Two candidates are competing to represent Elyria’s 6th Ward.
What are the biggest issues facing the city?
Klimczak: Fiscal responsibility. We need people on City Council who are prepared to do this. It is imperative that we find ways to bring the city back to this without sacrificing the safety of our citizens and necessary services.
How do you plan to address them?
Mitchell: Work closely with the administration to take necessary steps to correct them.
Klimczak: Change is needed. We need representatives who have no hidden agendas and are willing to serve for the good of our community. We must all work together to bring our city back to where industry and business can thrive. Citizens must be kept informed but not with fancy rhetoric and no substantial outcome. We must not waste time being reactive but rather proactive in information to the public and in our actions.
What makes you best suited for the job?
Mitchell: I have two years experience, working with the administration and listening to the voters. I believe that knowledge is vital to performing the job.
Klimczak: I intend to be a full-time councilperson and will be available to answer the concerns of the entire city and not just those in my ward. My education includes the study of economics, state and local government, business administration and municipal law. I have had practical experience in personnel management, organization procedures, event planning, marketing and community involvement. As a former finance director for the city, I am familiar with municipal finances and budgets. I am involved in community projects and am a vice president of the Elyria Apple Festival.
Dorothy M. (Dottie) Klimczak
Education: Graduate of Elyria High School. Attended The Ohio State University, Lorain County Community College, Kent State University; bachelor’s degree in political science from Baldwin-Wallace College.
Family: Married for 49 years to the late Felix J. Klimczak, former Elyria 6th Ward councilman
Job history: Retired in 2007 from Wesleyan Village in Elyria after 26 years as director of public relations. Active in many state and local organizations in marketing and public relations. Prior to that, served as finance director for Elyria and also served seven years as coordinator of fundraising and office administration in five counties for National Foundation March of Dimes
Education: Graduate of Elyria West High School, attended Lorain County Community College for two years
Family: Married for 21 years to Eddie, with one son, Garrett
Job history: Administrative assistant at Lee Hecht Harrison for 10 years with year-and-a-half break working for Squire Sanders; current 6th Ward representative