Politics

Westlake City Council, Ward 2 Candidate: Nate Cross

As we head into the fall election season, I would like once again thank the voters in Ward 2 for selecting me as your top choice in the recent primary election for Westlake City Council.  Your support has given me increased enthusiasm to work harder so I can continue to earn your vote in my effort to become your elected council representative in November.

If selected as your next councilman, I plan to continue my leadership role in the community to address issues or concerns in Westlake, and specific to Ward 2 – based on my strong qualifications, and relevant experience.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:30 AM, 09.17.2013

Westlake School Board Candidate: John Finucane

My wife and I moved to Westlake to raise our family. Growing up in the West Park neighborhood of Cleveland, there were many communities we could choose. We chose Westlake. Westlake is one of those communities that has a little of everything. What really sets Westlake apart from other cities is the community’s support for its public schools. The families of Westlake invest in their schools because they know it will continue to make their city a great place to live.

Last year our investment in our schools earned us two nationally recognized Blue Ribbon Schools, and because of the support of the community of Westlake, we now have a new high school and middle school for our children. We are fortunate to have great schools, which in turn makes it a great community to live in.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:14 AM, 09.17.2013

Rocky River Municipal Clerk of Court Candidate: Jeanne Gallagher

Can you name your Clerk of Court? Many residents are unaware of who they are and what they do. Many municipalities have appointed Clerks but the Rocky River Clerk of Court is an elected position.

I am currently serving the citizens of Cuyahoga County as an assistant bailiff in the courtroom of the Honorable Judge Kristin W. Sweeney. It is in this capacity that I have learned just how vital the Clerk position is to the operation of the Court. A wrong order could result in garnishment of wages or liens on property or assets. Untimely-filed documents could result in dismissals of important cases. These are issues that most don’t think about until it directly affects them. These are issues that are important to me.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:13 AM, 09.17.2013

It's Mace and Sutherland in the finals

Bay Villagers can expect to see a lot of orange and red this autumn, and not only in the season’s changing leaves. The field of four candidates vying for the office of Bay Village mayor was narrowed to two in Tuesday’s primary election, with incumbent Deborah Sutherland and challenger Marty Mace receiving the most votes.

The blue-and-white campaign signs favored by Claire Banasiak and David Volle will soon be removed from yards, with Sutherland’s red and Mace’s orange signs likely to fill the landscape. Sutherland was the top vote-getter in the Sept. 10 contest, with 1,299 votes, just over 45 percent of the 2,859 voters in the Observer’s unofficial tally of election results posted at the city’s five polling locations and the vote-by-mail figures available on the county board of elections website immediately after the polls closed. Marty Mace received 940 votes (32.8 percent) for a second-place finish. David Volle came in third at 549 votes (19.2 percent) and Claire Banasiak had 71 votes (nearly 2.5 percent).

Sutherland and Mace will square off in the Nov. 5 general election.

See the unofficial breakdown by precinct after the jump.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:06 PM, 09.10.2013

League of Women Voters to host Westlake, Bay candidates forums

The Westlake and Bay chapters of the League of Women Voters - Cuyahoga Area will present candidates' nights in advance of the Nov. 5 General Election. A classic LWV format will be used, with each candidate in a contested race giving short opening and closing remarks and an LWV moderator posing audience questions that have been screened for duplication, clarity, relevance and appropriateness.

The Westlake forum will be held Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 6:45 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. The candidates for Board of Education will appear first, followed at 7:30 p.m. by the contested candidates for Wards 1, 2 and 6.

The Bay forum, to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Bay High School auditorium at 29230 Wolf Road, will begin with the two Primary Election-winning candidates for mayor. The three uncontested City Council candidates will speak for three minutes each to introduce themselves and their views. Finally, the six candidates in the contested elections for City Council Wards 2, 3 and 4 will discuss their visions and plans for Bay Village.

The LWV General Election Voters' Guides for Westlake and Bay Village will be published in the Oct. 1 issue of the Westlake | Bay Village Observer and will be available online at wbvobserver.com through Election Day.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:29 AM, 09.04.2013

Provisional ballots best avoided

Provisional ballots are a good thing. But you don't want to be handed one.

In response to problems during the 2000 presidential election, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act of 2002. Provisional ballots were created to record a vote when there are questions about the voter's eligibility. Once the questions are resolved, the vote is either counted or disqualified. Provisional ballots are a good thing because they can preserve voters' rights.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:35 AM, 09.04.2013

Report: Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Aug. 14, 2013

This report, which contains observations and selected highlights of a meeting of the WCOG, is the first in a new series by members of the League of Women Voters - Cuyahoga Area. It is not an official statement of the LWV.

The Westshore Council of Governments was founded in 1971 "to foster cooperation between municipalities in all areas of municipal service." The mayors of the six WCOG cities meet on the second Tuesday of the month, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the Lakewood Women's Pavilion. Official minutes are prepared by Mayor Summers' office. All meetings are open to the public.

Present: Mayors Bobst (Rocky River), Clough (Westlake), Sutherland (Bay Village), Summers (Lakewood) 

Absent: Mayors Kennedy (North Olmsted), Patton (Fairview Park)

Grant ceremony began 9:30; meeting called to order 9:51 without a quorum; Mayor Sutherland arrived 9:58; meeting adjourned 11:30

CERT grants

Dominion East Ohio and Friends for the Community Foundation presented grants to Westshore Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) for two generators and other equipment.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:00 AM, 08.20.2013

Meet the Candidates: Dedicated to Bay Village

Hello, my name is Marty Mace and I am running for Mayor in Bay Village. I am running because I care about Bay Village, its residents and the direction the City has taken while addressing the financial challenges caused by today’s economic climate.

I have served the public for 37 years, as a firefighter/paramedic, and I will continue to serve you as your mayor. I will listen to what you have to say, and then work with my team to set goals and priorities to reach our objectives. I will promote cooperation with the core values of integrity and fairness, and will accept that ultimately I am accountable to you.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 9:52 AM, 08.20.2013

Honoring the fight for women's equality

"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation." These 39 simple words were first proposed by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1878. Official certification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution came 42 years later, on Aug. 26, 1920.

To mark the 50th anniversary, the National Organization for Women sponsored the 1970 Women's Strike for Equality. More than 20,000 women throughout the country protested for workplace opportunities, political rights and social equality. "Don't iron while the strike is hot!" was their most famous slogan.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 9:54 AM, 08.20.2013

Historic candidate forum in Bay Village

Bay Village citizens will have a chance to see the four candidates for Bay Village mayor side by side on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Bay Middle School cafeteria, 27725 Wolf Road.

The Bay Village Chapter of the League of Women Voters - Cuyahoga Area is presenting the forum. Candidates will make short prepared remarks, and an LWV moderator will pose screened audience questions.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:30 AM, 08.06.2013

Protect your right to vote!

Cuyahoga County purged over 38,000 voter registration records on July 17. Was yours one? Check www.443vote.com to ensure you are still eligible to vote. While you're there, verify your address and polling place. This is particularly important if you do not vote regularly or if you have moved since 2007.

Students and young adults who move frequently are especially encouraged to verify their registration and address. A new address, even within the same city, may place you in a different precinct or ward, and it may change your polling place.

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:51 AM, 07.23.2013

Regionalism: Evaluating fire district mergers

The take-away message from the June 19 League of Women Voters' forum on regionalization was that fire district mergers are extraordinarily difficult, and citizens should "demand a long-term, strategic vision" for the proposed merger of Bay Village, Fairview Park, Rocky River and Westlake fire departments.

Dr. Mary Pisnar-Sweeney, associate professor at Baldwin Wallace University and co-author of an influential study for a southside fire district merger, stated that this strategic vision, clear benchmarks, a transparent process, public involvement and defined milestones are essential to success. Benchmarks should include concrete measures such as response times, run times, staffing, expenses and training. If the merger is not meeting its benchmarks or milestones, it should stop, and the process of "unknitting the sweater" should begin.

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 11:13 AM, 06.25.2013

LWV regionalism forum to explore fire district mergers

The Bay Village, Rocky River, Fairview Park, Lakewood and Westlake/North Olmsted chapters of the League of Women Voters-Cuyahoga Area are sponsoring the third of three voter education forums on regionalization on Wednesday, June 19, 7:00 p.m., at the Fairview Park Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 21225 Lorain Road.

This third forum will focus on the factors involved in a merger of fire departments: how it should be evaluated and implemented and the impact on citizens, cities and firefighters. The forum speakers are Dr. Mary Pisnar-Sweeney, an associate professor of business administration at Baldwin Wallace University and Bernard W. Becker, Director of the Center for Emergency Preparedness at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 9:49 AM, 05.29.2013

Rep. Baker honors 2013 Ohio Rose of Tralee, Kelsey Higgins

During the May 22 session of the Ohio House of Representatives, State Representative Nan Baker presented a House resolution to Kelsey Higgins for being named the 2013 Ohio Rose of Tralee.

The Rose of Tralee competition is open to women of Irish descent who reflect the intelligence, compassion and independence of modern Irish women. After being nominated by local businesses or organizations, Roses compete in local competitions in cities around the world. In August, one Rose will earn the title of the Rose of Tralee at the International Festival in County Kerry, Ireland.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 9:57 AM, 05.29.2013

Nick Nunnari running for Westlake's Ward 2 council seat

Hello. I want to introduce myself and ask for your vote on May 7: Nick C. Nunnari, for Westlake City Council, Ward 2. As your voice on city council I will ensure that our tax dollars are used responsibly and address Ward 2 issues. I will champion your input to envision a plan to keep our city moving forward for our community’s future stability and growth.

I consider myself well prepared for this position:

  • First-hand experience: born and raised in Ward 2, Westlake resident for 40+ years
  • Warm and approachable: build solid working relationships
  • Knowledgeable: attend city council meetings regularly; have gone through the budgeting process
  • Well versed on residents’ concerns: water department issue, too frequent electrical interruptions, safety and security posed by aging housing stock, need for better street lighting, attention to speed limits on major streets, more involvement for our senior citizens.
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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:48 AM, 04.30.2013

Brian Thompson announces candidacy for Westlake’s Ward 2 council seat

I am blessed with having a combination of three professional licenses: Attorney at Law, Certified Public Accountant, and Lay Minister, all of which I am presently engaged in concurrently. I have served the public for over 30 years, and I am now seeking to use my expertise in serving the public as Ward 2 councilperson.

Two major functions of Council are the enactment of laws (which we call ordinances at the local level) and authorizing expenditures through adoption of the annual budget and supplemental appropriations as the year goes by. My combination of expertise in law and finance makes me exceptionally qualified to excel in the performance of these functions.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 11:10 AM, 04.16.2013

Steve Presley running for Westlake's Ward 2 Council opening

Hello, my name is Steve Presley and I am asking for your vote as Westlake’s Ward 2 City Council representative. I have chosen to run for election for several reasons. Foremost is because I care about Westlake, about the residents and the direction of the City that I’ve resided in for over 35 years. I want to ensure that it remains a place where my children want to raise their families.

Secondly is to represent the residents of Ward 2 in a professional, responsive manner that will reflect positively on you and the City. Lastly is to utilize the financial knowledge and experience of municipal government operations that I have obtained over the past 24 years to benefit not only Ward 2 but all residents of Westlake in future decisions made by Council.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 11:10 AM, 04.16.2013

Rep. Baker introduces legislation to support victims of sexual assault

State Rep. Nan Baker recently introduced legislation that will help fund rape crisis centers in Ohio and provide essential support for victims of sexual assault.

House Bill 108 requires each person who registers as a convicted sex offender on the Sex Offender Registration and Notification (SORN) database to pay a $100 fee, which is then deposited into the Rape Crisis Center Trust Fund administered by the Ohio Attorney General. It also adds a representative of rape crisis centers as a member of the Safe Victims Assistance Advisory Committee.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:39 AM, 04.02.2013

Rep. Baker applauds passage of legislation to designate 'reshoring month' in Ohio

State Rep. Nan Baker applauded the Ohio House of Representatives’ passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 2, which designates March 2013 as Reshoring Month in Ohio.

S.C.R. 2 states that reshoring in Ohio will not only create vital manufacturing jobs and efficiently strengthen the economy, but also improve the quality of goods, negate the possibility of trade secret thefts, reduce imports and increase exports, reduce delivery times, and strengthen the industrial base.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:39 AM, 04.02.2013

Nate Cross announces candidacy for Westlake's ward 2 council seat

With a primary election on Tuesday, May 7, I am asking for your support to be your next Westlake City Council member to represent Ward 2.

I am energized by the opportunity to further serve the public, which has been something I have done my entire life, in both the public sector and non-profit arena – as illustrated by my active involvement in the community for the past decade. 

Currently, I serve as an elected member of the Westlake School Board, and currently work for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, where I serve as the executive director.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:48 AM, 04.02.2013

Marie Novak announces candidacy for Ward 2 Westlake City Council

Attorney and registered nurse Marie Novak announced her candidacy for the Westlake City Council Ward 2 primary to be held May 7.

Ms. Novak is a wife, mother of two young boys and an active member of the Westlake community.

“I live and work in Westlake,” Ms. Novak said. “I am invested in this community, the schools and the people who live here. I look forward to the opportunity to become ‘a new voice for continued success’ as a member of the City Council from Ward 2.”

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 10:49 AM, 03.19.2013

Mayor Sutherland announces re-election bid

Mayor Debbie Sutherland has announced her intention to seek re-election as Mayor of Bay Village, citing unfinished work and the desire to keep the city on the right track.

“As all of us continue to work through these difficult economic times, I am extremely proud of how our city has managed these challenges. Our bond rating has improved two times over the last four years, our home values are stable, our city services have remained strong – all while at the same time reducing our city budget,” Sutherland said.

“I am very pleased that Bay Village was ranked the number one suburb in 2012 by Cleveland Magazine and one of the Top Ten Towns for Families in the US by Family Circle, but we cannot rest on our laurels,” Sutherland continued.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 12:15 PM, 01.10.2013

Ohio redistricting campaign the subject of Democratic Club meeting

The Fairview Park Democratic Club meeting on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. at Bain Park Cabin will feature as guest speaker Ann Henkel, a representative from the organization Voters First. Henkel, from Columbus, will share information on their campaign to change the redistricting process in Ohio. She is on the board of the League of Women Voters of Ohio.

Voters First, a coalition of groups led by the League, turned in 450,000 signatures of Ohioans to the Secretary of State's office on July 3 to propose an amendment that would change the way we draw legislative and congressional districts in our state.

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Volume 4, Issue 15, Posted 10:14 AM, 07.24.2012

Promoting job creation

Job creation: two small words that mean so much for Ohio’s future. In my time as your state representative, I have always emphasized job growth as the key to our economic prosperity, both individually and on a statewide level. Getting Ohioans back to work is one of the most important focuses here in the Statehouse. Accordingly, throughout this General Assembly, my colleagues and I have implemented a number of different tactics to promote this critical objective.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 9:48 AM, 06.12.2012

Western suburb democratic clubs sponsor forum on the 'War on Women'

Wonder what the "War On Women" is all about? Come to an exciting and timely forum on Tuesday, June 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Rocky River's Umerly Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd. Hear speakers outline what this war is all about and how we can fight back. Speakers include:

  • State Representative Nickie Antonio
  • Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio
  • Gary Dougherty, state legislative director of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Ohio
  • Cynthia Demsey, chair, Cuyahoga Democratic Women’s Caucus
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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:09 AM, 05.30.2012

SiteOhio program helps bring business to Ohio

Throughout this legislative session, the Ohio House has been working hard to promote job creation, business growth and economic recovery. In recent months, Ohio has experienced a dramatic influx of industry and jobs. In January of this year, the Buckeye state gained 25,000 jobs, and in February, we led the nation in jobs gained with an uptick of more than 28,000. With more and more businesses relocating within our borders, these trends are poised to continue as we move forward in 2012.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:34 AM, 05.01.2012

Workforce development and fraud prevention

Each time that I walk into the Statehouse, I know that my colleagues and I will be working to address important issues facing Ohio. This certainly covers a broad range of topics and each deserves the attention of the state legislature. Two such issues have recently risen to the forefront of the House legislative agenda: workforce development and fraud in government agencies. In the coming months, important actions will be taken to better Ohio by increasing job training opportunities for job seeking Ohioans and routing out fraudulent practices in state government.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:36 AM, 04.03.2012

LeVeck concedes Ohio House District 16 race

Todd LeVeck congratulated newly-elected Andy Meyer who will serve as the 16th District Democratic candidate facing Republican Nan Baker in the November election.

LeVeck stated: “I am grateful to the citizens of our district for all their support during our energetic campaign. My thanks to all those who participated so tirelessly. It has been a joy to work with so many good people of our district. I look forward to all we can do together for the betterment of our community as we go forward toward the election this November.”

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 11:48 AM, 03.20.2012

Westlake Republican Club to gather to watch primary election results

The Westlake Republican Club will be gathering on Tuesday, March 6, to celebrate the election of precinct leaders throughout the Westlake community and enjoy the primary election returns.

Are you concerned about the direction our country is headed? Are you frustrated because nobody seems to listen to conservative common sense solutions? You are not alone!

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 2:42 PM, 02.21.2012

Changes to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

In the past year, the Ohio General Assembly has focused on many important issues affecting Ohioans across the state. From job creation to health care and education, we have worked to better the government services that are entitled to you as a resident of Ohio. One important area that the House has focused on is the protection of injured workers. In the past year, many positive changes have been made to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, ensuring that employees receive the security they need and companies are able to operate with stability.

Most recently, a pharmacy lock-in program has been instituted to limit the misuse of medications by those injured in the workplace. This program will deal with the issue of doctor shopping, limiting the ability to obtain prescriptions from more than one physician and pharmacy in certain cases. The BWC is responsible for the smooth reintegration of recovered workers back into the workplace, and this objective is impaired when injured employees begin to misuse and abuse their prescriptions. With the new pharmacy lock-in program, this danger will be dealt with head on.

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 2:37 PM, 02.21.2012

H.B 18 repurposes resources to accommodate growing businesses

We have had an encouraging year with a drop in the unemployment rate and successful results in the arena of job creation. We are moving in the right direction after a series of very financially difficult and unstable years. While the pain of the financial crisis is still able to be felt, the wound is beginning to heal for Ohio. The key to keeping job creation and economic recovery headed in the right direction is developing legislation that is both innovative and resourceful. It is in the spirit of innovation and resourcefulness that I introduced House Bill 18.

H.B. 18 is a bill that accommodates future growth by using resources that Ohio already has in its possession. In recent years, economic hardship has forced businesses both large and small to leave Ohio, abandoning their operating buildings in urban, suburban and rural settings. These buildings sit vacant in areas that are full of citizens that need jobs and are ready to work. Areas with high percentages of vacant properties are also areas that have high unemployment rates.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 11:11 AM, 02.07.2012

Congressman Jim Renacci to visit Westlake Jan. 14

Congressional boundaries have changed significantly on the westside of Cleveland. Depending on where you live, you may have a new congressman. Due to declining population reported in the 2010 census, Ohio lost two Congressional seats requiring Ohio’s U.S. Congressional districts to be redrawn.

The new districts have now been set and most of the Westshore is primarily in the 16th U.S. Congressional District. The new 16th District added Fairview Park, Middleburg Heights, North Olmsted, North Royalton, Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township, Parma Heights, Strongsville and Westlake, and parts of Berea, Parma, Rocky River.

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 12:35 PM, 01.10.2012

Ohio House candidate holds holiday campaign kick-off

The House District 16 campaign for Democratic candidate Todd LeVeck kicked off over the holidays with a stirring event in Rocky River on Dec. 29.  

A Westlake resident, born and raised in Cleveland, Todd is a Cleveland Public Schools teacher and a member of the Naval Reserve, as well as a husband and father. Surrounded by family, friends, co-workers and supporters, Todd shared his reasons for running and his passion for change.

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 12:30 PM, 01.10.2012

Looking back at the accomplishments of 2011

As 2012 begins, I thought this would be a good opportunity to re-cap what has been accomplished in the first half of the 129th General Assembly. Our focus from the beginning has been creating jobs and improving the state’s economy. Here is a taste of what we’ve accomplished thus far:

  • State Operating Budget: Through the passage of the biennial budget, we filled the state’s $8-billion budget deficit without raising taxes, while retaining many vital public services that citizens depend on.
  • Personal Income Tax Reduction: Annually since 2006 – excluding 2010 – four percent each year of the collection of income taxes has been reduced. In that time, Ohio went from being the seventh-most-taxed state to the 16th.
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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 12:17 PM, 01.10.2012

Rep. Nan Baker announces re-election bid

State Representative Nan Baker announced her candidacy for representative of the 16th Ohio House District during the 130th General Assembly.

As a small business owner and chairwoman of the House Economic and Small Business Development Committee, Rep. Baker understands that creating an environment to retain, create and bring jobs to Ohio is a number-one priority. In addition to supporting a budget that filled an $8 billion budget hole without raising taxes, she also supported measures to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses, make Ohio’s job-creation efforts more effective with the establishment of JobsOhio, and offer incentives to businesses that have received out-of-state offers in an effort to keep them in Ohio. Keeping American Greetings in Ohio and locating in Westlake is an example of that effort.

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Volume 3, Issue 24, Posted 3:29 PM, 11.29.2011

Tadych seeks fifth term on Bay City Council

On Monday, April 11, I filed petitions with the Board of Elections to continue my service as councilman for Bay Village's Ward 1. With your help, this will be my fifth term of office.

I began my first term as Ward 1 councilman in 2002. Ward 1 is located in eastern Bay. The ward begins at the Rocky River border and goes west to Parkside Road.

I'm particularly proud of the semi-annual Ward 1 meetings I started during my first term in 2002.  These meetings were the precursor and were responsible for City Council’s current Town Hall Meetings of today.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 6:17 PM, 04.19.2011

Bay engineer Bob Ziebarth running for vacant Ward 3 Council seat

Longtime Bay Village resident Bob Ziebarth is actively campaigning for the Ward 3 City Council seat being vacated by current Ward 3 representative Scott Pohlkamp, who has opted to run for an At-Large seat in the upcoming fall election. Mr. Ziebarth is a licensed Professional Engineer in 15 states, including Ohio.  

“The Code of Ethics for a licensed Professional Engineer is to be dedicated to the protection of the public’s health, safety and welfare; and these are the same principals I will bring to this position,” Ziebarth stated.

With a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University and a specialty in Fire Protection, Mr. Ziebarth would bring a unique skill set to the city that fits well with many of the issues we are currently facing. Some of these issues include storm sewer improvements to help reduce basement flooding, upgrades and maintenance to many of the aging city-owned buildings, and the need to still remain fiscally responsible with regards to the city’s budget.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 3:10 PM, 04.05.2011

Bay Village Planning Commission member Clete Miller running for Ward 2 council seat

Bay Village resident and Planning Commission member Clete Miller is actively campaigning for the Ward 2 City Council seat vacated by longtime Ward 2 representative Paul Koomar, who has opted to run for President of Council.  Miller has served on the Bay Planning Commission since 2005 and views his candidacy as a natural progression of his interest in serving the community.  “I’ve really enjoyed serving on the Planning Commission.  It has given me a strong foundation to take my commitment to the city and its residents to the next level,” Miller stated. 

Ward 2 is unique in Bay Village in that it contains most of the city’s businesses as well as schools and family dwellings.  Miller’s professional experience translates well to Ward 2. In addition to his current role with the planning commission, Miller is employed by the architecture firm Weber Murphy Fox since 1999 as a project manager. Miller is a Pennsylvania native, relocating from State College, Penn., in 2002 to assist in expanding Weber Murphy Fox’s Cleveland office.

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 10:07 AM, 03.22.2011

Rep. Baker introduces bills aimed at job creation

State Representative Nan Baker (R-Westlake) recently introduced legislation that, when enacted, will help unemployed Ohioans find gainful employment and revitalize Ohio’s economy.

House Bill 17 authorizes a $2,400 income tax withholding credit for an employer who hires and employs a previously unemployed individual. Originally proposed by Rep. Todd Snitchler (R-Uniontown) during the 128th General Assembly, this bill is a component of the “Future of Ohio” Economic and Small Business Development Initiative.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 7:44 AM, 01.18.2011

LWV announces historic candidate forums for historic election

In November, 2009, Cuyahoga County residents voted to restructure our County government to an Executive - Council form of government.  For the first time in county history, on November 2, 2010, voters will choose the Cuyahoga County Executive who will lead the new government, and elect their own County Council District Representative. Bay Village and Westlake are part of the newly-formed District 1, along with Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Olmsted Township, all except Precinct D.

The League of Women Voters is presenting two nonpartisan forums of particular interest to Bay Village and Westlake residents. Citizens are encouraged to attend.

First, the District 1 County Council Candidate Forum is set for Monday, September 20, 2010, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Westlake Performing Arts Center, 27820 Hilliard Blvd. (located behind the high school). In partnership with the Westlake City School District.

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Volume 2, Issue 18, Posted 4:34 PM, 09.03.2010