Linda J. O'Brien for Russell Township trustee

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Election questionnaire for Russell Township trustee candidate Linda J. O'Brien
  September 16, 2013Office Sought : Running for Russell Township Trustee Political Party : I am a Republican - however, this is a non-partisan race. Name : Linda J. O’Brien Age : 65 DOB : September 24, 1947 Place of Birth : Elyria, Ohio, U.S.A. Home Address: 14665 Shire Court, Russell, OH 44072 Length of residence in Russell: Residence of Russell: 22+ years No TwitterFacebook:   Campaign Web site : Not yet created Occupation: Business Consultant  –  focused on maximizing company productivityand profit by improving the effectiveness of leaders and their teams. Employer: Self-employed : O’Brien Leadership Systems   Elected Experience:  No elected experience  –  I am not a politician! Non-elected office experience: Trustee of Red Raider TrailsBoard Member of Geauga HumaneOfficer of Progressive Insurance Education: Case Western Reserve University, MSODA, Masters of Science in OrganizationalDevelopment and AnalysisUrsuline College, BS, Bachelors of Science, Psychology Marital status: Unmarried Name and age of children: Katherine (Katie) Ruth O’Brien, 26   Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improveor further research, and how specifically would you go about it? 1.   I would create transparency in the Township’s leadership by:  a.   Holding meetings at times that are convenient for residents b.   Making certain that minutes of meetings are available on-line within 3 working daysafter the meeting (currently the posting time takes up to six weeks) and that theminutes include the questions and summarized comments of the residents (currentlythere is no detail of questions and comments recorded).  c.   I would research having all meetings videotaped and posted on the web site in realtime or within 3 working days at the latest.2.   Currently Russell is the highest taxed community in Geauga County and the Trustees are putting three levies on the November ballot. Over the years Russell received moniesfrom the State and continued to add levies. Now the State money is gone and eventhough this change was known, the Township’s leaders made no  proactive adjustments.Russell must learn to live within its means. I will help Russell accomplish this goal byworking to eliminate some unnecessary assets thereby generating revenue and tightening the “Township belt” across the board. Following steps for performance improvement and maintaining the gains on a “continuous improvement” basis will contribute to Russell living within its means.3.   I will heighten Township residents ’ awareness of the Federal and State governments’initiatives to transform rural America by robbing the suburbs to pay for “big - city” initiatives and failures. NEOSCC, Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium, also known as the “VibrantNEO 2040” is Federally funded and State approved and led by appointed MPOs (Metropolitan Planning Organizations) who are regularly makingdecisions that impact rural areas like Geauga County and Russell specifically. NEOSCC openly states that its goal is to “create densely populated interconnected communities sur  round by green space”. T his is a real threat that many are not aware of. Residentsmust take steps to demand that the funding (currently $4.25 MM for NEOSCC) for such groups be stopped immediately. I will fight for Russell Township’s rural values and to maintain the freedoms we now enjoy. Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you? First of all, I am not a politician. I am a conservative American citizen, longtime resident of Russell Township and business executive with a proven record of success. I am known for achieving positive results. I believe Russell needs more business sense and less political nonsense. I have successfully managed corporate budgets greater than the Township’s annual  budget and I have helped my clients achieve greater results with less resources. Thesecapabilities directly transfer to the role of Trustee of Russell Township.I will not make decisions based on political leanings or personal relationships, be self-serving or impose unnecessary controls on Russell residents. I will do what is good for the “many” not for the “complaining few”. I will work to help our business owners maximize their success and our  residents remain safe as they enjoy Russell’s unique country lifestyle. I will perform withintegrity, honesty and compassion. And I will do so for a limited time rather than becoming acareer politician.I am now at the time in my life that allows me to contribute more to my fellow citizens and myneighbors. I look forward to serving my Community and my Country
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