Candidate Rich Cline said his experience in Tiffin City Council makes him the best selection for council president.
Cline has been the 4th Ward representative for six years. During that time, he has been chairman of several committees, including his current position as head of the Streets, Sidewalks and Sewers committee.
He also has served as marketing director at an assisted living home and marketing director for a pet food distributor. He currently is purchasing director at Laminate Technologies Inc.
He said he would bring his experience on Tiffin City Council to the role of council president.
"(It) is of tantamount importance," he said. "It's important for a council president to know the ins and outs of how council works, and how city government works, so that he can best guide the discussions."
He also said he is good at building relationships and finding commonalities between people.
"That is a huge part of what council president does," he said. "He builds consensus to try to move the city forward on legislative items."
He said that if elected, he would like to focus on continuing economic development.
"I feel that the city council we have now is very economic development-minded," he said. "We're certainly always looking for new ways and ideas to promote economic development, to promote job creation, to promote downtown revitalization."
Cline also wants additional capital improvements such as street repairs, improvements to the parks system and maintaining the safety services.
"Tiffin being a safe community is what sets Tiffin apart from other communities in northwest Ohio. It's a great place to live and a great place to raise a family," he said. "We just can't lose sight of that. We can't lose sight of the fact that our police department is one of the major preservers of the community that we have."
He also said that due to the state taking away local government funding, he wanted to use the $2 million budget carry-over responsibly.
"We're not going to be able to maintain a carry-over for very many years," he said.
Cline said projects such as improving the city's infrastructure would not create a long-term expenditure for the city and would be good use of the carry-over.
"Just because we have money now doesn't mean we're going to have money down the road," he said. "I would be very cautious about adding any new positions. I think we've done a tremendous job of maintaining adequate service levels while decreasing staffing over the past five years."
Cline said this race is different for him than elections in the past because he has never run citywide.
"It's definitely exposing me to voters across the city, which has been tremendous so far," he said. "I've had a lot of great feedback in talking with voters."