Newark City Council - Ward 3

Newark residents will choose among two candidates to fill the 3rd ward seat for city council.
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    Jen Kanagy (Dem) Registered Nurse

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    Jeff Rath (Rep) Business to Business Sales

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Age 48
Experience President of my student nurses association. 5 years on the PTO, 3 terms as treasurer, 1 term as interim PTO President.
Family Husband John, pilot. Daughter Olivia, 12. 4 dogs, 2 cats, gecko, foster ferret, and 3 gold fish.
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I have spent my 23+ year career as a nurse listening to and advocating for my patients. I am ready to put those skills to work as the Ward 3 council representative. Ward 3 needs someone who will be responsive, engage residents, return texts, emails and phone calls, and I am that person. I believe an elected official should knock on doors year round, not just to ask for a vote. Ward 3 needs someone who will address the declining safety forces, fight to have our streets paved that badly need care. We need someone to vote for smart zoning to protect property values, and most importantly someone that will communicate with constituents. My family is new to Newark, but it feels like home to me after growing up in Lancaster, which is a similar community. We have lived in Licking County the last nearly 10 years, and love it.

I feel like I have my finger on the pulse of the ward as well as the city, and I am committed to doing a quarterly newsletter, fittingly named, Pulse of The City.
Declining security forces, lack of communication, traffic issues at River Rd/Thornwood, and street paving in the Ward. City level, lack of public transit, and affordable housing, bringing good paying jobs into the city, and fighting the drug epidemic.

When elected to council, I will work to ensure we are hiring safety forces in a timely manner, and help seek out grants and creative funding as state funding continues to decline. I will support our Chief of Police and the NARI program, which has helped over 100 citizens. I will work to connect bike trails, improve parks, streets, sidewalks and infrastructure. I will address the public transit survey from 2011, and seek out ideas to bring Green public transit to Newark. I will be mindful of smart zoning to protect property values, and address lack of affordable housing. As mentioned above, I commit to being responsive, accessible and willing to work alongside constituents to raise awareness about issues in our ward and city.
It has been amazing to meet so many of my neighbors and constituents in the last several months. I am working hard to earn votes, listen to citizens concerns, and knocking on doors every chance I get. I have spent my career serving the public, volunteering to coach, help with 4H, Girl Scouts, PTO, and after an attempted break in at our home in January and not being able to reach my councilman, this seemed like the next step for me. I am ready to step up and serve the community and tax payers of Ward 3 and the city of Newark. I vow to be a good steward of your dollars, and listen to constituents. I live and work in Ward 3 and am never more than a call, text or email away. You will always have an open line of communication if I'm elected, and I look forward to quarterly communication with my newsletter, Pulse of the City! I appreciate the chance to earn your support, and look forward to serving you and seeing you all around town.
Age 55
Education Wayne HS Wright State University B.S. Education United State Sports Academy M.S. Sports Medicine
Experience Currently serving second term as 3rd Ward Newark City Councilman. Ohio Air National Guard 1980-1987
Family Son Jason (30) Daughter-in-Law Katherine Wolfe Rath Grandson Jase (4) Daughter Erica (25) Son-in-Law Zac (26)
Religion Catholic
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I am a 29-year resident of Newark. I moved to Newark in 1988 and made a career change in 1994 to stay in Newark because I felt this was where I wanted to raise my family. I have been a member of St. Francis de Sales parish for 29 years and have been very involved with St. Francis and Newark Catholic Schools. I have served my community for the last 7+ years as the 3rd Ward Newark City Councilman. I have been involved in the Licking County Republican Party by serving as the President of the Licking County Republican Patriots Club. I have and currently serve on the Licking County Central Committee and Executive Committee.

I am vested in the community of Newark and have been heavily involved in the current growth Newark is experiencing. I know what Newark needs and how Newark should continue to grow. I want to assure other young families have the same opportunity to raise their kids in a great community like Newark as I did.
The major issues facing Newark today revolve around the budget. We have cut personnel everywhere possible, including safety forces. We, like many communities, are burdened with the Opioid epidemic and have crime issues that come with addiction. With tax revenue declining and the loss of Local Government Funding from the state we have learned how to provide the best service possible with less.

Now, we need to continue our growth sparked by our downtown renovation to increase business growth within the community. We need to assure that the Thornwood Expansion project continues in order to open access to un-developed commercial land on the west end of Newark. These things will help us increase our tax revenue. By increasing our tax revenue, we can increase the number of safety forces within the Fire and Police departments. We also need to increase our tax revenue to enable us to improve our declining infrastructure.
I have always acted with my mind and my heart while serving on Newark City Council to do what is best for the citizens of Newark, regardless of political pressure. I have always felt and acted as if everyone in Newark deserves a voice in local government and that voice should be heard. Often, I have been the citizens voice when nobody else would speak up and I have a proven track record of representing the citizens of Newark.

I have a vested interest in Newark after changing my career to make Newark my home and home for my family. I want to continue to see that Newark continues to grow and that the citizens voices are heard. Please vote for me on November 7th. If you show me your trust with your vote I promise I will do my best to continue as I have in the past.
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