The Tyler Star News mailed questions to all political candidates in Paden City's Municipal Election to be held Thursday, June 5. Their responses are being printed in alphabetical order.
Joel Davis III is running unopposed to represent the Second Ward on city council.
While we will, of course, print the election results in next week's newspaper, you will also be able to find the results on our website, www.tylerstarnews.com, and via our Facebook the night of the election.
Joel Davis III
Davis was born and raised in Fremont, Ohio. His parents, Joel Davis II and Sharon Davis, were teachers in the Fremont City School system.
Joel graduated third in his class in 1992 from Temple Christian Academy in Fremont. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
Davis attended the University of Rio Grand in Ohio and graduated in 1998 from Muskingum Area Technical College in Zanesville, Ohio, with an Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology.
Having worked at many hospitals across the country as a traveling x-ray technician, Davis opened Marv's Place Restaurant in Sardis in 2002 and moved to the Ohio Valley permanently in 2003. He held the office of vice president of Team Monroe, Monroe County, Ohio's Economic Development Team.
Davis married Danielle Ice, a Paden City graduate and daughter of John Jr. and Donna Ice, in 2005. They have been living in Paden City since 2005.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Paden City and, if elected, what would you do to address it?
Davis: I believe one of the biggest challenges facing Paden City is the same problem that affects many, if not most, of the towns across this country; getting people involved and informed as to what is going on in their city government. To help get more people involved, I would like to do what I can to make city government more accessible to the residents. For example, I would like the minutes from every council meeting to be accessible online in a timely manner. Although it looks like the minutes are accessible on the web page, the link has not worked in over a year-and-a-half. This is something simple that can be done to keep the public informed. As Thomas Jefferson said, "Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government."
Elaborate three main
reasons you should fill this position.
Davis: a) As a council member I am a representative of the people and my votes/decisions will be made based solely on feedback I get from the residents of the Second Ward. b) As a small business owner, I know what it takes to work with a budget and manage employees.
I will work to bring a transparency to city government. I will always post why I voted the way I did and ask for feedback. I want the people-not of just 2nd Ward, but all of Paden City-to be involved and active in their city government.
What would you do with a $10,000 gift to the city if it was
completely up to you, and why would you
use it in that manner?
Davis: I would have to look and see where the money could best be used. Right now, I can honestly say I do not have enough information to make the best decision on this. Could it be best used at the Police Department, fixing roads, sewer upgrades, etc? I would also want to talk to the residents and city leaders of Paden City and see where they feel the money should be spent. From this information I would make an informed decision.