This November we will have two open seats for Clinton Township Trustees. There are three candidates. Aliena Sword, Wayne Newman & Carl Reardon. All three received the same questions. Their responses are posted in full, as received. The UVCA does not endorse any candidate.
UNIVERSITY VIEW CIVIC ASSOCIATION (UVCA): What is your connection to the township?
WAYNE NEWMAN (WN): My grandparents bought the house I currently live in back in 1957 so I basically grew up in University View. I remember spending many a football Saturday raking leaves under the giant oak tree in the front yard with my brother while the game played on the radio, or playing in the creek in front of the house. I lived in the apartments off Chambers Rd while going to OSU and moved into my house in 1998. We remodeled extensively in 2006.
UVCA: What experience (personal or professional) do you possess that would be of benefit to the community? Education?
WN: I graduated from Franklin University with BS Marketing and AS Business Management. Currently, I am the Controller at the DoubleTree Suites & Capital Club Columbus Downtown. I have 15 years accounting experience. Current professional responsibilities include: President of Hospitality Finance & Technology Professionals – Ohio Valley Chapter; Treasurer of the University View Civic Association; Clinton Township Budget Committee; Clinton West Land Use Committee; Firehouse Station 62 Feasibility Committee and I have spearheaded the Chambers Road Park cleanup for the last 5 years. I also make it a point to attend township meetings on both East and West sides to be current with issues facing the entire township.
UVCA: Describe what you believe is the greatest challenge for the township?
WN: There are a few challenges for the township as I see it: 1) Revitalization of Cleveland Avenue. 2) Home ownership on both sides of the township with fewer rental properties. 3) Better use of JEDZ and CEDA monies to encourage economic development.
UVCA: What would be your top 1-2 priorities while in office and how would you finance them?
WN: Encourage development along the commercial corridor of Cleveland Ave by making the township business friendly for developers via incentives for redevelopment. Additionally, encourage current home owners to invest in property updates. We do that by making the township more attractive to homeowners by developing an identity for Clinton Township that promotes our great services, location, and people. I think Clinton Township is a great place to live and if elected will do my best to represent my fellow residents by making it even better!