Voter Guide

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

NOTE: Not all communities have issues or candidates on the ballot. Guide does not include uncontested races.

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  • Carla Fiehrer

  • Casey Hume

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    Danny Ivers

  • Archie Johnson

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    Eric Pohlman

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    Jason Snyder

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    Susan Vaughn

  • Matt Von Stein

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How do you describe the state of Hamilton right now?

What is Hamilton’s biggest problem and what would you do to help solve it?

How do you think the Spooky Nook at Champion Mill project will affect traffic in the city, and how hard should the city push for the North Hamilton Crossing as a solution for easing traffic?

Police and firefighters: Does Hamilton have enough? If not, how many more are needed and what would you do financially to hire more?

Do you believe the city has done enough to help economic development in parts of the city other than the downtown and Main Street areas?

Hamilton’s utility rates: Are they too high? If not, what should be done to lower them?

If you had complete power to do so, what would you have done differently than Hamilton City Council has done in recent years?

Some residents of Hamilton feel left behind in this economy. What should the city do to help improve their lives, if anything?

What are your thoughts about the homeless people in Hamilton neighborhoods, and complaints about crime they have been committing?

The city plans to seek a street-repair levy in March. Do you support it?

Why should voters pick you?

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Experience Endorsed by Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones and State Rep. Sara Carruthers.
Education • Hamilton High School, Class of 2017 • Miami University, currently full-time student
Twitter @divers
Rightfully so, the City of Hamilton has been on the track of redevelopment and revitalization. There’s a lot of positive elements with all of our local businesses, the community involvement, and the immense amount of potential that’s evident. I think Hamilton is stepping into a good state overall, but there’s still a lot that must be done to make our city an even better place to live, work and play.
The current state of our infrastructure and economic development is Hamilton’s biggest challenge at the moment. While focusing on the future is a must, we need to fix what we currently have so there can be a successful future for our city. Better streets bring businesses, businesses create jobs, jobs bring more revenue into the city’s general fund, which allows us to give back to the streets and/or give a pay increase to our police and fire, thus offering competitive pay compared to other local public safety departments. So we need to focus on the current state of our infrastructure and economic development.
Spooky Nook at Champion Mill will bring an immense amount of traffic into Hamilton. The North Hamilton Crossing (NHX) would absolutely be a great asset to Hamilton, but the project should be further pursued when the time is right. After the feasible study, I think the City should wait until they generate revenue from Spooky Nook prior to relinquishing taxpayer dollars on the project. Right now, we need to focus on the current state of our infrastructure so we can welcome the great amount of visitors with our soon-to-be enhanced streets.
What city couldn’t use an increase in staff for public safety? To financially hire more police and firefighters, we need to push on economic development to generate more revenue into our general fund, so hiring more could be possible in the near future.
I think the resurgence in Downtown Hamilton and the Main Street area is exactly what our city needed to start helping economic development. Now that we as citizens evidently see the progress that is capable, we need to focus on enhancing other aspects of our city so the entire City of Hamilton is poppin’.
There’s been recent community discussion in regards to utility rates. Previously, with Ohio Casualty, Champion/Smart Paper leaving Hamilton, that was also thousands of utility dollars that left the city (currently being why the utility rates are claimed to be high). But with Spooky Nook at Champion Mill coming in, along with the former Ohio Casualty building being utilized as apartments for foreign Miami Regionals students, that should give the city the opportunity to lower utility rates overall.
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Homelessness is a dire concern that many Hamilton residents have approached me with. Although I don’t have all the answers on this issue, I’m open to listening to anyone who has expertise on this matter to gather any potential resolution(s). It’s something that needs to be discussed by all aspects of the community, especially City Council, so a resolution can potentially rise from the consistent conversation.
The street repair levy is on the ballot in March of 2020 for the voters to decide its outcome.

I recognize our streets need repaired and I will prioritize that when elected. I support ideas that are beneficial to our city and its residents, while not a burden for our taxpayers. City Council won’t determine the outcome of this; The results of the levy will be up to the voters.
Voters should choose me because we need young representation on City Council. My vision is that young people and their newly-established families will genuinely want to live, work and play in Hamilton. The City of Hamilton is striving to be a place for young people to come, but to do that, we need to include their perspective. People around my age are the future of our great city, and why wouldn’t you want the future of the city to be apart of the decision-making process for the future of the city?
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Experience Owned and operated Eric's Auto & Tire Service for 22 years - Voted Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the year in 2016- Current Board of Zoning Appeals member City of Hamilton- Current Business consultant and business coach for the automotive service business​
Education 1981 Graduate Badin High School
Hamilton is at the crossroads right now and we must make smart decisions to move forward. I love the path we are taking and I firmly believe it is in the right direction. Our diverse culture, small-town atmosphere, city architect, and affordable housing are some of the few things that draw people to our city. Our rapid growth has helped expand our community, businesses, and family engagement for the better. We do have numerous hurdles to overcome and with dedication and smart planning, we will overcome those hurdles. We simply must have the right people on the council that are financially responsible and willing to put in hard work to continue Hamilton's Plan.
The drug issue is a big problem, and very few cities in this county are immune from it. Unfortunately, the problem is a difficult one to solve and it has to be confronted. This is a problem that needs to be on the table for council every day and never ignored. We must form more neighborhood groups and have citizen involvement to take back their neighborhoods. Council needs to collaborate with these neighborhood programs. Council alone cannot fix this problem, again citizens need to get involved. I plan to attend and help neighborhood groups to try to work on solutions.
Traffic will be one of the challenges that the city will have once Spooky Nook is operational. Traffic flow solutions should be a top priority and I would not just limit it to North Hamilton crossings. We will need some other traffic plans while we are waiting for the North Hamilton Crossings project to be completed to make it easy for our visitors and citizens to move around the town with minimal delays.
I can't answer this thoroughly without knowing all the data. Public safety consumes a large part of the budget and I am a firm believer that we should not make unnecessary cuts in Public Safety. We have to have to look at every detail on what we are spending in our budget and make decisions to keep our departments staffed correctly. I would collaborate with everyone involved to see what would be the best solution to keep our public safety programs superior.
I think the city supports all of the neighborhoods. They have focused on our center of town first, which is understandable. There are numerous projects active in all the neighborhoods and those need the ongoing support of the council as well as citizen involvement. Hamilton is on the rebound and it takes time to get each and every neighborhood back to its original luster. I will support community programs that benefit the city.
Yes, bills have been high this summer during the above-normal heat that we have had. The same thing occurs when we have bad winters. I hope to see better education on energy conservation during peak times. On a positive note, Hamilton has less downtime on electric service than the national average. With all the technology we have in our homes we tend to waste electricity. Rebate programs for upgrading fixture, bulbs, etc. would be a way to get citizens excited about conserving energy. I would like to see an easier path to obtain education materials for saving energy in homes.
Hamilton has had plans to try to revive the city for years. I would have started a project for North Hamilton Crossing at the same time making plans to grow the city; we would have been way ahead of the game. It takes so long to get these projects completed, and now we will play a waiting game to get a crossing. We are fortunate to have a plan that is looking ahead to the future for our city. What was done is in the past. Now we have to make the right decisions that will benefit our city in the future.
There are groups and programs that are helping people in tough times. The city needs to give as much support to these programs as the budget allows. The city should make it easier for these people to find these resources and have a process that is streamlined to get them the support they need quickly.
I don't believe all homeless people are criminals. There is a portion of them that are looking for a second chance to be able to get off the streets. The police department and city work at trying to direct these people to the right organizations that can help them and have had very good success with it. For the others that refuse help and want to stay out in the streets, we need to confront this issue. They need to be given a choice to get help or move on. This is another problem that is hard to solve and again citizens need to get involved in there neighborhoods.
I support it only because we have nothing else on the table that can get some of our streets repaired quickly. I don't like tax increase as much as the next person, but something is going to have to be done soon because our roads are in poor condition. I would be open to any other ideas that are brought to the Council.
We need experience in the council in order to make the right decisions on all the issues that were discussed in the previous questions. I am a proven business and community leader that would benefit our city in our future development. My experience in budgeting, planning and financial management is what made my business successful and I will bring my expertise in these to the council to make sure, as a city, we succeed in our plan.
Experience Husband and a father, Co-owner of TAMZ Construction Inc., Founder of Operation Pumpkin, Citizen of the Year 2017, Telohio Civic Leader of the Year 2018, my day to day job allows me to work with clients, building depts, and budgets. I have been on a number of committees throughout the city and that experience has allowed me to work with all departments in the city including police and fire.
Education Graduated Louisville High School 1996 Studied at The University of Louisville Ky.
Hamilton is moving in a good direction, the past ten years we have continued to reinvent ourselves and create a great place to raise a family or retire. The downtown is full of shops and businesses, almost any night of the week you can find a free event taking place throughout the city. There are a number of great restaurants and we have an award winning brewery. All of the cities parks have received new pavilions, splash pads, and play grounds. The Fitton Center for Creative Arts consistently has workshops, performances and activities for the entire family. The public art has exploded throughout the city with murals, sculptures and fountains. It is a very exciting time to live in Hamilton.
I think the biggest problem facing the city is the fact the current administration is not investing enough in the city i.e. police, fire, infrastructure. I would work to direct more funding in future budgets to ensure that our police and fire are receiving the training and staffing needed to properly protect our city. I would do the same for our infrastructure, our cities maintenance has been neglected for far to long.
If we receive the number of visitors that is being predicted (10k to 20k per week) then I believe traffic will be a complete nightmare. I believe the North Hamilton crossing is a must with or with out the proposed sports complex. I live just one block from High St. and am fully aware of the current traffic patterns and adding that amount of additional people will cause extreme delays and back ups. I feel another solution to the problem is to adopt an ordinance allowing the use of golf carts just like Cincinnati and Fairfield have in place. This has been proven effective in cities with substantial congestion.
No!! Both police and fire are currently understaffed and responding to record call numbers. Both of these departments need to add an additional 8 to 10 employees to be operating more effectively. The fire dept was promised staffing levels to be restored back in 2014 from the 2011 layoffs but still to this day that has not happened. Both departments are facing similar challenges, money and retention. When elected I would propose that the city provide a contract offering any individual wanting to be either a police officer or fire fighter the opportunity for paid schooling/training in exchange for a five year commitment. If at anytime within that five year period the individual decides to leave for another department of is terminated than that individual would be responsible for reimbursing the city for their training or schooling.
While I do agree that the primary focus has been on the downtown corridor the city has been fairly aggressive over the last 5 yrs with other areas. I would like there to be a much larger focus on attacking and retaining higher paying jobs within the city. Our general fund has only improved by $3 mil in ten years and that is just not good enough.
Hamiltons residential rates are currently comparable to other suppliers however Hamilton has choose to raise rates over the next four years. The rate increase is detailed on the cities website, we will have to wait and see if these increases are similar to other providers.
I am not a believer of living in the past instead I like to focus on building the future but since I am being asked I would say that I would have been more transparent and provided the community with more with details. I also would have held the city administration more accountable, I don't feel anyone should be allowed to continue to hold an elected position when convicted of a crime.
I struggle with this question for one reason and that is I have always worked hard for anything that I have achieved. I earned the Citizen of the Year award in 2017, the city simply provided me with the opportunity. Hamilton has a lot of opportunities and I would encourage the citizens to go out work hard to obtain their own goals.
First, I don't believe that the homeless are the ones causing the crime. It is my experience that the homeless keep to themselves and would prefer being left alone. I believe the majority of crime is being caused by addicts and these are two separate groups of people. I feel that both of these groups deserve the same opportunities that everyone else is given and that if they commit a crime than they deserve to be punished just like everyone else. There are a number of organizations working to help these individuals and I feel that the city should not be interfering with their work. It is however the cities responsibility to care for all of its citizens so I would expect the city to provide some level of funding in order to support the organizations that are trained to deal with both the homeless and addicts. Proper funding for both police and fire training would allow these departments to be properly equipped and trained in handling both the homeless and addicts.
I do not, it costs the homeowner too much money and does not do enough. I am in support of an effort to repair the streets but want the city to explore other options.
When I came to Hamilton 12 yrs ago my family and I were embraced by the city and everyone we met. We immediately fell in love with Hamilton. I have always felt a need to work hard for my family and the city. That feeling is what drove me to create Operation Pumpkin, open TAMZ Construction Inc., volunteer for countless committees and events and coach WSLL softball. I love the feeling of creating a better future for the citizens of Hamilton and I have the track record of doing just that.
Experience Director of the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution 1996-2018 (Miami University). Responsible for policy development, policy implementation, mediation and adjudication; served as an adjunct instructor in criminal justice studies 2014-2018 (Miami University); served as community liaison with law enforcement and the city administration in Oxford, OH; worked collaboratively with Miami University administration, faculty, students and families; served on numerous campus/community boards
Education Ross High School; Miami University (Bachelor and Master's degree)
Hamilton is the place to be! The City has been experiencing a revitalization for the past 7-8 years and there's no stopping now! Hamilton has come back to life with the rehabilitation and restoration of historic properties downtown and in surrounding neighborhoods. Hamilton's economy is growing and is expected to continue to grow as new companies, small and large, are opening or expanding. The quality of life for the residents of Hamilton has certainly improved, thanks to the Parks Conservancy, the promotion of the arts and entertainment and the initiatives of 17Strong Neighborhoods. "Plan Hamilton" is a unique initiative that is community-driven and will serve as a guide for the decision-makers in Hamilton as they consider the future of Hamilton.
Hamilton, like many other cities in Ohio, has suffered from the loss of local government funds. Over the past 10 years, millions of Hamilton’s tax dollars have been withheld (gone to Ohio’s rainy day fund) instead of being returned to our city for public safety, roads/infrastructure and education. In spite of this, Hamilton has prospered. However, there are needs that financially the city has not been able to adequately address. As a member of City Council, I will
There's no doubt Hamilton will see an increase in traffic when Spooky Nook opens. A North Hamilton Crossing would alleviate some of the traffic issues but it is not an immediate solution. Building bridges takes advance planning, finances and significant time to build, as City Council recently concluded. I support finding ways to improve traffic flow in Hamilton, including a North Hamilton Crossing if that ultimately proves to be the answer.For now we need to step back and find immediate solutions. I suggest we develop or revise a master traffic plan for Hamilton and determine more efficient means to move traffic. Alternate routes for east/west traffic through Hamilton need to be developed. Revise the timing of the stop lights which tend to cause backups and create continuous turn lanes, as appropriate. Making use of current, under-utilized boulevards, for example connecting Black Street bridge to Route 4 via Joe Nuxhall Blvd. could be an interim solution.
When it comes to the safety of our community it can be argued that there will never be enough emergency responders. The loss of local government funds has financially impacted Hamilton police and firefighters and as a member of City Council I consider public safety to be a high financial priority. As previously stated, I will work collaboratively with city leaders to strategize ways to best utilize our financial resources. Decisions on number of personnel and necessary equipment is best left to the leadership within the police and fire departments.
I believe the city is doing a tremendous job with the economic development efforts in Hamilton. It is happening throughout the city though some projects draw more attention than others. The "Update 2019" outlines completed projects, current projects and future projects. These include Route 4 development, West Side commercial development, Spooky Nook (riverfront) development, Main Street, German Village and Lindenwald.
As a member of City Council I will carefully consider all matters involving policy, expenditures of funds and the establishment of rates for Hamilton Utilities. I welcome feedback from residents regarding the water, electric, gas and wastewater utilities. As a member of Council I will serve as a direct representative of the citizens of Hamilton and my personal opinion on topics such as this will not take priority in decisions I will make.
I am not seeking a seat on Hamilton City Council because I am unhappy with the work that has been done and decisions that have been made by the previous or current members of City Council. As a new member of Council I may consider issues differently, ask different questions and I may come to different conclusions. But, the positive changes that have taken place in the past 10 years align with what I want to see in Hamilton in the future and I want to keep the momentum going. There will be new and unpredictable obstacles along the way but I believe I have the ability to work collaboratively with current and future members of Council to address all matters within our purview. I am seeking a seat on Council to serve as a representative of ALL residents of Hamilton, to offer insight, ideas and solutions to issues that come before City Council.
As a member of City Council, I plan to engage with the community to learn first-hand the needs of the residents. Access to necessary resources is vital to the health and well-being of all residents. Assuring availability of resources, affordability of resources and accessibility to resources is extremely important. A healthy economy contributes to the lives of all residents of the city and as a member of Council I will support economic development to benefit all residents, neighborhoods, and the city as a whole.
Homelessness in any community is tragic. Crime within our city is unacceptable and safety is of great concern. It's not for me to judge a person who finds himself or herself in this situation. It is important to seek solutions and assist. Similar to a previous response, access to necessary resources is vital to the health and well-being of all residents. Assuring availability of resources, affordability of resources and accessibility to resources is extremely important. As for crime, all citizens are accountable for their actions. When residents and neighborhoods are impacted, there must be a prompt response to address the issue.
There is a need to repair the streets in Hamilton and this goes without saying. The neglect is not a result of irresponsible fiscal management but rather, I believe, it is the lack of financial resources and local government funds that the State of Ohio has restricted for several years. The end result, the streets in Hamilton need to be repaired and the means to do so is multifaceted. The recent state increase in the gas tax will generate a portion of funds. Additionally, a new license plate fee will go toward street repair. Regardless of the funding sources, the streets will be repaired as the funds are available. With the resurgence Hamilton is experiencing, I believe the repair of our streets should be a priority. The street levy, on the March ballot, will generate an additional portion of the dollars needed for repairs and I believe it is a reasonable option but the voters in Hamilton will ultimately make the determination.

I will bring leadership, experience and trust to Hamilton City Council. I was born in Hamilton, attended schools in Hamilton, raised a family, owned several homes and I experienced the best of times and periods of times that weren’t quite as prosperous. My husband and I plan to enjoy our retirement in Hamilton for many, many years. I seek a position on Hamilton City Council with no personal agenda. My goal is to serve and represent the citizens of Hamilton. I will work collaboratively with Council and city leaders putting citizens first in considering issues of safety, quality of life, the economy, growth and development in the city. Hamilton is the place to be now and in the future! I look forward to contributing to the growth and future success of Hamilton.
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