Springfield Township Residents Deserve Fresh Leadership

I submitted an opinion piece to the Community Press over 3 weeks ago, well within the deadline to get published, and for some reason they decided not to run my piece.  They didn’t even post it on Cincinnati.com.  For this reason, I have decided to post it here, in its entirety, for you to read.  Unfortunately I don’t have the same reach as the Enquirer, but I feel like I still need to put the information out there.

 

Springfield Twp Residents Deserve Fresh Leadership

Career Trustee Joe Honerlaw has been a Springfield Township trustee for 21 years.  What do we have to show for it, other than having the second highest property tax and the worst roads in Hamilton County?  He has voted 14 times to raise taxes, yet we are mysteriously $40 million behind in road repairs.  Honerlaw claims to be a fiscal conservative, but even a tax-and-spend liberal would be more conservative.

Under Honerlaw’s leadership, some cuts were made in anticipation of $2.5 million in state reductions to local governments.  Now that the JEDZ tax has completely replaced those cuts, the township suddenly claims to be able to fix our roads, but something isn’t right.  Where was that $2.5 million being spent before the state cuts?  Certainly not on roads.

Joe Honerlaw has become a career politician, having been an elected official for most of his adult life.  He has failed at being a steward of our taxpayer dollars.  We need new leadership that can save, invest, and spend our limited tax dollars efficiently and wisely.

What about Mark Berning?  Mark wrote a letter that was published in the Community Press on November 2, 2011, asking residents to vote for him because the township “needs leaders with fresh ideas.”  He portrayed himself as the candidate of change and said that we had “little change in management in the township in the previous 15 years” and that he wanted to “help with the change that is needed.”

Ironically, after running uncontested and being elected in 2013, at his first board meeting the following January, Mark Berning voted to create a new income tax.  Mark Berning is not the candidate of change, he is the candidate of status quo and new taxes.  A vote for Mark is a vote for more of the same.

Another distressing issue is that elected office seems to be the Berning family business in Springfield Township.  Mark’s brother, Dan Berning, is the Fiscal Officer.  There are three Trustees and one Fiscal Officer.  That means the two Berning brothers hold half of the elected positions in the township.  These positions are separately elected so that we have officeholders keeping each other in check and holding them accountable.  However, with a wink and a smile our trustees have been allowing our township to crumble while raising taxes.

My opponents are now going around making up rumors and attacking me personally because I am threatening to upset their apple cart.  It’s clear that they are worried about losing their power.  As your next Trustee, I’m going to focus on making our community better, not just saying whatever I have to in order to win the next election.

It’s time for real change here in Springfield Township.  I will bring much needed transparency and accountability to the Springfield Township Board of Trustees.  I will make sure our taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and efficiently.  I will help to elevate every resident and your quality of life.  I respectfully request your vote on November 7.

It’s official!

I am on the ballot for Trustee again in 2017.  I hope you will consider supporting my campaign!  If you would like to contribute please hit the donate link on the right side of the page!

Two Candidate Forums Happening This Week!

There are two upcoming candidate forums that should be very interested and we need some folks to show up to these in order to have their questions answered by the candidates running for office this year.

The first one is this coming Thursday, October 15 at noon. It will take place at Skyline Chili on Winton Rd in Finneytown and is hosted by the Springfield Township Business Association. Each candidate will have a 3 minute introduction and then both will be asked questions from the audience. My opponent and I will both be there.

The second one is this coming Sunday, October 18 from 7-9pm at the Springfield Township Senior Center, downstairs, room C. This one is hosted by the Finneytown Civic Association. Not only will the candidates for township trustee be there to answer questions, but also candidates for fiscal officer and school board. It should be an entertaining evening. For more information on this event, please click here and scroll down to the second news item.

We need folks to show up to both of these events and ask some good questions.  Please wear your campaign shirt if you have one!

THIS JUST IN – JEDZ Will Bring In Over $2 Million This Year!

I was at this morning’s JEDZ Board meeting, and it was announced that with 70% compliance from the businesses in the township, the JEDZ tax will bring in over $2 million this year.  That’s enough money to replace the lost revenue due to state cuts, and with our 35% reduction in expenditures that our trustees are always talking about (about $1.5 million) how is it that we don’t have money to fix our roads?  Something is wrong with this picture…  See for yourself in the video below…

First Debate With My Opponent – Local 12 Newsmakers…

newsmakersI was on Newsmakers last week with my opponent.  I feel the debate went really well, although it was only a 15 minute segment, so we weren’t able to get to all the issues.  I was, however, able to get most of my talking points out at the very beginning.  Give it a look, and let me know who you think won the debate!  You can view the segment by clicking here.  Please note, the producer of the show made a mistake and my name is listed incorrectly at the bottom of the screen.  I contacted the host and attempted to get this corrected but he said they were unable to edit the video.  They did make a change to the title to affirm that my name was misrepresented in the footage.  I hope you enjoy it!  There are many more candidate forums to come and I look forward to explaining my vision for our township to the residents!

Excellent Article on Cincinnati.com about OhioCheckbook.com website!

Here is an excellent article about the State Treasurer’s office new website, OhioCheckbook.com.  I have been pushing this since early this year and have heard nothing but excuses from our elected officials.  As your next trustee, I will get this implemented in Springfield Township so that “we the taxpayers” know where our money is being spent.  Share with your friends if you want more transparency in your local government.

Kyle Hufford Receives Endorsement from Buckeye Firearms Association!

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I am pleased to announce that I have been endorsed by the Buckeye Firearms Association. BFA only endorses those who are staunch supporters of the second amendment.  I am proud to be included in a short list of local candidates who have received their endorsement this year.  If elected, I look forward to supporting gun rights for law abiding citizens in any way that I can!  For more information about BFA, you can visit their website here.