Fostoria mayor announces bid for county commissioner PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by By JAN LARSON Sentinel County Editor   
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 13:23
Being no stranger to the outskirts of Wood County, Fostoria Mayor John Davoli is traveling to four corners of the county today to announce his candidacy for commissioner.
"I'll be the commissioner reaching to all four corners of Wood County," Davoli said as he prepared for his press conferences in Fostoria, Hoytville, Grand Rapids, Northwood and lastly, in Bowling Green.
Davoli, who will run as a "conservative independent," said he is comfortable reaching out to vast areas. As mayor of a city that straddles three counties, he is accustomed to dealing with triple the county governmental entities that most mayors encounter.
"I'm uniquely experienced to be a county commissioner," he said.
Davoli will be running for the seat held by Republican incumbent Tim Brown. The filing deadline for Republican and Democratic candidates is Feb. 18, and May 3 for independent candidates.
Though Davoli said he has no real complaints about the current three commissioners, he said his goal would be to reach out to people throughout the county. He vowed to start by attending meetings of every municipality and every township in the county prior to the election - and then continue if elected. He would act as a liaison between the commissioners' office and other grassroots government.
Davoli promised to work hard for the office.
"I like campaigning. I like going door-to-door," he said. "I want to go to the farmhouse that no candidate has ever been to."
And he wants to share his conservative message.
"I believe we should be fiscally responsible, and have less government when possible."
Davoli, 48, has served 11 years as Fostoria mayor, and is in the middle of his third term. Prior to that, he served four years on city council, owned a small carpet and upholstery business, and taught fifth grade.
As mayor, he has served as president of the Wood County Mayors Association, and is on the advisory board for Wood County EMA. He referred to himself as a "family man," with wife Lisa and children, Mathew, 20, Sarah, 18, and Noah, 11.
"I feel very confident I could do a good job for Wood County," he said. "I love public office. I love working with people."
As mayor, Davoli said he has had perfect attendance at 350 council meetings and has presided over 225 weddings. He has coached youth sports for 18 years, been involved with the American Red Cross for 16 years, and is a member of St. Wendelin Church.
It was 25 years ago that Davoli and his soon-to-be wife went to the Wood County Courthouse to get their marriage license.
"I would love to go back to the courthouse 25 years later," as a county commissioner, he said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 January 2010 12:14

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