Voter Guide

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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Vote for 3NOTE: The Montgomery County Board of Elections has confirmed that all votes cast for the late Centerville councilman John Beals, who died unexpectedly in October, will not count in the Nov. 5 election.Beals, 83, apparently suffered a heart attack during the Oct. 21 Volunteer Golf Outing held by the city at Yankee Trace.The longtime councilman was one of four candidates on the ballot seeking three council seats, and his death led to a quandary as to what to do with the votes that had been cast for him in early voting, and what the rules are to determine if there was a chance to add a name to run in his place on the ballot.Centerville can appoint someone to fill the remainder of his term this year, but City Council has not yet decided that, according to City Manager Wayne Davis. A decision is expected when council meets at 7:30 p.m. today. Montgomery County Board of Elections officials and Centerville officials discussed what the ramifications are for the three candidates, who are incumbents Belinda Kenley and Mark Engert, and challenger Louis “Duke” Lunsford.Jan Kelly, director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, said that no write-in candidate was certified to run in the election so the three candidates will remain unchanged and win the seats.“No votes cast for him will be counted,” Kelly said.

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    John J Beals

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    Mark A Engert

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    Belinda Kenley

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    Louis Thomas Lunsford

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Biographical Information

What are the biggest problems facing the community? What do you propose doing to tackle these challenges?

What makes you qualified for this job? What experience do you have to make good and informed decisions?

What can you do if elected to help grow the local economy and add jobs? What ideas do you have for attracting new jobs and investment?

What would you do if elected to make life better for residents?

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Experience 12 years, Centerville City Council Chairman, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission Founding Partner, LJB Engineers Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor in three states
Education Miamisburg K-12, The Ohio State University College of Engineering
A problem facing our city stems from the lack of easily identifiable public parking in our historic Uptown business district. Studies indicate that we have sufficient numbers of parking spaces available. However, in order to be utilized, parking spaces need to be both easily identifiable to passing drivers and very close to the driver’s destination. The City has very recently acquired a couple of properties plus an agreement with an adjoining property to create new spaces and expand the number of identifiable public parking spaces. We are proud of our historic Uptown business district and the mix of dining options, shops, and museums available for our citizens to enjoy. Improvement of the parking issue will make it easier for our citizens to visit Uptown Centerville and will help the businesses there to expand and create new jobs, generating income for our citizens. I look forward to further working with stakeholders to implement the goals of the Uptown Centerville Action Plan.
My 50-year civil engineering career has brought me uncommon familiarity with the infrastructure that helps cities run efficiently. I have been contracted to design many public infrastructure projects for an array of local government entities and the State of Ohio. Those projects permitted me to work closely with engineers and governmental administrators across the greater Miami Valley.

In recognition of my experience, in March the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission’s board members voted me to the Chairmanship of the Commission. Additionally, I bring the broad experience gained through observation and civic engagement during my fifty-four years of living in Centerville. I have seen Centerville’s transformation from a small bedroom community with very minimal commercial and retail developments to the strong, expanding suburb that is it today. During recent years, I have been actively engaged in that expansion, having served on City Council for the past twelve years.
My City Council colleagues and I have recently hired a new city manager to lead a transformation of Centerville’s city administration to make it more customer friendly. In addition to making city services more friendly to individual citizens that also means making the city administration more customer friendly to businesses and developers who want to create jobs in our city. New businesses are opening and familiar businesses are expanding at Cross Pointe Center due to the synergy provided by the two large apartment projects currently underway, both of which will help to attract and retain younger citizens to our City. Very recently we have learned of a $150 million redevelopment on schedule for Centerville Place. Administration that works productively in concert with our elected Council has proved to be an effective method for improving our local economy, positively impacting our residents as well as those of nearby communities. I have never been more excited by Centerville’s future.
Centerville recently celebrated its 50th year as a city. We have a lot of aged housing. To financially assist our residents, City Council has been raising awareness about our Community Reinvestment Act, which allows residents to update older housing and commercial facilities without having to pay property taxes on the improvements for a fifteen-year period. This immediately improves quality of life for residents and the value of our community by improving the City’s housing, benefiting both the owners and the residents of the city at large. I will continue to raise awareness about this program, and I look forward to promoting more of these types of programs.
I have observed Centerville’s growth for more than fifty years under the lens of my career as a civil engineer and business leader. Having lived through a lot of development in the area I understand the importance of demanding high-quality development that will pass the test of time. The advantage of my fifty-year career as a hands-on civil engineer is that I am well-positioned to oversee the projects brought before City Council because I understand the technical aspects and can demand the best for our community and Centerville’s future.
Experience Member of Council 4 years Represents City Council on the following committees: Bicycle Committee Economic Development Legal Neighborhood Relations Public Health and Safety Council liaison to Centerville-Washington History
Education Graduate of University of Dayton
I think one of the challenges in our community is the potential traffic congestion with the new residential and business growth in Centerville. We are very fortunate that new businesses are interested in locating in our area. However, we must continue to improve our infrastructure so our cities roadways can handle the increased traffic. I believe we can work with the State of Ohio to get appropriate funding grants to ensure that the traffic patterns in our community remain safe and easily navigable for automobiles, bicycles, and pedestrians.
I have four years of experience serving on Council. The members of the current Council are diverse in their thinking but unified in supporting the final decisions. I would like to continue to work for the community I have lived in for 20+ years. I bring to the table the ability to recognize trends in business and society. I have served on the Centerville Washington History Committee and the Bike Committee. I encourage open dialogue between residents and council and enjoy getting out into the community to answer questions and resolve issues.
I, along with City Council members and City Staff, have worked to grow our local economy and add jobs by creating an environment that is attractive to new businesses. So far, Council and the City Staff have experienced tremendous successes and have many more great projects underway. Cornerstone is a growing mixed-use development that adds jobs and revenue to our local economy. Cross Pointe Center is also welcoming new businesses and seeing existing businesses expand due to new, high-end housing developments nearby. I look forward to working with the Centerville Place Development team to add more new businesses and jobs to Centerville. To keep Centerville on its current roll, I intend to continue to press City Staff to maintain its improved customer friendly culture that is welcoming to new businesses and development.
I will continue to work towards giving residents of Centerville quality options in housing, higher-level education, and entertainment options. The Community Reinvestment Act has enabled the owners of older homes and businesses to improve their properties without having to pay taxes on the improvements for up to fifteen years. Many people have already taken advantage, increasing the quality of the housing stock in our area. The new Sinclair South branch is a great option for our young citizens looking to continue their education while remaining at home. Increasingly, students are beginning at community colleges because the cost of tuition can be between one-third and one-tenth the cost of attending four-year universities. Sinclair has over one-hundred transfer agreements that allow students to begin in Centerville at low cost while ultimately graduating from a major four-year university. Centerville Place will add to the City’s existing entertainment, dining, and shopping options.
My wife, Denise, and I have lived in Centerville for 20+ years. I am excited and energetic about the future of our community. I enjoy highlighting Centerville students’, teachers’, and coaches’ successes at Council Meetings. Centerville is a great place to live, work, raise a family, and retire, and I look forward to continuing the momentum currently enjoyed by our city to make it even more so, including:

• The east-west bike path in Centerville • The Stubbs Concert Series • Sinclair • Centerville Place • New housing options • Expansion of Miami Valley South Hospital • Yankee Trace Golf Course
Experience I've served 12 years on Centerville City Council & 6 years as a board member for the Ohio Municipal League. Past member: National League of Cities Community & Economic Development Steering Committee. Work experience: Currently employed as Vice President-Energy Optimizers, USA. Previously I spent 10 years as Regional Liaison for the State of Ohio's Attorney General & Auditor of State Betty Montgomery. Member-Leadership Dayton.
Education Sinclair Community College: AAS-Business Management. National League of Cities: Bronze Certificate in Leadership. Aileron: Course For Senior Executives
Twitter @belindakenley
A significant portion of our city’s population is aging and much of our housing stock ages with them. We need to attract and retain young people to the community. The new, high-end apartments being built near Cross Pointe Center and planned luxury apartments at Centerville Place will help to attract the young professionals we need to keep our community vibrant. The next step to retaining these younger citizens is to have attractive housing stock available for them once they have the financial resources to purchase a home. My fellow City Council members and I have been promoting awareness about our Community Reinvestment Act, which allows the owners of older homes to modernize their dwellings without having to pay tax on the improvements for a fifteen-year period. This provides value to the current owner and makes our city’s housing stock more attractive to future buyers, including the young people we need to attract to keep our City strong.
I have been serving on City Council for the past twelve years, including the past four as deputy mayor. Additionally, I have served on the National League of Cities Community & Economic Development Steering Committee, which has familiarized me with new trends and best practices in local government administration and economic development from around the country. As an executive with Energy Optimizers, USA I have significant management, marketing, and government relations experience that informs how I view issues that come before City Council. As a member of the City’s Neighborhood Relations Committee, I stay informed by striving to be actively engaged in the Centerville community. I love to support local businesses and frequently shop in historic Uptown Centerville. As I patronize our City’s unique local businesses, I make it a point to get to know residents and business owners and find out what their concerns for our community are.
As a businesswoman who has helped grow a start-up into a $20 million company, I am actively engaged with developers, business owners and key leaders in our region. Our council members have worked with city staff to develop a strategic plan to attract job creators and retain and expand local businesses. Centerville is already benefiting from this improved approach to economic development. Cornerstone has expanded to include several new dining and entertainment options including Cooper’s Hawk Winery. Cross Pointe Shopping Center is experiencing new investment in the form of new businesses opening. The planned $150 million revitalization of Centerville Place, which looks to include a rooftop patio for the popular Lock 27 Brewery, will add great new energy to our City. With our customer friendly approach to economic development Centerville is on a roll. I’m very enthusiastic about our City’s future and will continue our drive to keep Centerville an attractive community for job creators.
I would continue to follow the City’s strategic plan to encourage meaningful long-term development. Enhancing Uptown Centerville (the area surrounding Main & Franklin St.), the revitalization of Centerville Place (the site of the former Kroger on S. Main St.), and welcoming new businesses to Cross Pointe Center and Cornerstone all provide Centerville residents with high quality dining, entertainment, and shopping venues. The great local options available only in Centerville help form the fabric of our community and make it a great place to live, work, raise a family, and retire. Additionally, I would continue to build awareness of the Community Reinvestment Act, which allows the owners of older homes and commercial buildings to upgrade their properties without having to pay taxes for up to fifteen years. Having a greater selection of high-quality attractions to visit and upgraded homes to live in will improve life for our City’s residents.
My husband, Robert, and I have lived in the Centerville community for more than thirty years and raised our daughter here. I am very passionate about supporting local businesses, particularly the unique restaurants and shops that distinguish our City and make it a truly warm and cheerful place to live. I am involved in the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Centerville Civic Women’s Club among others. I chair the Mayor’s Business Advisory Task Force and enjoy advocating for the great women-owned businesses in Centerville. Additionally, I am proud to serve as a board member for the local non-profit organization Clothes That Work, which transforms lives by clothing, educating, and empowering job seekers for a lifetime of employment success. I am always available to talk with residents and business owners in person, by phone, through social media messaging, or by e-mail.
Experience Spent over 30 years in sales&marketing
Education Graduate of Ohio University (1975) BSC in Communications (R-TV)
* Bring new ideas and fresh perspective to City Council * Utilize thoughtful, planned development, and monitor the number of new apartment complexes vs single homes * Invest in our neighborhoods, monitor aging housing stock *Attract businesses that will expand the tax base, especially in areas zoned light manufacturing * Consider term limits for City Council * Continue partnerships with local entities: schools, township, library and parks
Centerville Resident since 1978 Executive Director of the Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival Inc. 2014-present

Volunteer activities: *Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival, Inc. (President, Trustee and Parade chair (2008-2014) *Director of Girls softball (WBL/CBL) for 10 years (1990-2000)

* Bring new ideas and fresh perspective to City Council * Utilize thoughtful, planned development, and monitor the number of new apartment complexes vs single homes * Invest in our neighborhoods, monitor aging housing stock *Attract businesses that will expand the tax base, especially in areas zoned light manufacturing * Continue partnerships with local entities: schools, township, library and parks
* Bring new ideas and fresh perspectives to City Council * Utilize thoughtful, planned development, and monitor the number of new apartment complexes vs single homes * Invest in our neighborhoods, monitor aging housing stock *Attract businesses that will expand the tax base, especially in areas zoned light manufacturing instead of raising taxes on citizens. * Continue partnerships with local entities: schools, township, library and parks
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