Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Jean Anderson for Vermilion Mayor

Jean Anderson
Anderson, 62, 3240 Edgewater Drive, is seeking another term as mayor.
A native of Duluth, Minn., Anderson has lived in the Lorain County side of Vermilion since 1976. She attended the College of St. Scholastica and is pursuing her degree in health information management at the University of Toledo. She also has served on boards and committees for organizations in Lorain and Erie counties. Anderson and her husband, Roy, have two grown daughters.
Vermilion enjoys the benefit of an additional $1 million due to increased taxes in the past three years, Anderson said. She added she will ensure the money is spent wisely on city roads.
Vermilion will save more than $100,000 a year by hiring a city engineer instead of using an outside firm, Anderson said.
Existing community programs also will fill empty houses that are hurting the city’s property values, she said.
Anderson said her administration will address the epidemic drug problem through enforcement and education, and Vermilion will improve city services, such as cleaning and grading stormwater ditches and using the city’s wood chipper.
“Through an aggressive campaign to businesses and industries we will encourage job growth,” Anderson said. “Growing the number of jobs is of most importance to our city and our school district.”
During her first term, Anderson demonstrated her willingness to work with business by retaining Coleys Manufacturing and attracting Cleveland Quarries.
“Jobs will attract families, more businesses, fill our empty houses and provide additional revenue for our city and our school districts,” Anderson said.
“Not being attached to any ‘groups’ in this city gives me the freedom to serve the interests of all of our residents and businesses,” she said. “The freedom to do what is in the best interest of everyone is crucial as we address our current needs and plan for our future.
“Treating all of our neighborhoods based on sound and fairly administered policies will make Vermilion a vibrant attraction for business, and families as we provide well maintained streets, quality drinking water, utility services and local jobs. These are very reachable dreams.
“With attention to our priorities in all neighborhoods, Vermilion will truly bloom and grow while we continue to preserve the integrity of our quaint harbor town. This will become a reality with fair and impartial leadership as we all work together.”

-- Richard Payerchin, Morning Journal article from Oct. 22, 2013 

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