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Coventry Township Board of Trustees

10/22/2009 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Brenda Patterson
Larry Rider
Tom Seese
Bob Wilson
Two to be elected

Brenda Patterson

Personal information

Incumbent Patterson, 59, is married and has three children and five grandchildren.

Education

Graduate, Coventry High School, 1968

Bellcore Training and Education Center

The University of Akron

Continuing education credits, Lorman Education, Dun & Bradstreet TEC Center

Experience

Currently, member, Coventry Township Board of Trustees (2006-present)

Currently, owner, Portage Lakes Community Directory (10 years)

Retired, supervisor/instructor, Ohio Bell, Ameritech, AT&T (over a span of 30 years)

Activities

Currently, treasurer, Portage Lakes Community Council (1997-present, chaired Scholarship Committee)

Member, Portage Lakes Historical Society (chaired the Antique and Classic Boat Show 1998-2001)

Member, Portage Lakes Boat Parade, Fireworks Committee

Member, Portage Lakes Kiwanis; volunteer, Christmas Eve Santa Delivery, Rose Day

Member, South Summit and Green Chamber of Commerce

What makes you the best candidate for the position?

“I believe I am the best candidate for Coventry Township Trustee because I have proven business experience established by a 30 year career in communications, customer service, and supervision for AT &T, Ohio Bell and Ameritech, at the time, one of America’s largest corporations.

Upon retirement I started my own advertising business, successfully growing from the first four clients to well over 100 clients providing an enjoyable publication and a service to the community.

After 30 years in communications I believe I have the best communications skills, the best leadership skills and I know how to make Coventry Township government work the best for its residents. I take pride in everything I set out to accomplish and strive to put forth my best effort every day. Through hard work and integrity I plan to make Coventry a better place to live, work, and rear a family. I know this community, as I was born and raised here and I am sensitive to the citizens and their concerns. They should be treated honestly and fairly with dignity and respect.

Above all ... TRUST.”

Larry Rider

Personal information

Rider did not provide his age or marital status.

Education

Graduate, Coventry High School

B.A., The University of Akron

Experience

Currently, corporate retired and self employed

Activities

Formerly, member, Coventry Township Board of Zoning Appeals (20-plus years)

What makes you the best candidate for the position?

“The people of this Township deserve a 100 percent contribution of time, effort and results from its Township Trustees, its employees and the interfacing city, county and state representatives. I can deliver my share and I will expect and accept no less from the others. It doesn’t have to cost more to do it right.”

Tom Seese

Personal information

Seese, 65, is married and has five children and 10 grandchildren.

Education

Graduate, Manchester High School

Graduate, Hower Trade School, machinist apprenticeship program

Experience

Retired, machinist, labor representative, Goodyear Aerospace (30 years)

Formerly, District 48 state representative (1986-95)

Formerly, member, Coventry Township Board of Trustees (1978-86)

Coventry Democratic precinct committee person

Activities

Coach, vice president, Portage Lakes Active Youth (P.L.A.Y. Pops)

Delegate, Portage Lakes Community Council

Charter member, South Summit Democrats

What makes you the best candidate for the position?

“Having had more public service experience than all the other candidates combined, those opportunities Coventry voters have bestowed upon me have taught me over the years to approach county, state and federal governments for assistance, both efficiently and successfully. I continue supporting the idea that elected officials work for the people’s agenda — not for their own.

Being retired, and still in good health, I continue to have the vigor, the energy and mostly the time now to send visiting residents who may feel they have a need for township assistance.

As I have done throughout my years as a public servant, I continue to encourage the Board of Trustees to consult with the Coventry residents before adopting polices that could adversely affect their property or everyday lives. In addition, I’ll continue stressing that public meetings are just that — public. They’re an opportunity for our residents to voice their opinions, concerns and kudos. Hopefully, most of them will be kudos.

I miss the opportunity to help others in need of government intervention. Experience has taught me that elected representatives who know the ropes have a much better chance of gaining government assistance than do just citizens. Coventry residents who persistently call my home for help, even though I’m now a citizen just like them, invariably end up encouraging me to re-seek public office. I’m merely answering their call.”

Bob Wilson

Personal information

Incumbent Wilson, 57, is married and has one child.

Education

Attended Youngstown State University School of Engineering, 1970-73

Associate’s degree, John Carroll University, real estate, 1992

Graduate, Business Management Institutes of two Fortune 500 companies

Experience

Currently, member, Coventry Township Board of Trustees (2005-present, chairman, three years)

Currently, owner/president, The Crest Group (17 years)

Activities

Member, Coventry Township Zoning Commission (1999-2005; chairman, four years) 

Coach, Coventry Hot Stove baseball league (2007-09)

Member, The Ducks of Portage Lakes

What makes you the best candidate for the position?

“Between my service on the Zoning Commission and my elected position as Trustee, I have 10 years of service working within and for Coventry Township. As I learned early on, there is no “How to be a Trustee” handbook issued or course you can take. It’s on-the-job training. It takes time to learn the Township’s inner workings, its responsibilities and obligations, and getting to know all the many personnel county-wide who deliver the various services and functions to the Township. As Chairperson I have struck relationships with various officials at the County and municipal levels who are invaluable in providing or sharing services required to help our Township operate effectively. This includes County roads, sewers, health issues, City water, JEDD facilities, and much more. Going forward, we need to remain very efficient so that we can continue to maintain or improve upon the levels of service our residents expect without increasing tax burdens. To do so requires a detailed knowledge of how all the various components of government work together which only comes with experience gained by doing the job.”

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