26, 2013

Susan A. Sabetta for Mayfield Heights City Council

Susan A. Sabetta
Sabetta said she would like to focus on safety and residency if elected.
“By working with other qualified realtors, brokers and inspectors we can gain safe occupancy by revising and updating housing violations and rental inspections to keep both owner and tenant aware,” she said.
She is also interested in increasing senior care in the city by letting their voice be heard, as well as working to “promote community and business without leaving the residents behind.”
Sabetta said she is the right choice for the position because she has made a difference without being on council over the past four years.
“I am available to put forth the time and energy for this position,” she said. “My long standing council meeting attendance is a credit to my willingness to serve.”

-- Amy Popik, News-Herald article from Oct. 26, 2013

Joe Mercurio for Mayfield Heights City Council

Joe Mercurio
Improving property values is one of the main goals Mercurio would like to achieve if re-elected to council. “I would like to try and maintain or improve our property values by expanding our home inspection program,” he said, noting, he would like start inspecting backyards of homes when front yards are inspected, as well as start inspecting interiors of homes every five to 10 years.
He would like to work on implementing landlords to submit background checks when new tenants move into rental property, as well as having the building department educate landlords in the proper screening of tenants.
Mercurio is also focus on economic development for the city.
He said he is “passionate about our city and I am excited about the positive direction in which the city is moving,” and has the experience to make good business decisions in the city.

-- Amy Popik, News-Herald article from Oct. 26, 2013


Donald J. Manno for Mayfield Heights City Council

Donald J. Manno
If elected, Manno said he will “review the codified ordinances governing rental properties and properties in foreclosure and to update the codes and expand enforcement.”
He also has plans to increase economic development and will work to create a good relationship with residents by “striving to ensure that every department in city hall provides the best customer service possible.”
Manno is confident he will be an effective member of City Council.
“My knowledge of how the legislative process works, moves me ahead on the learning curve,” he said. “The goal is to move the city forward and serve the residents of Mayfield Heights.”

-- Amy Popik, News-Herald article from Oct. 26, 2013

Robert J. DeJohn for Mayfield Heights City Council

Robert J. DeJohn
If re-elected, DeJohn said he will work to attract businesses to the area, improve services for senior citizens and encourage open communication between all city leaders.
He also has a goal of maintaining the property values in the community.
“(I will) be addressing the enforcement of building codes and ordinances with limited use of variances,” he said. “I will be reviewing, updating and enforcing the Mayfield Heights codified ordinances, (as well).”
DeJohn said he has been “surrounded” by city politics because his father served as a city leader for 28 years, including as a former mayor.
“I believe my skills and abilities, combined with my love for Mayfield Heights, will benefit the city as a council member,” he said. “I will serve with dignity, respect, integrity and most importantly, honesty.”

-- Amy Popik, News-Herald article from Oct. 26, 2013

Michael J. Ballistrea for Mayfield Heights City Council

Michael J. Ballistrea
Ballistrea is looking to enhance the community in several different ways, such as obtaining land for new recreation facilities in the future, improving city park facilities and promoting upkeep of older buildings to keep high property values.
He is also interested in reviewing legislation and codified ordinance that may be outdated.
“Some examples would be retail parking requirements, charter changes to include mayoral primary and tougher legislation on texting while driving,” he said.
Ballistrea will look to “have a more open dialogue with the (Mayfield) Board of Education” if he is elected.
Years of experience, commitment to the city, proven leadership, integrity, high morals and strong family values are just some of the reasons that make him the right candidate for the job, he said.

-- Amy Popik, News-Herald article from Oct. 26, 2013

Thomas Advey for Fairport Harbor Village Council

Thomas Advey
This race is Advey’s first run for elected office.
If elected, he said he would like to get the villages finances under control through closely monitoring them.
In addition he said he will pay closer attention to the voices of residents and partner with businesses and use more elaborate means of advertising to market the community’s assets. And finally, Advey said he wants to inform more people of what events are going on around Fairport Harbor.
“I have been fortunate enough to be part of this community since June 2006 when I was sworn in as a firefighter here in town,” he said. “Throughout the last seven years I have grown quite fond of the community and have established a great rapport with the citizens and business owners.”

-- Simon Husted, News-Herald article from Oct. 26, 2013


Frank Sarosy for Fairport Harbor Village Council

Frank Sarosy
Frank Sarosy is making a run for political office in the village again a little more than two years after giving up the mayoral title he held for 12 years.
If elected, Sarosy said he will use his financial background to help balance the village’s finances. In addition, he said he wants to work with all local and regional economic development agencies to attract businesses to the village and squeeze every dollar to help village employees and the community.
“My record as mayor of the village of Fairport Harbor should give confidence to the voter that I could be a most effective member of the Fairport Harbor Village Council,” Sarosy said. “We provided all needed services and provided those services within the constraints of our budget.”

-- Simon Husted, News-Herald article from Oct. 26, 2013


Albert Paolino for Fairport Harbor Village Council

Albert Paolino
Albert Paolino is running for his second term at council.
If elected, Paolino said he will work to preserve village services, safety forces and employees and seek grants. In addition, he said he will promote tourism and bring business to the village.
“As a member of the newly formed flood committee I am looking forward to working with the other Fairport members and the Lake county agencies to find solutions to our surface water drainage and sanitary sewer flow issues that occur during periods of heavy rainfall,” Paolino said.

-- Simon Husted, News-Herald article from Oct. 26, 2013


Pam Morse for Fairport Harbor Village Council

Pam Morse
Morse is running for her second term in office since being appointed to council in 2011.
If re-elected, Morse said she will work with Lake County Storm Water Management to improve village infrastructure and encourage owner occupied dwellings to improve the community’s home values. In addition, she said she will continue to seek grants and other sources to improve the lives of current and future residents.
“My goals are to keep promoting the village by creating branding, (and) encouraging tourism and new businesses to open in (our) storefronts,” Morse said.

-- Simon Husted, News-Herald article from Oct. 26, 2013


William Lukshaw Jr. for Fairport Harbor Village Council

William Lukshaw Jr.
This race is William Lukshaw Jr.’s first run for elected office.
If elected, Lukshaw said he would like to bring back the quarterly scheduled public forums at the Fairport Harbor Senior Center called Town Hall meetings to promote communication. In addition, he said he would look into grants and low-interest loans to finance needed infrastructure repairs and attract unique businesses to help the village become a destination.
“I ask questions and expect answers,” Lukshaw said. “As a Councilman, I will continue to ask questions and I will communicate the answers to the people.”

-- Simon Husted, News-Herald article from Oct. 26, 2013


Verne Horton for Fairport Harbor Village Council

Verne Horton
Verne Horton is running for his fourth term on council.
Horton has also served as village administrator between 2000 and 2004 and assistant zoning inspector before that.
If re-elected, Horton said he will advocate for more officers on the street and pursue grant and cooperative funding for water, sewer and street repairs. In addition, he said he wants to attract new businesses by supporting the efforts of our economic advisor.
“I have the experience and proven leadership skills that no other candidate has,” Horton said, adding that during his four years as administrator he secured more than $1 million in grants and $1.5 million in low or no interest loans for infrastructure projects.

-- Simon Husted, News-Herald article from Oct. 26, 2013


Doug Harrison for Fairport Harbor Village Council

Doug Harrison
Doug Harrison is running for his third term on Fairport Harbor Council.
If re-elected, Harrison said he plans to promote commercial growth in the village and continue work to the village’s comprehensive plan. In addition, he said he will focus on ridding deteriorating and blighted structures in the village and improve communication with residents on budget-related issues.
“I am a semi-retired professional who will remain accessible to meet the responsibilities as your representative,” Harrison said.

-- Simon Husted, News-Herald article from Oct. 26, 2013




Ronald W. Wiech for Middlefield Village Council

Ronald W. Wiech
Wiech has been on Middlefield Village Council for four years. His future goals include supporting existing industrial, retail and manufacturing businesses and attracting new ones without raising taxes.
“I am currently a member of the Economic Development Committee formed in 2012,” he said. “Since the inception, we created a new website with a residential and business page. We have attracted new business to Middlefield and filled vacant buildings. O’Reilly’s Auto Parts is building a new facility slated for 2014. We annexed 205 acres into the village to increase industrial/commercial business to create future job opportunities.”
Wiech said he also will continue to research ideas to support the Cardinal School District, since the educational system directly impacts business attraction, property values and confidence in the community.

-- Tracey Read, News-Herald article from Oct. 26, 2013

Bill Blue for Middlefield Village Council

Bill Blue
Blue has served on Middlefield Village Council for eight years.
If re-elected, he would like to create opportunities for new and existing businesses by marketing Middlefield’s strengths using print and Internet strategies.
Another goal is to develop an overall vision for future growth.
“This would include cooperative objectives for retail and neighborhood areas and establish a walkable downtown area that is people friendly and builds upon the small-town feeling that Middlefield has always had,” said Blue.
He added that he is proud of the changes he has helped implement in his previous two terms and would like the chance to bring more positive changes to the village’s safety and service departments.

-- Tracey Read, News-Herald article from Oct. 26, 2013

Scott E. Klein for Middlefield Village Council

Scott E. Klein 
Klein has been on council for eight years, and spent nine years on the village’s Planning & Zoning Commission.
“I would like to continue the beautification of our village through the `Neat Streets’ campaign,” he said. “We have done residential and are in the process of starting commercial and industrial. We are also looking at flowers, intersections, signage and lighting.”
Klein added that he would also like to attract more industrial and commercial business through increased marketing and the village’s revamped website while keeping the village’s small-town charm.
“Through events such as parades, community activities and Summer Fest, we are actively trying to make Middlefield a village where people will want to reside and raise their families,” he said.
“I welcome calls, and get great satisfaction addressing residents’ concerns. I take my role on council very seriously, and serve with pride, loyalty and professionalism.”

-- Tracey Read, News-Herald article from Oct. 26, 2013

Edna L. Davis for Middlefield Village Council

Edna L. Davis
Davis has been on the Middlefield Village Board of Zoning Appeals for the past two years. Prior to that, she spent 14 years as a village council member and 12 years as a Geauga County Commissioner.
“I have extensive experience in government and its operation,” she said. “I have been an advocate for those who may have unresolved problems with governmental actions and attitudes.”
Davis is concerned with council’s recent discussions on possibly eliminating the Board of Zoning Appeals and incorporating it into the Planning and Zoning Commission, which would make it more difficult for people to appeal decisions.
She would also like to stop plans for a more strict residential inspection regulation by the zoning inspector.
“Most of these severe complaints come because of the poor economic conditions and the number of bankruptcies of residential properties,” Davis said.

-- Tracey Read, News-Herald article from Oct. 26, 2013



Brandon M. Reed for Middlefield Village Council

Brandon M. Reed
Reed, a communications sergeant with the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office, is also a former member of the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department.
“My No. 1 priority will always be public safety,” Reed said. “Research and invest in finding new ways to keep our residents and visitors to our village safe. Some of the ways this can be accomplished include advanced training for our public safety personnel, purchasing the necessary equipment to outfit our police, fire and EMS agencies, and developing or continuing to educate the public on dangers and crime prevention.”
Reed said another goal would be making sure taxpayer dollars are being spent on necessities, not novelties.
“I am a person of integrity, but more importantly a person of accountability,” he added. “I will be a voice of opposition. If I don’t agree with something, I’ll stand up and say I don’t. I’ll question things when they don’t seem right.”

-- Tracey Read, News-Herald article from Oct. 26, 2013

Rick Seyer for Middlefield Village Council

Rick Seyer
Seyer, owner of El Hombre Barber Shop in the village, has been involved in Middlefield government for more than 28 years.
Currently a member of council, he has also served as mayor and a township trustee.
“My experience as a small business owner has been beneficial in discussions on how to spend tax dollars,” said Seyer. “Taxpayer dollars are hard-earned dollars and should be spent wisely and with careful consideration.”
Seyer said he is concerned about plant closings in the village and the general downturn in the economy, causing income tax revenues to decline nearly 30 percent.
“New residential, commercial and industrial construction must be encouraged and done properly and will add to the tax base,” he added.
Other goals include creating a wi-fi hot spot in the village, and increasing recreation fees for non-residents to make the department self-sustaining.

-- Tracey Read, News-Herald article from Oct. 26, 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

Sandra Esser, running for Kirtland School Board

Esser cites improvement on the state report card, professional development and new program opportunities as priorities if elected.
Specifically, she wants to create a dual-enrollment program for high school students for the 2014-15 school year. Dual enrollment programs typically offer students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school.
She also listed her intent to ensure staff has access to “the right tools and instruction to implement any new curriculum.”
“Voters should elect me because I am committed to the educational excellence of all students. I can contribute effectively to the board, school and community based on my experience as Superintendent Secretary for 16 years,” she wrote in her questionnaire. “I retired in May 2012 and I have the time to devote to the position. I have the knowledge of district policies, procedures and the history of our schools.”

Caitlin Fertal, The News-Herald article, Oct. 25


Richard A. Danks, running for Kirtland School Board

Danks has lived in Kirtland for 25 years and cites fiscal oversight, sustainability and technology as his priorities, if elected.
“Distance learning has become a large part of the delivery of college and workplace education. Extending this capability to K-12 schools will better acquaint students to the environment found in additional learning and workplace experiences,” he wrote in his questionnaire. “An additional benefit is a reduction in carbon footprint through less transportation consuming fewer natural resources and emitting fewer pollutants.”
He cites his past experience as a “long-time civil servant” and record of volunteering with the school district as reasons to be elected.
“In prior years I volunteered as a member of school facilities committee. This group investigated and determined feasibility of capital improvement for the schools and delivered options and alternatives to address expansion that is manifest today,” he wrote. “The time is right to continue that contribution emphasizing long-term care and preservation of the capital investments. I am eager to share my professional experience in facilities management developing cost effective and sustainable strategies for the benefit of the schools and the larger community.”

Caitlin Fertal, The News-Herald article, Oct. 25