Paul Rose Sr. and Jay Smith are running Nov. 3 for the at-large seat on Medina City Council currently held by Linda Hoffman Joseph, who is not seeking re-election. In ward races, Andrea Burdell-Ware, 323 Brenton Lane, is unopposed in her bid for the Ward 1 seat currently held by John Wetzel, who also is not seeking re-election, and Mark E. Kolesar, 999 Kenner Drive, is unopposed in his re-election bid in Ward 3.
Q: What are your qualifications to serve on Medina City Council?
Rose: I have a bachelor of science in business administration from John Carroll University and an MBA from Cleveland State University. I have over 35 years experience in business and information technology from the floor of the steel mills to the corporate offices of major organizations. This experience has shown me the benefits of having views from many angles when making decisions. I can clearly provide insight on ways to trim costs while maintaining services in budgeting, labor negotiations, project planning and management.
Smith: I am well qualified to be our next city councilman at-large because I have lived in Medina for over 20 years and have founded a community organization, the Medina County Gay Straight Alliance, serve on the Medina County Domestic and Sexual Violence Taskforce and have achieved my Eagle Scout with Troop 501.
I have taken an active role in following our city government for years. The most important qualification is that I am in touch with the concerns of our citizens and listen to their needs, and I am working toward addressing the issues that need to be dealt with to move our city forward.
Q: What do you believe are the most important issues facing the city?
Rose: No longer is our business competition Brunswick or Wadsworth. Our competition is in India, Czechoslovakia and Brazil, to name a few. We must keep that in mind when we are marketing Medina to the business community. We must create a business environment that will attract businesses with employment opportunities. The economic development director is doing a good job of attracting and keeping businesses in the city. We must make his job easier so the city can compete for business on a global level.
Smith: The issues that I feel are most important to the future of our city are economic development and revitalizing our historic downtown, leading Medina to become a more “green” city; working to resolve long-standing traffic concerns and helping to make Medina more pedestrian friendly. Medina also needs leaders that can work on today’s issues while looking at what Medina needs to ensure its strength and competitive edge are enhanced well into the future.
Q: Serving on Medina 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?
Rose: Serving the community is second nature to our family. I have a track record of community involvement. I coached the children, served as scout leader and held offices in the Forest Meadows Lake Park Association. I’ve served the city on the Storm Water Utility Commission. I am currently serving as an alternate on the Board of Zoning Appeals. My wife and I have learned how to juggle and balance our time.
Smith: I have developed a personal system to handle a demanding schedule. Since my campaign began this year, I have been balancing a full-time job, college, personal life and the campaign. This is definitely something I have been experienced with since I have always been an actively engaged person in the Medina community. As a Council member, you are a leader in our community who needs to be active in the community and represent the residents of Medina and maintain an open communication with them. I plan to engage the residents of the city through increased communication with a re-designed Web site for constituent information and maintaining a phone number and e-mail through which I can be reached for fast response.