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Bedford City Council, Ward 5

Term: 4 yearsSalary: $12,971Incumbent Greg Pozar is being challenged by Jeff A. Asbury and Heather Rhoades.
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Why are you running (or running again) for mayor or a seat on City Council?

What do you hope to accomplish while you're mayor or on City Council--for your ward or for your whole city?

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing your community? And, if applicable, your ward?

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Age 41
Education Bachelor of Arts
Current occupation I own a website about gardening. It has been my full time job for 8 years. The website sees 90 million visitors a year.
Qualifications for office - Long Time Bedford Resident - Successful Small Business Owner - Former Big Business Consultant - Community Participant
Campaign Phone (440) 227-3620
Email address heather@gardeningknowhow.com
I am running for Ward 5 Bedford City Council because I love Bedford and I would like to see a better job done of promoting it. Bedford has fallen behind the rest of the world in terms of effectively using the modern tools that the internet and technology offer. I would like to help the city make better use of these tools which are both low cost and readily available.

I also think that much of the current administration has been involved too long in local politics. This has resulted in a stagnation of ideas and energy. New faces, like myself, will help bring in fresh ideas with new thoughts on how to improve the city.
I would help the city better use technology to keep citizens better informed about what goes on in the city, to manage the city and to promote the city to help draw in young families and new businesses.

I would also like to help the city better manage the oversight of the increase of rental properties. These new rentals are being poorly maintained by their landlords and are causing other problems for the city as a result.

I would also like to have the opportunity to participate in budgeting city items. There has been evidence lately that the city is not being run as financially efficiently as it could and, with my business background, I think I can help correct that.
I think the three biggest challenges for both Bedford and Ward 5 is recovering from after effects of the Great Recession, learning how to best incorporate technology into day to day City operations and dealing with the increase in crime and drugs.

The Great Recession left the city with a massive number of foreclosures that were then bought by a large number of out of area investors. These rentals have been poorly maintained and the tenants are not well vetted so they tend to attract people who are more likely to be involved with drugs and crime.

In terms of technology, the city is missing out on many opportunities because we are not properly set up to use the internet and other technologies to communicate with residents and others, to promote the city and to help manage the city.

With the increase in drugs and crime, Bedford is experiencing the same issues that much of Northeast Ohio is. I believe that addressing other peripheral issues that help contribute to this problem will help decrease the crime and drugs we see in the city.

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