Mary M. Ebner candidate for University Heights City Council, two-year unexpired term
MARY M. EBNER
University Heights Age: 56
Education: Beaumont School, Cleveland Heights, OH;The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education.
Qualifications: University Heights resident for 28 years; Member of University Heights recreation advisory committee, parade committee, and park advisory committee.
QUESTIONS AND RESPONSES:
1. Unique qualities: I want to serve on University Heights Council because I want to be a voice for the community that I have lived, worked, volunteered and raised my family in for 28 years. I have served on many committees in the city and want to expand my service by joining Council. As a teacher, I believe I will bring the patience, listening and diligence required in recognizing, developing and implementing solutions to help bring productivity to Council.
2. Top issues: The first issue/opportunity I see facing University Heights falls within the business sector. Council needs to encourage current business owners to remain here while incentivizing new businesses to make University Heights their home. Another opportunity facing University Heights is advancement in its recreation offerings. As a member of council, I will explore more recreation opportunities for our citizens.
3. Community concerns: I will address community concerns related to safety and property by being accessible to residents. Further, I will continue to be proactive in seeking out feedback from our residents, business owners, and city employees to best identify relevant issues in the community.
4. Financial issues: With an existing surplus in the University Heights budget, Council must be prudent with all expenditures in light of Ohio’s budget flux and possible federal budget cuts. Council should remain transparent with all residents and encourage open discussion about financial issues impacting them. Further, Council should seek to allot appropriate funding for city services to help improve residents' quality of life.
5. UH schools: Having worked and taught in both public and private schools since 1983 I know that education is invaluable. Regardless of what school setting a family chooses for its children, any school located in University Heights must provide the best education for its students. If elected, I believe my more than thirty years’ experience will add a unique and relevant perspective to Council as it relates to education.
League of Women Voters
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