Fostoria is to have several elections for council representatives.
Paula Dillon is the incumbent Fostoria 1st Ward representative. She is a member of the Public Affairs committee, the sitting member of the Zoning Appeals Board, and has been active in the United Auto Workers, the Fostoria Block Watch program and Fostoria Cash Mob. She also volunteers for Fostoria Community Hospital.
Dillon said she has the experience and compassion to be an effective representative.
"I work hard within my ward solving issues that affect those citizens, such as ordinances that may be coming up and the effect they may have on them," she said. "I also feel that my experience with the financial issues by being a trustee help qualify me to understand how city budgets are managed and how contracts for our city workers effect both wages and their safety."
If re-elected, Dillon said she would like to focus on creating more jobs in Fostoria.
"Although we have the members and allies of the Fostoria Economic Development Corp. working together to facilitate innovations in the economic development area for Fostoria, we need to insure a competitive edge for those industries that may be interested in moving here," she said.
Running against Paula Dillon is Daniel Steinacker, owner of Steinacker Hardware.
Multiple attempts at contact Steinacker were unsuccessful.
In Fostoria's 2nd Ward, incumbent Paul Feasel is running against Greg Flores.
Feasel has served as 2nd Ward representative since 2003. He is a member of the Finance Committee, Revolving Loan Fund committee, Fostoria Economic Development Corp. and Fostoria Chamber of Commerce.
Feasel is self-employed and has maintained Bliss Charters, a motorcoach company, in Fostoria. He said his business and financial experience make him an asset to Fostoria City Council.
"While serving on council, I have applied those business principles to be of service to the citizens of Fostoria," he said. "You need to stay focused on economic trends and make adjustments with your financial resources to remain competitive."
Feasel would like to focus on economic growth and maintaining safety services if re-elected.
"By generating more revenue, it will allow us to stabilize our safety forces and street departments to continue to provide essential services to our citizens," he said.
Greg Flores has worked in the past in with Fifth Third Bank in Fostoria and is program director of the Fostoria YMCA.
He also is a member of Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Fostoria Promedica Patient Advisory Council and organized the Fostoria Cash Mob.
Flores said he is running for council because he wants to make a difference.
"I want to inspire my generation that their votes and opinions do matter, and if they want change, they need to get involved," he said. "I am very involved in the local community with various organizations and want to lead by example."
He said it was time for the younger generation to get involved with the community.
"Way too often, people are negative and complain without doing anything because they don't know where to turn or what sense to make of things," he said. "I want to be able to help my constituents understand what is going on in the community and listen to their thoughts and ideas."
Flores said he would like to focus on improving the quality of life, economic development, maintaining safety services at full staff and improving the school system.
"We can have all the trains, water and highways we want, but if the quality of our educational system is not up to par, then companies may look elsewhere when moving large corporations here," he said. "(Economic growth) takes more than just one group to work towards a common goal. ... With the right focus, it can and will happen."
Jonathan Hay is running unopposed for the position of Ward 3 representative. He is a pastoral associate for parish formation at St. Wendelin Catholic Parish and Schools and a substitute bus driver for Fostoria City Schools. This is his first time seeking elected office.
Hay said he thinks morale in and about the city is low, and would like to improve the quality of life in Fostoria and bring new ideas to council.
Thomas Lake is the 4th Ward representative to Fostoria City Council and is running unopposed for re-election. He has been on council for 10 years and is president pro tem.
For his next term in office, he wants to bring more jobs to Fostoria, maintain safety and EMS services and find another way to save the city money on insurance.