Vote for Shuff, Lepard, Hayes

Voters in Tiffin have another choice to make via balloting Tuesday in addition to council president. Four candidates are running for three at-large positions on Tiffin City Council.

Those individuals – Jim Green, Mark Hayes Steve Lepard and Tyler Shuff – offered similar views on key city issues during meetings with The Advertiser-Tribune’s editorial board.

Each candidate said maintaining and improving infrastructure, such as streets, sidewalks and sewers, should be priorities for the council. All stated a preference for increasing revenues by enlarging the tax base and eschewed raising tax rates.

Two candidates, Hayes and Shuff, are incumbents, while Lepard has served on the council previously. That’s why those three were able to answer the editorial board’s questions with more specificity.

Some examples: Lepard favors working closely with Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp., which he called the best tool for developing the economy. Hayes believes enrollments at Tiffin’s colleges should be added to the permanent residents when factoring the number of police officers needed. Shuff cited a need for more capital improvement funding.

Green, president of North Central Ohio Conservatives and treasurer for the Ohio Liberty Coalition, would bring a different perspective to the council. He favors merit pay and performance-based raises, and seeking ways the city and county could save money by combining services.

But if voters are seeking candidates who already have a grasp of the workings of Tiffin City Council, we recommend they choose Hayes, Lepard and Shuff.