7 in race for North Baltimore Council
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer
Saturday, 02 November 2013 08:58
NORTH BALTIMORE - Six people, including two incumbents, are seeking election to four soon-to-be vacant seats on village council.
Incumbents Janet Goldner and Leslee Thompson, as well as challengers Ed Kaman, Art Patterson III, Richard Rose and John VanScoder, are seeking to be elected on Tuesday.
With the exception of Thompson and Rose, all candidates are write-in candidates.
Two current council members, Jeff Bretz and Greg Waaland, are not seeking re-election.
Thompson, assistant vice-president of lending at The Henry County Bank, is seeking her third, four-year term on council.
"I have served the last eight years on council and believe I try to bring a level-headed approach to our local government.
"I understand the financial limitations of many of our residents. I try to be fair and consistent with issues that are brought before council," Thompson said.
The three biggest challenges the village is facing, Thompson said, are proper budgeting; lack of long-term budgeting and financial planning; and proper decorum and order within village council meetings.
Goldner, a retired music teacher and guidance counselor, was voted in by fellow council members in January 2012 to fill the unexpired term of former council member Tony Damon. She is seeking her first full-term.
"I have helped start some projects I would really like to see completed," Goldner said. "I really feel strongly I can make an impact."
The three biggest issues Goldner said she is committed to working on are expanding the Ohio 18 corridor to stimulate business in the community; bettering the infrastructure with completion of the sewer separation project, new water main on Main Street and the downtown revitalization project; and finishing restructuring of the EMS department.
"I can focus on what community members want. I like to listen to what people say and look at what the community needs," Goldner said.
Rose, owner of Buckeye Carpet Cleaning, is making his first run for council.
"I'm pretty well-vested in this town as far as rental properties and my business and I just want to see things getting done right," he said.
"I think people know I will do what's right for the people of the village," he said.
While he declined to give specifics, Rose said he wants to see improvement.
"I would like to see the town grow and be a place that people would want to live and be proud to live," he said.
"I definitely want to make sure the people of the village are treated fairly and that is an issue here," Rose said.
Kaman, also a political newcomer, is a dispatcher for the North Baltimore Police Department. He believes his knowledge of the inner-workings of the village as a dispatcher, assistant scout master, volunteer on the EMS squad and an auxiliary police officer, are a strength he would bring to office.
"I've been living in this town for six years now and I would like to see some improvement, especially on Main Street and trying to drum up some business," Kaman said.
The three issues he would focus on, if elected, are improving infrastructure, attracting new businesses to town and increased staffing for the police department.
Patterson, the brother of current council member Aaron Patterson, is also making his first run for council.
He is self-employed and said he is running to "help better serve my community."
The three biggest issues Patterson sees facing the village are revenue, water rates and growth.
Trenton Tatham originally filed a petition to run for council, but will no longer be running due to his position with the village. He serves as a dispatcher.
John VanScoder could not be reached for an interview for this story.
The two remaining council members, Bill Cameron and Aaron Patterson, will be up for re-election in 2015.