Lorain residents are being asked to vote for a 7th Ward representative. There are two candidates on the ballot.
What are the biggest issues facing the city?
Baughman: Elyria is not the only city facing financial uncertainty. Lorain must take aggressive cost-cutting measures and avoid financial gimmicks in achieving a balanced budget. Lorain families live within their means, and their city should be expected to do the same. Available funding should be prioritized to ensure our safety forces are well-staffed and our streets are well-paved.
Silecky: To me, every issue is important. I feel the main issues in Lorain are the creation of jobs for our residents, keeping up services and the safety of our community. In the 7th Ward, these same issues are the most important. Job retention and creation, safety for our residents and the upkeep of our neighborhoods with street repairs, park rehabilitation and looking for new ways to help Lorain grow.
How do you plan to address them?
Baughman: If elected, I will assist the administration and city leadership in conducting a comprehensive review of city finances to identify cost-reduction opportunities. Difficult decisions will need to be made in order to reduce expenses and no area of city operations should be immune from possible cuts. The federal government may think nothing of passing a financial burden on to future generations but we can draw a line here in Lorain by refusing to operate in such an irresponsible manner.
Silecky: We need to keep reviving our city and looking for future progress of our waterfront, economic development for our city and safety for our residents. We are addressing these issues on a daily basis and working with the administration in reviewing all work processes to improve efficiency. We are reviewing spending by departments where revenues can be saved and moved to better serve the needs of the public. We are working on new marketing ideas to make Lorain a more desirable destination for companies to relocate to.
What makes you best suited for the job?
Baughman: I have a breadth of military, business and legal experience that I do not believe my opponent can match. I will bring a fresh set of eyes to city government. My wife and I have been blessed with three sons. I’d like to help in the rebirth of Lorain so that some day young people like them find Lorain to be an obvious and attractive city in which to settle and raise a family.
Silecky: I feel that I am best suited to represent the 7th Ward with my background as the current councilman. I am aware of the issues that affect my ward, and I am currently working on the resolution of these issues. With my experience in the public and private sector, I have the knowledge of what needs to be done to implement changes to better serve my ward and the city of Lorain.
Education: Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy; law degree from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Family: Married with three children
Job history: In-house counsel, Emerson Network Power in Lorain; Plant superintendent with Clark-American Company in Texas; U.S. Navy
Education: Lorain Catholic High School; Lorain County Community College and University of Toledo
Family: Married with two children
Job history: Vice president of Pyramid Inc. and current 7th Ward representative