Pataskala City Council - Ward 3

Pataskala residents will choose among two candidates to fill one seats for ward 3 on city council.
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    C. Bernard Brush Attorney/Farmer

  • Michael Powell Warehouse

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Campaign Phone (740) 927-2219
Religion Christian
Experience 26 years of serving local government on Lima Township Zoning Commission and member of Pataskala City Council
Family Married to Vicki for 38 years, 2 adult children
Education Williams College B.A. Capital University Law School J. D.
42 years experience as solo practitioner representing clients in civil matters before Municipal, Common Pleas, Appellate and Supreme Courts of Ohio. 10 years of service as Chairman of Lima Township Zoning Commission and 16 years serving as a member of Pataskala City Council. Organized and led petition to merge Lima Township with Village of Pataskala in 1995. Served on Charter Review Commission and Council committees for Agriculture, Utilities and Development. 36 years residing on a farm in Pataskala raising my family and attending church.
Maintaining small town/ rural heritage that attracts families to move here and raise their children in a safe and friendly environment and promoting y local businesses to provide services to benefit the community. Provide an orderly administration for dependable police protection and enforcement, maintain and improve roadways for efficient transportation, and improve and maintain quality utility services for water and sewer that are fiscally responsible and do not overburden the taxpayers. We can live within our means and provide opportunities for the next generation to build upon the efforts, values and traditions that others have sacrificed to make our community a great place to live.
I greatly appreciate your past confidence and support received from this community since moving here in 1981 and ask for your continued trust to represent your interests as 3rd Ward Council member.
Age 31
Religion Christ follower
Experience 1 year on Pataskala Planning and Zoning Commission In my first year on Pataskala City Council
Family Married 10 years to my wife Ashlee I have two children. Caleb is 7 and Emma is 5.
Education 2005 graduate of Watkins Memorial HS
Being a longtime resident who grew up in Pataskala, a millennial, and as someone raising a young family, I uniquely understand the needs of our residents. I can honestly and effectively represent those whose who want to see our city retain the small agricultural feel they grew up with. As someone who grew up in Pataskala, I too want our city to maintain the small town charm that has endeared it to so many. Also, we have many young families and young professionals who have chosen to make Pataskala their home. I have heard from many of these residents who want to see Pataskala grow and thrive economically by attracting businesses and restaurants which now require no less than a 15 minute drive. I too want to see such growth. I am the candidate that better understands the needs and wants of our residents.
The biggest issue facing Pataskala right now is growth. We are one of the fastest growing cities in Central Ohio. The questions now become: How do we grow? Where do we grow? I've already had to face these questions in my time in City government. As a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, I voted to approve a major residential and commercial development at 310 and Refugee Rd. While on City Council, I've had to deny a rezoning application because I felt a rezoning would be too much of a burden on the adjacent residential development and area traffic. I've also voted to approve allowing medical marijuana cultivation facilities in Pataskala, but only after we had established strict regulations for it first. Not every decision is clear and easy, but I'll continue to make my decisions based on what I believe is best for our residents.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time being your representative to City Council. I would be honored if you chose me to continue to represent you. It's important that we keep an eye on the future while continuing to honor our past. We can't accomplish that with recycled ideas and politicians. I hope I can count on your vote November 7th! Thank you!
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