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Position papers: Coventry Board of Trustees

9/12/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Edward Diebold vs. Tom Seese (incumbent) vs. Rod Willis

Voters living in Coventry Township will vote for two candidates for Coventry Township Board of Trustees in the Nov. 5 General Election. The race is nonpartisan. The information provided below was submitted by the candidates, with their responses to our questions printed as submitted.

Edward Diebold

Why are you running for trustee?

“I’m running for Trustee to help ensure Coventry Township remains a great community to reside in. We have a very unique community and we need to sell that to future families and small businesses. This will solidify our continued growth and the longivity of Coventry Township. I will bring alot of energy and a open 24/7 attitude to this office. I plan on raising a family here and, I want the best for my family, friends, and neighbors now and in the futur”

What would be your top three priorities if you took office? Why?

  1. “Increase revenue stream to support our Township services (must do our very best not to ask for more from our local property owners, if possible)
  2. “Encourage more small businesses to set up shop in Coventry Township (putting local people to work)
  3. “Sell our community as a special place to raise a family (lots of homes for sale)”

Tom Seese (incumbent)

Why are you running for trustee?

“Since I was in my twenties I have always tried to be someone who could listen to both sides of an issue and try to come up with a reasonable solution that could be accepted by both parties.

“Back in the 1970’s I was very involved with my children in youth sports and enjoyed the times I was able to spend with all of the Coventry parents who were also involved.

“As a result of my involvement in the sport programs many of the parents suggested that I should run for Coventry Township Trustee. In November of 1977 I placed my name on the ballot for one of the Township Trustees opening and fortunately the voters of Coventry elected me and I ran two more times and was reelected. In 1986 I was appointed to serve in the Ohio General Assembly as the State Representative of the 41st House District which Coventry was one of the many communities which I would represent. I served in that capacity for ten years.

“Immediately after leaving the General Assembly I retired from Goodyear Aerospace having completed thirty years of service and purchased a coin Laundromat and dry cleaning business with my best friend and our spouses. We operated that business successfully for twelve years. During that period of my life people would stop and ask questions about the Township or State issues and I would find myself trying to assist anybody that needed my advice.

“In 2009 knowing that I desperately missed being …” [Exceeded stated word limit.]

What would be your top three priorities if you were re-elected? Why?

  1. “Continue to encourage open discussions at public meetings as well as in the community, ask our residents for their ideas when they attend our Trustees meeting. I will continue to be available to visit areas where our residents ask for some assistance so that I can have first hand knowledge of the problem when I seek help from our Township workers.
  2. “I will always strive to make sure that funding is available to continue our excellent services provided by our Fire Department personal as well as our Road Department and our Zoning Department. I am also very proud of our Senior Center operation and will continue to make improvements within our Park System and Cemeteries
    “I will always try to enlist the help of our residents to support the Trustees when they attempt to put more sheriff protection on our streets and throughout our Township.
  3. “Continue to look for Federal and State agencies that can assist us with areas of the Township that have been devastated by being flooded multiple times.”

Rod Willis

Why are you running for trustee?

“I am running for Coventry Township Board of Trustees because I am totally committed to serving this community and to moving Coventry forward in a positive direction. I have lived in the Coventry community for 58 years and am aware of the needs of the residents. I believe my past work experiences and associations will service me well in decision making.

“Coventry has provided my family and me with a safe, desirable and attractive place to live. I want to see that advance in the years to come. Coventry has unique recourses to promote and protect. More importantly I have the time to and am willing to serve.”

What would be your top three priorities if you took office? Why?

“My top three priorities are first to promote Coventry Township as a safe place to live, work and raise a family. As a Trustee, I am concerned about maintaining clean and safe waterways. This would include maintaining and upgrading sewers, dams and other sources that affect waterways. These things must be handled in a safe and affordable way. Increased safety forces and patrol is necessary on and around water. Further consolidation with county service should be studied to save tax dollars.

“Another priority would be economic development. This area has lakes around which businesses could thrive. It is important to have living wage job opportunities in the area. I would work to promote the towpath and trail ways plans around the lakes.

“Coventry Schools would be another priority for me. Coventry is out largest employer and involved our most important resources — our children. I will support the children and our schools so that they provide the high quality education and continue the excellent ratings. It is important that we are providing safe learning environments and high quality learning opportunities for all children.”

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