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Term: 4 yearsSalary: $16,500Six candidates are running for four open seats on Council. Two candidates candidates are incumbents: Louis N.Carouse Jr and Michael Thomas Harwood. The other four candidates are Michael G. Dobronos, Daryl Kingston, Jack Petsche, and Dennis R. Rose.The two incumbents who are not running are Gregory Skaljac and Nora Murphy.
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Age 51
Education Ohio State University (B.A. in 1988) Harvard Univ. (summer semester) Capital Univ. Law Center, (J.D. in 1991)
Current occupation Hearing Officer for the Industrial Commission of Ohio; Private practice Attorney
Qualifications for office I have 25 plus years of government service for the State of Ohio. I have had internships at the Ohio Supreme Court and the Columbus Prosecutor's Office.
Campaign Phone (440) 740-1140
Email address Dobronos@aol.com
Twitter @MikeGDobronos
I strongly believe in giving back to the community of Brecksville which has been an anchor of stability in my life for many years. I wish to contribute to this city my vast legal experiences at a time when many complex legal issues and challenges face this city. I am highly qualified as a government hearing officer and private practice lawyer and counselor at law. I have multiple government experiences from internships at the Supreme Court of Ohio and the Columbus Prosecutor's Office, to my position as a Staff Hearing Officer for the State of Ohio. For over 25 years, I have been administratively adjudicating disputed workers' compensation claims for disability and compensation. This government service experience can continue to Brecksville. I am passionate about my hometown of Brecksville since I graduated from Brecksville High School in 1984. I have a vested interest in this community as three generations of my family reside here (15 relatives from age of 4 to 82 years of age). My 15 years of experience as a small business owner (law firm) in Brecksville enables me to acutely understand the issues facing Brecksville businesses. Given my historical roots in this town, I firmly believe that I can continue the legacy of Brecksville's success into the future. 
I hope to entice a regional satellite commuter college like The Ohio State University to construct a campus in Brecksville. A high quality public university that would concentrate in a S.T.E.M. Education Curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics). While such a college campus is being constructed, the college could lease out the high school in the evenings to immediately begin offering the much in demand curriculum.

Also, I would like to accomplish revising the Brecksville Master Plan to better reflect the values and interests of current Brecksville citizens. A Plan that all Brecksville residents, from toddlers to seniors, truly desire. Lastly, attracting larger corporate headquarters, high end tech offices and cutting edge labs with additional upscale dining experiences in the southern part of Brecksville is a must. Lastly, increasing "Walkability" within the city with bike trails and walking paths would increase residential property values while also creating foot traffic for a more vibrant downtown.
Clearly the biggest challenge facing Brecksville is "How to Build for the Future of Brecksville, While Respecting its Past." In other words, how to monitor the city's fiscal responsibility for good government with the appetite of the community to not only maintain the high level of city services but to expand it. This can be accomplished by: smart controlled growth of the former VA Property to generate more revenue; prudently watching tax dollars being spent; partnering with other cities to share purchasing powers for common goods and services (city vehicles, high tech fire trucks, etc); continuing to seek grants to not only revise our Master City Plan, but to pay for projects that support "Walkability." Equally important challenge is for Brecksville to maintaining its small town charm. This challenge can be successful with a refusal to rezone property for "big box retail" or cheaply constructed multi-family housing. Another important challenge is how to revive downtown Brecksville in to a vibrant attractive entertainment, dining and retail base in order that businesses may prosper and occupy downtown vacancies.
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