Candidate Steven Lepard wants to improve public and safety work forces and improve the business climate if elected to a Tiffin City Council at-large seat.
Lepard is a former member of the Charter Review Commission, which spiked his interest in being a councilman. He was appointed in 2001 to fill an unexpired terma as 1st Ward representative and ran twice unopposed.
He is a member of the Revolving Loan Fund and Venture Capital Committee, the Civil Service Commission and the Seneca County Public Defenders Commission.
"I think that people recognize that I'm a blue-collar, common-sense conservative," he said.
He recently retired after working 27 years with Aqua America. In the past 25 years, he has been in the field, working as a customer service representative.
He said that before he worked at Aqua Ohio, he worked as plant manager for a small factory. He and his family had agreed to move out of state for a better job opportunity, but decided to stay in Tiffin instead.
"My heart was in Tiffin," he said.
Lepard said that when it came to his job experience, he learned most of what he had to do on the job.
"In the business world, it's pretty much learn by the fly," he said. "A good work ethic was part of my upbringing."
Lepard said he would like to focus on improving the public and safety work forces.
"We need to increase the numbers. We need to provide training for them that has been lacking in the past due to budget cuts," he said. "Burglaries and larcenies are at an all-time high. We need more feet on the ground, and I believe with our ($2 million) carryover in this year's budget, we're going to be able to do that."
He also wanted to increase the number fire department employees.
"There's many times ... when every available person is at one site," he said. "We need to continue to provide monies and funds for upgrades of ambulances and fire trucks as well."
Lepard also supports upgrading wages for city workers.
He also wants to continue to provide a positive climate for business. In order to do this, council would have to focus on schools, the parks and recreation department and the city's infrastructure.
"If we cannot provide those, we're not going to be attractive to someone looking to come to Tiffin," he said.
Lepard said Tiffin is improving with the drop in unemployment, expansions and higher income tax revenue.
"It's hard not to be excited about the city of Tiffin right now," he said.