Thursday, April 30, 2015

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

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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.

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