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Commission Seat 1
Judy Dodge (D)
Montgomery County Commissioner
As the incumbent, Dodge has collaborated with the surrounding region to ensure the lowest cost for quality services. Dodge plans to continue pursuing effective services and cost savings among jurisdictions if reelected. She has conducted open community forums for citizens to give input into the direction of Montgomery County’s future.
William Pace (I)
No information available
Dave Vore (R)
Self-Employed- Private Security Industry
Vore has his own plan to save money that involves utilizing business practices to consolidate duplicate services. As a commissioner, he plans to lead the effort to incorporate the use of technology and business processes to consolidate administrative functions. He will advocate for an analysis of cost reduction savings and would refund any money saved to taxpayers.
Commission Seat 2
Debbie Lieberman (D)
Montgomery County Commissioner
Lieberman, the incumbent candidate, wants to continue finding ways to save tax payer dollars, such as with the development of a Regional Dispatch Center. She also is an advocate for co-locating Montgomery County’s Economic Development activities with as many organizations and townships across the region as possible. She leads the local reforms of the workforce development plan to be responsive to the needs of businesses.
Ashley Webb (R)
Kettering City Council, Army
Webb plans to use his experience to facilitate voluntary collaboration between municipalities to result in millions of dollars of savings. He also warns to be careful of legislated or mandatory consolidation. To put residents back to work, he wants to diverge from the current commissioner’s plan. He will focus on three areas: an aerospace corridor, manufacturing heritage and business advancement.
Montgomery County clerk of courts
Gregory A. Brush (D)
Clerk of Courts, Montgomery
Brush implemented electronic filing and built security for the receipt of documents. The electronic filing system has allowed the use of technology to address budget cuts as well as increase service to customers. The opportunity to switch to hosted services to decrease hardware costs is also an area which Brush is watching closely as he continues to expand the use of technology.
Mike Foley (R)
Small Business Owner
With the growing use of digital capabilities, Foley is concerned with the security risks associated with electronic filing. He recognizes the danger that in electronic filings relies on properly redacting sensitive materials, such as social security and proprietary information. He says electronic filing presents opportunities for efficiency and cost savings, but the office protocol must make an effort to protect private information.
Montgomery County juvenile judge
Juvenile Court Administrative Judge
Kuntz, the incumbent, finds the biggest challenge to be providing
effective services with the cuts in government funding. Kuntz wants to
control offenders, provide services and protect the community while being efficient. Currently, Kuntz is pursuing the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative. He is currently serving on the State of Ohio Steering Committee to spread the initiative. The project allows for reducing expensive out-of-home placement for offenders.
Jeffery S. Rezabek
Rezabek believes children and families are not provided with timely access and decision-making from the court at all levels of service. His goal is to coordinate efforts with Judge Anthony Capizzi to create a clerk’s office which promotes timeliness and accountability. He has a working relationship with Capizzi, which he believes can serve to strengthen the court system and the community.
Attorney and Counselor-at-Law
Wilcoxson believes many citizens’ voices are not heard during their court appearances. He wants to create an atmosphere that eliminates mediocrity. He sees apathy for justice and the community. He wants to recreate passion for the community and compassion for those appearing before the court. If elected, he will look at the deeper causes that will move toward a more permanent reconciliation. His view is that strong families are the key to
Montgomery County recorder
Willis E. Blackshear (D)
Montgomery County Recorder
The incumbent candidate, Blackshear, wants to add records from 1961-1967 and complete a prior decade each year. He is proud of the information available online every hour for people who need it. He also recognizes the growing problem of identity fraud and fraudulent companies and wants to work to protect public records.
Tim O’Bryant (R)
Assistant Pastor, Real Estate Agent
O’Bryant’s goal is to promote transparency in the government by providing full internet access to the public records while abiding by the law. He recognizes the limited authority to collect fees from the public who view and print public records online. If elected, he will eliminate the practice of collecting fees for online access.
Information from the Dayton Daily News was used in this report.