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Results of Mayoral Primary Candidate Questionnaire

Below are the responses to our Mayoral Candidate survey for the September 8, 2015 Primary Election. Each candidate was sent the survey electronically and given a reminder phone call 2 days before the questionnaire deadline*.

MHN: Please rate these 5 city services in order of importance with 1 being most important and 5 being least important.

Blackwell Brownlee Grossmyer Mitchell Rives
Recreation (Youth) Did Not Respond 4 Did Not Respond Did Not Respond Did Not Respond
Safety Services (Police & Fire) 1
Road Maintenance 2
Senior Services 5
Building Code Enforcement 3

MHN: The current administration’s level of transparency is: Excellent, Good, Fair, or Poor?

Blackwell: Did not respond.
Brownlee: Poor
Grossmyer: Did not respond.
Mitchell: Did not respond.
Rives: Did not respond.


MHN: Agree or Disagree: People’s OPINION of our schools is directly related to the desirability of our community.

Blackwell: Did not respond
Brownlee: Agree
Grossmyer: Did not respond
Mitchell: Did not respond
Rives: Did not respond


MHN: Agree or Disagree: It is better to rehab a structurally sound vacant home than to tear it down. Please briefly explain your stance.

Blackwell: Did not respond. 
Brownlee: Agree. Most of our lots are too small to facilitate new construction. Furthermore, new construction is too costly to be justifiable in the current housing market. Finally, tearing down a home leaves a hole in that neighborhood that is hard to mask. On the other hand, rehabbing a structurally sound home is being done all the time in Maple, even in the face of a hostile city government. Contractors are looking for an invitation to invest in Maple, but often find the door slammed in their faces. This is why we must act quickly to change the way our building department works so that we open the doors for honest investment in Maple Heights. 
Grossmyer: Did not respond. 
Mitchell: Did not respond.
Rives: Did not respond.

MHN: Do you support or oppose the “Senior Center” tax levy? Please briefly explain your stance.

Blackwell: Did not respond
Brownlee: Oppose. While the senior center provides a wonderful service to those who use it, we have other overwhelmingly immediate needs in our city. These other needs will benefit everyone in the Maple Heights, including the seniors. Our roads are not being repaired. Our parks are not being maintained. Our building department has been stripped of necessary manpower. These needs must be met first with the scarce tax dollars we have available. The senior center is a wonderful program, but other needs are more pressing, and benefit everyone – including seniors.
Grossmyer: Did not respond
Mitchell: Did not respond
Rives: Did not respond

MHN: Do you Support or Oppose the proposed* Charter Amendment to Article XXII of the Maple Heights Charter which removes the requirement that the police officer “personally issues the ticket to the alleged violator at the time and location of the violation”. *Please note this will be on 3rd reading at the September 3rd City Council meeting.

Blackwell: Did not respond
Brownlee: Oppose. Please briefly explain your stance.In November 2014, we spoke clearly as community that we do not want traffic cameras. We still believe that. This new amendment is a nefarious device intended to confuse voters in an effort to reinstate the traffic cameras. If city officials want to ask again for traffic cameras, they are free to do so. However, I suggest that proving city hall is trustworthy is a more useful endeavor. This city needs trust in its officials – and belief in itself – more than traffic cameras.
Grossmyer: Did not respond
Mitchell: Did not respond
Rives: Did not respond
Video of the Maple Heights’ Democratic Club’s Mayoral Forum is also available. Candidates were given 10 minutes to talk about themselves and their plan, followed by a Q&A time.
*Candidates were contacted via contact information obtained from the Board of Elections.

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4 Responses to Results of Mayoral Primary Candidate Questionnaire

  1. Stop Hypocrisy September 3, 2015 at 9:23 am #

    I’ve got another question for the survey – – Is it morally acceptable to pimp your kids on your campaign robo-calls?
    Response – No – its creepy and discgusting

    • Bill Brownlee September 4, 2015 at 10:15 am #

      Anonymous person, I am sorry that my children’s joy in helping their father offends you. But we will continue to have lots of fun!

  2. Stop Hypocrisy - an informed voter September 8, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    Your phony, insincere apology means nothing. Exploiting children for political gain is shameful. Let them have fun being normal kids, not tiny campaign workers.

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