Delaware City Council - Ward 3

Half a year after Delaware City Council appointed a successor for longtime Councilman Joe DiGenova, the residents of the city’s 3rd Ward will choose their own representative.Council on May 15 voted 4-2 to select Jim Browning as the ward’s councilman until the Nov. 7 general election. The seat opened in March when DiGenova -- then the city’s longest-serving councilman -- died after a battle with pancreatic cancer.Browning, 49, is seeking the opportunity to serve the remainder of DiGenova’s term, which runs through November 2019. He will face Ben Kelly, 34, George Mantzoros, 54, and George McNab, 33, all of whom sought appointment to the seat in the spring.Read more:Four 3rd Ward residents target single council seat
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Do you agree with the city's use of tax incentives to encourage businesses to move into or improve downtown spaces?

Should easing congestion at the Point intersection be a high priority for city leaders?

Do you think Delaware should take advantage of the state DORA law that would allow people to drink alcohol outdoors in certain parts of downtown at certain times?

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Age 49
Education BA, Ohio State University
Experience Financial Advisor with the same firm for 18 years and active community member serving on my neighborhood board association, volunteering in local schools and co-chairing a levy campaign for the City of Delaware.
Family Jayna, my lovely wife of 14 years and two sons: Ian (13) and Liam (10). I am a lucky man!
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Yes, but they should be used within reason. A vibrant downtown and business community benefits us all and I believe the City should responsibly partner with them. There is a combination of business incentives and return to the community that we have to have as our goal. And the math has to reasonably work for both sides.
Yes. It is the only major entry point to the City on the east side of town, it is a bottleneck and ultimately is restricting development west of The Point. Our City, and County, have outgrown its capacity and it needs an overhaul. Our City Staff have successfully applied for over $17 million in grant money to give us a huge step towards the $25 million project that will be a difference maker for those who drive on State Routes 36 and 37 in and out of Delaware every day.
Yes, I think we should try it for specific events for 2-3 years and then evaluate its effects. The idea is the DORA will improve the downtown experience for those events. After 2-3 years, if it's impact is neutral to negative, I'd favor eliminating it.
As your Councilman, my primary objectives on Council are to: 1. Improve communication with residents. 2. Improve our infrastructure: roads and water security/stability and 3. Improve City operations and efficiencies. I am proud to be a resident of Delaware, I enjoy being your representative on City Council and I ask for your support. Thank you, Jim Browning
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Age 54
Education BA Wittenberg University MBA Durham University, Durham England
Experience City of Delaware Planning Commissioner since February 2013. Currently the Vice-Chairman of the Planning Commission.
Religion Greek Orthodox
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Yes, by its definition, “incentive” is a payment or concession to stimulate greater output or investment. Being able to offer tax incentives’ affords the city to more successfully negotiate the ability to secure new industrial development while competing against other municipalities. I’m in favor of using tax incentives as long as the school district continues to receive its portion of tax revenue. The city has an amazing industrial park area located on the west side of town adjacent to the airport with tremendous investment opportunities for new industries. With the new Sawmill Parkway extension connecting State Route 42, the city and its developers are committed to providing new opportunities to better compete for investment dollars.
Yes, the city’s population has been constantly growing year after year and the congestion occurring at this choke point is only getting worse. The need to remove this ‘choke point’ to provide greater ease of traffic flow to and from Interstate 71 and through Delaware is a paramount priority. This project will require a massive financial commitment. Collaborating with the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission, the State of Ohio, the county and securing federal dollars, the city of Delaware will be able to solve this congestion problem within the next several years. The city has already secured 80% of the necessary funds.
Yes. I’m in favor of DORA. Our city is only becoming more mature. What I mean is we are no longer a village/town but becoming a city. Census projections show we will have a population of more than 40,000 residents by 2020. Delaware has become a destination location with the many amenities it already offers. The city along with Main Street Delaware offers many festivals and monthly celebrations in downtown throughout the year. I’m in favor of supporting some of these celebrations and allow for alcoholic consumption in designated areas. However, any considerations for alcoholic consumption must be coordinated with our first responders.
I am currently the vice-chairman of the city planning commission. I’ve been a planning commissioner with the city of Delaware since February 2013. During this time, I have reviewed and supported several major development projects. These include, the growth of industrial projects around Pittsburgh drive and state route 42 area, the new Speedway convenience center on the north end of town, continued residential development on both the west side and the south side of the city and the new mixed use property between state route 23 and Stratford Rd. I will commit to support and strive to promote continued and sustainable growth like this throughout the city of Delaware. I commit to work diligently and ethically for the residents of the 3rd Ward and for all the citizens of Delaware.
Age 33
Education BA, Ohio State University Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Ohio DAS MBA, Ohio Dominican (in progress)
Experience I have 10 years of experience as a government relations manager with the State of Ohio. During that time, I have worked both in the Ohio Legislature and in an executive cabinet agency.
Family I live with my wife, Emily Douglas-McNab, son, Elliot, and our two rescue dogs, Frazier and Kitt in Delaware City.
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There are many local and state incentives that government agencies can offer with the purpose of enticing new organizations into a city. Cities in Ohio have seen great results when it comes to utilizing tax incentives. Only a month ago, Facebook announced their plans to build a $750M data center in New Albany. Shortly after this announcement Amazon shared that they are attempting to find a location for a second headquarters building in North America. Just imagine what this kind of organization could do for jobs and revenues in Delaware!

While some will tell you that all economic development is ‘good,’ I believe we need to be focused on smart economic development that will help the city meet strategic goals. I view tax incentives as one tool in the economic development toolbox. Other options could be grants, loans, or non-financial incentives. I believe that council could look at other ways to spur economic development throughout the city and downtown in addition to tax incentives.
The Point intersection is where Central Avenue and William Street meet just east of downtown. In speaking with residents, easing congestion at the Point would raise the quality of life for many. The city desires to “establish four-lane capacity below a new railway structure.”

Finances are an important part of any decision. During the 2016 General Election, the city proposed a permanent income tax increase to fund road improvements. This levy was defeated by a 60-40 percent margin. While voters indicated that they do not desire to pay higher taxes, infrastructure needs in a growing city do not go away. In my opinion, the city needs to review the list of proposed improvement projects and prioritize projects that will maximize resident safety as well as economic development. Projects should then be selected based on priority and cost, considering what will fit within the city’s current budget. While working within the current budget may be difficult, I believe it can be done.
In September, Time MONEY magazine released their Top 100 places to live in America. They selected “spots that offer a healthy economy, affordable homes, and a high quality of life.” The City of Delaware came in at number 71!

I believe that if the city desires to continue to be recognized as a great place to live, we must be able to preserve our history and ensure safety, while being open to new ideas. For this reason, I believe the city should pursue a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) limited to permitted, special events. Events requesting a permit should be shared in a public hearing to gather citizen feedback. All events should be held in collaboration with Downtown businesses. Most importantly, event organizers should be required to work with city public safety services to prepare operations and personnel plans. Finally, DORA events should be reviewed annually to gauge the effectiveness of planning, satisfaction of downtown businesses and citizens, and budget impacts.
I would like to be your voice on council. I have 10 years of experience representing constituent concerns at a State-level as well as managing the relationships between businesses and government. I am also trained in process improvement and currently working to complete a master’s degree in Business Administration. My experience and training allow me to bring a unique perspective to government operations.

Regardless of political beliefs, voicing your opinion through voting is important. According to the Ohio Secretary of State, in the past 10 years, voter turnout for General Elections (that are non-Presidential Elections) ranges from 26.97 – 49.22 percent. This means that fewer than half of registered voters are likely to cast their vote on November 7, 2017. Voting is a RIGHT that American citizens should not take for granted!

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