Thursday, April 30, 2015

William Gardner, candidate for North Ridgveille Ward 4

Name: William L Gardner

Political party: Republican

Office sought: N. R. 4th Ward

Age: 68

Place of birth: Cleveland

Address: 5045 North Barton Road North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039

Length of residence in that community: 68

Twitter: none

Facebook: none

Website: electbillgardner

Occupation: Retired

Employer: Self

Elected office experience: Over 9 years North Ridgeville 4th Ward Councilman 1983-1992

Non-elected office experience:
  • North Ridgeville Street Superintendent 92-95
  • Service Director Sheffield Lake Ohio 1995-2012
  • Board member 3 County Integrating Committee 10 years
  • Board Member Ohio TACT Committee 5 Years
  • Board Member Lorain County General Health District 13 years
  • North Ridgeville Board of Flooding and Drainage 2 years
  • North Ridgeville High School
  • USAF Academy BS Eng. Mgt.
  • US Air Command & Staff College
  • US Pilot Training

Marital status: Married Teresa D. Gardner

Children: yes Megan & Katarina

VFW Life Member
Daedalions Life Member (see web site elect bill gardner)
N R Republican Club

Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it?:
1. Flooding and Drainage Control through a storm water utility. 2. Widening US 20, Lear Nagel and Lorain Road under the need for resident and customer service. 3.Use my 20 years as President of a Cleveland Company to attract businesses to North Ridgeville. I have been to at lease 40 trade shows and I have never not been asked to relocate my company to a new city. North Ridgeville must go to trade shows and display our advantages to Business. I have the time talent and experience to effect business climate change.

Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?
Quality comes from Experience. I was the first Road Scholar I & II in Ohio history given by Gov. Voinovich and Taft. I have widened US 6. I have formed and started the first Storm Water Utility in Lorain County which help the resident of Sheffield Lake. This included bonding the program and completing it in lest than 2 years at a cost per resident home of $4.85/month. I was President of The Cleveland Vibrator Company for over 20 years and talked to 100's of business owners, I know how to find out what owner want and need from a City and can provide the time and talent to effect business growth in North Ridgeville.
As my website says, North Ridgeville needs to develop a theme that will highlight our advantages.

Anthony Hatmaker, candidate for North Ridgeville Ward 4

Name: Anthony L. Hatmaker

Political party: Republican

Office sought: North Ridgeville City Council Ward 4

Age: 51

Place of birth: Port Clinton, Ohio

Address: 5870 Tree Moss Lane, North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039

Length of residence in that community: Over 10 Years

Twitter: None

Facebook: None


Occupation: Treasurer

Employer:  Medina County Schools Educational Service Center

Elected office experience: Served as Treasurer of the City of Port Clinton from 2000 to 2004.

Non-elected office experience: Currently serving as Treasurer/CFO of a public agency. Prior to that I served ten years as North Ridgeville City Treasurer. In all, I have well over twenty-five years of financial and administrative experience in a variety of settings both in the public and private sectors. I have more than ten years experience as the lead financial person in organizations I have served.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (with an Accounting Major) from Bowling Green State University with additional course work in the areas of Public Administration, Business Administration, Economics, Entrepreneurship and Human Resources.

Marital status: Single

Children: None

Organizations: Ohio Association of School Business Officials.

Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it?:
Obviously, our City has major flooding and street maintenance issues. One of our Councilmen even recently referred to the condition of some of our streets as “embarrassing”. North Ridgeville needs a well thought out capital improvement plan, one that addresses and prioritizes our flooding, street, water, sewer and facility improvements needs over the next twenty years, along with a plan to pay for these improvements. I also think one of the major issues facing the City is the lack of confidence in our current elected officials and I that believe that lack of confidence is well founded.

Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?
If you think everything is going great in North Ridgeville, and that we are being led by honorable, competent people, then you should vote for my opponent on May 5th. If however, you think this community can do better and needs to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions and decisions, I ask that you consider supporting my candidacy for City Council in the Republican Primary on May 5th.

Mitchell J. Fallis, candidate for Lorain Council at-large

Name: Mitchell J. Fallis

Political party: Democrat

Office sought: Lorain Council-at-large

Age: 60

Place of birth: Elyria OhioI elected to Loran Council-aty-large

Address: 1529 West 30th Street

Length of residence in that community: Lifetime

Twitter: N/A

Facebook: Mitchell Fallis

Website: N/A

Occupation: Chief Financial Officer

Employer: VacationLand Federal Credit Union

Elected office experience: 

  • Lorain Board of Education from 2012 to 2015
  • * Vice President 2013
  • * Member - Business Advisory Council
  • * Co-Chairman of the Superintendent Search Committee
  • Lorain Council-at-large 2008-2011
  • * Chairman - Finance Committee
  • * Chairman - Recreation Committee
  • * Member - Streets and Sidewalks Committee
  • * Member - Police and Fire Committee
  • * Member - Tax Incentive Review Council
  • Lorain Democrat Central Committee 8-B 2009 - 2015

Non-elected office experience:

  • Treasurer - South Lorain Community Development Corporation
  • Treasurer - North Coast Community Development Corporation
  • Member - Elyria United Methodist Village


  • Baldwin Wallace Collage - MBA in Project Management
  • Ohio Wesleyan University - BA in Accounting and Economics
  • Lorain Admiral King High School Graduate
  • Ohio Bankers Association - Bank Leadership Institute
  • Ohio Society of CPA's - Leadership Institute
  • Leadership Lorain County Alumnus
  • Certified Public Accountant - Licensed in the State of Ohioi

Marital status: Married to Vivian Fallis

Children: Five Adult Step Children and nine step grandchildren

  • Member Lorain Lions Club
  • Member - Church on the North Coast
  • Member - International Business Network Group
  • Member - Lorain Democrat Women's Club
  • Member - Lorain County Certified Emergency Response Team

Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it?:
If elected, I would like to improve Lorain in the following areas:
Economic Development - Bringing in more revenue from jobs by
attracting new businesses
Keeping our Neighborhoods safe and clean
Rebuilding infrastructure - roadways, sidewalks, waterlines and parks
Economic Development
The single most important issue facing Lorain is attracting new business and job creation. Let’s look at the data. Unemployment in Lorain remains above 8 percent while the national and state unemployment is about 5.5%. Lorain needs jobs, lobs and more jobs. Elevated unemployment levels results in a smaller tax base, generating less revenue for city services.
Lorain should target four key industries for job creation: new manufacturing, advanced energy, logistics and transportation, and agriculture. These industries map to the growth sectors identified by the Ohio Department of Development as emerging Ohio industries over the next decade. By bringing in jobs, the city has its best chance to improve on all fronts. This includes generating funds for public safety and city services, as well as schools and libraries.

Keeping our Neighborhoods Safe and Clean by obtaining grants for Police and Fire services and partnering with Lorain County Metroparks to build a waterpark in Lorain and upgrade Century and Oakwood Parks.

Rebuilding Infrastructure including reducing Martin's Run flooding and continue to find new sources of funds to rebuild our roadways and waterlines.

It would be honored to work with Lorain's citizens, its administration and felloe council officials to find better ways to provide services for our residents. I would be honored to receive your vote on May 5th for the Lorain Council-at-large position.

Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?
I bring to city government a strong combination of effective council-at- large experience, financial management know how, education and credentials and a lifetime commitment to Lorain.

As the Council-at-large representative from 2008 to 2011, I was able to help secure a more solid financial future by initiated and or sponsored legislation to:
Create a rainy day cash fund,
Collect unpaid income taxes,
Create an Economic Development Fund
Build a new Westside sewer relief project and related new roadway
for over $20 million along with $6 million in Road Improvements.

As the Chief Financial Officer of VacationLand Federal Credit Union for the past four years, I helped established a good working relationship with management and the U.A.W Union local 913. We have built a strong financial plan as evidenced by increasing profits four consecutive years resulting in increased contributions to profit sharing plans.

I am a lifetime Lorain resident and a product Lorain City Schools and an Ohio licensed Certified Public Accountant for the past three decades helping boost local business growth. I desire to use the experience to help improve the financial condition of Lorain.

Mary Springowski, candidate for Lorain Council at-large

Name: Mary Springowski

Political party: Democrat

Office sought: Council At Large

Age: 49

Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio

Address: 2122 E. Skyline Drive

Length of residence in that community: In Lorain, from 1966-1973 and then back from 1988 until present. In the 8th ward since 1996.


Facebook: (personal)


Occupation: Engine Assembly Technician, Back Up Group Leader, Wife and mother

Employer:  Ford Motor Company and the Springowski/Donovan families.

Elected office experience: As a union member I was elected as an alternate committeeperson and UAW Constitutional Convention Delegate

Non-elected office experience:

  • Chairperson of Lorain/Medina County Community Based Correction Facility
  • UAW CAP Delegate
  • UAW Local 1250 CAP delegate
  • UAW Local 1250 Civil Rights Committee secretary
  • Member of Nativity BVM
  • 24 year UAW Member
  • Member Knights of Columbus (aux)
  • Member Mexican Mutual Society
  • 1984 Lorain International Irish Princess


  • Firelands High School Class of '84
  • Studies at Ohio State University and Lorain County Community College

Marital status: Married, husband Thomas

Children: 4 children, Kathleen (Brendan), Mary-Christina, Meaghan and Paul

  • Nativity BVM
  • Mexican Mutual 
  • Knights of Columbus
  • UAW Local 1250
  • Former UAW Local 2000 member 
Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it?:
Greater transparency of government. Currently the vast majority of our ordinances are declared "emergencies" so as to rush them through council and prevent the public from speaking from them. It is important that we change the rules of council so that the citizens (taxpayers) are able to speak at the meetings. They have some good ideas and need to be heard. It is their money that is being spent, after all.
Greater attention to ALL of the streets in Lorain! How the streets are attended to in Lorain makes no sense! And then after they're repaved, they aren't maintained. Many streets that were recently done are already showing signs of decay for want of simple attention such as sealing segment lines with tar, etc. And then only sections are done so that you drive on a decent section for a period of time and then are forced to drive on a section that would give an Army tank trouble!
Meaningful revitalization and rejuvenation of downtown, not just the creation of an entertainment district. We have to actively court developers and cut the red tape. There are people who would like to do business in Lorain but there seems to be a "price" of doing business here. Furthermore, council, as it currently stands, seems to look for reasons why things CAN'T be done instead of looking for reasons why things CAN be done. We need to change that way of thinking. Jobs are a critical component of that revitalization. We have to make our city attractive to new businesses and development. The paradigm has shifted. Rather than a one shot or homerun industry coming here such as the shipyard, Ford or the steel mill did, we have to realize that things have changed. Our biggest employer is now Mercy Hospital followed by the Lorain City Schools. Therefore we need to capitalize on business and industry that will compliment that and provide meaningful employment for our citizens.

Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?
For the past 20 or so years, we have kept electing the same people, the same names.....and they keep doing the same things over and over. The time has come for a change. It's time for a new voice, a new name and a new face for a new Lorain! When you look at the demographics of the city, you realize even though women are in the majority in this city, we're not represented on council. I will bring fresh perspective and innovative thinking to council. I'm also not a political insider. I'm running to represent the people, not the party. I'll also be saving tax payers money as I would decline any type of medical coverage provided by the city.

Christopher Olejko, candidate for Lorain Council at-large

Name: Christopher Olejko

Political party: Democrat

Office sought: Lorain Council At Large

Age: 47

Place of birth: Lorain OH

Address: 306 Indiana Ave

Length of residence in that community: 1 yr

Twitter: chrisolejko

Facebook:  Olejko for Lorain Council At Large

Website: None

Occupation: Finance Director

Employer:  North Coast Auto Mall

Elected office experience: None

Non-elected office experience: Vice President Lorain High Band Boosters

Education: Ohio Dominican College -Accounting & Political Science

Marital status: Divorced

Children: 3 Blaze 16, Cain 11, Ivy 7

  • Lorain High Band Boosters
  • Ohio F&I Council

Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it?:
1) Transparency of Council. 80%+ of all ordinances are done by Emergency the public has no say. Also allow local TV to telecast all meetings so public can be informed.
2) Bring a whole city view into City Hall. There has been an overbundance of importance given to the development of the far westside of our city. The Eastside & South Lorain have been forgotten.
3) Increase the owner occupied homes in our city. Over 50% of the homes in our city are not lived in by the owner. We need to eliminate the "point of sale" for all owner occupied home sales. Also advertise the affordable housing in our city along with the fact EVERY school building will be State Of The Art when the new LHS is finished. Show that Lorain is a great place to for a starter home and start a family.

Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?
My goal is to change the paradigm of our city. From one that is lost in it's ways to one that is on the forefront of thinking. Be it Technology to recreation to entertainment Lorain has to regain it's place as a leader not just in Lorain County but the USA and the World. We need to work our resources to make Lorain a destination for enterprise and fun.

Joseph F. Koziura, candidate for Lorain Council at-large

Name: Joseph F Koziura

Political party: Democrat

Office sought: Council at Large

Age: 68

Place of birth: Lorain, Ohio

Address: 5308 Gargasz Drive

Length of residence in that community: 68

Twitter: No

Facebook: No

Website: No

Occupation: Councilman/Financial Advisor

Employer: CIty of Lorain/ Self-employed

Elected office experience: 

  • 1977-1983 Lorain CIty Auditor
  • 1985-1995 Ohio House of Representatives
  • 1996-1999 Mayor City of Lorain
  • 2001-2010 Ohio House of Representatives
  • 2014-present Council-at-Large

Non-elected office experience:
  • Chief Deputy Auditor City Of Lorain
  • Ohio Municipal League
  • Lorain County Chamber of Commerce

  • Admiral King High School
  • Lorain County Community College-Associate Business Major-accounting

Marital status: Married-Kitti-40 years

Children: Daughter-Mary

National Assc. Investment Advisors

Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it?:
The City of Lorain needs to focus on continuing to create an environment that attracts employers. Government does not create jobs. New employers can mean new dollars and investment in our community. We need to strive to make sure the infrastructure is improved, along with our housing stock. The Lake and Black RIver is the future of the city. We need to work with the Port and other groups to make sure we get it right the first time.

Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?
I have delivered for the people of Lorain. I am humbled to have had the good fortune of being elected in a variety of positions. I have been an administrator and legislator. I have been in the private and public sector. I know how government works. One of the accomplishments I am proud of was changing how the Bascule Bridge is funded. Prior to my changing the law, the local taxpayers were on the hook for the payroll and maintenance of the bridge. It has saved taxpayers over 20 millions dollars and continues to every year. I urge the voters to study the candidates running. Separate the noise and the same promises that challengers always talk about.

Tim Howard, candidate for Lorain Council at-large

Name: Tim Howard

Political party: Democrat

Office sought: Council At-Large

Age: 55

Place of birth: Lorain, Ohio

Address: 1958 Oberlin Ave.

Length of residence in that community: 39 years

Twitter: N/A

Facebook: N/A

Website: N/A

Occupation: Connect Lorain County Supervisor/City Councilman

Employer:  Lorain County Community College/City of Lorain

Elected office experience:

  • I've served for 8 years on Lorain City Council as the 3 Ward Councilman.
  • Served as the President of Staff Council at LCCC.
  • Served as President of the Ohio Staff Council for Higher Education.
  • Served as Vice Chairman of the African American Community Board.

Non-elected office experience:

  • Served on the Volunteer Action Agency Board.
  • Served on the Lorain Lions Board.
  • Served as the Chairman of the Board for Lorain County Community Action Agency.
  • Served as an Officer for Buckeye Lodge #68 Prince Hall Mason's.
  • Currently serving on Mercy Medical Regional Center Multicutural Council.


  • Associates degree from LCCC
  • Numerous certifications in IT related field.

Marital status: Married to Michelle Howard

Children: Yes, 5 children


  • American Cancer Society Board Member Volunteer
  • Masonic Order Buckeye Lodge #68
  • Lorain Lion's Club
  • Leadership Lorain County Alumni
  • Negro Business and Professional Women's Club of Lorain/Ombudsmen
  • NAACP Lorain
  • African American Spotlight Committee/2007&2015

Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it?:
Jobs - bringing jobs to Lorain by reinventing ourselves from our predominantly blue collar manufacturing industrial self into the new age
Safety - Saftey through education for the community at large. In addition, expanding block watch programs, text to tip, etc.
Infrastructure - updates to failing infastructure. ie., sewers, roads, housing.

Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?
Voters should elect me because I do this for the right reasons. My agenda is simple, I have always worked to help others with the end goal of building a better city and community. A quote that I truly believe and try to live by is that "To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity."

Daniel W. Given, candidate for Lorain Council at-large

Name: Daniel W. Given

Political party: Democrat

Office sought: Council At Large

Age: 51

Place of birth: Lorain

Address: 3945 Woodstock Drive

Length of residence in that community: 51

Twitter: N/A

Facebook: Yes

Website: N/A

Occupation: Director of Purchasing/Estimating & Design

Employer: K. Hovnanian

Elected office experience: I have held the position of Lorain's 7th ward councilman, 8th ward councilman, and Councilman at Large. I have held chairmanships of the Finance and Claims Committee, the Federal programs Committee, & the Parks and Recreation Committee. I have been a member of various other committees as well

Non-elected office experience: Experienced Purchasing professional on various companies in the North East Ohio area. Focus of career has been on cost control and budgeting

Education: Bowling Green State University- Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Procurement and Materials management

Marital status: Single

Children: Three


Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it?:
There are three areas of focus as a city we need to address over the next decade. These are our housing stock, our infrastructure (roads, waterlines and sewers) and our safety.

We need to address these by enforcing our building codes and addressing those property owners who have allowed their real estate to deteriorate below the acceptable levels as stated in our building codes. if we continue to allow our neighborhoods to look poorly we will not be able to market our city to those businesses and individuals who want to come here and invest.

Our infrastructure in many area of our city is in excess of 100 years old. Other areas are 35 plus years old. As our city residents age so does the core elements of our city and a continuous re-investment is needed or else it gets to the point of neglect. Over the past few decades not enough investment was made thus we are playing catch up. Now we see a need for large investments in areas that most people take for granted but are needed for a vibrant modern community

Safety speaks for itself. our world is becoming more chaotic thus the presence of police and fire are essential to maintain order. Modern policing methods and equipment are needed to be maintained to provide safe environments to our residents. Fire equipment is also in need of continuous investment to insure everyone is provided a safe community when the needs arise

Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?
I have continued to be an advocate of financial well being and long term planning for our community. Focusing on cost control and efficient spending of the tax dollars residents provide to us has allowed me to sponsor or support many long range ideas such as our rainy day funds, our health fund payment ordinances, our community development set aside funds etc. Planning for the future is essential yet it is one area elected official's do not focus on as its not glamorous or a campaign highlight. We have seen however over the past decade that when this is not performed, problems of high levels surface and are very hard to overcome

Frank DeTillio, candidate for Lorain Council at-large

Name: frank DeTillio

Political party: Democrat

Office sought: Council at Large

Age: 67

Place of birth: Lorain, Ohio

Address: 4312 kolbe rd

Length of residence in that community: 65 years

Twitter: yes

Facebook: yes


Occupation: rertired

Employer: none

Elected office experience: 
  • 2013 - 8th ward council unexpired term - City of Lorain
  • 2015 - Council at Large unexpired term - City of Lorain

Non-elected office experience:

  • President Lorain County Chamber (past)
  • Chairman - Lorain County Workforce Investment Board (present)
  • Vice Chairman - Lorain County Port Authority (present)
  • Secretary - Workforce Institute (present)

  • Admiral King High School
  • Akron University - BFA

Marital status: Married - Rosa

Children: 0


  • Founding Member Great Lakes Innovation Development Enterprise (GLIDE)
  • Great Lakes Organized Labor Management Council - Board Member
  • South Lorain Community Development Corporation - Board Member
  • Growth Capital Loan Review Committee
  • Team NEO Management Council (Founding Member)
  • Team Lorain County (Founding Member)
  • Lorain County P-16 Council
  • Sacred Heart Parish Finance Committee
Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it?:
If elected I would continue to work with this administration to improve the city's ability to attract investment and continue to invest in itself, Working on the goals that the Staubuck report identified for the city will help improve the city's ability to attract investment. Investment in new employment opportunities and investment that will bring new tax dollars to the city. Also I would continue to support work on the city's infrastructure. Road repair, sewer upgrades and new water lines will provide our citizens with the quality of life that they desire.The third area of concern would be the safety forces, both Police and Fire and working to give them the equipment and technology necessary to continue to provide safe neighborhoods for the citizens of Lorain.
Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?
I would hope that the people of Lorain would look at my past experience as a collaborator, Co-Chair Lorain County Digital Taskforce, Team NEO, Team Lorain County and GLIDE; as a Leader, President of the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce for 27 yrs., Chairman Lorain County Workforce Investment Board, and Vice Chairman Lorain County Port Authority. I would also hope that they would recognize my past accomplishment and my dedication to working with others for the betterment of our community. As one of the city's Councilman I promise to continue to work to move the City of Loran forward and provide the citizens with honest, responsible representation.

Eddie C. Edwards, candidate for Lorain Council Ward 5

Name: Eddie C. Edwards

Political party: Democrat

Office sought: 5th Ward Councilman

Age: 73

Place of birth: Dyersburg, Tn.

Address: 3571 Clifton Ave.

Length of residence in that community: 53

Twitter: none

Facebook: Councilman Eddie C. Edwards

Website: none

Occupation: 5Th Ward Councilman

Employer: City of Lorain

Elected office experience: 

  • 9 Terms 5th Ward Councilman
  • Chairman Federal Grants Program
  • Vice Chairman and Committee Member (various committees)
  • Past: Streets & Sidewalks Chairperson (ending 2009)
Non-elected office experience:

  • Retired Business Owner: Edwards Trucking & Excavating (EENSC)
  • Past: Executive Board Member, Ohio Minority Contractors Assoc., President Lorain Chapter of the NAACP, Black Elected Democratic Coalition, Lorain Habitat for Humanity, Lorain County Office of Aging, Executive Board Member Minority Trucking and Transportation (Washington D.C.), Board of Trustees Lorain County Office of Aging, 100 Men of Lorain County.


  • Bruce High School Dyersburg Tn. 1962
  • Cleveland State University - Project Management 2 years
  • Lorain County JVS - Construction Management

Marital status:  Widowed: Annie L. Robinson-Edwards

Children: Darnisha Hunter; Gregory Edwards

Organizations: See non-elected office experience

Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it?:
During my time on council, I have helped homeowners get access to information and resources in order to solve problems and improve their properties. I also have assisted businesses in the 5th Ward with access to the financial resources they needed to put their plans in motion. I am proud of what they have accomplished.
I have also lobbied the City to keep our streets and infrastructure up-to-date even when the City lacked focus and resources. I have been able to improve more streets and unimproved streets than any other ward in this city.
The Staubach Report gave City Council recommendations for improvements that would help retain and attract businesses and residents. With the current administration and council, we are focused on the basics of these improvements and keeping the City's budget balanced. One important recommendation was the removal of the high-tension power lines from our downtown area. I represented City Council in the initial phases of developing a plan to address this issue. I made certain that this plan would improve our downtown area, provide the demand for high current voltage to power the Republic Steele furnace to create jobs and directly impact the homeowners in that area by securing an additional $250,000 from First Energy for the resurfacing of Clifton Avenue between E.29th St. and 32nd St. - at no cost to homeowners.
Ten years ago, I lobbied the City to begin the process to acquire a self-propelled paver to provide greater flexibility when it comes to short run asphalt resurfacing. This will allow the City to provide an intermediary solution to the unimproved streets in the 5th Ward (5-C) and in other wards. This also will save money by eliminating costs and fees associated with transporting large equipment on smaller projects. Our current administration along with city council is in the final stages of purchasing a paver and I have secured a commitment from Mayor Ritenauer to address this issue that has troubled the residents in parts of the 5th Ward for many years. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I am confident that we are moving in the right direction. Our current administration is focused on rebuilding this city street by street in order to better prepare this city for a brighter future.

Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?
Throughout the years, I have fought to ensure that the people that I represent are not left behind. There are many challenges in the 5th Ward and throughout the city. We have lost revenue and resources that once enabled us to maintain the City’s infrastructure, attract and retain residents as well as incentivize business. While many of these issues were the result of a lack of focus by previous administrations, I have always remained committed to my responsibilities as a representative of the 5th Ward. I always answer my phone. I always return calls. I may not tell people what they want to hear, but I always tell the truth. Experience, Integrity, Leadership. With your continued support, I will remain vigilant and committed to ensuring that my 5th Ward Community is not left behind.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Angel Arroyo, candidate for Lorain Council Ward 6

Name: Angel Arroyo Jr.

Political party: Democratic

Office sought: Lorain city councilman 6 Ward

Age: 32

Place of birth: Lorain, Ohio

Address: 1853 east 30th street

Length of residence in that community: 6 years in south lorain

Twitter: N/a

Facebook: Angel Arroyo Jr or elect angel arroyo for 6th war"THE NEXT CHAPTER"


Occupation: Outreach worker

Employer: Cleveland peacemakers alliance

Elected office experience: N/a

Non-elected office experience: I have been the organizer of multiple natural disaster relief campaigns, leader of multiple missing person campaigns, I have been the originator of the three-tier missing person alert system that is on the desk of the Ohio Attorney General's office, have been working with missing people homeless community and gangs across the country, on the board of the cleveland chapter guardian angels

Education: Graduated from Southview high school class of 2002 attended Zion Bible college Barrington Rhode Island

Marital status: Married Amanda Arroyo

Children: Yes

Cleveland guardian angels
Lorain County heroin community task force
Lorain national night out against crime committee
Lorain neighborhood watch

Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it?:
Community safety
Youth development
Community pride/development

Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?
For the past 11 years I have been committed to the community locally, state wide and across the country. I have worked with at risk youth in major cities I have worked with community development in the city of Cleveland and I have worked with local politicians unchanging guidelines for missing people safety and bring a community businesses to multiple cities. With my work I have been able to meet with city councilman, Senators, Governors, nationwide TV shows and professional athletes. It's time that the people or the six words are properly represented and I feel with my experience in the community and the connection that I have with the people there voice will be heard in City Hall and I plan to bring City Hall's voice to the people of the six Ward.

Matt Harkins, candidate for Lorain Council Ward 6

Name: Matt Harkins

Political party: Democrat

Office sought: Lorain City Council Ward 6

Age: 35

Place of birth: Elyria

Address: 2405 East @9th

Length of residence in that community: 10 years

Twitter: na

Facebook: Harkins for Ward 6

Website: na

Occupation: Retail

Employer: Lowe's

Elected office experience: This is my first time running for an elected position.

Non-elected office experience: I have served on the board of the Lake Erie Landlords Association, which has a strong presence in the city of Lorain. I am currently on the board of Habitat for Humanity.

Education: I graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Construction Management.

Marital status: Married

Children: 6 boys

Lake Erie Landlord Association
Habitat for Humanity
Boy Scouts – Eagle Scout and current leader. I have been involved in scouts as a volunteer since I earned my Eagle Scout Award.

Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it?:
The three specific areas I plan to address as part of City Council are jobs, safety, and cosmetic issues. First and foremost, I am a strong advocate of bring more job opportunities into Lorain. I firmly believe promoting the use of Black River Landing is an essential part of that. The more people we bring into Lorain, the more money we will bring in to local businesses, which is enable them to grow.

Safety is also an essential area to focus on. I have been very fortunate to be able to work with the Lorain police in the past, and I look forward to more opportunities in the future. I have been endorsed by the Lorain FOP, and I plan to live up to their expectations as an advocate for Lorain.

Last but certainly not least, I want to help address the cosmetic issues of the city; roads filled with pot holes, condemned houses, abandoned buildings, etc. Lorain is a great city, and I want it to look great to visitors coming into the city. I want the people, who have made Lorain their home, to enjoy the beauty of a rejuvenated city.

Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?
Voters should elect me due to both my past accomplishments and my future goals. I have worked hard my entire life. I have gone into every task and job with the highest level of focus and dedication, and that is what I want to bring into my position on city council. Lorain is my home. I live in Lorain, I own property in Lorain, and I’m raising my family in Lorain. As a resident and father of six boys, I care deeply about the future of this city.

Ryan Horn, candidate for Lorain Council Ward 2

Name: Ryan Horn

Political party: Democratic

Office sought: Lorain city 2nd ward council

Age: 28

Place of birth: Lorain, oh

Address: 150 East 10th St

Length of residence in that community: 20 years

Twitter: no

Facebook: yes

Website: na

Occupation: bailbondsman, property owner, business owner

Employer: tbonds bailbonds

Elected office experience: None

Non-elected office experience: Student council, engineer, college administration

Education: Amherst Steele HS, electro-mechanical engineering AS

Marital status: na

Children: yes

Organizations:  Nsbe (national society of black engineers), democratic party, ohio bailbond assoc., naacp.

Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it?:
Lakefront development, downtown development, youth progression
Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?
I am the best candidate for the 2nd ward because I have great interpersonal skills and I understand business and economics. I am part of many business ventures and make important decisions on a consistant basis. My education is a reflection of my passion for learning and demonstrates my ability to learn and work with others. Lorain needs a fresh perspective and it also needs a more diverse council to reflect its very diverse population. I believe my city has a lot of potential and although it is impossible to please everyone we need to at least try to provide new opportunities for everyone. We need hope!

Joseph M Smith, candidate for Lorain Council Ward 2

Name: Joseph M Smith

Political party: Democrat

Office sought: Lorain City Council

Age: 55

Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio

Address: 1227 W Erie Ave

Length of residence in that community: 29 years

Twitter: no

Facebook: no

Website: no

Occupation:  Travel Agent

Employer: Personal Travel

Elected office experience: 7th ward council 2005

Non-elected office experience: Lorain Civil Service 2010-present

Education: St Ignatius High School

Marital status: Married Juanita

Children: 4

Organizations: none

Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it?:
1.) Continue with the administration's vacant property registry and enforcement. Work to shorten the time between notifying property owners of problems and enforcement.
2.) Continue with road improvements and support ongoing maintenance of road and sidewalks.
3.) Keeping our police and fire departments staffed at appropriate levels to keep us safe.

Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?
Experience and leadership. My wife and I have owned our home for 25 years. We raised 4 children in Lorain and 3 of our 4 grandchildren live in the city. I am part of a successful family business that continues after 42 years.
My goal if elected is to treat all fairly and with respect, listen to others ideas and make honest decisions as I have done as a member of city council and the Lorain civil service commission.

Pamela Carter, candidate for Lorain Council Ward 3

Name: Pamela M Carter

Political party: Democrat

Office sought: 3rd Ward Council

Age: 45

Place of birth: Ashtabula

Address: 1910 Pole Avenue

Length of residence in that community: 30

Twitter: N/A

Facebook: carter cares elect Pam Carter 3rd Ward

Website: N/A

Occupation: Administrative Secretary

Employer: Oberlin City Schools

Elected office experience: None

Non-elected office experience: None

  • Admiral King High School - Diploma
  • Bryant & Stratton Business - Diploma

Marital status: Married to James O. Carter Jr.

Children: 3

  • Leadership Lorain County 2014
  • Member of Church on the North Coast

Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it?:
Should I be elected as a member of city council I would like us, city council members and administration, to come together as a team and address Economic Development issues. I believe the present council has done a great job in starting the process to a brighter Lorain, however there is so much more potential. We need a strategic and aggressive approach toward job creation for the 21st Century that is sustainable and complementary to Lorain. We must plan our path and end the chasing of "trendy" markets. We need to seek out developers and market Lorain to employers through trade shows and expositions, both domestic and international. We must end the waiting game, believing employers will come to us, we must seek them out and attract them to the amazing potential of Lorain. Jobs will solve most of the vital issues in the 3rd Ward and the City of Lorain.

I would push for a more sustainable approach for infrastructure repair and replacement. Lorain has a tremendous amount of work to undertake but we must not put an impossible burden on taxpayers and businesses. We cannot fix everything at once. We have to not only look at immediate needs but if we continue to do massive projects in short time duration, we will encounter the same result again when the same infrastructure fails at the same time in the future. We must plan for the continued support, maintenance and replacement for today and for the future.

I would like to further research how Lorain can provide or partner to bring wifi(wireless Internet cloud) to all residents and businesses of Lorain at low or no cost. We continue to settle for inadequate technology that is far surpassed by some 3rd world countries. This is achievable and would set an amazing forward tone for Lorain to millennia’s and businesses, which we need to maintain and attract.

Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?
I am an exceptional candidate for the 3rd ward - I am compassionate and I embrace the diversity of my community. I believe to change for the better we must first expand our expectations. I bring a realistic approach to addressing issues in the 3rd Ward and the City of Lorain by representing every resident with respect and honesty. I not only bring the desire to serve but the energy and passion necessary to see goals and projects completed and expanded. My intentions are for a better city and life for Lorain's residents, I'm not looking for a career in politics or a step to the next position. I want what the people want "A Better and Brighter Lorain".

Max Schaefer, candidate for Lorain Council Ward 3

Name: Max Schaefer

Political party: Democratic

Office sought: 3rd Ward - Lorain City Council

Age: 24

Place of birth: Lorain, OH - St. Joseph Hospital

Address: 2926 Oberlin Avenue

Length of residence in that community: 24 years - minus 3 years at college

Twitter: N/A


Website: N/A

Occupation: Account Clerk

Employer: Lorain County Auditor's Office

Elected office experience: First time candidate.

Non-elected office experience:

  • El Centro - Board of Directors
  • Lorain County Young Democrats - President
  • Lorain City Democratic Party - Resolutions Committee Chairman

  • Lorain Southview High School - c/o 2009 - hs diploma
  • Baldwin-Wallace College - c/o 2012 - BA in Political Science, minor-History

Marital status: Single

Children: No


  • El Centro
  • Lorain Historical Society
  • Lorain County Young Democrats
  • Lorain City Democratic Party
  • Lake Erie International Model United Nations

Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it?:
1. Basic Infrastructure - Roads, Sidewalks, Lighting, Blighted Housing
*Continue to pursue funding opportunities, machinery and partnerships with other levels of government to fix the basics of our city. We must make sure these basic needs are continuously addressed and in focus.

2. Improve Sustainable Efforts
*We have the responsibility as citizens to make sure our city is clean and healthy. As a councilman, I will work closely with other groups who share this same goal to create a cleaner and greener Lorain. In the end, it will create a better environment for our residents across the city.

3. Engage residents
*We need to engage the citizens of Lorain in city government. We have extremely low voter turnout when we don't have a Presidential election. We must instill a sense of pride and make sure people feel as though they have a voice. And that is most critical on the local level, where their voices are most powerful. Community events, visibility and social media are all tools to use to engage citizens.

Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?
I am an individual who is extremely involved throughout the city of Lorain. I volunteer for myriad organizations and I am always willing to lend a helping hand to others. I believe my knowledge and experience within these organizations gives me a viewpoint as diverse as our city.

I am a hard worker, critical thinker, and good listener; three necessary qualities any public servant must acquire before representing any group or segment of our city. I respectfully ask for your support in the coming weeks!

William Grace, candidate for City of Elyria Mayor

Name: William Grace

Political party: Democrat

Office sought: Mayor, City of Elyria

Age: 51

Place of birth: Cleveland

Address: 618 Calann Drive; Elyria, Ohio

Length of residence in that community: 51 years

Twitter: @WilliamMGrace

Facebook: Grace for Elyria


Occupation: Self-Employed

Elected office experience:

  • Elyria City Council, Ward 3 – elected, 1989 – 1991
  • Elyria City Council, At-Large – elected, 1993 – 1995
  • Elyria City Council, At-Large – elected, 1997 – 1999
  • Mayor, City of Elyria – elected, 1999 – 2011

Non-elected office experience:

  • Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, Governing Board Member 2001 – 2009
  • Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, Board Member 2000 – 2011
  • Board President, 2009; Executive Board Member 2008 – 2010
  • Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, Board Member 2000 – 2011
  • Team Lorain County, Board Member 2008 – 2011
  • Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium, Board Member 2011 – 2011
  • Elyria Kiwanis Club, 1982 – 1999, President, 1990
  • United Way of Lorain County, Account Executive, 1988
  • Leadership Lorain County, 1990
  • United Way of Lorain County, Board Member, 2000 – 2008


  • Lorain County Community College, 1982 – 1985, Associate Degree
  • Tiffin University, 2012 – present, Bachelor in Business Administration, fall of 2015

Marital status: Single

Children: None

Organizations: n/a

Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it?:

Many roadway projects need to be addressed. Highest on the priority list is the reconstruction of Broad Street. There are millions of dollars of federal funds available for the project and it must be pursued immediately before we are forced to spend money simply for resurfacing. Elyria has recently entered a period of decline beyond the deindustrialization that has challenged us in recent decades. As a community, we must determine what kind of Elyria we want to be and then make a financial plan and financial commitment to carry it out.

Last year, the first since 2009, the height of the Great Recession, Elyria’s economy started to decline. What makes this particularly alarming is that this is a time when Ohio’s and the nation’s economy is improving. The city needs to get its spending priorities in order to fund the types of investments that will keep and attract businesses. Mayor Brinda demonstrates an attitude of indifference to supporting economic development when she said, “It’s not the city’s job to make jobs” in response to claims that no new jobs have come into the city while she has been mayor.

Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?

My tenure as mayor was characterized by high achievement that resulted in completing one major project after the other. This was accomplished by hard work, building important collaborative relationships, and acquiring over $65 million in grants. The current mayor has accomplished very little, by comparison. In fact, all of the many infrastructure projects in her term were put in place before I left office and no projects have been placed in the pipeline for the next four years. My priorities centered on improving the city’s infrastructure, particularly streets; police protection; and economic development. Mayor Brinda’s priority has centered on increasing funding to firefighters at the expense of other important city needs. I believe the city needs to get back on the successful path that I led us on and that Brinda is taking us away.

Holly Brinda, candidate for City of Elyria Mayor

Name: Holly C. Brinda

Political party: Democrat

Office sought: Mayor

Age: 57

Place of birth: Elyria

Address: 263 Windward Drive

Length of residence in that community: 57 years

Twitter: n/a

Facebook:  Holly Brinda & Elect Holly Brinda


Occupation: Mayor

Employer: City of Elyria

Elected office experience: 
  • Mayor - City of Elyria - Elected first four-year term in November 2011
  • Member and past President - Elyria Board of Education - served three four-year terms 1999 – 2011
Non-elected office experience:
  • Team Lorain County - Trustee - current
  • Lorain County Chamber of Commerce - Trustee - current
  • Lorain County Visitors Bureau - Board Member - current
  • Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency - Board Member - current
  • Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Initiative - Board Member - 2012-14
  • Leadership Lorain County - Trustee - former
  • Voices for Children - Trustee - former
  • Lorain County Urban League - Trustee - former
  • Elyria Family YMCA - Trustee - former
  • Envision Elyria - 2006 Steering Committee
  • Downtown Cleveland Merchant's Association - Trustee – former
  • Master of Public Administration - Cleveland State University 2001
  • Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management - Cleveland State University 2002
  • Bachelor of Arts in News Editorial Journalism - The Ohio State Unversity 1980
  • Elyria High School 1976

Marital status: Married to Greg Brinda

Children: Yes: Four grown Children - Matthew - age 32, Nicholas - age 32, Marielle - age 29, Rachel - age 26

  • Prior to becoming Mayor I had 27 years of high-level resource development, planning, marketing and management experience working in Director or Vice President roles in large organizations.
  • Director of Development & Community Services - Elyria City Schools
  • Chief Proposal Writer - Cleveland State University
  • Director Development, Operation, University Relations - Cleveland State University
  • Director of Development - Hattie Larlham Foundation
  • Vice President - Applewood Centers
  • Vice President - Westside Ecumenical Ministry
  • Director of Development - Transitional Housing
  • Principal Consultant - Northeast/Midwest Regions - Resource Solutions Network

Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it?:
The biggest issues facing the city are: adequate funding and government efficiency; economic development and job creation to grow the tax base; taking drug dealers off our streets and improving our neighborhoods; making infrastructure improvements that entice businesses and support residents; and maintaining family-friendly quality of life programming on a tight budget.
Continuing Cost Efficiency Measures/Adequate Funding
Adequate funding to deliver high quality City services continues to be an issue. Given that Elyria has seen a $4.5 million reduction in revenue from the repeal of the Estate Tax, the decline of funds coming from the State Local Government Fund, and expiration of federal stimulus money funding safety forces – it is going to be especially important that the city’s Mayor and senior staff continue to work collaboratively with employee groups and City Council to continue on our current path of creating the most efficient and effective city government possible.
In anticipation of declining revenue, upon coming into office the Brinda administration requested a Voluntary Performance Audit of every department from the State that helped the City identify efficiencies. To date, $2.3 million in cost savings have been identified and implemented and it is anticipated that more cost-savings will be realized over the next 18 months. To accomplish this it will be necessary to build on current cost-saving efforts in employee contract negotiations, vendor contract negotiations, employee contributions to healthcare, participation in energy cooperatives, better controlling sick leave, focusing on employee safety, consolidating departments and positions, and automating systems with new software.
Unfortunately, cost-savings alone will not remedy the current gap between the identified capital needs across city departments and in the community, and the limited available revenue. The Brinda administration will continue to work with City Council and the community to explore and identify financial solutions that can be supported by Elyrians. An important component to funding high quality city services is growing the tax base. The Brinda Administration is working very hard to remedy years of neglect in the area of economic development and will use the next term to advance the following initiatives that have been put in place over the past three years.
Becoming More Economically Competitive
To help make Elyria more economically competitive in my second term we will: (1) continue to execute the City’s first Economic Development Plan that is designed to retain businesses and remove barriers to business expansion and attraction and promote job creation; (2) market our new Business Development Incentives and City assets to investors; (3) implement the Pilot Projects and recommendations from the grant-funded JumpStart Elyria Market Analysis and Re-development Plan to begin the revitalization of Downtown, the Midway area and Cleveland Street; (4) continue working with industry leaders to remediate aging infrastructure and properties that prevent business growth; and (5) advance more flexible Design Review requirements applicable for the construction or renovation of businesses. In 2014 there were over 200 new jobs created in Elyria and we are already on track to create an additional 135 jobs in 2015.
The Brinda administration will place a major focus on downtown revitalization in the next four years. In 2016 a new restaurant will replace the run-down bars and the majority of the other dilapidated buildings on Broad Street near Elyria Municipal Court. An investor has purchased four of the largest and most challenged buildings downtown and has plans to renovate and lease them. The City is sharing market analysis information with downtown investors and is working with several of them to bring new mixed-use development to the area. The City and County will continue to work together to expand transportation services offered out of the Lorain County Transportation and Community Center – including more bus, transit and passenger rail.
Eliminating Drugs and Dealers/Improving Neighborhood Safety
Continuing to make safety the top core service priority is important to Elyria’s ability to move forward. The Brinda Administration will continue its efforts to rid the Elyria community of drugs and drug dealers and the associated home burglaries and other neighborhood crimes. Since we re-established the Narcotics Unit that had been discontinued by the previous administration and combined it with the with the Neighborhood Impact Unit to form the Elyria Narcotic/Neighborhood Impact Unit in May 2013 – the Elyria Police Department has made over 430 drug-related arrests. These arrests include the largest single heroin seizure in Lorain County history in 2014 as well as the recent arrest of 30 members of three families in March 2015.
Also important to neighborhood safety is the continued demolition of nuisance properties that often harbor criminals and criminal activity. The Brinda administration has already demolished 151 nuisance properties and working with community partners has plans to demolish an additional 60 properties over the next 18 months. Efforts to engage more citizens in working with the police on safety issues will continue – including strengthening and adding additional block watch organizations.
Major Infrastructure Improvements/Eliminating Flooding
If elected to a second term the Brinda administration will build upon and expand the $46 million of largely grant-funded infrastructure improvements that have been completed or are currently underway. The largest project, the $22 million reconfiguration of State Route 57 and the elimination of the 49th Street Bridge in the Midway Mall area, will be completed in 2016. It will improve a high crash zone, improve access to Midway Mall and neighboring commercial areas, and is already a catalyst for economic development. The City recently negotiated a tax incentive to entice a new CourtYard By Marriott Hotel that will begin construction this spring and the City’s new Community Improvement Corporation has accepted a donation of the former Mountain Jack’s restaurant property and has plans to offer it to investors for redevelopment.
Federal and Turnpike Mitigation funding has also been leveraged to make major improvements to the pavement and traffic signals on State Route 57 from the Ohio Turnpike south to State Route 113. Also scheduled are enhancements to pedestrian safety at the intersection of Bell Avenue and State Route 57 and safety improvements at Warden and State Route 57.
The replacement and/or improvements of roadways in both the Downtown area and Cleveland Street will be a focus. Middle Avenue is undergoing a major renovation from Broad Street to Oberlin Road in 2015 and the City is seeking funds for additional streetscape, crosswalk and street improvements in and around both Downtown and Cleveland Street business districts in the next two years. Target areas for improvements Downtown include Third Street, and East Avenue. Improvements on Cleveland Street will go from State Route 57 to the eastern corporation limits of the city.
Under the Brinda administration the City will continue to make sanitary and storm water improvements to improve the environment and reduce basement and other flooding. Building upon the recent improvements of over 4,000 feet of sanitary sewers and water main replacements in the areas of Eastern Heights, St. Jude and Furnace Street, the City will now begin to focus improving water flow and alleviating flooding.
In the next 24 months the city plans to focus on the replacement and improvement of water mains to improve water flow to residents, businesses and fire hydrants in the downtown core and eastern and western sections of the City. To help alleviate flooding and basement back-ups, over the next four years the City will begin to construct the $24 million Eastside Relief Sewer that will originate at the Waste Water Treatment Plant on Gulf Road running through Abbe Road to the St. Judes area.
The City is also completing a Phase II Environmental Study of the former General Industries property and is working with the current property owner, the new Elyria Community Improvement Corporation, the Ohio EPA, JobsOhio and a potential buyer to clean up and redevelop this vexing Brownfield.
Maintaining Quality of Life Programming
The City’s tight budget requires the administration to be creative to deliver non-essential quality of life programming. If re-elected the Brinda administration will continue the partnerships, collaborations and fundraising that have helped bring back family-friendly quality of life programming like free summer camps, fireworks, summer concerts, community gardens, expanded holidays lights at Finwood Estate and Downtown, and more. In addition, the Brinda Administration will work with the Lorain County MetroParks to administer the new 50-year agreement that calls for the MetroParks to operate, maintain and improve Cascade and Elywood parks. Mayor Brinda has committed to assist with the fundraising efforts necessary to help some of the improvements in Cascade Park move forward. Moreover, the Mayor will continue to work with the Elyria Parks and Recreation Board and staff to fund park improvements throughout the City.
For more detailed information on current initiative and programs please go to: or the City of Elyria’s website at

Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?
I have the education and regional experience to continue to make course corrections to re-position Elyria for success. We will continue to do things differently and build upon (1) operational adjustments that have already resulted in $2.3 million in savings; (2) growing our tax base with the new economic development plan and new tools we have put in place; (3) making Elyria safer by continuing to invest in the Police Narcotics/Neighborhood Impact Unit and demolishing nuisance propoerties; (4) expanding on the $46 million of infrastructure improvements focusing on roads and flooding issues; and (5) continuing quality of life programming with creative partnerships and outside fund development.