City council candidates answer questions

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Bridget Boyle (from left), Ken Jones, Richard Focht and Nancy Grandillo, candidates for Tiffin City Council, participate in Candidates Night Wednesday. For more candidate coverage, see page 3A.

Four question-and-answer forums took place Wednesday night during the annual Candidates Night at Tiffin Middle School.

The event was hosted by the Tiffin League of Women Voters and was moderated by Gene Chintala.

During the event, four Tiffin City Council candidates presented their thoughts on questions including Bridget Boyle, First Ward; Ken Jones, Second Ward; Richard Focht, Fourth Ward; and Nancy Grandillo, Fourth Ward.

Questions covered topics such as the sewer separation project, economic development, Tiffin Charter Review Commission and long-term goals.

Focht, who has been on council for six years, said his long-term vision for Tiffin is to continue to improve economic development and to address the housing shortage that has been occurring over the last 25 years.

Grandillo said she hopes to see the continuance of having quality personnel to fill the needs of the city, clean and affordable housing, and upgrades to infrastructure.

In Boyle’s opinion, she is hoping to work to maintain the continued development to downtown Tiffin and to expand that progress to other areas of the city.

Jones also hopes to continue economic development by bringing more jobs to the city.

Each candidate spoke on their commitment to the city and to council specifically.

“I believe in Tiffin,” Grandillo said. “My husband and I raised a family here. It takes courage to run for office.”

Focht said he agreed with Grandillo in that it does take courage to run for any office position.

“We all want the same things from our community, safety, good infrastructure and further development,” Focht said.

Boyle said she fell in love with Tiffin while attending Tiffin University and chose to stay.

“Being a member of council will afford me the opportunity to be part of a leadership team that has made great strides,” Boyle said. “I hope to continue to develop further what has already been created and keeping with the small town atmosphere.”

“I will do what is right for the community and I will continue to ask questions,” Jones said.