By Brittany Cook
Candidate Mark Pardi said his experience in leadership would benefit the city if he is elected Tiffin City Council president.
Pardi has spent eight years as vice chairman of Positivity, a non-profit company that creates jobs for people with disabilities.
He also served for more than 29 years in the U.S. military, working mostly in security. In addition, Pardi has worked in various manufacturing businesses and has held management and administrative positions in operations and production manufacturing for 20 years.
Pardi said he would bring integrity, honor and courage to the position of council president.
"I've always believed that integrity is No. 1," he said. "Being honorable and always having the courage to do the right thing."
He said being honorable includes treating everyone equally no matter an individual's race, party affiliation or differences.
"There's no substitution for being honest all the time," he said. "If you're wrong, say you're wrong. If you're right, you don't have to say you're right, people know it."
Pardi said that if elected, he wanted to speak with Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. and Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services to get a list of 20 businesses and companies that would be interested in coming to Tiffin. He suggested SIEDC and the chamber speak to the top three, and then he would go out and pursue their business himself.
"In my 20-plus years of manufacturing, I've worked every aspect of manufacturing. I can help recruit," he said.
He also said economic development would increase tax revenue for Tiffin.
Pardi also wanted to focus on sustaining what Tiffin already has, including parks and the Tiffin Seneca Heritage Festival.
With the projected $2 million budget carryover, Pardi wants to focus on the city's safety and security. He said city workers need a pay increase.
"Nobody should have to go six, seven years without a pay increase," he said.
He also wants to use the funds to improve infrastructure and beautify the city.
Pardi said his strong faith has led him to serve people, and brought him to this position. He said with his work in manufacturing, the military, and raising a family, he is prepared to understand what people need.
He also said the council president did not have a vote, nor did the position hold much power. Instead, the position was about leadership.
"First and foremost, I want to be a great leader for the people," he said.