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Position papers: Richfield Village Council

10/24/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Andy Ellis (incumbent) vs. Pat Healey vs. James Kahoe vs. Michael Lyons vs. Roger Swan

Voters living in Richfield Village will vote for four candidates for Richfield Village Council 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.


Andy Ellis (incumbent)

Why are you running for Council?

“Serving my community is just another step in my life long history of service. I served my country as an officer in the United States Army. I have served my community as a Boy Scout leader, baseball coach, trustee and president of the corporation of my church, and Assistant Chief of the Richfield Fire Department. Serving is a family tradition. My parents and grandparents have all served in some manner, the community of Richfield, their church and our great nation.”

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

  1. “Maintaining exceptional levels of service to the residents at reduced costs.
    “This can be facilitated through collaboration and sharing of resources with other communities and entities, taking advantage of advanced technologies and continually improving processes.
  2. “Maintaining the character of Richfield.
    Strict zoning enforcement and refusing to grant conditional uses unless it is clearly in the best interest of the community can and should protect our way of life.
  3. “Encouraging high value business development.
    “Efforts to attract business development should be directed at companies that have a very low demand for services and do not generate litter for our roadways.”


Pat Healey

Why are you running for Council?

“Richfield has been home for most of my life so it is very important to me that we remain a community people love to live in. As a council person, I will focus on my responsiblity to help direct the village towards a strong financially stable future. This is another opportunity for me to give my time in service to my neighbors and friends. My family has been here for generations with a great deal of involvement in local government and organizations.”

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

  1. “Continue to strengthen Richfield as a wonderful community with great schools while maintaining our small town atmosphere. I believe that the community small town atmosphere is why people come to Richfield and stay for generations like so many families do.
  2. “Collaborate with council and the community to develop a budget and spending plan to maximize our resources.  By being a village, we have such a great broad foundational tax base that provides the majority of our revenue for village operations and to benefit citizen’s. We have a strong foundation from over forty years of community commitment to managed growth that I want to build on going forward.
  3. “Be involved in helping to preserve our history and focus on our community pride. We have such a great variety of organizations and groups offering events and fund raising to give back and help our community.”


James Kahoe

Why are you running for Council?

“I am running for council because I believe Richfield is a wonderful community to live in. I feel as though I have skills that can help guide our leaders and keep our community a desirable place to live. I have a common interest with members of the community because I own a home, have children in the Revere school district as well as a wife that teaches within the district. I believe those same values and goals will help to represent all of the citizens of Richfield Village.”

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

  1. “Work with the Mayor to move business to Richfield. This includes not only filling the large properties that once filled trucking companies that have moved but also trying to bring in small shops and stores in our downtown area.
  2. “Fiscal Responsibility — I will question purchases and scrutinize expenses as if it was my own money. Likewise, I would not hold up on decisions to spend money that down the road would cost more in repairs.
  3. “One of my goals is to make our village government run smoother. The role of council is to be the legislative branch for the village. The mayors office is responsible for running day to day operations and leading the department heads.”


Michael Lyons

Why are you running for Council?

“I am running for council because I feel citizens have a responsibility to participate in government. I have a strong professional and practical background in local government processes so I feel I can make a positive contribution to the operation of local government in my community.”

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

  1. “Deliberative Process: Establish more inclusiveness and transparency in the deliberative process on council and in the relationship between council and the administration in planning and budgetary processes.
  2. “Long Term Planning: Initiate, refine and/or update our long term planning processes in the areas of finances, infrastructure investments, public services, community development (economic development and land use patterns), historic preservation and land conservation.
  3. “Collaboration: Encourage outreach to neighboring communities and the county to explore collaboration in the areas of economic development, shared services, joint operations, and mutual assistance that might increase the effectiveness and efficiency of our operations.”


Roger Swan

Why are you running for Council?

“I have been directly involved with the workings of Richfield Village government for the past fifteen years and have seen firsthand how important it is for administration and residents to work together rather than at odds with one another in planning for the future of the village. As noted above, my commitment to this community, my training, and my professional experience tell me that I can add value to both parties in representing them on Council for the next four years.”

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

“Planning for the future is always the highest priority. In the next few years, the Village must continue to provide excellent services while living within income tax revenues. My specific priorities include:

  1. “Resolving issues around the proposed recreation/community center;
  2. “Upgrading and expanding sidewalks, especially in the east and west centers of town;
  3. “Adding an emergency warning siren.”
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