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The counties included in the voters guide for the Nov. 5, 2019 elections are: Montgomery, Warren, Miami, Greene, Clark, Champaign, and Butler.

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  • Luanne Cain

  • Jim Frederick

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    Tracy Shump

  • Jessica Smothers

  • Ben Steiner

  • Bill Thompson

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Experience Work: Entrepreneur, Project Manager, Corporate Trainer, Business Administrator; Specialist in process improvement, team and leadership development. Community: Small Business Owner, Event Planner, Volunteer, Networker, Founder of non-profit for Morrow's revitalization, Admin of Morrow Post Facebook page, Change Catalyst.
Education Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Temple University; Master of Education in Human Resource Development, Xavier University
Morrow is a quaint historic town that has a lot of assets that have not been leveraged to their full potential - the Little Miami River, the Scenic Bike Trail, its rich history, nearby Fort Ancient, its old-time appeal, etc. With recent growth in housing and an acclaimed school district, many new families are calling Morrow home, yet there is little to keep people in Morrow - few restaurants, little shopping, minimal entertainment, no grocery store, etc. Historic buildings are deteriorating or sit vacant and there aren't any incentives to attract investors and visionaries. I believe that Morrow needs to find a balance between preservation and prosperity. Our history and small-town feel needs to be preserved, while allowing for growth and commerce. By seeking out grants and taking restorative steps, Morrow could earn Main Street USA status and become a desired and thriving destination like many of its neighbors. More businesses means more tax dollars to reinvest into infrastructure.
I was raised in a small river-town much like Morrow and that wholesome upbringing has kept me centered as I took on the World as an ambitious, business-minded woman. I value family, education and a strong work ethic. I believe that my business education and experience as well as confidence and persistence can serve Morrow well. As a project manager and problem solver, I bring organizational skills and rational thinking. As a relatively new property and small business owner in Morrow, my husband and I have a vested interest in its future as well as bringing a fresh perspective and steadfast optimism.
With the support of the community, I have already established a non-profit organization for the revitalization of Morrow and assembled a volunteer Board comprised of business owners, residents and government liaisons. Together, we have planned and hosted a number of community events and fundraisers, and brought new life and energy to the community. I have met with County and State representatives to seek out avenues to promote Morrow and attract businesses and jobs, and coordinated with Little Miami State Park on trail beautification projects. I also provide news and information to the community as the administrator of the Morrow Post Facebook page and publisher of a comprehensive Schedule of Events. I feel that I am already doing the work of a dedicated Council member and that my background in business and networking can help Morrow acquire grants and establish incentives for investors.
I hear long-time residents talk all the time about the neighborhood grocery and Mom-and-Pop shops they used to have. And I hear new residents talk about how much potential Morrow has and that they would rather buy and enjoy locally than drive to nearby towns. Many of the site options for businesses are in disrepair or bear the added burden of flood insurance. I would like to explore financial assistance to property owners for repairs and incentives to offset the added costs of having businesses in the Village. I’d like to hear from more residents on what changes they would like to see, and work together to achieve them. New leadership brings fresh perspectives, new resources and an energy surge. We can’t expect different results if we don’t change the status quo.
In a small town, newcomers are often the target of distrust and suspicion. In the absence of knowledge, rumors fill the void and they spread like wildfire. I’d like to think that the people of Morrow are wise enough to look deeper and see the truth. My husband and I took a big chance on investing our life’s savings and blood, sweat and tears in Morrow. We’re just trying to make a living and make a life like everyone else, with honest intentions. We’ve encountered bullies, we’ve been harassed and misunderstood, but we have persevered. Running for Village Council, whether elected or not, is my way of expressing my commitment to this community and its future. I would like to work with you; together we can make great things happen here.
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