June 30, 2016

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Council members face off in Ward 1

There are four uncontested races on the Nov. 3 ballot in Wadsworth, but in Ward 1, incumbent Timothy J. Eberling faces Patricia Haskins, who currently serves as an at-large representative.

The races are uncontested in Wards 2, 3 and 4, and for treasurer: Republican Dennis Shultz, 520 Red Rock Drive, Ward 2; Democrat John J. Sharkey IV, 682 Deercrest Drive, Ward 3; Republican Bruce Darlington, 909 Lawrence Drive, Ward 4; David L. Hammerly, 633 Red Rock Drive, treasurer.

Q: What are your qualifications to serve on Wadsworth City Council?

Eberling: I’m currently on Council for a second term, president of the Summit County Safety Council and president of the Society of Ohio Safety Engineers. Endorsed by the Medina County Board of Realtors.

Haskins: Experience. I am currently serving on Council as councilwoman at-large. I was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Gene Kovack. In that capacity, I am also serving on the Public Ways Committee, the Cemetery Board and the Cable Commission.

Leadership. As a teacher for 36 years with the Wadsworth Public Schools, I displayed leadership in and out of the classroom. I served as president of the Wadsworth Education Association for 20 years and served as its treasurer for six years prior to that.

Commitment to community service. I presently donate my time as a volunteer for the Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital Auxiliary. I am an active member of the Altar and Rosary Society at Sacred Heart Church and a member of Wadsworth Women’s Club. I also participated with the Downtown Wadsworth Strategic Plan this year and am currently working as a member of its event committee.

Q: What do you feel are the most important issues facing the city?

Eberling: To complete the issues that I have worked for over the last two terms. Infrastructure improvements continuation, airport renovation and expansion, continued controlled growth, especially in the commercial sector in order to lessen the tax burden on our citizens. And to continue to listen with compassion and conviction to our citizens’ concerns and act according to the facts in their benefit.

Haskins: The biggest issue that I foresee for Council, due to economic instability, is the provision, maintenance and improvement of city services in a fiscally conservative manner. We also need to commit to the advocacy of our senior citizens as they face special challenges in these difficult economic times. Finally, I want to foster better communication with the residents of my ward by conducting monthly town hall meetings.

Q: Serving on Wadsworth City Council is a time commitment. If elected, how would you balance your personal life with your duties on Council and being responsive to constituents?

Eberling: No answer provided.

Haskins: As a retired teacher, I now have time to commit to service to my community. I pledge to the voters in Ward 1 that my duty to them as a member of Council will be my No. 1 priority.

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