Voter’s Guide: London city council at-large

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(Posted Nov. 4, 2019)

Four candidates are running for three at-large seats on London city council in the Nov. 5 general election.

Each candidate was given an opportunity to provide information for the Madison Messenger’s Voter’s Guide. The following is the information they provided.

For more information about the election, contact the Madison County Board of Elections at (740) 852-9424 or visit Madison County Board of Elections.

Candidates for London City Council At-Large

(Three seats up for election)

  • Carla Blazier

205 S. Union St., London

Occupation: Registered nurse, paramedic; Madison Health Emergency Department; Madison County Emergency Medical District

Political party: Republican

Previous service in public office: I have not held public office, but I have worked with public safety organizations my entire career as a paramedic and firefighter.

Education/military experience: I have an associate of arts degree in emergency medical service, bachelor of science in nursing, paramedic, emergency medical services instructor and Firefighter II certifications.

Community activities/honors: Volunteer firefighter for Central Townships Fire Department, placing American flags on the graves of our nation’s veterans for Memorial Day for several years.

Goals if elected: I would like to bring transparency to London city council in that the citizens of London see why decisions are made and have a chance to speak to the council about their opinions before a decision is made. I want to make the safety of the citizens of London the council’s number one priority. I will bring honesty to the council. The citizens will be able to trust what I say and believe that I will work hard to inform them of what is going on in this city and why.

  • Joshua Peters

1085 Dorset Dr., London

Occupation: Owner, Handyman Cafe

Political party: Republican

Previous service in public office: Have been in city council since 2015

Education/military experience: London High School. Columbus State Community College, A.S. construction management

Community activities/honors: London Kiwanis, past president London Kiwanis, London Area Baseball Council (LABC) first vice chairman, LABC board member, past vice president St. Patrick Athletic Association, past athletic director – St. Patrick School, LABC coach, St. Patrick School coach, London Fastpitch coach, London Parks & Rec coach, London travel basketball coach, Ohio Sting 12u Black travel softball coach.

Goals if elected: To continue to see and promote smart growth and development that will help make the city of London a viable community for the future.

  • Brenda S. Russell

274 E. High St., London

Occupation: Retired, State of Ohio

Political party: Independent

Previous service in public office: I am serving my second two-year term as council at-large. I served one-and-a-half years on Zoning Board.

Education/military experience: 1968 Graduate from London High School

Community activities/honors: First Baptist Church member. London Metropolitan Housing Authority board of commissioners since 2008, where I served as president for five or more years; I continue to serve on the board. Secretary of the Welcome Table (weekly soup kitchen). Coordinator of All Things Common monthly commodities distribution. Coordinator of 2019 National Day of Prayer. London City Schools volunteer for three years. Work independently with other residents in helping the youth of London with things such as pool passes and sports passes.

Goals if elected: After serving two terms on the London City Council, there are areas of the government such as recreation, housing, storm sewer and water that continue to have pressing needs. The current council, which I am a part of, along with administration, department heads and Board of Public Utilities are in the midst of ongoing improvements and major changes in many areas of the city. I would like to see these improvements and changes through to the end.  I have acquired knowledge on these issues and feel that I am capable of making the decisions that would be best for the city.

  • John J. Stahl

194 E. Center St., London

Occupation: Retired but work 15 hours per week at Ohio Processors

Political party: Republican

Previous service in public office: London city council Ward 3 and at-large, 12 two-year terms between 1984 and 2013.

Education/military service: Graduated from Franklin University with bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Community activities/honors: Strawberry Festival since 1985, London Tree Commission since 1986, Ohio Festival and Events board of directors and second vice president, former 4-H advisor for 25 years, winner of the contest for London’s motto–“A Proud Heritage, A Promising Future”–in 1979, co-chair of committee to have downtown London listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Goals if elected: Help move London forward. Use my knowledge and years of experience to help the newer members.

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