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From the Editors:
This year we are deviating from our usual issues only statement policy. The only contested races this year are for Peninsula mayor and council. Two seats on council are open and running are Dee Holody, Grover Miller, Jodi Padrutt, and Jay Pedone. The race for mayor includes Dick Fisher, Bob Hrovat, and Mike Kaplan.
As submitted in alphabetical order, candidates for council:
I received a call from the YCN the other night letting me know that this year, they would be accepting political statements for the October publication. I have submitted “position papers” to both the Beacon and the West Side Leader and hopefully you have seen them. So instead of again telling you all about my education, degrees, experience, or issues at hand, I thought I would share with you, a poster I have hanging in my house.
HOW TO BUILD A COMMUNITY
Turn off your TV * Leave your House
Know your Neighbors
Look up when you are Walking
Greet People * Sit on your Stoop
Use your Library * Play Together
Buy from Local Merchants
Share What You Have
Help a lost Dog * Garden Together
Support your Neighborhood School
Fix it even if you didn’t break it
Have Pot Lucks * Honor Elders
Pick up Litter * Read Stories Aloud
Dance in the Street
Talk to the Mail Carrier
Listen to the Birds * Put up a Swing
Help Carry Something Heavy
Barter for your Goods
Start a Tradition * Ask a Question
Hire Young People for Odd Jobs
Organize a Block Party
Bake Extra and Share
Ask for Help when You need it
Open your Shades * Sing Together
Share your Skills
Take Back the Night
Turn up the Music * Turn Down the Music
Listen before you React to Anger
Mediate a Conflict * Seek to Understand
Learn from New and Uncomfortable Angles
Know that No One is Silent
though Many are not Heard
Work to Change This
A Vote for Dee is a Vote for Community
From a flyer provided by Grover Miler, incumbent for council:
During my term on council I initiated the new police station and the new fire station. The new police station was built with donations, community participation, and a lot of volunteered hard work. When completed the station was turned over to the Village AT NO COST. I negotiated a lease with the National Park for land to build a badly needed new Fire Station. As part of the agreement a house on the site was made available for offices, rest rooms, kitchen, day room and training space. We built the Fire Station ON BUDGET and SAVED over $100,000 by utilizing the house. I am a Peninsula resident for forty-six years, married to my wife, Nancy , for fifty years, father of seven children, business owner, Veteran of the Korean War, served on the Board of Zoning Appeals, served eight years on Fire Board, and eight years on Council.
The beautiful weather of the past few weekends have drawn me outside to walk the community. Not so much to campaign, but to listen. Not to stand on a soapbox, but to learn. I’ve heard some great ideas, some concerning issues and some interesting thoughts. I’ve reflected on what each and every person has shared with me and thank you for your openness. What I hear the loudest is your pride and love for this unique community, which I also share. A community is the sum of all its residents. So, with that in mind, I urge you to get involved and share your voice. Join a committee, attend meetings, write letters, participate, vote. November 6th, is Election Day. I urge you to vote and share your voice.
Dear Residents of Peninsula:
It has been my privilege to have served you as councilman for the past twelve years. I have lived here for twenty years and I am still grateful for the opportunity. The people, the landscape, the community activities and close proximity keep us all as a family.
My function for the past twelve years has been your police liaison which has at times been very difficult. We currently are in a bit of a financial pinch. But let me remind you we will survive. The council has formed a financial committee consisting of Doug Anderson, Robert Hunker, and myself. Doug Anderson is the road superintendent of Hudson, who is responsible for millions of dollars of personnel and equipment. Robert Hunker has several properties and businesses and has been a successful businessman for several years. Personally I have owned my own business for the past thirty-one years. Most of the year’s the business has grown and prospered.
I would very much appreciate your support and vote on Election Day November 6, 2007.
As submitted for the office of mayor in alphabetical order:
Dear Residents of Peninsula,
There are many issues currently facing the Village of Peninsula. Village finances and services and the on going debate over what ideal zoning should be, just to name a few.
Previously having served as Peninsula Village Council President (1976-1980) and as your Mayor for 8 years (1980-1988). I believe my past experience and leadership will benefit the Village to overcome these obstacles if I am again elected to serve as your Mayor.
For a variety of reasons the Village of Peninsula is currently struggling financially, I firmly believe working closely with my neighbors on council as I have in the past, I can return the Village to the prosperity it experienced during my previous term as Mayor of Peninsula.
This was accomplished by practicing financial responsibility, adherence to budgets, the elimination of wasteful spending, and by using the power given to me in the Ohio revised Code Sec 733.33 which basically allows the Mayor to protest against excess expenditures which exceed the revenues of the Village. This was also done without a local income tax, which Village currently has in place.
As a lifelong resident of the Village, I genuinely care for both it’s past and am concerned for its future. I believe our zoning laws should reflect both views, preserving the past , while at the same time protecting the future.
We are a small community and I feel the need for new leadership in bringing both the new and the old residents together to keep the Village of Peninsula a wonderful place to live and raise a family. I feel so strongly about his I have decided to try to serve again as your Mayor, and ask once more for your support on Nov. 6th.
Candidate Mayor of Peninsula
I’m a 16 year Peninsula resident running for mayor in this great community. The position of Mayor requires a strong businessperson with the ability to coordinate countless activities and successfully prioritize them into an order of practical solutions. My extraordinary experiences in business and my personal life have prepared me for the challenges facing Peninsula’s unique populace. I believe that I am the best candidate running for the position of mayor this coming election.
Surrounded by park settings and historical restoration, Village residents command a standard beyond the ordinary. I am a free moderate thinker with the skills to combine traditional mindsets and new technologies that will take our city gracefully into the future. My recent dossier includes creating businesses at local, regional and international levels; ownership of multiple retail service franchises; management of large employee staffs; design and implementation of company policies and procedures; researching green alternatives to building solutions; and local charity fundraising. These accomplishments encompass broad spectrum communications between staff, municipalities, city councils and companies at all levels - in multiple cities and states. As mayor, I will apply my experiences to best represent the current needs and the future dreams of the residents, protect our pristine historical environment, and stabilize our long term financial position. We need a new approach with fresh ideas that set high standards for responsibility and leadership. I envision Peninsula as “the historic city of the future” creating new examples for city management, worldwide. It would be my honor to join all of you in pursuit of these goals. Please cast your vote for Bob Hrovat for mayor on November 6th.
For the last fourteen years I have had the honor to serve the Village on Council, as Council President, and for the last four years as your Mayor. During that time we have, as a community, braved many challenges, from battling Gypsy Moths and floods to restoring sidewalks; from “welcoming” three million visitors a year to maintaining services in a time of declining resources. Some challenges have been solved; others remain to be solved.
The basic challenge remains the same – to provide necessary services on a limited tax base, while preserving the heritage and traditions of the community.
The Mayor is the person who takes issues and opportunities to the Village Council for action, and encourages the Council to act in the best interest of all of the citizens. The Mayor has no vote, except in case of tie, and the Mayor has no veto. The Mayor works with all corners of the community to bring matters to the Council’s attention, and strives to find the consensus in their deliberations.
All of us, working together, can PRESERVE THE PAST AND PROTECT THE FUTURE. Working Together, we can find a way to provide vital services to all of our citizens, while we find a way to finance those services on a limited tax base. Working Together, we can find a way to preserve our unique community, regardless of the pressures to abandon our community and our values. Working Together, we can plan our future, and assure that our future is chosen by OUR COMMUNITY.
WE can solve our problems, and WE can protect the community for the generations that will come after us. WE are capable of deciding and protecting our future, as we respect and preserve the past. We should not settle for less.
PRESERVE THE PAST, PROTECT THE FUTURE