Candidate profiles: Eaton City Council




Name: Anna Horn

As a candidate for city council I would like to represent all citizens of Eaton. I want our make a great town even better. I have talked to many citizens about Eaton’s current issues and like many of us I complain about the problems I see in our town. But it’s no good complaining without acting. I think Eaton is a great place to live with a lot to offer and I will do my best to honor the past while also leading us towards a bright future.

If elected, I would be a 3rd generation member of council. My mother and grandmother both served and my grandmother was mayor. I come from a family with a strong tradition of civic participation and now I feel it is my turn to participate. I will make our resident’s my top priority. I am an independent thinker with vision and a determination to get things done.

I respectfully ask for your vote on November 7.

Name: Brad Moore

Office seeking: Eaton City Council, Re-Election

Preble County Sheriff’s Office, Road Patrol Captain

Previous Political Offices held: Eaton City Council 2013-Current/Vice Mayor 2017

Education: 1995 Graduate of National Trail H.S./2002 Graduate Sinclair Community College Police Academy

I’ve been involved in the following community activities and organizations; Safe Communities Easter Egg Drop, Preble County Expo, Bridges Bikes and Blues, Volunteer for PTO East Elementary, President Floyd E. Spitler Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #158, Volunteer for Shop with a Cop program last 9 years, Volunteer with Girl Scout Daisy Troop, Member of the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association.

I am the most qualified candidate for this position because of my experience serving the last four years as a member of the Eaton City Council, last of which as Vice Mayor, has prepared me for the challenges that lie ahead. I have learned a great deal of many things as how the city operators as well as growing as a person and working with others to accomplish many goals.

The most crucial issue facing our city is the opioid addiction (heroin). As of Oct. 20, the City of Eaton has had 84 confirmed heroin overdoses; this issue affects every household and business within this great city of ours. We need to educate the public and our youth on the dangers of addiction while providing our public safety divisions the tools to help combat this epidemic.

If elected, I would continue to be fiscally responsible as well as addressing the needs of the community.

Name: Matthew Venable

Office Seeking: Eaton City Council

Occupation: Design Engineer

Past Political Posts Held: None

Education: Eaton High School – 1990; Sinclair Community College L.A.A.S; Bluffton College

Community Involvement: Preble County Planning Commission – 8 years; Eaton Park Board – 4 years, currently serving as Chairman

Why are you the most qualified candidate for this position? I have spent 18 years in the public sector working with Preble County property owners and other public officials to assist them in solving numerous issues. I will bring that experience along with my current engineering background to the Eaton Council to allow me to serve the public once again.

What is the most crucial issue facing the office you are seeking, and how would you address it? Funding has been a crucial issue in the past few years. Too much of our tax money is leaving our community and forces the financial burden onto the local leaders which makes it harder to insure a balanced budget. We need to continue to pressure the state leader’s to bring back the percentage of local government funding that was taken away. This cut in funding affects many different issues that face communities like Eaton. If the level of funding can be restored, it could resolve many issues for the City of Eaton relating to infrastructure and public safety.

If elected, what would be your chief priorities? Public safety should always be the priority for any community. A safe community is a healthy community, so I will work with the other council members to continue supporting and improving our Eaton City Police, Fire, and EMS departments.

The infrastructure of the City of Eaton is another priority. Improving and maintaining streets, storm water drainage, sanitary, and our water supply for the safety and welfare of the citizens as well as to create opportunities for economic development should be one of the main focuses of the Eaton City Government which I intend to pursue.

Name: Gary Wagner

Office Seeking: Eaton City Council

Occupation: Self Employed – Wagner Technical Services

Past Political Posts Held: Eaton City Council, 12 years, seven years serving as Mayor

Community involvement: Present Invovement: Member of Eaton Planning and Zoning Board, Member of St. Clair Foundation, Member of L&M Products Board, Member Preble County Solids Wastes Committee

Past Involvement: President Preble County Mayors Association, Eaton Jaycees, Preble County MR/DD Board, Eaton Fire Department, Preble County Pork Festival Parade, Eaton Bicentennial Parade, Preble Youth Foundation Board, Eaton Little & SAY Soccer Coach

Why are you the most qualified candidate for this position?

I am the most qualified candidate for Eaton City Council because of my past experience in local government. I have worked in local government for 50-plus years. I have the knowledge and experience necessary to lead this City for the next four years. I have served on City Council for 12 years and Mayor of the for 7 years. I offer a common sense and opened minded approach to the issues and challenges that Eaton is facing now and into the future.

What is the most crucial issue facing the office you are seeking, and how would you address it?

What I see now and in the future is declining revenue sources at the State & Federal level. We are now seeing a decrease in local government from the state, which impact general fund operations. Maintaining and settling priorities when it comes to budgeting will be essential to ensure that the city operates within those budget constraints.

Dispatch consolidation with the county is an issue that is now being debated. This issue came up when I was mayor a few years ago. My position then and still is that the citizens of Eaton pay the same taxes as anyone in Preble County does for services. The issue here is that the city operates their own dispatch center and has for years. We do not need two dispatch centers in Preble County and in the short term two centers will become cost prohibitive. The citizens of Eaton should not be singled out and required to pay additional fees for dispatch services. As a member of council I would do all in my power to see that the citizens of Eaton receive a fair deal. We all need to remember that the City of Eaton is a part of Preble County and all parties involved in the process should be treated equally.

If elected, what would be your chief priorities?

1. Ensure that the city receives a fair deal as dispatch services are merged with the County dispatch center

2. Maintain current budget levels for scheduled public improvement projects

3. Maintain current level of excellent service to the citizens of Eaton

4. Promote economic development as opportunities present themselves

5. Ensure that our current industrial base remains solid

I look forward to the opportunity to again serve my community. Thank you for your support and remember to vote on Nov. 7.