TIM QUINN RUNNING FOR MAYOR
Tim Quinn spent a better part of the afternoon today meeting people and dishing out Root Beer at Dog N Suds on North Ridge Road in Elyria Township. Along with the Root Beer Quinn was also dishing out his plans for changes he would like to make in the city of Elyria if he is elected Mayor.
Quinn is running as an independent candidate in the upcoming General Election for Mayor of Elyria against incumbent Mayor Bill Grace. Quinn said that Grace has lost site of what is important to the city and that his main issue will be jobs. “I believe we have one of the best work forces, I get to talk to a lot of people and I think we have one of the best available work forces in the United States but we have to put them to work. When Invacare left it bothered me and has for 4 years, that announcement has brought me to this point. It was kind of coincidental that they waited until the day after the primary last time against Deery to announce that the Invacare work force is leaving and heading to China. I think there are things out there that haven’t been tried; I don’t think we have advertised Elyria enough, if any. I’m embarrassed as a citizen, to pick up the paper last week and see that Amherst landed a company with 500 Tech jobs. I’m embarrassed, we have one of the greatest Community Colleges right here in Elyria and we didn’t get that company.”
Quinn spoke about how the current administration seems to have ignored a great asset in our community, the small businesses. “All you have to do is drive a little south of here to Wellington and take a look at their downtown, all of the upper floors are occupied, and the street level store fronts are not only occupied but looking good and I wonder why our downtown, our main street isn’t looking that good?"
Quinn has an extensive background in construction and running a large construction company, in fact he is called many times as an expert witness for trials to discuss his field. Quinn feels that with Jobs creation being the number one issue his background will be a huge benefit to the city. Quinn is reluctant to announce specific plans right now saying that he will lay them all out one week before the election. “I am not going to lay out my plan now so people can take my ideas, but I have definite ideas; which are simple.”
When discussing the issue of Safety Forces in the city and the current administration suggesting that a Fire Station might have to be shut down, Quinn said that this is an issue that he is certain to look into. “You’re dealing with lives here, not political tools. I see the Fire Department is already ahead of their projected overtime, but in my position now I can only get so many answers, will I delve into it, absolutely.”
Quinn says his status as an Independent is also a plus to the community. “The major thing the people of Elyria are getting with Tim Quinn is an independent. Nobody in a party will say, keep your mouth shut if you value your political future. That is what the people will get in me. I’m trying to bring integrity to the Mayor to a point where it is not a political party that governs what they do, it’s the Mayor and the people and if I can do that, then I have done my job.”
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Note: TMC NEWS was invited to meet Mr. Quinn today at Dog N Suds to discuss the issues that he believes are important for the future of our city. We welcome an invite from Mayor Grace and would be happy to sit with him to discuss the issues as well. If that happens we will bring it to you.