Candidates' Night 2019

Monday October 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Ross County Service Center (map)

Every year we invite candidates running for elected offices to our annual Candidates' Night where they answer questions from members of the community - you! We also ask them to provide us with some information about why they think they're the right person for the job.

 

Many thanks go to the Chillicothe High School media class for recording the event and making it available to the public! Enjoy the video from this year's Candidates' Night and don't forget to vote on Election Day - Tuesday, November 5th

Beth Neal
Beth Neal
Running for
1st Ward Council

AGE

64

PARTY

D

attending

Education:

CHS High school graduate, OU-C business, marketing classes

Occupation:

Partner, Janes Real Estate

I have been a council member since 2012 serving as Council At-Large and 1st Ward Representative. I am Chair of the Development Committee which has passed several programs that bring more business and investment into the Chillicothe area. I am a member of several city and county boards that work for the betterment of the community. I have worked hard for the 1st Ward, bringing about many needed improvements and streets, water and storm sewer lines. I'm working for the 1st Ward full-time!

Greg Phillips
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Greg Phillips
Running for
1st Ward Council

AGE

45

PARTY

R

attending

Education:

Bachelors of Education in Spanish from OU, Masters in Education from Rio Grande

Occupation:

Educator

•43 of 45 years spent living in the 1st Ward
•22 years teaching Spanish at Chillicothe HS
•Serving on the executive board for the Paint Valley ADAMH
•Serving as the youth pastor and vice president of the elder board at Church Triumphant
•Chillicothe City Schools liaison for Keys To Success
•Wife Crystal-teaches at Chillicothe Primary School
•Son-Noah (12) and daughter Isabella (10)

Brandon Lawson
Brandon Lawson
Running for
2nd Ward Council

AGE

38

PARTY

D

attending

Education:

Chillicothe High School 1999, BS in Music Production from Ohio University 2005, MA in Political Science Ohio University 2011

Occupation:

Teacher at Ohio University - Chillicothe, University of Rio Grande

I have been trained in the legislative policy making process, as well as conducted research on budgetary theory. I teach classes on state and local government, national government, and Constitutional Law. I have dedicated my career to learning and teaching about government because I believe in the ability to make government work for the people. I also believe that local government, being closer to our constituents, has a unique chance to change citizens day to day lives for the better.

Deidra Nickerson
Deidra Nickerson
Running for
3rd Ward Council

AGE

54

PARTY

D

attending

Education:

Studied at OU

Occupation:

Small business owner

I own and operate The Blue Brick Inn on 2nd Street. I am fully vested in our community and the revitalization of our downtown. My business depends on the vitality of local businesses, parks and trails and historic sites. Because I both live and work in Chillicothe, it will allow me to actively represent the residents of the 3rd Ward full-time. I am excited to participate in the decisions that will continue to make our city better now and for the future.

Lana Fairchild
Lana Fairchild
Running for
3rd Ward Council

AGE

49

PARTY

R

attending

Education:

Bachelors Degree; Executive MBA

Occupation:

School Treasurer/CFO

As your City Council person I have and will continue to pursue legislation and regulations that make sense, build partnerships and ensure a prosperous future for residents and businesses alike. We need to not just co-exist but we need to thrive. We need leadership that understands today’s challenges and can communicate and address tomorrow’s needs. Fiscal responsibility and planning are key components of our future and I believe my education, experience and commitment will ensure success.

David Tatman
David Tatman
Running for
4th Ward Council

AGE

69

PARTY

D

attending

Education:

Graduated from Chillicothe High School, attended OUC

Occupation:

retired / pt retail specialist

Worked for the Big Bear Company 20 years retired Store Manager
Owner Operator Tat’s Mkt. 18 yrs.
Served on council since 2011
Married to my wife Brenda for 49 yrs., we have 4 grown children, and 5 grandchildren

Courtney Lewis
Courtney Lewis
Running for
5th Ward Council

AGE

37

PARTY

D

attending

Education:

CHS Alumna, BFA Ohio University - Athens

Occupation:

Shop Owner Totem Supply Co., Community Outreach Director Ross County Board of DD

I believe that good representation requires consistent communication between 5th Ward voters and the 5th Ward Council member, as well as 5th Ward Council member and City Council. I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and make sure 5th Ward is involved deeply in discussions we are having as a city.

As a shop owner and non-profit founder, my commitment to this city is seen in my actions. I have built my life in Chillicothe with my husband, raising a son and have 3 cats.

Devon Shoemaker
Devon Shoemaker
Running for
Council at Large

AGE

47

PARTY

R

attending

Education:

Masters Degree

Occupation:

Professional Planner

I am a professional planner with over twenty years experience working for local government in our community and the region. My areas of expertise include city and downtown revitalization planning, transportation planning, and grant writing. I believe that my experience positions me well to help council find solutions to Chillicothe's challenges and to take advantage of our opportunities.

Dustin Proehl
Dustin Proehl
Running for
Council at Large

AGE

46

PARTY

D

attending

Education:

Masters Degree in Education

Occupation:

Teacher

Chillicothe City Council-At-Large since 2007
Chair of the Finance Committee and Technology Committee
Member of the Utilities and Safety Services Committee
Former Chair of the Safety Service Committee and member of the Development Committee and City Services Committees
Member of many special committees including; Allowing Prayer Before Council, Zoning Changes, Redistricting, Regulation of Adult Oriented Businesses, Clean Up of Meth Labs, Council Rules, and Strategic Planning.

Ceil Corcoran
Ceil Corcoran
Running for
Council at Large

AGE

59

PARTY

D

attending

Education:

Certified in Property Management, Finance, Sales, Human Resources, and Hotel Development.

Occupation:

New Home Consultant; The Courtyard at Deer Run

I have served the people of Chillicothe for over 2 full terms as a City Council at Large member. During those 2 terms, I have and currently continue to serve the Parks & Recreation committee as chairwoman. I am a committee member of City Services and Development. I am involved in other community organizations such as Carver Community Center and Transit Advisory committee. These experiences have provided me the opportunity to see how capable, uplifting, and impactful this community is.

Anna Villarreal
Anna Villarreal
Running for
Law Director

AGE

56

PARTY

R

attending

Education:

Attorney licensed in OH and CO; Doctor of Chiropractic

Occupation:

Attorney

I am a Trial Attorney, and have been both an Assistant Law Director as well as a contract Attorney for the Ohio Public Defenders Office. I have been involved with the City of Chillicothe on the Civil Service Commission for aproximately 6 years. My passion is Community Service and I look forward to working with the Ross County Prosecutor's office, the Public Defender's Office, the entire Bar Association, as well as the people of Ross County.

Luke Feeney
Luke Feeney
Running for
Mayor

AGE

39

PARTY

D

attending

Education:

Law School

Occupation:

Mayor

I was honored to serve as Chillicothe City Auditor for three years. As the City’s chief fiscal officer I learned the details of the City’s operations, managed the City’s finances, and worked with the Mayor and City Council to improve our financial position. As Mayor, I’ve worked hard to deliver the quality services that our community deserves. The things I’ve learned as Auditor and Mayor have prepared me to continue serving the community the best I can.

John B. Street
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John B. Street
Running for
Municipal Court Judge

AGE

63

PARTY

R

attending

Education:

Law School

Occupation:

Municipal Court Judge

I have been a Municipal Court Judge since 1996 presiding over thousands of traffic, criminal, and civil cases. I have served as a trustee on the Board of Trustees for the Association of Municipal and County Court Judges of Ohio and as a member of the Supreme Court of Ohio Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline. Before becoming a judge, I was a lawyer, an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, and President of Chillicothe City Council. My wife and I have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.

BRUCE A. ARNOLD
BRUCE A. ARNOLD
Running for
President of Council

AGE

65

PARTY

D

attending

Education:

Studied Ohio University

Occupation:

Owner - CARRS

I am a lifelong resident of Chillicothe
Business experience as owner of CARRS for 33 years
Past President Downtown Merchants
President of City Council – 3 terms
I have proved to be efficient, accurate and dependable and successfully coordinate Administration, Council and Committees
I encourage public participation and have revised televised meetings to keep the public connected
I appreciate the opportunity to serve this community and promise to continue to keep Chillicothe moving forward



Joe Herlihy
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Joe Herlihy
Running for
President of Council

AGE

56

PARTY

R

attending

Education:

CHS 1981, US Naval Academy 1986 BS Mechanical Eng; Naval Aviator, Aircraft Cmdr.

Occupation:

President of Herlihy M&S

Councilman-at-Large for 8 years.
Life long resident of Chillicothe. Active in community: CHS, Bishop Flaget School, St. Peter Church, Knights of Columbus, Chillicothe-Ross Chamber of Commerce (CRCC).
Supportive of many organizations: YMCA, Boy Scouts, Elizabeth's Hope, Right to Life, Chillicothe Youth Soccer (FCFC/CYSL), Cavalier Club: Volleyball, Soccer, Football, Tennis, Golf
Proud father of (3) boys.
Manage the family's 100 year old moving business for the past 25 years.
US Navy Veteran

Submit a question* you would like for the League to ask during Candidates' Night!

*Questions that pertain to general policies and approaches regarding how a candidate will address issues of concern are ideal for Candidates' Night. Personal questions to specific individuals regarding past actions or opinions will NOT be asked.

 

All questions submitted before and during the event will be screened for appropriateness and edited for clarity only if necessary.