B.A. Political Science Pre-Law (Ohio University)
J.D. (Capital University Law School)
Admitted to the Ohio Bar in 2012
Ohio Outreach Manager-Small Business Majority;
U.S. Senate-Constituent Services Liaison;
Ohio Senate-Legal Counsel Extern;
Columbus City Attorney's Office-Legal Extern;
Leadership UA Board of Directors
UAHS Volunteer Asst. Swim Coach
Patrick Burriss (spouse)
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In some cases, Council has improved resident engagement in decision-making. A great example is the Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Plan. This proactive approach to citizen input is essential.
I’ve been a long supporter of video streaming Council meetings and included this at the onset of my candidacy as a way to improve accessibility. I'm very pleased to see progress including best practices research for this valuable resource. Upper Arlington has taken steps with respect to transparency, but there's more work to do.
As a member of Council, I'll amend our agenda to allow speaker slips on non-agenda topics. This is a great way to allow our residents to innovate and bring new ideas to our attention, opposed to only commenting just before a planned vote.
Additionally, I'll respect criticism of my ideas. I'm a lifelong learner who enjoys critical thinking and understands disagreeing is inevitable. Welcoming my neighbors to inform my votes is something I'm excited for!
The recent rezone on Westmont Blvd. speaks directly to lacking transparency. Absent a master plan for commercial space on Lane Ave., people will continue to move nearby with the promise that their neighborhoods will remain suburban in lifestyle. We can rightfully assume a developer’s risk in purchasing additional homes is to rezone and recoup that investment and maximize profit, over time creating a more urbanized area. Ignoring the purchase of several adjacent homes is deceitful and sets a horrible precedent for nearby streets.
As a Councilmember, I would not have approved this rezone or rezoning that drastically changes suburban neighborhoods absent a community-approved master plan. I plan to better institutionalize residents' ability to weigh-in on commercial change including the implementation of neighborhood commissions. These can provide both developers and the City with valuable market research. They are the future business' best customers and should have a seat at the table.
My entire professional career has been in or intersecting with government. As a Constituent Services Liaison for the U.S. Senate, I helped Ohioans troubleshoot bureaucracy with federal agencies, while intaking opinions on issues of top importance. Prior to that, I externed with the Ohio Senate and Columbus City Attorney's office.
Currently I am an attorney working for a non-profit that helps small business owners with free education on resources to start and grow a business. I have the expertise and excitement for the next era of economic and residential development. One that will help seniors age in place, and attract the next wave of homeowners. Ensuring our infrastructure is not only up to date, but innovative.
Locally, I serve on the Leadership UA Board of Directors and as a volunteer UAHS coach. I have the passion, patience and experience needed for a community with high expectations and genuine interest in weighing-in on the future of Upper Arlington.
We are at a moment of inflection in our community. Tensions have lingered in connection to the recall. At this critical time and in this election, we are going to decide what kind of UA we want to be. I’m running for City Council to be a part of the solution and to remind my neighbors that through our growing pains, we are a welcoming, kind and caring community.
I entered this race to raise awareness about substance abuse and addiction in UA. My family was rocked by addiction. I know how traumatizing and painful this is. As of August, the UA Fire Dept. has responded to more overdoses than it did in the entirety of 2016. Similarly, narcan was administered four times as much than in the entirety of 2016. My fear was no other candidate would make this life or death issue a part of their platform. I was right.
Overcoming homelessness and poverty wasn’t easy. I’m a fighter with an open heart. I’m running because Upper Arlington residents deserve someone who will fight for them.
DePauw University (B.A. - Economics & Management); Capital University Law School (J.D. and LL.M - Taxation)
10-year business and tax attorney; CBA - Business Tax Committee, Past Chair; UA youth sports coach; UA Rotary; Various committees supporting UA schools; UA and Grandview Board of Tax Appeals; St. Agatha, parishioner; Leadership UA alumnus.
Wife (Jorie) and three children (3rd grade, 1st grade and preschool)
The root of this problem is the community’s lack of involvement earlier in the planning process. Too often major decisions are set up for a vote before our community is even aware of the issue. These last minute surprises lead to strong and vocal responses from the community. This process frustrates both council and the community and has led to a lack of civility. In order to fix the problem, we need to fix the process. The city needs to better inform our community of the major issues well in advance of a vote and find a better way for our residents to propose new ideas and initiatives to the planning process. The city has taken a step in the right direction in this regard with Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Plan. While there will always be some dissent on certain issues, fixing the process and forecasting the issues will lessen the stress and urgency of the responses and allow both council and the community to act more appropriately for the betterment of the community.
The city’s number one issue right now is balancing our community’s limited developable land and greenspaces between the type of facilities our residents expect with the income the city needs to provide the services and facilities our residents deserve. The gathering of community input for our greenspaces through the Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Plan is a step in the right direction, but the city needs to apply this same community-based planning to commercial development. The city should seek the input of the community and specifically address certain issues – such as height, density, size, setback, depth, parking requirements and design guidelines – in prime developable areas, such as the Lane Avenue corridor. This community-based development plan will give residents and the city an opportunity to work together (instead of against each other) in our city’s planning process and will create known expectations and guidelines for both residents and developers moving forward.
I offer the community the problem-solving skills I’ve acquired over the course of my legal and public career as applied to my perspective as an active resident that truly understands our community’s problems. I am a business and tax attorney at Dinsmore & Shohl helping family-owned, start-up and small businesses navigate the complex legal world. For the last 10 years, my full-time job has been to bring two sides together over divisive issues, whether it is the negotiation of a contract, the sale of a business or helping a family with succession planning. I am also actively involved in our community as a volunteer, serving as a youth sports coach, as a member of Rotary, serving on various committees supporting the schools, serving on the UA and Grandview Board of Tax Appeals, and a Leadership UA alumnus. This combination of training and involvement make me uniquely qualified to unite this community on the issues that have divided us over the last few years.
My family and I are the quintessential users of everything UA: we walk to school nearly every morning, we frequent the public library, we attend church, we go for walks and play sports in the parks and we shop at the local stores. With a large turnover on council, I saw this as my opportunity to bridge the community over the issues that my family lives on a daily basis. I will focus on fixing our aging infrastructure with a limited budget, I will hold high expectations for any development to make sure it not only provides a substantial return, but that it also fits within our neighborhood and community standards, and I will bring civility back to our community. We all chose Upper Arlington at some point in our lives as the place to live and raise our families. I am running for city council to face these hard issues and ensure that our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren have the option to choose the same great community that we once chose for ourselves.
PhD, 1984, The Ohio State University
Business owner, Chief of IT for Ohio Department of Aging, Vice President for two companies, non-profit board member, varied volunteer experience.
A very patient wife, Janie, two wonderful step sons and their families, my mother and three out-of-state siblings.
There have been too many yard-sign campaigns against city plans that were seemingly impervious to resident concern. There have also been multiple referendum campaigns against council decisions. The unfortunate event of the recall, where the vote to recall was as high as 40 percent, highlighted the communications disconnect. Unimpressed by the percent favoring recall, members of council openly deemed the vote as validation for their actions, reverting to well-worn rhetoric concerning that imaginary small group of negative people against everything. Forty percent tells another story. Council members are elected to represent resident’s interests, and that requires a type of truly hard work at communication that will never be solved by repeated, questionably valid surveys or strategic coffee talks. The task is complicated beyond the space allowed in this response, but the solution is to do that hard work of meeting people where they live and congregate. This will never be easy.
Our land-locked community faces real challenges with respect to commercial development. Developers understandably push for projects that will maximize profit and city management will be more favorably inclined towards development that maximizes tax revenue like the controversial Lane Avenue hotel project. But we are first and foremost a suburban community of neighborhoods, and the protection of our resident’s housing investment and neighborhood quality must be an overriding priority that city government must insure. For example, Westmont residents are welcoming of development, but want the right type of development that adds to their neighborhood rather than detract as they believe an extended-stay hotel would. These residents are not intent on going to the ballot, but rather hope to find a smart solution that works for the developer and the community through dialog and compromise. The only way to manage these competing interests is through dialog and real compromise.
My education, teaching experience, owning my own business, and serving as vice president for two other small businesses have provided experience in budgeting, cash flow management, personnel management as well as reinforcing the value of focusing on well-articulated goals and being able to clearly and unambiguously communicate those goals to others. Experience has consistently demonstrated that open communication, not just top down, but rather true back and forth dialog always results in better outcomes. The clinical side of my professional education highlighted the value of listening closely to people if attending to their concerns is a goal. My volunteer experiences have clarified the skills and processes necessary for pursuing goals in a cooperative rather than hierarchical operational structure. Combined with my unshakable belief in the necessity of governance that is a true reflection of resident interests, this represents why I believe I am well suited to serve my community.
The greatest challenge for our community governance will always be to ensure that the wide range of opinion within our community is pursued by all means possible and meaningfully incorporated into policy and project priorities through honest dialog and efforts at genuine compromise. It is only by doing this that any plan or policy that evolves can faithfully reflect the range of views and opinions that will exist for any topic and accordingly minimize the likelihood of community backlash over decisions made. My hope and intent for seeking a seat on our city council is to pursue smarter choices for what we build, be dedicated to maintaining what we already have built, insuring full disclosure on all planned projects as discussions begin, not after decisions have been made, and supporting smart economic development that benefits both the community and commercial interests while respecting neighborhood integrity. That’s a tall order, but a most worthy set of goals.
Master in Public Administration, The Ohio State University
B.A. Political Science, The Ohio State University
Managing Director, Public Finance for 3 private sector firms, over 35 years of public and private sector experience.
Deputy Director-Treasurer of State of Ohio
Budget Director-City of New Haven, Ct
Management Analyst-City of Houston, TX
Married 20 years, two daughters.
Recent issues of transparency has taken a toll on our citizens whereby we must to do better communicating the delivery of vital city services, including informing the public, and listening to the needs of our people. Issue 23 was one of those tax increases where information was not appropriately disseminated to the public, we must do better to communicate public policy. Referendums, yard sign campaigns arise from a disconnect from their elected officials to their constituents, I am running to ensure all our citizens have a voice to be heard at all times, inclusion, and transparency are key.
I don't believe Council has made any suitable efforts in a number of years to be transparent, as even this week we have had council members complaining about providing video recordings and making them available to the public. I will work to change the culture to make city government open and accommodating to our citizens.
Economic Development has become a constant issue within the community as to how we treat development as it relates to Upper Arlington. We must have development, however, and at the same time we must determine how this development impacts our housing stock, traffic flow, and in specific developmental impact to all the neighborhoods. Recently, the Westmont neighborhood was able to collect approximately 2700 signatures for a referendum. Elected representatives do understand the need for additional revenue, however, we must pay attention to the integrity of all our neighborhoods and seek a compromising solution first to the needs of the neighborhoods and then development. As we are a landlocked community, the ever increasing demands of delivering services the citizens desire will present challenges to the needs of revenue. We must become sensitized to developmental encroachment by making sure our neighborhoods maintain their integrity by all parties engaged.
I bring a unique skill set by having over 22 years of private sector experience working in public finance raising capital through the fixed income markets for States, Counties, Cities, School Districts, etc. by issuing tax-exempt bonds. I also have served in the past as a Municipal Advisor to the State of Ohio.
My financial public sector expertise includes working in all facets of various levels of government, from a number of years as a Deputy Director in the Ohio Treasurer of State's office to working in finance and budgeting in a number of municipalities. No other Candidate brings this level of breadth to Upper Arlington.
Early on I have been able to identify transparency issues, serious encroachment issues into the neighborhoods, divisive, polarizing yard sign campaigns, and challenging poor decision making on City Council by handily winning in 2016 the Supreme Court Case 7-0 to allow citizens to choose their representatives by election instead of annual appointments.
Honorable Discharge-U.S. Army
Adjunct Professor, The Ohio State University 2013-14, teaching graduate students public finance.
With my financial skill set I bring to UA the necessary knowledge to provide optimal service delivery to the community. Money is a finite resource and with a landlocked city with 100 year old aging infrastructure we will need elected officials that can direct, prioritize public policy needs of these limited resources to meet the future needs of our city.
Bachelor of Science, Baldwin Wallace University,
Masters Degree, Educational Administration, Kent State University
Four year member of the Upper Arlington City Council, and Upper Arlington High School principal for 17 years
Married to Katy with two sons. Brad is the owner of Takoi Restaurant in Detroit and Tim is a psychologist with the VA
Member of First Community Church
Our city has a lot more work to do in regards to transparency. The online posting, of city finances, and the Council's vote to release advice from the city attorney to Council, are positive steps, but much more needs to be done. Council is long overdue in live broadcasting its meetings. The video broadcasts can increase interest and participation by community members who can't attend meetings. I am the leader of the city beginning live broadcasts as soon as possible.
The city also needs to emulate the Columbus Foundation's "Big Table" discussions. I believe the city should encourage 40-50 discussion groups from every neighborhood of the community. The groups can begin by identifying things we have in common, such as "why did we choose to live in UA?" From these points of agreement, we can begin discussing what we want our city to look like in ten years. Common themes will emerge from these discussions, and they become our community-created transparent vision for the future.
Our city has very limited space available for commercial development, and that space needs to be developed wisely and be consistent with community standards. To accomplish these purposes, our city needs to immediately begin work on a Master Plan for Lane Ave., I select Lane Ave. for master planning because it is the area of primary interest for development in the very near future. The Plan needs to be resident-driven, with representation from every corner of the community. The finalized Lane Ave. Plan will bring transparency to developers so that they will have a clear understanding of what types of development will be supported in UA, and residents will also have a clear understanding of the types of development that might evolve. After the Lane Ave. Plan is adopted, residents can focus on master planning in other areas. The important part of my plan is that residents of Upper Arlington will make the determination for the types and magnitude of development in the future.
My 17 years as the principal of Upper Arlington High School gave me great insight into the values, culture and beliefs of our community that help make it such a special place. UA residents are well informed and very engaged, which makes it a great place to work in the public sector, but it is not always an easy place to work. However, my years at the high school gave me the experience to work with parents, teachers and students with very diverse ideas, to develop a vision in which they all took ownership. That vision became the foundation from which all major decisions were made, and in which the stakeholders took pride. The result of this type of collaborative leadership led to recognition by Columbus Monthly as the top high school in central Ohio, and recognition by US News and Newsweek as one of the top high schools in the country. My experience at UAHS will enable me to engage the community in creating a vision for our next 10 years, and to make sure UA's best years lie ahead
Upper Arlington, like all other communities, has numerous challenges ahead. To prepare ourselves to take on these challenges, we must make our first priority to bring our community together behind a community driven vision. We need to work on healing the wounds that have been caused by the divisiveness. UA can and should set the standard for other communities as far as transparency and community dialogue. The coming years should be a time of great opportunities, but they will require leadership that listens, that solicits and acts upon the input of residents, and that is cool under stress. My years as a high school principal have allowed me to develop these traits, and I am prepared to help lead this city as we kick off the beginning of our 2nd Centennial. The first 100 years were great, and together we can lay the foundation for another great 100 years, but greater transparency, increased solicitation of residents' input, and a city government that truly listens must start now.
BA English Miami Univ.
MA Public Administration John Glenn School of Public Policy and Management, The Ohio St Univ.
Over 30 years of municipal budget/finance experience for Cities of Columbus and Dublin, including operating and capital budget preparation and analysis, revenue forecasting and cost analysis; significant community involvement
Spouse Tom; son Patrick, wife Kristin, granddaughter Felicity; daughter Caroline, husband John Schoenleber
I can’t promise that I will always agree with people, but I can promise that I will listen with an open mind. Governing isn’t easy, but it’s a lot harder when people don’t talk with one another. We all care about UA, and when we care deeply about something, emotions can run strong. Dialogue is back and forth. While the current Council has taken some credible steps toward openness, it’s natural that some divisions remain. Citizens must be part of the deliberative process earlier – at conceptual stages – to ensure that ideas and concerns are heard and are considered as part of the final project that moves forward. I’m proposing that we explore ways to bring citizens deeper into the process, such as live streaming of City Council meetings. Not everyone can come to meetings, but making them available remotely will allow more citizens to see in real time exactly what occurs at a meeting.
We can grow our tax revenue by supporting responsible economic development that honors and maintains the integrity of our neighborhoods. The neighborhoods closest to UA’s commercial areas benefit from the vibrancy and walkability that result from desirable commercial development, but those residential areas must be brought into any discussions that potentially change the use of any parcel within the area. While the City has a master plan, more detailed area plans that delineate the long-term intentions for land uses in and around each of the City’s commercial areas should be developed with the input of the affected neighborhoods. These area plans should provide descriptions of the City’s intent for the area so that surrounding homeowners are fully informed as to what to expect, and developers will be aware of any potential constraints that may limit proposed uses of properties within these areas.
My job for over 30 years was to develop balanced operating and capital budgets for presentation to City Councils in the Cities of Dublin and Columbus; therefore, I am well versed in all aspects of City government ranging from police and fire protection to street repair; from snow removal to recreation and parks. Serving on UA’s City Council will allow me to use financial skills honed over those years to provide needed and valuable expertise to my own community. Along with my professional credentials, I have a lengthy history of community service ranging from the Cultural Arts Commission to the Citizens’ Financial Review Task Force. I believe we need a City Council that values our past, celebrates what we have become, and has a vision for what we can be in our second century. A third generation resident of UA, I am the only candidate who will bring a unique combination of deep community roots, extensive municipal finance experience, and community service to City Council.
Upper Arlington is my home. I grew up here, raised my children here and plan to grow old here. As your City Council representative, I will work to ensure our community’s financial stability, preserve what we do best with a vision toward what will keep us a premier community in our next century, and restore your trust in your local leaders by improving community engagement. We are first and foremost a safe place to live, work and play, and keeping our citizens safe is important to me. We have and should expect superior police and fire services. We also have a responsibility to our seniors, ensuring access to the supportive services needed to allow them to age in place with dignity. As a member of City Council I will work so that other families – like my grandparents in the 1940’s, my parents in the 1950’s, and my husband Tom and I in the 1980’s – all see UA as the best place to live through all stages of life. I am Michele Hoyle, and I ask for your vote on November 7!
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B.A. Ohio University
Jim Lynch has 25 years of public policy experience having served in senior roles with The Ohio State University, Ohio Office of Budget & Management and State of Ohio. He is a former director of the Upper Arlington Civic Association.
Jim and his wife, Kim, have two children who attend Tremont Elementary.
Parishioner, St. Agatha Catholic Church
It’s clear that a growing number of Upper Arlington residents believe Council should improve the way it communicates on important issues facing our community. With 25 years of communications and public policy experience – in senior roles with OSU and Ohio state government – I have developed skills than can help our community improve the way it interacts with and gains input from residents about key issues impacting our neighborhoods and quality of life. There is definitely room for improvement in the way city leaders communicate with their constituents about projects and policies impacting our neighborhoods. I want to help solve that problem.
City Council needs to pursue responsible and sustainable economic development opportunities that align with the spirit of our community. As a landlocked city, we must make smarter decisions about our economic development opportunities. We must choose wisely to generate needed revenues that are essential to our ability to hold down taxes while at the same time preserving the high quality of life and strong community values that have made this city exceptional.
I believe I can add significant value to City Council with my life-long knowledge of Upper Arlington, its people, traditions and values. I want to use my 25 years of public service communications experience to help UA improve the ways it speaks – and listens – to residents about key issues impacting our neighborhoods and quality of life.
I’ve lived here all my life, so I know. And now my wife, Kim, and I are raising our two children here. And, with my parents, my sister and her family living here as well, I have a full appreciation of life in Upper Arlington and the ways our City Council’s decisions can affect the way of life for all our citizens.
Naturally, I would want everyone to cast their vote for me. But much more important, I want them to vote – period. Elections like this are an essential way for citizens to make their voices heard on decisions that will impact the quality of life and economic opportunities we – and future generations – will enjoy here. Every vote matters!
BSME The Ohio State University
MS Applied Mechanics, U. Cincinnati
MBA Xavier University (Cincinnati)
42 years of work experience - US Navy, General Electric, US Dept. of State, The Ohio State University.
Empty Nester: Andrea, Brandon, Dylan
After the failed recall, the response from the council members was not a humble and apologetic one of, “Thanks and we’ll do better,” instead it was a, “Hey look, I defeated the recall by a 20% margin (albeit with donor sponsorship of $30,000).” There have been no substantial changes in council procedures and practices that I can see. Closed executive sessions continue, and quick meetings, with limited public debate, are the norm. Proposed changes:
1. Council meetings are held in a what can only be viewed as a court room. Members sit on a dais and allow only limited debate, where the public must fill out a card and be invited to speak. This is meant to intimidate and is insulting. It’s time to have a open, round table type venue with unlimited open floor debate prior to each issue. Major feedback should be a signal for a vote delay and additional study.
2. Live streaming of meetings with Skype access for those that can't physically attend.
3. Limit executive sessions.
The city touts their 'Masterplan' and the zoning board as champions of the taxpaying residents, but in reality there are three economic/political zones in Upper Arlington, The 'Masterplan' apparently applies to the zones south of Lane and mostly north of Fishinger, but between Lane and Fishinger the 'Masterplan' morphs into a much more convenient and fluid plan. Can you imagine a possible nine story hotel being allowed in the Old Arlington Mall located south of Lane? Well that would be absurd, but north of Lane such a building apparently is not a problem. Upper Arlington is an old suburb and not an economic development zone. The litmus test must be, “Would this be allowed in Old Arlington?” Zoning board positions must be selected from all areas of Arlington.
I’m certainly not the best qualified for this position; a retired city manager would probably be the best bet. That said, I am a retired professional engineer, and a champion of infrastructure upgrade (your recent .5% tax increase). My motto would be '100 year old pipes replaced first, pretty park upgrades last.’ I will religiously review construction contracts and check priorities in keeping with said motto. I am also a populist that believes in the power of local government and I will promise to sit into the wee hours of the morning to listen as each and every concerned citizen speaks their piece, and I will attempt to make sure issues are delayed and modified until maximum consensus is reached.
Most people believe money has destroyed politics. In the past, council candidates have spent well over $15,000 in campaign funds. The local level is where we can start reforming the money game. To date I have spent $380 on my campaign (https://toms4ua.entrydns.org), and if elected I would propose a local city limit on campaign spending. Limits, possibly even city reimbursed, would hopefully allow a more diverse set of people to run for office on a much more level playing field. Also, as an elected public servant, I pledge to give 100% of whatever salary I would make, to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Serving and giving does not end at geographic boundaries.