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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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Kettering Council District 4

NOTE: This is the only competitive council race in Kettering and only residents of District 4 will see it on their ballot. If you don't live in District 4 you will not vote on this race. Look here to find your district.

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    Patricia Cavanaugh

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What are the two biggest challenges facing Kettering?

How will they continue to nurture the growth at the Kettering Business Park? With Amazon up and operating what else can be done to make the park grow?

The Fraze Pavilion has been very successful in the city - with recent cuts to its budget how can the city help it survive?

How can the city push for more small business growth?

The city has committed to helping fund more school resource officers for the district. Is this an idea worth continuing?

What does the city need to do to improve public safety?

Should the city create a nuisance abatement ordinance?

Should the city pass a tougher ordinance to combat illicit massage parlor operations?

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Experience Served for 10+ years as Kettering Neighborhood Watch Coordinator working closely with the Kettering Police. I have a very strong financial background and as a CPA from 1984 until 2017 when I retired. I was a small business owner for 2 different successful companies. Served as a Financial Consultant and IT developer with WPAFB and was a Business Intelligence developer for Speedway/SuperAmerica stores. I was a past board member for We Care Arts.
Education BA from Capital University MBA from the University of Dayton
Twitter @electCavanaugh
Kettering needs to make wise use of available land. There are some vacant buildings and open land in the city but their use should support community needs.

The Kettering City Council needs to partner with businesses to actively renovate, replace or rebuild declining properties. Some positive changes are the new Fairmont auditorium and our new fire stations. Many other properties need attention. The aging of our homes and their upkeep is a big challenge, especially for home owners who are aging and may not have the resources to maintain their homes. Absentee landlords who do not maintain their rental properties and nuisance properties that consume large amounts of city resources (police, fire and ambulance), need to be held accountable.
A large business such as Amazon creates jobs in a community but an increased emphasis on small businesses will have positive effect on jobs. Land is still available in the Kettering Business Park. A possibility is to construct a grouping of small shops with reduced rent for the first year or so.
Increase competition with the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights has a negative impact on the Fraze Pavilion. The Rose has a roof and does not have to cancel concerts if it storms. The Fraze may need a similar construction in order to continue attracting entertainers that sell out their shows.
Forming a Small Business Council within the city government to streamline the process to locate in Kettering is one possibility. Another is to partner with Fairmont High School to educate residents on how to form and run a business with mentors from the business community. This education could include students as well as adults from the community. Many small business fail due to ineffective management and financial issues. Such training could increase the chances of success for new businesses.
Fairmont High School is in Ward 4 and I believe the addition of resource officers is a positive for the school and the community. It allows students to get to know the officers and form positive relationships. They are also close to the administrators and teachers and can quickly respond if an issue arises.
An increased emphasis on community involvement, such as Neighborhood Watch, is the key to improving public safety. Our neighborhood watch area has aided in the removal of several drug dealers, the arrest of several petty thieves as well as the removal of a family of raccoons from a vacant house. When neighbors look out for each other and neighbors know each other, everyone benefits.
Absolutely. When a home or business becomes a nuisance and consumes large amounts of city resources (police, fire, ambulance, council), there should be an ordinance in place to deal with the property. Everyone involved should be given a fair hearing, but a continuing nuisance should not be tolerated.
No. Legitimate massage businesses provide a needed service to our community and they should not be subjected to unwarranted harassment. Laws exist to deal with illegal activities such as prostitution, drugs and human trafficking. The community needs to support police efforts to enforce the existing laws.
The 100th anniversary of Women’s right to vote will be celebrated in 2020. I was inspired by this anniversary to run for Kettering City Council. Women can vote but they can also be elected to public office.

Please vote for me on November 5th.
Experience *City Councilman and Former Vice Mayor, *Retired-University of Dayton, Assistant Director of Counseling Center, *Administrator for Kettering Leadership Academy, *Former Small Business Owner, *Former teacher/school counselor
Education Ph.D. -The Ohio State University/Counseling
As a mature community, the two biggest challenges Kettering faces are aging street infrastructure and maintaining residential property values. (1). Some of Kettering’s street/sidewalk infrastructure is 60+ years old and in need of repair. City Council constantly upgrades neighborhood streets yet more could be done. City Council has decided to use the annual $1 million we will get from the recent gas tax increase, strictly for neighborhood road improvement. (2). For many Kettering residents their home is their biggest investment and their biggest asset. Protecting that asset is helped by the city enforcing strict property maintenance codes. Additionally, Kettering is developing a nuisance property maintenance ordinance to be used in specific cases. A badly maintained the property on a street can hurt the entire neighborhood and this ordinance will help address that problem.
The Kettering Business Park is a tremendous economic asset for our community. The city recently upgraded the entryway to the Business Park, signage within the park, and the landscaping and lighting. These improvements make the park attractive to new companies such as Amazon. Kettering’s economic development staff is currently marketing additional space within the Business Park for future business development. City Council has always been creative in approaching development issues and I will continue to support that approach.
The city of Kettering just completed a banner year at the Fraze Pavilion. More than 80,000 people attended paid performances and nearly 75,000 attended free festivals during this summer, with nearly $4 million in ticket sales. Through our Capital Improvement Program we have made further improvements to the Fraze stage area and the fountains area. We look forward to continued growth next year. No budget cuts have been made for the Fraze.
Small business is a critical factor to the economic well-being of Kettering. Our economic development staff works continually to meet with small business owners to determine where we might be helpful. Incentive programs such as the Wilmington Pike Improvement Plan has a major impact on the redevelopment of that area. The new streetscape the city has completed at Town and Country shopping center is an example of how we work with our business partners for the improvement of an area. I will continue to support our small business community in every way possible. Shop Kettering!
Adding additional school resource officers within the school district will be a win-win for all. We will now have school resource officers in our high school, our middle schools, our elementary schools and our non-public schools. First, our students win because they get to know these officers as helpers and friends. Our teachers win because they know additional security is provided within the buildings. Finally our community wins because a healthy school environment contributes to the overall well-being of Kettering. As a city, we are fortunate to be able to afford a program such as this and I strongly support it.
Most citizens think that public safety only involves the police department but it’s broader than that. First, the police aspect. I advocated adding cameras to our police cars and support the utilization of bike patrols within our parks. To help in dealing with the opioid crisis that affects all communities, our police department uses undercover officers to help address this issue. Crime remains very low in Kettering thanks to the vigilant efforts of our police force. Second, public safety involves amenities of a physical nature. Kettering continually upgrades our traffic signals and most intersections now have mast arms instead of traffic signals that sway in the wind. Also, when we make a street improvements, we put in handicap accessible curb cuts on every corner for citizen safety. Finally, utilizing our Citizen Police Academy graduates, volunteers operate speed detection monitors on cars to encourage citizens to drive safely. Public safety is a team effort involving all of us!
The city of Kettering is actively preparing a nuisance abatement ordinance. This ordinance will allow city staff to focus additional energy on nuisance properties that have not been maintained so that compliance will be faster. Property owner rights will always be honored but this strong nuisance abatement ordinance and will help maintain property values in all areas of our community.
For the past several months City Council and staff have been researching policies that will create a new stricter ordinance regulating massage services. The reason for this new ordinance will be to curb human trafficking, eliminate illicit massage businesses as fronts for illegal activities like prostitution, but also to recognize legitimate massage therapy as a profession. It is critical that all massage professionals in Kettering be licensed by the City and by the State Medical Board. This ordinance will accomplish that. This ordinance should be voted on by the end of this year and I will support it.
I am a Kettering resident and homeowner for 45 years. I am married with two children and four grandchildren. In my role as a City Council member my primary objective has always been to be available to citizens at all times and create public policies for the betterment of our community. I can be reached at home at 937-299-2259. In 2003 I created the Kettering Leadership Academy. There are now more than 240 graduates that have completed the program and most are providing leadership in some capacity throughout our community. I serve on the Kettering Arts in Public Places committee, the Montgomery County Food Policy Coalition, the Kettering Development Corporation Board as a trustee, and the Executive Board and past Chairman for the Dayton First Suburbs Consortium. I am an active member of Christ United Methodist Church and a member of the Dor-wood Optimist Club.