Meet the candidates for County Fee –

The three Lee County Fee races seem on each the Aug. 18 Main and Nov. Three Normal Election ballots with Republican Primaries for every seat.

The District 1 Republican Main has two candidates, Michael J. Dreikorn, who holds a doctorate in schooling and is a enterprise proprietor, and businessman Kevin Ruane, the mayor of Sanibel

The highest vote-getter will then advance to the Normal Election the place a write-in candidate, Kelsey Hotchkiss, has certified.

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The District Three Republican Main has two candidates, enterprise govt Nicholas Batos, a Village of Estero Council member, and businessman Ray Sandelli, the incumbent who was appointed to exchange former Commissioner Larry Kiker, who died whereas in workplace.

The winner of the Main will advance to the Normal Election and face Democrat Todd James Truax, a well being care administrator. A write-in candidate, Molly Hannigan, additionally certified.

The District 5 Republican Main has two candidates, Steven Haas, the proprietor of a trucking agency and a former firefighter, and Frank Mann, the incumbent and a lifetime Lee Countian.

The winner of the Main will face Democrat Juan A. Gonzalez, a church chief. A write-in candidate, Kayley McHugh, additionally certified.

District 1

Republican Main

Candidate title: Dr. Michael J. Dreikorn

Seat sought/district: Lee County Board of Commissioners, District 1

Celebration: Republican

Age: 58


Doctorate of Schooling (Ed.D) in Human Useful resource and Organizational Growth (2009)

The George Washington College, Washington, D.C.

Certificates Govt Program (2002)

Darden College of Enterprise, UVA, Charlottesville, VA

Grasp of Science in Administration (1994)

Associates College, Wichita, KS

Bachelor of Science in Skilled Aeronautics (1988)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical College, Daytona Seashore, FL

Occupation and place of employment:

Aerospace and Protection Trade Skilled

Proprietor of The IPL Group, LLC

Time within the district by which you’re working; years of residency in Lee County:

Since 02/2004 (16 years)

Enterprise or skilled expertise relevant to the workplace you’re looking for:

For the previous 18 years I’ve owned a small enterprise that gives engineering and consulting providers to the aerospace and protection trade, managing a globally distributed workforce of extremely expert technical professionals. Previous to being a small enterprise proprietor, I used to be an govt of Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Applied sciences, a Fortune 100 firm. In that place I had a direct-reporting staff of roughly 10 senior managers, that have been answerable for roughly 2,500 professionals inside inhabitants of 43,000 globally distributed workers. My direct price heart funds was roughly $24 million, inside $7.7-billion annual income enterprise. Previous to that, I used to be the Assistant Division Supervisor of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Manufacturing and Airworthiness division in Washington, DC. The division supplied nationwide coverage for the civil aviation manufacturing trade, the place I managed three branches encompassing roughly 50 professionals and supplied coverage course to a different 200. There are a number of extra examples, that embrace managing European manufacturing operations for McDonnell Douglas Plane and constructing a ground-up manufacturing enterprise for a German firm (Buderus-Promote) within the US.

Political Expertise/workplaces held:

2014-2020 Commissioner, Matlacha-Pine Island Fireplace Management District

Civic/Neighborhood involvement:

2019-Current Founding Board Member of the Florida Fishery Basis (501(c)3) (A not-for-profit geared toward restoring the water high quality, aqua habitat, and fishery of Lee County)

2014-Current Board Member of the Better Pine Island Water Affiliation (A user-owner water utility)

2007-Current President of the Bokeelia Civic Affiliation

Ongoing involvement in numerous navy veteran teams and homeless help organizations.

Writer of the proposed CAMO Alert Invoice, geared toward enabling instant response for lacking at-risk veterans and have advocated for such in Tallahassee.


Married to Darlene, 3 (Shawn, Seth, and Pierce) sons, and 5 grandchildren.

Army Expertise:

1980 to 1987, US Military, Sergeant (Whole enlistment was abroad). Awarded a number of medals and honorable discharge.

Web site:

Candidate positions at a look:

Why are you working? The quick reply is I hate bullies, and authorities tends to be the most important bully on the block.

Planks of your platform: To supply robust management, extremely able to vital thought, and constitutionally right, with the target of offering Lee County with lengthy vary imaginative and prescient for a sustainable group.

High three points:

Sustainable and Sensible Development: Lee County may have 1-million residents by 2029 and our infrastructure and financial system must be sturdy to make sure Lee County stays superior for generations to come back. That features retaining the Previous Florida really feel in rural Lee County and leveraging our pure assets to bolster our tourism, whereas guaranteeing our financial engines are finely tuned and diversified by organically rising and attracting high-tech companies to our group. My high-tech enterprise expertise brings a lacking talent set to the county fee.

Public Security and Well being: No baby in Lee County ought to be positioned in danger whereas in transit or whereas attending college, and their security is one in every of my highest priorities. I’ll champion initiatives to extend security of youngsters whereas at bus stops and guarantee our Sheriff has the assets wanted to maintain our youngsters secure whereas at college. The continued COVID-19 crises has additionally supplied ample classes discovered that have to be integrated into Lee County emergency administration practices to make sure we’re prepared for the subsequent inevitable crises. One lesson discovered, our hospital capability is under the nationwide common and have to be expanded, to together with bringing in a further hospital which will even enhance care high quality. Our emergency storm sheltering is want of great growth, and I’ll champion the creation of such in flood-safe areas. And, unquestionably a very powerful public security problem is the flexibility to guard your personal household. I’ll champion an ordinance to make Lee County not solely a 2nd Modification Sanctuary County, however a Invoice of Rights Sanctuary County.

Water High quality: Once we consider water high quality, many consider the water we swim in. The water we drink can be in danger and below risk by progress, diminished recharge, and saltwater intrusion. There are a number of coverage choices that may and ought to be made to guard our consuming water: 1) Defend the present zoning limitations within the Density Discount Groundwater Recharge (DRGR) to protect aquifer recharge capability; 2) Forestall additional limestone mine allowing to protect limestone water filtration to the aquifer; and three) Revise land-use necessities to evolve towards porous asphalt surfaces for roadways and parking heaps to extend groundwater recharge. With regard to the water we swim in, we should proceed our advocacy on the state and federal ranges, however be considerably extra aggressive with eliminating our native contributions to contamination. We should instantly take native motion to: 1) Handle our septic tank points and reinstitute periodic inspections; 2) Scale back our dependency on the swell techniques for storm water runoff; 3) Harmonize the 5 cities and county fertilizer ordnances; 4) Forestall future ruptures of sewer pipes; and 5) Remove all handled waste water pumping into the river. Upstream, we should maintain these legally accountable that ship their contamination to Lee County. I will even champion the restoration of Lee County’s aqua habitats by rebuilding our historic oyster bars and sea grass which help our $467-million leisure saltwater water sport fishing financial system in addition to a number of different tourism income channels.

Candidate title: Kevin Ruane

Seat sought/district: County Fee, District 1

Celebration: Republican

Age: 60


I attended Tempo College’s BBA/MBA program. This was a twin diploma program and I used to be working in the direction of a double main in Accounting and Taxation. I accomplished 75% of this system however withdrew to help with the household accounting enterprise, when my father had his fourth coronary heart assault.

Occupation and place of employment:

CEO and President of 5 Finance firms with workplaces in 5 states and over 300 workers

Time within the district by which you’re working; years of residency in Lee County: 16 years

Enterprise or skilled expertise relevant to the workplace you’re looking for:

I used to be beforehand Senior Vice President and Chief Monetary Officer for a subsidiary of a Fortune 100 firm, and have a protracted report of serving to small companies increase. In 1997 I assumed day-to-day operations of my household’s accounting agency and in 2005, I launched Castleton Capital which gives financing options to small companies. Right this moment, our firm helps entrepreneurs increase and create jobs all through the US

As Sanibel’s mayor, I lower taxes 25% and elevated town’s reserves from $2 million to $12 million whereas chopping town’s debt by almost 81%.

Political Expertise/workplaces held:

I’ve served virtually 14 years on the Sanibel Metropolis Council, 11 of these as Mayor.

Civic/Neighborhood involvement:

Shortly after shifting to Sanibel, I grew to become a member of the Sanibel Hurricane Harm Evaluation Group and served as venture supervisor at Gulfside Place Condominiums. There, I led the restoration of 84 hurricane-ravaged properties and negotiated a $13 million settlement for the property homeowners. In 2013 and 2017, I used to be a finalist for the Fort Myers Information-Press Public Servant of the 12 months Award and for 2014, I used to be awarded the Committee of the Islands’ Citizen of the 12 months. In 2017 I additionally obtained the Florida League of Cities Residence Rule Hero Award. In 2016 I used to be the recipient of the celebrated Nationwide Everglades Coalition James D. Webb award and chosen the 2016 Hometown Hero by Boy Scout Pack 1740.


My spouse Doreen and I dwell on Sanibel, and have two grownup youngsters — Shannon and Kevin Jr.

Army Expertise: N/A

Web site:

Candidate positions at a look:

Why are you working? I’m working to carry my confirmed report of conservative management and enterprise expertise to the Lee County Fee.

Planks of your platform:

A Finances Based mostly on Precept

Lee County has taken important measures in the direction of balancing the funds, however now we have to put progressive insurance policies in place that allow Lee County to rise to the subsequent stage of fiscal accountability. This may allow our county to remove inefficiencies, hold taxes low, and pay down debt.

Restore Clear Water

I’ve been a champion within the struggle to revive our water high quality. Clear water and a wholesome atmosphere aren’t objects to debate – they’re assets that we should work collectively to guard. I perceive the affect water high quality has on our financial system and our high quality of life. I’m dedicated to proceed working with our federal and state governments to make sure our water high quality is restored and guarded.

Quick-Monitoring Job Creation

I imagine the significance and affect that start-ups and small companies have on our financial system. That is why I need to proceed to streamline new enterprise creation in addition to present the instruments obligatory for established companies to increase and rent new workers by simplifying or eliminating pointless authorities laws that hinder innovation and forestall job creation, progress, and growth.

High three points:

Restore and Defend Water High quality

All through my entirety of public service, water high quality has at all times been my prime precedence. It’s paramount to our financial system and lifestyle in Lee County, and we should have cooperation at each stage of presidency to revive our waterways not just for us, however the generations to come back, and I’ve and can proceed to paved the way on this struggle.

Diversifying our Financial system

We’re lucky to have nice industries like tourism and actual property, however our long-term prosperity requires a various and steady financial system. I’ll recruit new industries to Lee County to assist assure we will proceed to prosper even throughout robust financial instances.

Rising Lee County’s Financial Base

I imagine in the way forward for Lee County and is aware of we will make great strides ahead guaranteeing that our future is brimming with alternative and prosperity. I’ll help our current native enterprise homeowners and assist start-up entrepreneurs open their doorways sooner and create jobs quicker.


District 3

Republican Main

Candidate title: Nicholas “Nick” Batos

Seat sought/district: Lee County Board of County Commissioner, District 3

Celebration: Republican

Age: 75 years previous


Samuel J Tilden Highschool Brooklyn New York

Brooklyn Faculty /a part of New York Metropolis College system Brooklyn New York attended for two years

Occupation and place of employment:

Retired from profession within the hospitality trade in New York Metropolis. VP of Meals and Beverage operations for six accommodations owned and operated by Helmsley Speer.

Chief working officer for 2 personal nation golf equipment

At the moment on Village of Estero Council (5-1/2 years)

Time within the district by which you’re working; years of residency in Lee County:

I’ve lived in Estero for over 19 years-over 17 years full time that is the district that I’m working for

Enterprise or skilled expertise relevant to the workplace you’re looking for:

I lead the hassle to include the village of Estero (2013-2014)

Was the primary mayor of Estero 2015 -2017

Am nonetheless on council (2015- present)

Was elected twice and have handled residents for over 15 years

As meals and VP of 6 accommodations I used to be answerable for all operation funds Eight million {dollars} (1970-1990)

Staffing over 200 workers

Political Expertise/workplaces held:

I’ve been elected twice to the Village of Estero Council and served as the primary mayor of Estero

Civic/Neighborhood involvement:

Have been advocating for high quality of life points in Lee County for over 15 years

Based and served as chairman of the Brooks Involved Residents

Established and Chaired the South Lee County extension of the Conservancy of SW Florida

Served on the Estero Council of Neighborhood Leaders (ECCL) 2007 – 2012 and chaired the ECCL 2012- 2014

Was awarded the Estero Visionary of the yr award in 2010

Served on the South Lee County Hospital committee (2006 -2014)

Function the liaison to the Lee Well being system for the Village of Estero

Function Liaison to the Lee County College System

Established and function chair on the Estero Schooling Initiative (a public personal group serving to the faculties and college students in Estero college with athletic and the humanities applications)

Household: Married 55 years; 2 youngsters and Four grandchildren

Army Expertise: None

Web site:

Candidate positions at a look:

* Clear Water

* Development Administration

* Reestablishing the conservation 20/20 program to receiving all the cash that’s collected for it

* Defending towards mining being unfold into environmental areas

* Accumulating full affect charges so new progress can pay for the infrastructure Roads, Colleges, Parks) for that new progress

Why are you working?

* I’m working as a result of I imagine the county has been going within the mistaken course on numerous points over the past 5/6 years. I imagine that Lee County ought to as soon as once more have a authorities for the individuals NOT for the builders and their particular curiosity teams

*I additionally imagine that authorities ought to be extra aware of the wants and needs of the residents

Planks of your platform:

*Responsive Authorities

*Decrease Property Taxes

*Sensible Development

*Enhance Water High quality

High three points:

* COVID-19

* Water high quality and water amount (storms and seawater increase)

* Development Administration –Overcrowding of our roads and college

Candidate title: Ray Sandelli

Seat sought/district: Lee County Fee, District 3

Celebration: Republican

Age: 71


Bachelor Science from Monmouth. Main in enterprise.

Occupation and place of employment:

Lee County Commissioner, District 3

Dealer, CRE

Time within the district by which you’re working; years of residency in Lee County: Moved to Lee County in 2012.

Enterprise or skilled expertise relevant to the workplace you’re looking for:

After the Navy, I entered the personal sector and commenced what would turn out to be a really completed 40-year profession in industrial actual property, spanning from coast to coast throughout the US. I returned to Florida in 1995 to imagine accountability for all statewide operations for CBRE and its associates.

Political Expertise/workplaces held:

Lee County Fee, District 3

Civic/Neighborhood involvement:

Former President of Tampa Rotary

Previous Chairman of College of Florida Graduate Program in Actual Property

Rotary Paul Harris Fellow


My spouse Jan and I reside in Bonita Springs and have Three grown youngsters: Rachael who’s married, works in advertising and marketing, and lives in Atlanta; Chris, who’s a venture supervisor for a building firm in Denver; and Jessica, who’s a marine biologist in Tampa.

Army Expertise:

I spent eight years serving our nation as an officer and Naval Aviator within the U.S. Navy. Throughout my time within the Navy, I used to be stationed in Pensacola, and in addition accomplished two deployments on the plane service USS Independence, participated in operations through the Yom Kippur Battle and Cyprus Battle, and was an Superior Coaching Command Teacher for Naval Flight Officers. The spotlight of my Naval profession was my time as a member of the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, higher often known as the Blue Angels.

Web site:

Candidate positions at a look

Why are you working?

I used to be honored when Governor DeSantis appointed me to the County Fee, and the previous 10 months on the board have been enlightening and academic. I’ve taken nice pleasure in being an excellent steward of the tax {dollars} of this group and guaranteeing Lee County is on track. I’m working to retain my seat to maintain our initiatives rolling and make this county one of the best place to dwell and work in Florida.

Planks of your platform:

Our Heroes

Making certain that our first responders, medical personnel, and academics are afforded the respect and incentives to finest present for his or her households is a really private mission for me. I’ll proceed this to make sure that those that serve and defend us are in flip valued and served by their group.

Our 2nd Modification

We dwell a world immediately which makes the safety of the proper to bear arms indeniable. With that proper comes the accountability to additionally hold arms within the palms of law-abiding residents. I’ll vigorously assist to guard that constitutional proper.

Defending Taxpayer {Dollars}

As a steadfast conservative and skilled businessman, I take very severely the fiscal accountability of spending tax {dollars} correctly and can struggle any wasteful authorities spending. I’ll diligently scrutinize each greenback spent by the County Fee to make sure it’s going again to profit the group I serve.

High three points:

Our Financial system and Development

Our Water and Atmosphere

Pathways to Employment Alternatives

The winner of the Republican major will face Democrat Todd James Truax within the Normal Election.

Candidate title: Todd James Truax

Seat sought/district: Lee County Commissioner, District 3

Celebration: Democrat

Age: 51


B.S. Cleveland State College 1991

M.S.S.A. Case Western Reserve College 1996

Occupation and place of employment:

Retired Nursing Residence Administrator & Social Employee

Time within the district by which you’re working; years of residency in Lee County: 20 years

Enterprise or skilled expertise relevant to the workplace you’re looking for:

Managed well being services for medically fragile inhabitants requiring 24/7 supervision. Place requires catastrophe planning, an infection management, budgeting, & regulatory compliance. Staffed with physicians, nurses, therapists, social employees, dietary, housekeeping, and upkeep employees. Roughly 120 sufferers with 250 employees below my supervision. 12 Direct Stories. Annual budgets vary from $12-20M.

Political Expertise/workplaces held:

At the moment serving because the Precinct 61 Committee Man for the Democratic Govt Committee since 2018.

Shaped the Florida Healthcare Administration, District 16 in 2002 which comprised 22 expert nursing and assisted residing services serving roughly 3,000 sufferers and residents in 2002. Served as its Secretary and President.

Civic/Neighborhood involvement:

Builder with Habitat for Humanity since 2008.

Serve on the Board of The Cafe of Life for 9 years. Member of Bonita Springs Lions Membership screening pre-school youngsters for imaginative and prescient and listening to impairments all through the county. Served on the Horizon Council and coordinated coaching applications at space technical colleges to arrange expert graduates for ready jobs. Previous member of the Lee Chamber of Commerce and The Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce.

Household: Spouse, Gina, Son, Jay 25, Daughter Marion 23. Rescued our pet canine, Fritz 2 years in the past from a neighborhood shelter. Pet Cockatoo, Rosie will outlive us all.

Army Expertise: None.

Web site:

Candidate positions at a look:

For the previous 20 years in Florida, I’ve developed deep roots within the Southwest Florida communities I’ve served. Working as a healthcare administrator, faculty teacher, social employee, salesman and volunteer, I discovered the significance all of us play in serving each other to the betterment of our group. By my service with organizations just like the Horizon Council, Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, Harry Chapin Meals Financial institution, The Cafe of Life, and Lions Membership, I’ve rolled up my sleeves and fought for individuals who have been allowed to fall via the cracks in our society.

Why are you working?

The Lee County Board of Commissioners have failed the individuals they took an oath to serve by giving free rein to builders, mining, drilling and particular curiosity teams. On account of their dereliction of responsibility, I’m dismayed by the lack of the small-town really feel our particular person communities as soon as had. We now see them being swallowed up within the sprawling reaches of cloistered compounds, strip malls, automobile heaps, inter-connected by a quagmire of visitors.

We have to nurture the weather that introduced us right here within the first place: a retirement haven and place to boost a household with respectable, well-supported colleges, a top-notch healthcare system, a bustling business-friendly atmosphere, with social helps for our most in danger.

A spot of magnificence with pristine seashores, nature preserves (freed from visitors noise), ample fishing, and waterways teeming with life. Cypress sloughs and nice oak hammocks, worthy of Clyde Butcher’s digicam lens. We will encourage progress via correct planning, specializing in in-fill using current infrastructure, permitting multi-purpose zoning and inclusion of reasonably priced and workforce housing for brand new grads and future households.

Our range is our power. From indigenous tribes to pioneering cracker settlers, from Yankee carpetbaggers to Accomplice defenders, from our snowbirds from the North to our immigrants from the South, we will all come collectively and make Lee county a secure, flourishing, sustainable atmosphere to be loved by all.

Planks of your platform:

High three points:

Clear Water

Sensible Development

Clear Power


District 5

Republican Main

Candidate title: Steven “Sonny” Haas *

Seat sought/district: Lee County Board of County Commissioners District 5

Celebration: Republican

Age: 55


Graduated from LaBelle Excessive College, took persevering with schooling programs at Edison State Faculty

Occupation and place of employment:

Owns trucking agency, retired North Fort Myers firefighter

Enterprise or skilled expertise relevant to the workplace you’re looking for:

Political Expertise/workplaces held: Served on Lehigh Acres Fireplace Management and Rescue District Board of Commissioners

Civic/Neighborhood involvement:

Household: Single, three daughters

Why are you working? “The individuals of the northeast part of the county demanded that I run.”

Planks of your platform: “You must have seen Lehigh (Acres) 16 years in the past, what it’s now and the place is it going.”

* Mr. Haas declined to submit the bio kind despatched to all candidates for the Lee County Fee. Solutions supplied are from an interview with the candidate for the story associated to this text.

Candidate title: Frank Mann

Seat sought/district: Lee County Fee District 5

Celebration: Republican

Age: 78


BA diploma in Political Science from Vanderbilt College -Franklin Balch Mann

Occupation and place of employment: Industrial Actual Property Investments

Time within the district by which you’re working; years of residency in Lee County:

Have lived 23 years within the district. Born in Lee County and lived right here 78 years.

Enterprise or skilled expertise relevant to the workplace you’re looking for:

Actual property and insurance coverage background 40 years.

Political Expertise/workplaces held:

Florida Legislature 12 years, 1974-1986

South Water Administration District 2 years

Lee Memorial Hospital Board 2 years

Lee County Fee 1992-1994; 2006-present

Civic/Neighborhood involvement:

Fort Myers Rotary Membership 40 years, President 1992-93

Presbyterian Church choirs 50 years

Household: spouse of 59 years Mary Lee, 2 sons, Three grandchildren

Army Expertise: none

Web site: none

Candidate positions at a look:

Why are you working? To do what I can to protect this Lee County paradise within the face of unprecedented progress over the past fifty years, and for the foreseeable future.

Planks of your platform: Environmental Safety, Complete Planning, Delicate Land Preservation.

High three points: Water, water, water. Our forefathers, via ignorance and lack of planning, did critical injury to our water assets, notably in South Florida, for over 100 years. Nothing is extra necessary to our county’s future than the restoration and safety of this treasured asset, whether or not or not it’s proper right here in Lee County or within the areas east of us, from which a lot of our recent water flows. Way more money and time must be spent on combating air pollution, extra vitamins, and threats to our salt water as nicely. A wholesome financial system and atmosphere calls for we hold water as our prime precedence.

The winner of the Republic Main will face Democrat Juan A. Gonzalez within the Normal Election

Candidate title: Rev. Juan A. Gonzalez (Finest Generally known as “Pastor Juan”) *

Seat sought/district: Lee County Board of County Commissioners District 5

Celebration: Democrat

Age: 63

Schooling/levels: College of Buffalo, Bachelor of Arts

City and American Research

Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary

St Catharines, Ontario

Grasp of Divinity 1988

Case Western Reserve, College of Medication, Division of Psychiatry (2001-2002). Enrolled within the Pastoral Psychology Institute/Medical Pastoral Counseling for clergy within the lively ministry.

Occupation and place of employment: Pastor at Lovely Savior Lutheran Church in Lehigh Acres

Time within the district by which you’re working; years of residency in Lee County: Lehigh Acres, since early 2010.

Enterprise or skilled expertise relevant to the workplace you’re looking for:

Founder & President/CEO (volunteer) of The HIVE Neighborhood Growth Company, Inc. (Lehigh Acres)

Former govt director of Lutheran Providers New York Alliance, an alliance of Lutheran judicatories and social ministry organizations (SMOs) affiliated and/or acknowledged by the ELCA and the LCMS within the metropolitan New York space with a mixed combination annual funds of over $350 million greenback, serving as the general public face and voice of Lutheran human and religious care providers of over 300 parishes.

Former president and CEO of Lutheran City Neighborhood Ministry, Cleveland, Ohio.

Founder/Principal Accomplice/Proprietor of Efficient Development Administration Consultants,

Political Expertise/workplaces held: None

Civic/Neighborhood involvement: In 2001, was appointed to serve on a Citizen’s Monetary Oversight Committee for the Lorain Metropolis Colleges to supervise and report back to the Metropolis of Lorain and the State of Ohio on a $220 million bond for services revitalization and new building.

Served on the Enterprise Advisory Council for the Lorain Metropolis Colleges and Lorain County Neighborhood Faculty/St. Joseph Studying Middle Advisory Council.

Served on the Board of Trustees for Neighborhood Well being Companions (regional hospital/medical heart in Lorain County)

Former president of Miami-Dade Neighborhood Housing Providers, Inc., Miami, Florida, a group growth company engaged in producing and constructing reasonably priced housing, offering low-interest loans, homeownership coaching, technical help, group and financial alternatives for low- and moderate-income households

Former co-president of Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hope, a faith-based group concerned in regional public coverage and group financial points.

Household: Married to spouse Eva for 40 years, three grownup youngsters and three grandchildren.

Army Expertise: None

Web site: (Underneath reconstruction)

Candidate positions at a look:

Why are you working? My major curiosity in working is to pursue the proper public insurance policies that have an effect on on a regular basis individuals, households, together with youth, and kids.

High three points:

Entry to Attainable Housing

Enhance Workforce Growth & Help Entrepreneurship

Spend money on Infrastructure & Financial Growth

Planks of your platform:

I need to work for a more healthy, vibrant, affluent, inclusive future for our county by rising “the standard of life” for all and never only for the few. The top quality of life makes our cities and communities economically aggressive, creates enterprise alternatives, and strengthens the native tax base. Our land use patterns ought to replicate our values. Citizen-led planning, planning district-by-planning district, ought to information our growth. By good progress approaches that improve neighborhoods and contain residents in growth choices, these communities are creating vibrant locations to dwell, work, and play. Encourage Sensible Development: 1) Combine land makes use of. 2)Reap the benefits of compact constructing design. 3) Create a variety of housing alternatives and decisions. 4) Create walkable/pedestrian pleasant neighborhoods. 5) Foster distinctive, enticing communities with a robust sense of place. 8) Protect open house, farmland, pure magnificence, and demanding environmental areas. Use and implement Sensible Development fashions that plan each financial and group growth makes an attempt to curb city sprawl and worsen atmosphere, proper now. We will create instruments to encourage small-scale, decentralized renewable power throughout the County, defend our wetlands, enhance our transportation system, and incentivize financial growth in Lee County’s outlying communities to restrict commuting and visitors congestion.

Entry to wash water and clear air is essential for our long-term well being and tourism financial system. Land safety, for our greatest soils, means a predictable course of with design instruments for builders and planners to protect working landscapes, whereas sustaining their worth and creating the housing we want. Safeguard our seashores and coastlines, cut back sprawl growth, deal with our reasonably priced housing disaster, fight local weather change, and defend our most susceptible.

It’s our accountability to do our stage finest to seal up the cracks in society, catch individuals once they fall, and deal with the basis causes of poverty and work boldly and cooperatively with all stakeholders to take-on available assets to all susceptible populations, equipping the subsequent generations to take the helm of citizen accountability – for constructing more healthy communities and their neighbors to make sure Lee County is a spot the place people of all walks of life are valued, revered and have the instruments to realize the American Dream. This implies an equal likelihood for everybody to have a good-paying job, high quality schooling, thriving enterprise, secure group, well being providers, instruments and assets they want, and the flexibility to get pleasure from our lovely parks and seashores.

Championing the causes of youngsters, encouraging and empowering our youth, and turning their religion into motion. I’ve been a staunch advocate for high quality schooling, inclusion and variety in alternatives and the office, secure and clear water, clear power, environmental stewardship, small companies, wholesome communities, and steady and reasonably priced housing.

Working in collaboration with group leaders, enterprise leaders, authorities officers, colleges, faculties, foundations, and different group teams making neighborhoods a greater place to dwell

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