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PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS QUESTIONNAIRE The News-Herald Election Questionnaire

WILL BE PUBLISHED completed 9/22/2011

Date questionnaire

Office sought: Mentor Ward 3 Council Political party: Non-Partisan Race Gender: Male

Name: Edward R. Walsh Age 70

Home address: 7240 Grant Street, Mentor, Ohio Length of residence in that community: 41 years Campaign Web site: I prefer the personal touch; not communicating by strokes on a keyboard. Occupation: Retired Chief Building Official Employer:

Marital status:


Name of spouse: MaryAnn

Name and age of any children: Edward, Colleen Curran, Sean Walsh, all young adults Public office experience: Political office held 1. Mentor City Council
2. 3. 4-., 5.

Municipality Mentor

Years served

Elected/ appointed? Elected


currently serving

Non-elected experience (committees, boards, etc. Mentor Finance Committee Mentor Economic Development Committee Member of Mentor's Planning Commission (past) Member of American Planning Association Member of the Certified Building Officials Council State of Ohio Certified Chief Building Administrator Member of the Three Rivers Basin Committee (road & soil runoff problems) Member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 38 Member of the Garbage & Rubbish Committee-(Residents obtained 50% cost reduction) Member of the Lagoons Preservation Committee Member of the Lake County Council of Governments (past) Member of the Senior Citizen Advisory Board Mentor Chamber of Commerce Member The Western Reserve Homeowners Assn. Honored as the Outstanding Community Leader, 2010 by Saint John Vianney (Irish Ball) Founding member of St. John Vianney Church

Education: School/ city/state High School: St. Joseph High School College Graduate



or Certificate

1960 Cleveland, Oh

Other IBEW Cleveland, Ohio 1965 Lakeland College Mentor, Ohio 1971 Electrical Inspector John Carroll Univ. University Hts, Oh 1980 Official Certification

Certified Electrical Certified Chief Building

(Note: Only list schools from which you've graduated and/or earned degrees. Please indicate if currently attending.) (Note: If you've completed a certificate program, please list in "Other" row and indicate certificate obtained.) Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you'd like to change, address, improve or further research, and how ~ Specifically would you go about it? FLOOD ISSUES: I am working on adding more retention basins to control surface water run-off to help protect the residents' homes from flooding. Plans are currently being completed to add an additional retention basin within the Two Town Ditch corridor. As your Ward 3 councilman, I have been working aggressively with the administration on these flooding problems. I am constantly updated and in turn, I notify my affected residents as to what each department is correcting. Our goal is resolution of the flooding issue, which has been severe this year, due to the unusually heavy rain storms wehav~ experienced. QUALITY CITY SERVICES: Maintaining the quality of services in Ward 3 is of utmost importance to me, as your Ward 3 Councilman. Currently, the entire Bellflower Road needs to be repaired and resurfaced. I have adamantly brought my concerns to the administration over this road condition. Through my dedicated efforts to resolve this problem, the total resurfacing of Bellflower Road project is scheduled to begin in June, 2012. There will be no tax increase to the residents.

QUALITY OF LIFE: I will continue to be the adverse zoning that would values.

resident's voice on Council, affect Ward 3 neighborhoods'

by opposing safety and home

I will continue to work with our outstanding police Ward 3's record of being one of the lowest reported of the safest Wards in the city.

force crime

to maintain areas, and one

I will. continue to work with our excellent Fire/Paramedics to maintain quality life services for the Ward 3 residence.


I have supported open space and parks in the city as elements the quality of life in Ward 3. Under my leadership, Bellflower President's Parks were acquired.

critical &


I will continue to diligently work with the administration to correct alleviate First Energy's annoying sporadic power outages that Ward 3 residents continue to experience. I am proud to report that Mentor according to CNN/Money Magazine. is one of the 100 best cities to live



Whether you?

for past


or future






I have always been responsive to the residents of Ward 3, and they know they can count on me to give them help when they need it. I will always listen to you and represent your concerns on Council. I have worked with the administration to see that quality services are maintained without raising taxes. As new issues arise which challenge a growing city, I will continue to keep the best interests of Ward 3 residents in the forefront. I consider it a privilege to serve the people of Ward 3.

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