Fayette candidate previews 2011.09.21
Fayette’s incumbent mayor Ruth Marlatt is challenged by Craig Rower who served as interim mayor after Anita Van Zile resigned in 2009.
While a member of the village council from 2005-09, Rower served on the pubic works, governmental affairs, finance and public safety committees, and was a member of the Fayette Tree Commission.
He was a representative with the Fulton County Community Improvement Corporation and served as vice president of Fulton County Regional Planning Commission.
Rower was a candidate for the 74th District State House Seat in 2010 and is affiliated with the Northwest Ohio Freedom Alliance, the NRA and Sons of the American Legion.
Rower said that Fayette faces many of the same challenges as most of towns: Lack of job growth, an economic downturn, loss of revenue, and the threat of increased taxes, fees, and user rates.
“Fayette is unique in several areas, as compared to many of these same towns though, when it comes to the resources we have available at our disposal, to remedy some of these issues,” he said.
Rower believes that if resources were utilized correctly, new jobs could be created and revenue could be increased without raising taxes, fees or rates.
“It is my goal to help move Fayette forward by tapping into these resources in a manner that would benefit all taxpayers in our village and ensure a prosperous future for everyone,” he said.
Ruth Marlatt had 12 years of experience as Fayette’s mayor before she was elected in 2009 to fill an unexpired term. She has also served as a council member.
Marlatt is a retired teacher and has a master’s degree in education from the University of Toledo.
She is pleased with the projects the village has tackled in recent months, such as the Northwest Fulton Street lift station and the Gamble Road widening project—both of which were partially paid through grants—and acknowledges that additional infrastructure work is needed.
Work continues on the long term control plan for the sewer system and many sidewalks have been repaired through a continuing program.
“I have appointed a citizens panel to ensure that future sidewalk upgrades are handled equitably,” she said. “On behalf of those who walk, ride bicycles or motorized vehicles, I extend a sincere thanks for the cooperation of residents who have maintained and replaced their sidewalks.”
Marlatt said the village has been successful in retaining business and attracting new ones, and the existing industries have remained a vital source of employment.
“It is important that we continue to use all the tools at hand to support all our local businesses and industry,” Marlatt said.
Marlatt said she always tries to promote the village, whether it’s with a county organization or from her association with regional groups, such as the Toledo Metropolitan Council of Governments.
“Because of my affiliations with these organizations, I have contacts with a wide range of people throughout the state and am always learning new things that might be good for Fayette.”
“Fayette has great potential,” she added, “and I am proud to be a citizen of this village and feel privileged to have invested my time and talents to make it a good place to live. I would like to continue to help guide our village through these challenging times.”
If ever there was a time for citizen involvement and common sense, she said, that time is now.
“We need to work together and support each other.”
Two candidates will be elected to the Fayette village council at the Nov. 8 general election.
Incumbent Dave Borer is seeking another term in office and former councilor Jerry Gonzalez wants to rejoin council. Newcomers are Suzette Boesger and David Wheeler. Incumbent Mike Maginn chose not to seek another term.
Dave Borer is the only incumbent seeking another term as a council member. He was appointed to council in February 2010 to fill a vacancy. He has also served on the church council of Our Lady of Mercy and as the treasurer of the Fayette Athletic Boosters.
Borer has been a small business owner for more than 25 years and he believes he takes a common sense approach to solving issues.
He and his wife, Mary, are the parents of five grown children.
Borer wants to retain his council seat as a means of giving back to the community.
“My family and I have benefited greatly through the school system, park programs and the business atmosphere in Fayette,” he said. “I would like to see the village continue to improve and prosper.”
As a council member, Borer wants to see the village continue to move forward on the long-term control plan for the sewer system. He sees great strides in recent efforts to improve streets and sidewalks, and he looks for a continued effort there, also.
Borer is pleased with the village’s efforts to be proactive in attracting and retaining business, noting that most industrial property is in use and three new businesses opened in the past year.
Jerry Gonzalez hopes to return to village council after serving from 2005 to 2009.
The Bridgeport, Mich., native joined the Army Reserves after high school and earned a degree from Ferris State University in 1994. After serving in the U.S. Army, Gonzalez began working in medical sales. He also works as a private investigator with his father.
When he previously served on the village council, Gonzalez was a member of the finance, public works and public safety committees.
Gonzalez lists a primary goal of keeping village taxes low while maintaining services.
“Times are tough,” he said. “Now is not the time to try to raise rates to provide new services, it is time to be fiscally conservative while maintaining the services we currently have.”
Gonzalez intends to continue efforts to bring new business and industry to Fayette.
“We have a great location, and resources,” he said. “We need an active plan in informing business and industry what Fayette has to offer to make them successful.”
Gonzalez said he will be vigilant of the individual’s rights and make sure that they are not overshadowed by government. He wants village laws to be enforced and carried out equally and fairly to all.
Fayette teacher Suzette Boesger is seeking a first term on the village council.
The Fayette native earned a teaching degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene College, with certificates in elementary education and special education. She later earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Defiance College.
She’s taught school on a Navajo Indian reservation, in the Evergreen district, and in Fayette. She also served as special services supervisor for the Ridgedale school district near Marion. She also has previous business experience as an assistant manager for a Pizza Hut restaurant.
Boesger serves as a steward with the Fayette Church of the Nazarene board of directors and she has been president of the Gorham-Fayette Teachers Association.
She and her husband, Kevin, are the parents of a son who is a senior at Fayette High School.
Boesger’s belief that everyone has the obligation to be a good citizen led her to seek a seat on council.
“Whether it be serving on a committee for an organization, helping the needy, voicing when we see a wrong occurring, or serving in an office for a time, when we see a need in our community we should ask how we can help fulfill that need,” she said.
People have approached her about running for office, she said, but she always turned it down. Now she’s willing to give it a try and if elected, she said she will serve with respect and dignity.
“I would attempt to do my very best to serve as a council member and consider the needs and opinions of the community of individuals I represent,” Boesger said.
No response was received from council candidate Dave Wheeler.
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