PARMA, Ohio — Election season in Parma begins subsequent month with a Could 4 Ward 7 main between Republican candidate newcomers Danielle Downs and Alison Giraldo.
The winner will face the newly-named Ward 7 Councilwoman Kamile L. Shuman, who earlier this 12 months was appointed to fill the seat vacated after Brian Brochetti’s resignation, within the Nov. 2 election.
For Parma native Danielle Downs, the choice to run for public workplace stems from searching for optimistic change in Ward 7.
“We have to put the neighbor again in neighborhood,” mentioned Downs, 37, who served within the Air Drive. “I’ve lived in my present residence in Ward 7 for nearly 12 years now. I’ve watched our councilman deflect reasonably than assist.
“No matter one’s place, we’re all neighbors. After continually seeing how issues have been going, I made a decision that it was time for change.”
In Downs’ opinion, one of many largest points going through Parma is regardless of growing taxes the dearth of a rec middle, which finally ends up resulting in residents supporting companies exterior of the town. She additionally mentioned roads — particularly aspect streets — want repaired and flooding points solved.
“One other subject I see is all of the vacant business properties that we’ve got,” mentioned Downs, who works in human assets. “We have to entice companies to come back right here, which might carry extra income to our metropolis. Extra income creates so many extra alternatives for our metropolis that I really feel are presently being missed.”
Regardless of her lack of political expertise, Downs mentioned, “I by no means ran for political workplace earlier than however neither did Trump.”
As for Giraldo, a Youngstown space native who moved to Parma two years in the past, the choice to run for workplace got here shortly after Councilman Brochetti’s resignation.
“Parma is price preserving,” mentioned Giraldo, 37, who beforehand ran for Parma Metropolis Faculty District Board of Schooling. “With top-notch security companies, parks, outlets and nice neighbors, I’m centered on preserving the very best of our metropolis whereas enhancing on the fundamental infrastructure with ingenuity, grant discovering and monetary duty.
“As a full-time realtor and energetic neighborhood member concerned with college actions, I’ve had the chance to satisfy and work with a lot of my Ward 7 neighbors.”
By these discussions, Giraldo mentioned she’s discovered matters of concern contain flooding points and unfinished initiatives from electrical and cable suppliers.
“With nearly all of the neighborhood expressing issues with utility suppliers, metropolis leaders should take steps to make sure that our residents are safeguarded from exploitation from these companies,” Giraldo mentioned. “I’ll take these steps.”
Starting in 2022, the annual wage for a part-time Parma Metropolis Council consultant is $22,443. Additionally, the town council president will earn $24,581.
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