Heberling, Nahorn ask for fourth ward votes


MARTIN HEBERLING III Occupation: Teacher, Lorain City Schools Education: Bachelor of Science, Ashland University 1) I am a father, a husband, and taxpaying home owner in the fourth ward. I understand the fiscal responsibilities that coincide with those responsibilities. I understand how vital our schools are to the community because I am an Amherst alumnus and I have a child who attends Amherst Schools. I believe that a well-supported infrastructure is key for community pride and strong economic growth. I will do all I can to help foster community involvement with families and senior citizens. After all, we owe it to one another and we owe it to the great city of Amherst. Over the course of the next four years, the people of the fourth ward will have a good understanding of my goals and vision as a fourth ward councilman. At this moment, I want our ward to know that I look forward to the opportunity of representing them. As a father, husband, and a responsible taxpaying homeowner, I share in similar struggles that homeowners in our ward face. My impact on city council not only affects you, but it affects my family as well. My vision is that my vested interest is for all and not just one political party. 2) As a teacher, I carry the responsibility of educating our youth. My goal is to help them become productive citizens as adults. This task is not easy, but it’s one that I look forward to every single day. I feel this is a skill that demonstrates my discipline and work ethic to consider matters of fiscal responsibility, communication, and reinforcing infrastructure within our community. The skills that I have acquired as an educator have opened doors to so many opportunities and I feel that being an asset to our community is key. I look forward to this opportunity to serve. 3) I feel that the focus for city council is to help Amherst continue to move in a positive direction and retain successful businesses. When a business leaves a community, we need to bring about new business that could potentially impact our community in an even greater fashion. I think we should also focus on businesses that employ local community members and pay healthy wages. We need to ask ourselves, why do most people leave a community? Well, economic support is a very strong factor. It is a goal for me to help bring in new business to our community. In addition to ushering new business, I would like to see the remaining property within the city of Amherst be used as an environmental green space that we can enjoy. To over-develop is not in our best interest. We still need locations that we can have to focus on outdoor athletics, family adventures, or simply relax at — a green space that we can safely travel to and from that offers community involvement for all ages. I am very proud to be a member of this community and I believe the above factors would greatly improve our city. 4) I feel that everyone benefits from an updated and well-constructed infrastructure. My previous occupation was a water plant operator. I understand the magnitude of a sound water and sewer system. Addressing fiscally sound ways to maintain and update these avenues should be a priority. We deserve safe drinking water and non-polluted waterways. Safety is key when it comes to our citizens and our focus should be on making sure we have safe roads for automobiles and safe sidewalks for foot traffic. The dilemma is balancing the residents’ responsibility and making sure the city is doing everything possible to help. 5) I want to sponsor legislation to eliminate party affiliation within city politics. This would effectively make Amherst a nonpartisan city. At our level of government, patrician politics should have no bearing on the choice of a specific candidate. After all, we are neighbors of the same community, looking out for each other’s best interests. Partisanship on both sides only serves to divide, when we should work in cooperation to serve the community. Avon Lake has experienced tremendous success as a nonpartisan city. When we effectively communicate our ideas, voters will select the candidate based on substance and not affiliation.


MATTHEW NAHORN Occupation: Local historian and environmental Issues Consultant Education: BA, Oberlin College 1) As a representative of the people of Amherst’s 4th Ward, I plan to act as a conduit from local residents to their elected government, providing seamless and quick responses to inquiries by citizens of our community. It is imperative that when a resident has an issue or question, their representative is easily accessible and a good listener. Furthermore, I would ensure to make time to completely research and review current city infrastructure, being sure that necessary updates are occurring. Efficiency in local government is also key. As a recipient of Amherst’s City Enhancement Award for conserving the natural resources of my family’s property, I have a strong appreciation for and understanding of our area’s natural resources. With any future developments, a focus would be to conserve these natural resources while appropriately maintaining and growing our economic base and respecting private property rights. 2) As a lifelong Amherst resident, my dedication to community is evident. For years I’ve served as a board member of the Amherst Historical Society. I’ve volunteered many hours, using my own resources, maintaining Amherst’s Old Spring, a designated Lorain County historic site. I was appointed to the former Amherst master planning committee to aid in presenting model ordinances to Amherst council. I serve as a current member of the Black River Area of Concern Advisory Committee. My longstanding goal of honoring our past while preparing for a strong future is personally important. 3) Amherst is a strong community with rich history. Our town boasts an important balance of residential, business, and park/conserved land uses. Council needs to maintain this crucial balance, while ensuring residents are properly served by their local government. It is imperative that council continues to encourage small business growth; promotes our downtown; and maintains our infrastructure. This must be done while continuing a tax structure that is both responsible and entices small businesses to remain or start here in Amherst. By continuing to lay this groundwork, Amherst will be able to remain in an ideal position for the responsible balance discussed. 4) As a council, we must work to be proactive regarding dealing with our city’s infrastructure. It is important to work closely with Amherst’s administration, including our mayor, safety service director, and utilities department in an effort to ensure all necessary maintenance, updates, and repairs are completed. We need to work with residents and heed their concerns throughout our neighborhoods. Maintaining a safe and efficient infrastructure that is cost effective to our residents must be council’s ultimate goal. 5) Having experience on several boards and committees, serving the membership of those organizations, I have found that it is important to initially be a good listener and participating member before working to initiate new policy. My initial efforts if elected would include diligently focusing on working with Amherst’s city departments and administration while taking notice of and paying attention to our residents, being sure they are served properly – it is their funds and hard-earned resources of which we must be good stewards.


Two newcomers — Martin Heberling III (D) and Matthew Nahorn (R) — are seeking to fill Amherst city council’s fourth ward seat.

Councilwoman Jennifer Wasilk will leave the seat after 18 years in a bid to be elected council president.

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?

MARTIN HEBERLING III Occupation: Teacher, Lorain City Schools Education: Bachelor of Science, Ashland University 1) I am a father, a husband, and taxpaying home owner in the fourth ward. I understand the fiscal responsibilities that coincide with those responsibilities. I understand how vital our schools are to the community because I am an Amherst alumnus and I have a child who attends Amherst Schools. I believe that a well-supported infrastructure is key for community pride and strong economic growth. I will do all I can to help foster community involvement with families and senior citizens. After all, we owe it to one another and we owe it to the great city of Amherst. Over the course of the next four years, the people of the fourth ward will have a good understanding of my goals and vision as a fourth ward councilman. At this moment, I want our ward to know that I look forward to the opportunity of representing them. As a father, husband, and a responsible taxpaying homeowner, I share in similar struggles that homeowners in our ward face. My impact on city council not only affects you, but it affects my family as well. My vision is that my vested interest is for all and not just one political party. 2) As a teacher, I carry the responsibility of educating our youth. My goal is to help them become productive citizens as adults. This task is not easy, but it’s one that I look forward to every single day. I feel this is a skill that demonstrates my discipline and work ethic to consider matters of fiscal responsibility, communication, and reinforcing infrastructure within our community. The skills that I have acquired as an educator have opened doors to so many opportunities and I feel that being an asset to our community is key. I look forward to this opportunity to serve. 3) I feel that the focus for city council is to help Amherst continue to move in a positive direction and retain successful businesses. When a business leaves a community, we need to bring about new business that could potentially impact our community in an even greater fashion. I think we should also focus on businesses that employ local community members and pay healthy wages. We need to ask ourselves, why do most people leave a community? Well, economic support is a very strong factor. It is a goal for me to help bring in new business to our community. In addition to ushering new business, I would like to see the remaining property within the city of Amherst be used as an environmental green space that we can enjoy. To over-develop is not in our best interest. We still need locations that we can have to focus on outdoor athletics, family adventures, or simply relax at — a green space that we can safely travel to and from that offers community involvement for all ages. I am very proud to be a member of this community and I believe the above factors would greatly improve our city. 4) I feel that everyone benefits from an updated and well-constructed infrastructure. My previous occupation was a water plant operator. I understand the magnitude of a sound water and sewer system. Addressing fiscally sound ways to maintain and update these avenues should be a priority. We deserve safe drinking water and non-polluted waterways. Safety is key when it comes to our citizens and our focus should be on making sure we have safe roads for automobiles and safe sidewalks for foot traffic. The dilemma is balancing the residents’ responsibility and making sure the city is doing everything possible to help. 5) I want to sponsor legislation to eliminate party affiliation within city politics. This would effectively make Amherst a nonpartisan city. At our level of government, patrician politics should have no bearing on the choice of a specific candidate. After all, we are neighbors of the same community, looking out for each other’s best interests. Partisanship on both sides only serves to divide, when we should work in cooperation to serve the community. Avon Lake has experienced tremendous success as a nonpartisan city. When we effectively communicate our ideas, voters will select the candidate based on substance and not affiliation.
http://www.theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/10/web1_heberling.jpgMARTIN HEBERLING III Occupation: Teacher, Lorain City Schools Education: Bachelor of Science, Ashland University 1) I am a father, a husband, and taxpaying home owner in the fourth ward. I understand the fiscal responsibilities that coincide with those responsibilities. I understand how vital our schools are to the community because I am an Amherst alumnus and I have a child who attends Amherst Schools. I believe that a well-supported infrastructure is key for community pride and strong economic growth. I will do all I can to help foster community involvement with families and senior citizens. After all, we owe it to one another and we owe it to the great city of Amherst. Over the course of the next four years, the people of the fourth ward will have a good understanding of my goals and vision as a fourth ward councilman. At this moment, I want our ward to know that I look forward to the opportunity of representing them. As a father, husband, and a responsible taxpaying homeowner, I share in similar struggles that homeowners in our ward face. My impact on city council not only affects you, but it affects my family as well. My vision is that my vested interest is for all and not just one political party. 2) As a teacher, I carry the responsibility of educating our youth. My goal is to help them become productive citizens as adults. This task is not easy, but it’s one that I look forward to every single day. I feel this is a skill that demonstrates my discipline and work ethic to consider matters of fiscal responsibility, communication, and reinforcing infrastructure within our community. The skills that I have acquired as an educator have opened doors to so many opportunities and I feel that being an asset to our community is key. I look forward to this opportunity to serve. 3) I feel that the focus for city council is to help Amherst continue to move in a positive direction and retain successful businesses. When a business leaves a community, we need to bring about new business that could potentially impact our community in an even greater fashion. I think we should also focus on businesses that employ local community members and pay healthy wages. We need to ask ourselves, why do most people leave a community? Well, economic support is a very strong factor. It is a goal for me to help bring in new business to our community. In addition to ushering new business, I would like to see the remaining property within the city of Amherst be used as an environmental green space that we can enjoy. To over-develop is not in our best interest. We still need locations that we can have to focus on outdoor athletics, family adventures, or simply relax at — a green space that we can safely travel to and from that offers community involvement for all ages. I am very proud to be a member of this community and I believe the above factors would greatly improve our city. 4) I feel that everyone benefits from an updated and well-constructed infrastructure. My previous occupation was a water plant operator. I understand the magnitude of a sound water and sewer system. Addressing fiscally sound ways to maintain and update these avenues should be a priority. We deserve safe drinking water and non-polluted waterways. Safety is key when it comes to our citizens and our focus should be on making sure we have safe roads for automobiles and safe sidewalks for foot traffic. The dilemma is balancing the residents’ responsibility and making sure the city is doing everything possible to help. 5) I want to sponsor legislation to eliminate party affiliation within city politics. This would effectively make Amherst a nonpartisan city. At our level of government, patrician politics should have no bearing on the choice of a specific candidate. After all, we are neighbors of the same community, looking out for each other’s best interests. Partisanship on both sides only serves to divide, when we should work in cooperation to serve the community. Avon Lake has experienced tremendous success as a nonpartisan city. When we effectively communicate our ideas, voters will select the candidate based on substance and not affiliation.

MATTHEW NAHORN Occupation: Local historian and environmental Issues Consultant Education: BA, Oberlin College 1) As a representative of the people of Amherst’s 4th Ward, I plan to act as a conduit from local residents to their elected government, providing seamless and quick responses to inquiries by citizens of our community. It is imperative that when a resident has an issue or question, their representative is easily accessible and a good listener. Furthermore, I would ensure to make time to completely research and review current city infrastructure, being sure that necessary updates are occurring. Efficiency in local government is also key. As a recipient of Amherst’s City Enhancement Award for conserving the natural resources of my family’s property, I have a strong appreciation for and understanding of our area’s natural resources. With any future developments, a focus would be to conserve these natural resources while appropriately maintaining and growing our economic base and respecting private property rights. 2) As a lifelong Amherst resident, my dedication to community is evident. For years I’ve served as a board member of the Amherst Historical Society. I’ve volunteered many hours, using my own resources, maintaining Amherst’s Old Spring, a designated Lorain County historic site. I was appointed to the former Amherst master planning committee to aid in presenting model ordinances to Amherst council. I serve as a current member of the Black River Area of Concern Advisory Committee. My longstanding goal of honoring our past while preparing for a strong future is personally important. 3) Amherst is a strong community with rich history. Our town boasts an important balance of residential, business, and park/conserved land uses. Council needs to maintain this crucial balance, while ensuring residents are properly served by their local government. It is imperative that council continues to encourage small business growth; promotes our downtown; and maintains our infrastructure. This must be done while continuing a tax structure that is both responsible and entices small businesses to remain or start here in Amherst. By continuing to lay this groundwork, Amherst will be able to remain in an ideal position for the responsible balance discussed. 4) As a council, we must work to be proactive regarding dealing with our city’s infrastructure. It is important to work closely with Amherst’s administration, including our mayor, safety service director, and utilities department in an effort to ensure all necessary maintenance, updates, and repairs are completed. We need to work with residents and heed their concerns throughout our neighborhoods. Maintaining a safe and efficient infrastructure that is cost effective to our residents must be council’s ultimate goal. 5) Having experience on several boards and committees, serving the membership of those organizations, I have found that it is important to initially be a good listener and participating member before working to initiate new policy. My initial efforts if elected would include diligently focusing on working with Amherst’s city departments and administration while taking notice of and paying attention to our residents, being sure they are served properly – it is their funds and hard-earned resources of which we must be good stewards.
http://www.theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/10/web1_nahorn.jpgMATTHEW NAHORN Occupation: Local historian and environmental Issues Consultant Education: BA, Oberlin College 1) As a representative of the people of Amherst’s 4th Ward, I plan to act as a conduit from local residents to their elected government, providing seamless and quick responses to inquiries by citizens of our community. It is imperative that when a resident has an issue or question, their representative is easily accessible and a good listener. Furthermore, I would ensure to make time to completely research and review current city infrastructure, being sure that necessary updates are occurring. Efficiency in local government is also key. As a recipient of Amherst’s City Enhancement Award for conserving the natural resources of my family’s property, I have a strong appreciation for and understanding of our area’s natural resources. With any future developments, a focus would be to conserve these natural resources while appropriately maintaining and growing our economic base and respecting private property rights. 2) As a lifelong Amherst resident, my dedication to community is evident. For years I’ve served as a board member of the Amherst Historical Society. I’ve volunteered many hours, using my own resources, maintaining Amherst’s Old Spring, a designated Lorain County historic site. I was appointed to the former Amherst master planning committee to aid in presenting model ordinances to Amherst council. I serve as a current member of the Black River Area of Concern Advisory Committee. My longstanding goal of honoring our past while preparing for a strong future is personally important. 3) Amherst is a strong community with rich history. Our town boasts an important balance of residential, business, and park/conserved land uses. Council needs to maintain this crucial balance, while ensuring residents are properly served by their local government. It is imperative that council continues to encourage small business growth; promotes our downtown; and maintains our infrastructure. This must be done while continuing a tax structure that is both responsible and entices small businesses to remain or start here in Amherst. By continuing to lay this groundwork, Amherst will be able to remain in an ideal position for the responsible balance discussed. 4) As a council, we must work to be proactive regarding dealing with our city’s infrastructure. It is important to work closely with Amherst’s administration, including our mayor, safety service director, and utilities department in an effort to ensure all necessary maintenance, updates, and repairs are completed. We need to work with residents and heed their concerns throughout our neighborhoods. Maintaining a safe and efficient infrastructure that is cost effective to our residents must be council’s ultimate goal. 5) Having experience on several boards and committees, serving the membership of those organizations, I have found that it is important to initially be a good listener and participating member before working to initiate new policy. My initial efforts if elected would include diligently focusing on working with Amherst’s city departments and administration while taking notice of and paying attention to our residents, being sure they are served properly – it is their funds and hard-earned resources of which we must be good stewards.