Greene Co. Commission (Rep)
All candidates were asked to answer this question: Within the context of the elected office you are seeking, what is the most important issue facing your community and what would you do to address it?
Bio: Small business owner State Farm insurance agency last 23 years in Beavercreek. 35 years of business experience in Greene County. Lifetime County resident. Urbana University business degree . Beavercreek, Fairborn, Xenia chamber of commerce member. Eagle Scout. Fiscally Conservative.
Answer: The most important issue is our economy is the downturn of economic activity and lack of job growth. Small business owners are the key for growth. We need to create a friendlier environment for small business owners and assist them in expanding their businesses. We need to do a better effort of marketing Greene County on its great resources to potential employers and work with WPAFB on retention or expansion of jobs.
Joan L. Dautel
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Bio: Retired teacher, coach, athletic director—35 years in the Fairborn City Schools. Served 17 years as city councilwoman, deputy mayor and mayor of Fairborn. B.S.—Cedarville College; M.A. Wright State University; Ph.D.—Columbia Pacific University; Certified Athletic Administrator—NIAAA.
Answer: A combination of economic development/jobs is most important. The next 5-year economic development plan for Greene County has to be evaluated on the merits of the last five year’s implementation strategy. Communication with business, community and government leaders is essential to develop the plan for the future. I will support workforce development programs to insure the availability of well-educated and well-trained persons so businesses can provide the products and jobs our citizens need.
Bio: My wife of 41 years and I have two children, Rob and Melissa. I graduated from University of Dayton in 1970 and have 30 plus years of Sales/Management experience in the private sector. Fourteen years in public office have been devoted to representing the average taxpayer and protecting their tax dollars. I enjoy spending time with my two grandsons, Riley, Owen, and granddaughter Paige. I can now devote full time to the County Commission position.
Answer: WPAFB jobs are number one priority in our Community. One out of every eleven jobs in the Dayton metropolitan area are federal, civilian, military, or contractor positions. I will support the “Dayton Development Coalition” on the issues that affect the Dayton region. As a member of the “Miami Valley Military Affairs Association” I will support military leaders at the local level and with the next round of “Base Realignment and Closures.”
David L. Pendry
Bio: I graduated from Greeneview High School (1972), Ohio University (1976), and U.D. Law School (1980). Currently I am a practicing attorney in Xenia (31 years), and a part-time Juvenile Court Magistrate (21 years). Lifelong Greene County resident.
Answer: Jobs and economic growth are priority one. As County Commissioner, I will focus on proper budget priorities to fund essential county services, such as law enforcement, infrastructure, and address the growing need for child and adult protective services. This will set a solid countywide foundation to allow for development and business opportunity. This conservative budgeting process, along with positive promotion through The Greene County Community Improvement Corporation will result in responsible growth and job creation.
Bio: Previously a councilperson, deputy mayor and mayor of Fairborn. Served as Board Member on both the Fairborn area Chamber of Commerce and the Greene County Board of Elections. Currently serve the Greene County Central Committee and a small business owner.
Answer: In talking with Greene County residents, they expect to have leadership that is open, honest and accessible. They want leadership that is willing to listen and make tough decisions that are not based on politics but based on the good of the community. The most important issue is attracting and retaining investment and jobs. The county must attract capital by keeping taxes, fees and regulations to the bare minimum needed to run the county successfully.
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