What are the biggest issues facing the city?
Kerecz: Finances and balancing the budget, and understaffed safety forces to provide a safe environment for the citizens.
Holcomb: I believe the biggest issue is neighborhood revitalization. Economic development, public safety and government efficiency are my basic campaign tenets.
How do you plan to address them?
Kerecz: Make the administration, Council and all department heads accountable for all expenditures pertaining to city business, and ensure adequate services are provided to the citizens.
Holcomb: This can’t be solved with one program or idea but a collective effort. The way I have worked on these issues is by continuing to solicit the administration and working with fellow Council members to gain assistance with infrastructure issues in the ward. I have helped bring almost $6 million in infrastructure improvements to the ward. We also need to find ways to attract alternative energy businesses, work through our police and fire department funding issues, and generally promote any reform that will change how our city does business to make us more efficient and effective. I have been proactive in notifying the health and building departments of code violations. I’m continuously working with businesses to attract them to the area.
What makes you best suited for the job?
Kerecz: Experience and a pure love for the city. As a lifelong resident of the 6th Ward, I have lived through the good times in job prosperity and a robust downtown and the current dismal condition the city faces today. The so-called “youth movement” in Council and the administration does not have the expertise to move the city forward. I will bring experience and dedication to the residents of the 6th Ward and entire city to the table and be a vocal councilman to their needs.
Holcomb: My experience and education are well-suited for my efforts to help revitalize Lorain and to understand the complexities of political structures in government. I have worked with small businesses to help them expand in South Lorain and continue to do that. My efforts can be seen at Fairless Shopping Center where the old Builder’s Square was demolished and the Horizon Activity Center was added.
Party: Democrat running as an independent
Education: Lorain High School graduate; Bowling Green State University graduate with bachelor of science degree in education; graduate work at Ashland College in educational administration and government
Family: Married, four children and nine grandchildren
Job history: Retired teacher with Lorain Schools; 6th Ward councilman 2002-04; president of Lorain International Festival committee
Education: Bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University and master’s degree in public administration with a certificate in city management from Cleveland State University. Certificate in financial accountability from the Ohio State auditor
Family: Single, no children
Job history: Development officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County; tax settlement specialist with the Lorain County auditor’s office and current 6th Ward representative