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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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Troy Council Ward 1

Only residents in Ward 1 vote in this race.

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    J. Russell Wheeler

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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?

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Experience I retired after 35 years in manufacturing management and the last 12 years as a Quality professional. My training and education provided the skills to be a team player and problem solver utilizing various tools to get to the root cause of problems. I believe in team building and being a good listener. Being retired, I will have the time and energy to devote my efforts to being responsive to my constituents.
Education BSBA from Ohio Northern University Six Sigma Black Belt training at Six Sigma Academy Graduate of the Hobart School of Welding Technology
Troy citizens need more transparency from city leadership. Where are our tax dollars being spent and why? A large part of the community is becoming more disillusioned by the actions of our leaders who appear to be spending frivolously on trying to rebrand our city as a resort town. Consultants have been raking in city dollars and little has been done to actually make Troy better for ALL Trojans.

I will listen to the needs of the citizens and take responsible action. I will do the right thing for our city.

We need to look at renewable energy sources like our neighbors to the north. Solar arrays could be built to reduce our carbon footprint and provide affordable energy to our citizens. I will introduce plans to acquire land and erect solar arrays at Troy City Council.

The status quo will not be my desire for the city of Troy.
My career has been 35 years of addressing issues in a manufacturing environment. I listen actively, I have the analytical tools to dig down to identify the root cause of a problem and put actions in place to correct the problem. I have worked as a Quality professional working with some very demanding customers and vendors. My record of dealing with them with honesty and integrity has been the hallmark of my professional career.

My earlier work experience as the National Service Manager f or a local manufacturer allowed me to clearly hear the voice of the customer which is vital to the success of any public servant. I will listen to the "Voice Of The Customer", my constituents and the citizens of Troy and that voice will guide me in my service to our great city.
Local contractors will be hired to build our future renewable energy sources. Solar arrays will be the answer to our energy needs and provide jobs. We must be very careful about granting ax abatements to attract companies. City backed low interest loans should be used to encourage local small business startups much like granted to Harren's Market in downtown Troy. Small to medium size business is the lifeblood of any small city like Troy.

City Council needs to continue to support the Chamber of Commerce and its efforts to encourage investment in Troy.
My dedication to Troy goes back 46 years when my wife, Kay and I decided to sink our roots deep in the county seat of Miami County. I will make a pledge to listen to ALL of our citizens and be responsive to their needs. I will not go with the flow unless it is good for ALL citizens regardless of race, income level, religious affiliation (or not), age, or in what neighborhood you reside.

We are all important and the decisions made at council meetings affect us all. I will represent the people of Troy. ALL OF THEM.

Don't expect me to be a rubber stamp for all council actions.
My wife and I moved to Troy in 1973 to start our life together and raise a family. Both of our sons are graduates of Troy High School. My first granddaughter recently married and purchased a home in Troy. She and her husband will be at some point start a family of their own. My desire is to have a great place for my great grandchildren to grow up and I want that to be the case for all citizens now and in the future. I promise to be all that I can be to make the future bright. I'll do this by listening, responding and acting always in the best interest of Troy.