Cowger, Schubert running in ward two


ED COWGER Occupation: Wendy’s Corporation Education: Amherst Schools and Lorain County Community College 1) I believe I have the ability to listen to all sides of an issue and to work with my fellow council members to arrive at a decision that will be of the most benefit to our constituents. As an elected official, it is extremely important that we always remember that we work for all the residents of Amherst. They have elected us to represent them and they have entrusted us with the responsibility to make informed and thoughtful decisions concerning the city’s business. I take that responsibility very seriously and contend that together we can accomplish much to prosper our city. 2) I bring both experience and knowledge to the table. I previously served as Ward 2 councilman for 10 years. I have a thorough understanding of the city’s budget and finance having served six years as finance committee chairperson. I was also chairperson on the following council committees: annexation, six years; police and fire, four years; and ordinance, four years. I was honored to have been elected by my fellow council members to serve as council president pro-tem for two years and sergeant-at-arms for four years. I have had the opportunity to serve as a committee member on all city council committees. 3) The recent JEDD Agreement between the city and the township was a good start. We should continue to seek out and form those partnerships that will benefit the city and the township(s) alike. Amherst has enjoyed quite strong business growth over the past 12 years and that has resulted in a positive expansion of our tax base. By continuing to be fiscally prudent in our spending; practicing our business friendly atmosphere to entice new business development; and fostering positive partnerships with our neighboring townships, we will continue to keep the city’s economy strong and provide our residents with the best service possible. 4) Council must ensure that we continue to remain pro-active in identifying and addressing issues that may exist with our city’s infrastructure. In the past 12 years, the city has made many improvements and upgrades to our public utilities and city infrastructure. Compared to many surrounding communities, Amherst streets are in excellent condition due to the street improvement levy our residents wisely and generously adopted many years ago. Our city utility costs are among the lowest in the area and our city employees continue to deliver great service on a daily basis. 5) An issue that needs addressed is the overall condition of two railroad overpasses in Amherst. I am not confident this can actually be accomplished through a codified ordinance. The railroad overpass on South Main Street appears to need repairs and the one on Milan Avenue seems only marginally better. Both would benefit from the same type of improvements the railroad made to the North Lake Street overpass. Those improvements look great but more importantly they are a huge safety benefit to the pedestrians and the drivers’ using the roadway under the overpass.


ANGIE SCHUBERT Occupation: Substitute Teacher, Amherst Schools Education: MA Special Education 1) I believe I’m the right person for city council because I am willing to work with everyone. I think that skill will help me drive Amherst forward while working with all members of city council. Amherst can be a place where city council strives to work flawlessly with each other regardless of political party to support all residents of Amherst. 2) I am a taxpaying citizen, parent, wife, special education teacher, and many other things. I am an active member in the community because of my family and feel that being active helps keep me up to date on concerns citizens may have. I believe I am able to bring accessibility and a willingness to work to the table. 3) Amherst has options to stay viable and strong. One way is continuing to work with local businesses and Main Street Amherst to help keep Amherst a place to live, work, and shop. City council can and should be focused on keeping our city strong by supporting local businesses and residents. 4) City council priorities in regard to infrastructure should be guided by safety. Residents should be able to safely navigate the city to access businesses, work, and schools. Safety should be used to drive decisions on the order of fixing infrastructure. Long-term cost and feasibility should also be a guiding factor. 5) I believe I cannot answer this question easily. I would need to listen to what residents are concerned about and push for those concerns to be addressed.


Ed Cowger (R) recently returned to Amherst city council after the resignation of councilman David Goodell. He is facing a challenge from Angie Schubert (D) for council’s second ward seat.

The News-Times sent surveys in September to each candidate asking for their insights on five questions:

1) What do you believe you can accomplish on city council in the next four years, and why are you the right person to make that vision a reality?

2) What talents, skills, and qualifications do you bring to the table as a candidate?

3) Amherst is very nearly built out, with little developable property remaining. What do you feel city council should do to keep the city’s economy strong and residents happy without raising taxes?

4) Amherst’s infrastructure is aging and must be maintained. What should council’s priorities be when it come to streets, sewers, water lines, sidewalks, and other public utilities?

5) If you could propose any one new ordinance or resolution to affect change in Amherst, what would it be?

ED COWGER Occupation: Wendy’s Corporation Education: Amherst Schools and Lorain County Community College 1) I believe I have the ability to listen to all sides of an issue and to work with my fellow council members to arrive at a decision that will be of the most benefit to our constituents. As an elected official, it is extremely important that we always remember that we work for all the residents of Amherst. They have elected us to represent them and they have entrusted us with the responsibility to make informed and thoughtful decisions concerning the city’s business. I take that responsibility very seriously and contend that together we can accomplish much to prosper our city. 2) I bring both experience and knowledge to the table. I previously served as Ward 2 councilman for 10 years. I have a thorough understanding of the city’s budget and finance having served six years as finance committee chairperson. I was also chairperson on the following council committees: annexation, six years; police and fire, four years; and ordinance, four years. I was honored to have been elected by my fellow council members to serve as council president pro-tem for two years and sergeant-at-arms for four years. I have had the opportunity to serve as a committee member on all city council committees. 3) The recent JEDD Agreement between the city and the township was a good start. We should continue to seek out and form those partnerships that will benefit the city and the township(s) alike. Amherst has enjoyed quite strong business growth over the past 12 years and that has resulted in a positive expansion of our tax base. By continuing to be fiscally prudent in our spending; practicing our business friendly atmosphere to entice new business development; and fostering positive partnerships with our neighboring townships, we will continue to keep the city’s economy strong and provide our residents with the best service possible. 4) Council must ensure that we continue to remain pro-active in identifying and addressing issues that may exist with our city’s infrastructure. In the past 12 years, the city has made many improvements and upgrades to our public utilities and city infrastructure. Compared to many surrounding communities, Amherst streets are in excellent condition due to the street improvement levy our residents wisely and generously adopted many years ago. Our city utility costs are among the lowest in the area and our city employees continue to deliver great service on a daily basis. 5) An issue that needs addressed is the overall condition of two railroad overpasses in Amherst. I am not confident this can actually be accomplished through a codified ordinance. The railroad overpass on South Main Street appears to need repairs and the one on Milan Avenue seems only marginally better. Both would benefit from the same type of improvements the railroad made to the North Lake Street overpass. Those improvements look great but more importantly they are a huge safety benefit to the pedestrians and the drivers’ using the roadway under the overpass.
http://www.theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/10/web1_cowger-1.jpgED COWGER Occupation: Wendy’s Corporation Education: Amherst Schools and Lorain County Community College 1) I believe I have the ability to listen to all sides of an issue and to work with my fellow council members to arrive at a decision that will be of the most benefit to our constituents. As an elected official, it is extremely important that we always remember that we work for all the residents of Amherst. They have elected us to represent them and they have entrusted us with the responsibility to make informed and thoughtful decisions concerning the city’s business. I take that responsibility very seriously and contend that together we can accomplish much to prosper our city. 2) I bring both experience and knowledge to the table. I previously served as Ward 2 councilman for 10 years. I have a thorough understanding of the city’s budget and finance having served six years as finance committee chairperson. I was also chairperson on the following council committees: annexation, six years; police and fire, four years; and ordinance, four years. I was honored to have been elected by my fellow council members to serve as council president pro-tem for two years and sergeant-at-arms for four years. I have had the opportunity to serve as a committee member on all city council committees. 3) The recent JEDD Agreement between the city and the township was a good start. We should continue to seek out and form those partnerships that will benefit the city and the township(s) alike. Amherst has enjoyed quite strong business growth over the past 12 years and that has resulted in a positive expansion of our tax base. By continuing to be fiscally prudent in our spending; practicing our business friendly atmosphere to entice new business development; and fostering positive partnerships with our neighboring townships, we will continue to keep the city’s economy strong and provide our residents with the best service possible. 4) Council must ensure that we continue to remain pro-active in identifying and addressing issues that may exist with our city’s infrastructure. In the past 12 years, the city has made many improvements and upgrades to our public utilities and city infrastructure. Compared to many surrounding communities, Amherst streets are in excellent condition due to the street improvement levy our residents wisely and generously adopted many years ago. Our city utility costs are among the lowest in the area and our city employees continue to deliver great service on a daily basis. 5) An issue that needs addressed is the overall condition of two railroad overpasses in Amherst. I am not confident this can actually be accomplished through a codified ordinance. The railroad overpass on South Main Street appears to need repairs and the one on Milan Avenue seems only marginally better. Both would benefit from the same type of improvements the railroad made to the North Lake Street overpass. Those improvements look great but more importantly they are a huge safety benefit to the pedestrians and the drivers’ using the roadway under the overpass.

ANGIE SCHUBERT Occupation: Substitute Teacher, Amherst Schools Education: MA Special Education 1) I believe I’m the right person for city council because I am willing to work with everyone. I think that skill will help me drive Amherst forward while working with all members of city council. Amherst can be a place where city council strives to work flawlessly with each other regardless of political party to support all residents of Amherst. 2) I am a taxpaying citizen, parent, wife, special education teacher, and many other things. I am an active member in the community because of my family and feel that being active helps keep me up to date on concerns citizens may have. I believe I am able to bring accessibility and a willingness to work to the table. 3) Amherst has options to stay viable and strong. One way is continuing to work with local businesses and Main Street Amherst to help keep Amherst a place to live, work, and shop. City council can and should be focused on keeping our city strong by supporting local businesses and residents. 4) City council priorities in regard to infrastructure should be guided by safety. Residents should be able to safely navigate the city to access businesses, work, and schools. Safety should be used to drive decisions on the order of fixing infrastructure. Long-term cost and feasibility should also be a guiding factor. 5) I believe I cannot answer this question easily. I would need to listen to what residents are concerned about and push for those concerns to be addressed.
http://www.theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/10/web1_schubert.jpgANGIE SCHUBERT Occupation: Substitute Teacher, Amherst Schools Education: MA Special Education 1) I believe I’m the right person for city council because I am willing to work with everyone. I think that skill will help me drive Amherst forward while working with all members of city council. Amherst can be a place where city council strives to work flawlessly with each other regardless of political party to support all residents of Amherst. 2) I am a taxpaying citizen, parent, wife, special education teacher, and many other things. I am an active member in the community because of my family and feel that being active helps keep me up to date on concerns citizens may have. I believe I am able to bring accessibility and a willingness to work to the table. 3) Amherst has options to stay viable and strong. One way is continuing to work with local businesses and Main Street Amherst to help keep Amherst a place to live, work, and shop. City council can and should be focused on keeping our city strong by supporting local businesses and residents. 4) City council priorities in regard to infrastructure should be guided by safety. Residents should be able to safely navigate the city to access businesses, work, and schools. Safety should be used to drive decisions on the order of fixing infrastructure. Long-term cost and feasibility should also be a guiding factor. 5) I believe I cannot answer this question easily. I would need to listen to what residents are concerned about and push for those concerns to be addressed.