Libertarian candidate shares ideas in Centerville

Published: Friday, October 05, 2012 @ 6:00 PM
Updated: Friday, October 05, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson addressed a packed theater at Centerville High School on Friday, presenting a mix of policy positions from across the political spectrum.

Johnson was a two-term Republican governor of New Mexico, and he calls for dramatic cuts to immediately balance the federal budget. He says Medicare is going broke, Social Security’s retirement age should be increased and federal government departments like education should be abolished and given back to state control.

But Johnson, speaking in a sport coat, jeans and a “peace symbol” T-shirt, also called for the immediate end of American military intervention abroad; repeal of the Patriot Act and the Department of Homeland Security; the legalization, regulation and taxing of some drugs; and support for gay marriage.

“I think most people in this country are fiscally responsible and socially accepting,” Johnson said, adding he avoids the word tolerant. “I think actually we don’t really care at all as long as that behavior doesn’t negatively impact our lives.”

Johnson is one of seven presidential candidates listed on the Ohio ballot this fall, joining Socialist Stewart Alexander, Independent Richard Duncan, the Constitution Party’s Virgil Goode, Democrat Barack Obama, Republican Mitt Romney and the Green Party’s Jill Stein.

But Johnson pointed out that most “third party” candidates are on the ballot in half or fewer of the 50 states. Johnson is currently on the ballot in 47 states and is fighting in court to be listed in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma.

Third-party candidates have rarely garnered much support in presidential elections, as some voters fear “wasting their vote” on someone they believe can’t win.

“A wasted vote is voting for somebody that you don’t believe in,” Johnson said Friday. “You should vote for who you believe in. That’s how you change things in this country. … I’m making a request of everybody, to waste their vote on me. And if everybody will do that, I’m the next president of the United States.”

With this election focused so heavily on jobs and the economy, Johnson aims to restore America’s “industrial might” by replacing corporate, personal and other income taxes with the FairTax plan, which places a flat consumption tax on all retail sales. Johnson believes that move would cause corporations and jobs to flock back to the United States, creating “an explosion of growth” in the tax base.

Johnson admitted that adopting some of his plans would cause short-term pain. He said cutting the federal government as quickly as he proposes could cause “a short-term contraction, and yes, you have a whole bunch of people who are basically unemployed who would have been employed by the government.”

He said turning education back over to the states would likely lead to some “fabulous successes” and “horrible failures,” but innovation and competition would eventually elevate the system as a whole, adding that the current system of federal involvement has been far from perfect.

Kevin Fick, a Centerville High School senior, said Johnson’s ideas about ending the war on drugs and completely changing the system of health insurance in America stood out.

“(He) struck me as very down to earth, but also very different, because I’ve never heard a stance taken that far away from the median,” Fick said.

5 vying for 3 at-large council seats in GOP primary in Troy

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 8:00 AM


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Five Republicans are seeking three at-large seats on the Troy City Council in the May 2 primary election.

Two of the candidates, Robin Oda and Lynne Snee, are incumbents. Todd Severt previously served on council, William Lutz previously ran for a council ward seat and Thomas Andrew Brinkman is making a first bid for elected office in Troy.

The third current at large council member, John Terwilliger, is running for council’s 2nd Ward seat now held by fellow Republican Doug Tremblay, who is not seeking re-election. Terwilliger will face a Democratic opponent in the fall.

There is no Democratic opposition for the at large race.

Independent candidates have until May 1 to file to run.

CHECK OUT OUR ELECTION 2017 VOTER GUIDE

Robin Oda

Oda, 56, is in her third, two-year term. “This office is one of public service and I have enjoyed the process,” she said.

Oda said she first ran for council to add a perspective not represented – as a wife and mom who had managed three children, a household and a budget. “I expected accountability of my kids when they were growing up, and I expect accountability of myself and others who work for the city of Troy,” she said.

Oda said the heroin epidemic is the top issue. “We need to be emphasizing the reality of choices and the consequences … Devastated people, devastated families, devastated friends, devastated communities… the ripple effects go way beyond what they will ever know,” she said. “That said, if a person wants help, the help is there for them, and we have to be ready to do that.”

»RELATED: 10 heroin overdoses in 24 hours in Miami County

Oda said she’d also like to see the city and other government entities take advantage of the Ohio Checkbook program to provide more financial transparency and for the city be more aggressive in upgrading roads and infrastructure.

Lynne Snee

Snee, 50, also is in her third term. “I think that I have gained a lot of experience during my time on city council,” she said.

Snee is a teacher in the Troy schools, holds a master’s in public administration and has experience working in government of a mid-size city. “I am knowledgeable about local government services and current issues. My career as a teacher … gives me a unique perspective on the important cooperation needed between the city and the schools,” she said.

Snee said the city’s top issue continues to be economic development and providing amenities to residents. “I believe that providing these amenities, such as recreational opportunities for all age groups, programming funds for events and upgrades to our park system is a vital part of working with our businesses to attract a strong workforce to Troy,” she said.

»RELATED: Troy income tax on May ballot

Other issues, Snee said, include continuing to provide a high level of protective service to citizens and continuing to work locally and with the state to maintain a well-planned street repair and paving program.

Todd Severt

Severt, 52, who served on council 1995-1999, is a lawyer in Troy. “I feel I can give back to my community through effective representation of the wishes of the citizens of Troy,” he said. He said he chose not to run again in the late 1990s following the birth of his daughter. “I feel I was an effective councilmember last time and hope the citizens give me a chance to return to a job I loved,” Severt said.

He said the top issue facing the city is the influx and increase of drugs. “When the bathroom at Walgreens requires a lock and key to prohibit overdoses from occurring within, we have a serious problem,” he said.

»RELATED: Forum looked at heroin impact

A second issue is jobs with a need for the city to actively seek new employers for the community through enterprise zone agreements or other investment programs, Severt said. He also said the city needs to work to improve viability of the Sherwood Shopping Center through a public-private partnership.

William Lutz

Lutz, 39, served on the city board of education in 2012 and 2013. He is director of New Path not for profiit organization and previously worked as the first Bethel Township administrator and for the city of Piqua.

“It has been more than luck that has allowed our community to become as successful as it is,” Lutz said. “My greatest desire in seeking this office is to continue that tradition of looking toward the future.”

Among top issues facing the city are the changing face of economic development, heroin and the civic capacity of the community, Lutz said.

“The strategy is beginning to change. Instead of attracting and retaining the employer, we are looking at attracting and retaining the employee,” he said. With heroin, Lutz said he would work to secure resources to help those battling addictions daily. He’d also work to improve civic engagement by introducing innovative programs to engage residents such as a government academy.

»RELATED: Miami County Heroin Coalition launched to help fight addiction

Thomas Andrew Brinkman

Brinkman declined to answer questions submitted to all candidates, saying he was not actively campaigning.

2 face off in Troy council fight

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 2:00 AM

The Republican primary race May 2 for Troy City Council’s 5th Ward features incumbent Bill Twiss and challenger William Rozell.

No other candidate has filed for the seat, though an independent could still seek the position.

Twiss, 41, is a Troy native in his second term on council. He said his goal is to keep the city a great place to live work and play.

“Having four young children, I feel it is my duty as a councilman to preserve the quality of life for both my family and other Trojans,” Twiss said.

Rozell, 57, is making his first bid for elected public office.

“It may sound corny, but Troy truly is a great place to have been raised, to live, and I want to be part of ensuring that continues,” Rozell said.

Being retired from the state auditor’s office, he has time to do the council job, he said.

The top issues facing the city include continued economic growth, Twiss said.

“I want to maintain a strong, working relationship with current businesses in Troy,” he said. He said he’s seen industries expand immensely such as Clopay, ConAgra, ARC Abrasives and F&P America.

“In addition to this growth, I want to continue to support small local businesses that make Troy unique,” Twiss said.

Other issues include safety and crime prevention, he said. “I have worked diligently to support the outstanding police and fire departments that we are blessed to have here in Troy. While they continue to receive high accreditations, I want to make sure the departments are fully supported and have the resources needed to be prepared to deal with the changing safety and crime issues Troy is now facing,” Twiss said.

Rozell said the top issues facing the city include medical marijuana.

“While this has been decided at the present, I believe it will continue to be an issue that will be brought back to council in the future,” he said, adding he’d be willing to revisit the issue once the state has rules and guidelines established and enacted. The council recently voted to ban medical marijuana cultivating, processing and dispensing within the city limits.

Other issues Rozell identified include the city budget. “I believe it is each council member’s responsibility to prudently review proposed expenditures to ensure that the city maintains its solid financial footing.”

Another issue is safety, Rozell said, noting that while day-to-day safety is the administration’s responsibility, the council needs to ensure necessary personnel, equipment and technology are provided to maintain safety of employees and the citizens.

3 seek to be next Huber Heights mayor

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 10:00 AM


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Three candidates for Huber Heights mayor will face off in Ohio’s May 2 primary election.

Jeff Gore, Albert Griggs Jr. and David Wilson are candidates to fill the seat currently held by Mayor Tom McMasters, who is not seeking re-election.

Voters in the primary will cast ballots for one candidate, and the top two will compete head-to-head in November’s general election.

MORE: Huber Heights to pick new mayor

The candidates collectively identified economic development and growth among their top priorities. The Dayton Daily News asked the candidates to fill out a voter guide of questions crafted by the newsroom.

Portions of those responses are part of this story, and the full voter guide is available online at vote.daytondailynews.com. There, the candidates weighed in on issues including the decision to forego the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, the role of social media among elected officials, and residential chickens.

Top priorities

The newspaper asked the candidates to name their top three priorities if elected. Responses generally touched on economic development and growth.

Gore said his top priorities are making sure residents have a good understanding of the city’s financial situation, restoring relationships with the business community to promote economic growth, and strengthening and enforcing the city’s zoning codes and ordinances.

MORE: Huber Heights mayor won’t seek re-election

Griggs said his top priorities are developing effective and efficient city government, strong public schools and continued economic growth for the city.

Wilson’s top three priorities are revitalizing parks, economic development and responsible growth.

Council disagreements

In past months, council members have engaged in disagreements, insults and accusations between members. Council members often refer to themselves as “old council” or “new council” to describe their perspectives. The newspaper asked candidates to identify the major source of the disagreement and how they would lessen fractures.

Gore said he believes fresh ideas and perspectives are good, but experience and knowledge are also needed.

“Based on my observations, the source of the disagreement comes from differing visions for the city,” Gore said. “I think it’s great that we have competing visions, and I think there is room for disagreement.” He suggested leadership is needed to promote compromise.

MORE: Incumbents seek new seats on Huber council

Griggs also said council needs to work to find common ground, but he also said he sees the disagreements as each council member’s passion for what he or she believes.

“People with passion are what we need on the council,” Griggs said. “The question is, ‘what is the best way to show this passion?’ I believe you work to understand the passion.”

Wilson focused on the non-partisanship of the council and said his job as mayor would “not include divining anyone as working for one ‘team’ or another.”

“My job as mayor is to treat all members of council equally and with respect,” he said.

MORE: Dayton Daily News voter guide

Future growth

The candidates generally agreed Huber Heights should seek measured growth.

Gore emphasized taking advantage of the city’s proximity to the Interstate highways “or our neighbors will.”

Griggs said there is “no such thing as too much growth,” but said it should be “controlled to ensure infrastructure keeps up with it.”

Wilson said he believes the city will primarily see increases in residential housing and light industry in the next 10 years.

Huber Heights mayoral candidates

Jeffrey Gore

Website: www.goreformayor.com

Experience: I have experience in residential development as a project manager and marketer. I have been involved in senior levels of management in the financial services industry for the past 8 years. I am well versed in all areas of project management, operations, finance and marketing.

Education: B.S. business administration/management and currently pursuing a M.Ed. with expected graduation in May 2018.

Albert Griggs Jr

Website: www.albertgriggs.com

Experience: Over my civil service career I’ve worked as a senior leader, police officer, steel worker, and sailor. I have experienced government at the city, and federal levels. I worked in both the legislative and executive Branches of the United States government. I also worked with several foreign governments. I’ve led organizations ranging from approximately 35 to 3,500 government civilians, military, and contract personnel.

Education: Masters degrees in public administration and strategic studies.

David Wilson

Website: www.facebook.com/DavidWilson4HHMayor

Experience: I am a 27-year resident of Huber Heights. I served on Huber Heights City Council from 2010 through 2011, Board of Zoning Appeals 2009 and Planning Commission 2012 to present date. Graduate of the Huber Heights Citizen’s Police Academy 2008.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University of Ohio. CPIM and CSCP professional certifications from APICS the Association for Operations Management.

What’s on your ballot? Voter Guide live for May 2 election

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 12:01 PM


            What’s on your ballot? Voter Guide live for May 2 election

Tuesday, May 2 is Election Day for a large part of the Miami Valley.

Our online voters guide allows you to compare candidates on the issues in competitive races in Huber Heights and Troy. You will also learn more about the tax levies on the ballot - including school levies in Northmont, Oakwood, Beavercreek, Xenia, Yellow Springs, Lebanon, Carlisle, Tipp City, Bethel and the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.

You can also get details on other police, streets and library tax issues on the ballot.

Check out our online voters guide at VOTE.DAYTONDAILYNEWS.COM

Also, don’t forget that you can vote now at your county board of elections office and by mail-in absentee ballot.