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Holly Stacy, candidate for commissioner

February 6, 2012
By Nick Dutro - Staff Writer ( , The Advertiser-Tribune

Holly Stacy said if elected commissioner she hopes to focus on fiscal responsibility and creating an environment for economic development and job growth.

With limited resources and budget uncertainty moving forward, Stacy plans to focus on the budget, and looking at what the county can do without if necessary.

"I think if there is a positive that has come out of this down-turned economy, we've all learned that we can live with less, we can live within our means, and when we're forced to do it, we can," she said. "Businesses have learned to live more lean, more efficient, so they can remain effective. It may not be the way they prefer to do business, but they have

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found out they can survive."

While she does not have ideas on areas that need to be trimmed at this time, she expects to make it a priority to focus on the budget, especially as cuts to funding from the state continue in the immediate future.

Since 2003, Stacy has been the president and CEO of the Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce, which she said gives her good background of working in the private sector, and with developing a "business-friendly" environment.

"It's just having a good understanding of what they go through as business owners," she said. "It's not government's job to create jobs. We need to have a business friendly atmosphere in Seneca County, to help these businesses expand, locate here. Whether that has to do with the infrastructure needs, or other types of things such as the workforce needs."

She said she plans to leave her position to focus on the county full time if elected.

Stacy also has served on the Old Fort School Board and has worked with the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority.

"Seneca County is home," she said. "It has been for the 24 years that I have lived here, and I forsee it to being for a long time into the future. I just want to make a difference, and I feel that I have some skills, experience to contribute, and would like to be part of that. My family values are strong, and would like my children to finish college and someday make this home, to have a job or raise a family."



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