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City Council Candidates Hold Forum at Mount Union

October 21, 2009

Alliance City Council held a candidate forum at Mount Union on Tuesday, October 20 at 7 p.m. in the Mount Union Theatre.

Sponsored by the institution’s Department of Political Science, the forum allowed the seven candidates running for Alliance City Council at-large to express their ideas and views on a variety of issues and topics on both local and national levels. Topics included water, environment, labor relations, energy, tax dollars, government spending, local jobs, crime and business development issues.

During the forum, candidates had the opportunity to make an opening statement, answer pre-selected questions and take questions from the audience.

Candidates included Alan Andreani, Don Brady, Sarah Morris Brown, Carolyn Crites, Larry Dordea, Steve Okey and Sue Ryan.

Andreani is a retired superintendent of Marlington Schools and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Mount Union in the Department of Education.  

Brady worked at the highest levels of the military in administrative and leadership positions. He taught classes as the Noncommissioned Officers Academy (NCO) and served two tours at the Pentagon.

Brown is a former City Councilman and Board of Education member. According to Brown, people are uneasy and angry because revenue to the city of Alliance is decreasing.

“I am ready to restore confidence and rebuild trust,” said Brown. “I know how to restore the budget.”

Crites retired from the Alliance Post Office and has many affiliations such as The League of Women Voters, YWCA and the NAACP. She also serves as the president of the Alliance Area Democratic Club.

Dordea retired as Alliance Chief of Police after serving for nine years, and he also served as a police officer for 30 years. He is affiliated with the Stark County Police Chief’s Association, FBI National Academy Association, Fraternal Order of Police, among many others.

Okey spent 22 years as an attorney and is a current City Councilman.

“I believe in the future of this city,” said Okey. “We need to jump start a local economy, improve our appearance of the city and its businesses and we need an annual job summit.”

Lastly, Ryan is a former teacher and elementary school principal. She is a current City Councilman. Ryan is the 2009 Democrat of the Year recipient.

Only three seats are available on council and the new members will be determined during the November 3 election.

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