TROY — Doug Tremblay, incumbent, faces Cynthia Schaefer, Democratic candidate, for the 2nd Ward seat on Troy City Council on the Nov. 3 ballot.
Mayor Michael Beamish won the Republican primary versus Patty Rose last March. Eight city council members all Republicans, are running unopposed including president — Martha Baker; council at-large — Robin Oda, Lynne Snee and John Terwilliger ; 1st Ward — Tom Kendall; 3rd Ward — John Schweser; 4th Ward — Bobby Phillips — 5th Ward; Bill Twiss; and 6th Ward — Brock Heath. Other city office seats are also unopposed including John Frigge for city auditor and Grant Kerber for city law director. Current auditor John Stickel and law director Jim Livingston are retiring at the end of the year.
Tremblay has served on city council since 2011. It is the only contested race for a city office this election.
Tremblay said he is seeking re-election to continue “maintaining and improving Troy’s enviable quality of life at a reasonable cost to its citizens.”
Tremblay also said he is seeking office to be of service to the city of Troy and its citizens. Tremblay said Troy’s greatest need is “to keep balancing its budget while continuing to expand its economic base.”
Schaefer said she is seeking the 2nd Ward seat because her mission “will be to serve, to listen, to inform the community of Troy and to be an advocate of transparency by engaging the citizens of our community.”
“I believe citizens concerns have fell to deaf ears and have not been taken seriously,” she said. “I won’t stop until I have researched all the facts and all my questions have been answered to make the right decision for the right reason for all concern. I want to give back to my community, who has given me so much and be part of Troy’s future history and inspire our community to be mindful of our past.”
Doug Tremblay Bio: Retired pharmacist; served on city council for four years; was the manager and owner of M&R Drugs and CVS pharmacy. Active volunteer in Troy since 1971 with the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce, Troy Main Street, Museum of Troy History, Troy Noon Optimist Club, St. Patrick Church and its schools, Troy United Way Fund, Stouder Memorial Hospital Foundation. Tremblay resides on Littlejohn Road with his wife of 45 years Wanda. They have three sons and three granddaughters.
Cynthia Schaefer Bio: Retired aerospace and private sector; graduate of Troy High School graduate, Miami University and Ohio State University. Schaefer resides on Short Street with her four-legged best friend Bella. She has one daughter and three grandsons.
Schaefer said, “I have the guts to be square about pride, loyalty, and hard work. My experience while working with my father as a young child taught me how to run a business, be respectable, build self-confidence, be a team player, and be disciplined. Those values got me through Polio during my junior years when I couldn’t play sports in high school or college and throughout my careers of leadership in the aerospace industry, working with unions, business development/marketing, and public relations, not to mention volunteering and non-profits. I expect great things from myself and those around me to do what’s right for our community. I believe I am the best candidate for I have the experience, integrity, and a Trojan passion to become a city council member.”
“Wages are dipping 5 percent below average, low paying jobs, higher rents, and expensive sub-divisions make up for a shortage of decent affordable housing that affects all of us,” Schaefer said. “Community involvement, balanced economic development, stable employment close to home and tax incentives can make a big difference.
“As the city of Troy grows, full-time firefighters and responders are a necessity to keep our community safe. Fiscal conservation is to be cost-effective by micromanaging without jeopardizing our infrastructure and holding the next generation of Trojans hostage.
“In the next decade, clean sustainable water and increased traffic will be our next challenge due to new subdivisions, economic growth, and an increase of pavement run-off. Clean water, solid sewer systems, clean air, streets, sidewalks, and bridges are all involved. As Troy grows, so does the price of clean water to the taxpayers. Being pro-active by not being dependent on contaminates such as the Triple 3 used on the levee, Round-Up in our beautiful Troy parks, and constant use of lawn fertilizers, pesticides, and industrial chemicals will reduce the cost of purification, improve our health, and reduce financial costs that exist in our drink water systems.”
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