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Candidates - Willard Council

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 11:59 AM

JoAnn Jones

Family: Husband, Paul; three married daughters and sons-in-law; six grandchildren (five in college)

Address: 109 Leonard St., Willard

Occupation: Retired city clerk

Education: High school as well as seminars over the early years

Previous Public Service: 45 years at city hall. I started as executive secretary to the city manager in 1962, and retired in 1990. I have been the council's clerk from 1968 until Oct. 19, 2007.

Why did you decide to run: I love my community and since I have worked at city hall for so many years I feel my experience would be very beneficial on council. I also have worked with all but three city managers, so I had first-hand knowledge of a lot of projects that were accomplished.

What do you see as the top three concerns facing your constituents: I don't feel at this time I have any priorities; you have to work with the administration on the issues. I do know I will not vote one way or the other just because the majority of council does. Also, I will not have any personal agendas. I will try and do what is best for the city as a whole and you also have to listen to the people.

Solon Kousma

Age: 74

Family: Wife, Bonnie; daughter, Kim and son-in-law Michael Elmlinger, council president; two grandchildren, Alex and Jamie; son Scott and daughter-in-law Tami, granddaughter Hannah, and grandson Griffin

Phone: (419) 935-8213

Address: 809 S. Main St. Lived n Willard since age 9.

Occupation: Retired volunteer firefighter from RR Donnelley and Sons

Education: Graduated from Willard high School and Sandusky branch of BGSU.

Previous Public Service: On term on city council; 44 years as volunteer firefighter, 28 years as EMT

Why did you decide to run: I want to try to help our community get better. we're in a real tight fix as far as money is concerned. Getting another industry in town would get more people working, and more money coming into the city.

What do you see as the top three concerns facing your constituents:

1) Bringing in more businesses to help the town look better

2) Repairing the roads

3) Driving drugs out of the city; once you drive drugs out of the town it makes the city that much better. Larry Jacobs

Age: 62

Family: Wife of 38 years, Gail; two grown children, John and Sara; two granddaughters, Paige and Brenna; two dogs, Molly and Sophie.

Phone: (419) 935-0911

Address: 540 Park St., Willard.

Occupation: Retired from R.R. Donnelley after 38 years


Previous Public Service: Councilman for more than 20 years.

Why did you decide to run: We've got a couple of big projects coming up and I thought they're going to need my experience to complete these projects.

What do you see as the top three concerns facing your constituents:

1) Starting a neighborhood watch program

2) Initiating a D.A.R.E program within the schools.

3) Working with courts in the county to fight crime.

Diana Olson

Age: 47

Family: Husband, Kim and sons Justin and Scott

Phone: (419) 933-6631

Address: 805 Armstrong Drive

Occupation: Rural Division Chief Human Resources Officer for Mercy Hospital of Willard and Mercy Hospital of Tiffin

Education: Graduated from Seneca East High School, Bachelor's and MBA from Tiffin University.

Previous Public Service: Four-year term as Willard City Council member at Large

Why did you decide to run: I wish to continue to serve the citizens of the City of Willard utilizing my management and communication skills.

What do you see as the top three concerns facing your constituents:

1) Helping to bring more businesses to Willard and ensure Willard is attractive to businesses

2) Helping to keep Willard a thriving community developing and keeping activities locally, attracting industry and keeping Willard a good community to live in.

3) Keeping cost of living in Willard affordable ensure city spends money wisely and appropriately.

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