After 11 years on Marietta City Council, Tom Vukovic, D-4th Ward, says he still enjoys the job.
"I feel comfortable with the position, and want to continue to serve the public - that's what I'm there for," he said.
During his years on council Vukovic said he's developed a lot of relationships within city government as well as throughout the community that he can draw on to assist constituents when problems arise.
"You don't become an effective councilman that can solve problems in just one or two terms," he said. "I listen and really try to help people when they come to me with an issue. When I get a call or complaint I visit the neighborhood and check it out, and I know who to go to for a solution.
"If an issue isn't addressed, I have no problem bringing it up during a council meeting," Vukovic said. "As a councilman you have to ask tough questions, and people must be held accountable."
He said some of his accomplishments include working with the city administration and Historic Harmar Bridge Company to reopen the railroad bridge and pedestrian walkway after it was closed for safety concerns last year; helping initiate a Gas Choice Program allowing residents to lower natural gas bills; and giving customers the option to pay water bills with credit cards.
Office sought: Incumbent 4th Ward Councilman
Address: 115 Flintwood Drive, Marietta
Occupation: Retired teacher
Family: Married to Anna Vukovic; two sons, four grandchildren
Contact:e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 373-2047
Glenn McCabe Jr.
Office sought: 4th Ward Councilman
Address: 106 Lincoln Circle, Marietta
Occupation: Self-employed contractor
Family: Married to Jan McCabe
Issues Vukovic wants to continue to address include establishment of a noise ordinance and signage governing trucks using compression brakes within the city limits; sidewalk improvements in 4th Ward; and more in-sourcing of work on city projects.
Also making a bid for the 4th Ward council seat is Republican Glenn McCabe
"My family goes back to the 1800s in Marietta," McCabe said. "And for some time I've wanted to get involved on council - to help keep this community prosperous.
"I try to focus on positives when dealing with issues, while my opponent tends to look at the negatives and small problems that can be worked out," he said. "Negativity doesn't bring progress, and can cause delays to solving problems."
A small businessman, McCabe said he understands some of the hurdles local businesses face in getting established or remaining viable within the community.
"We need to attract more small business and not overburden those now existing here with regulations because these businesses are the ones that provide jobs in the Marietta area," he said. "And I would like to see some tax relief for small businesses that create jobs."
In addition, McCabe supports finding ways to assist homeowners and landlords in maintaining their homes and properties.
"I'd like to see some new plans to relieve the distressed housing problem instead of just tearing all of those homes down," he said.
Other issues McCabe would like to consider if elected include improvement of sidewalks in the 4th Ward with more Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps, and more equal treatment between districts on the west and east sides of the Muskingum.
"If elected I will work hard every day to make people proud of this city they live in," he said. "We need to look at our future in a more positive way. Together we can make a difference."