GREEN — Mayor Gerard Neugebauer is seeking a second four-year term, as two other residents are taking steps to seek the same position.
Neugebauer announced his candidacy in a 20-minute speech Thursday at the Brier Creek Lodge off Boettler Road before an estimated 40 constituents and family members.
Neugebauer, Green Ward 4 Councilman Matthew Shaughnessy and Green school board member Mark Herdlick are circulating petitions from the Summit County Board of Elections seeking a minimum of 150 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.
Neugebauer told supporters the city has achieved 5 percent financial growth over the last two years, has a $32 million budget and funding set aside to operate the city for six months should such a fiscal emergency arise.
“I’m pretty proud of our success in the community and I’m pretty proud of the development," he said.
Neugebauer, 54, is a former member of the city’s Design Review Board, the Planning and Zoning Commission and went from a term as an at-large Green councilman directly into the mayor’s seat on Jan. 1, 2016.
An Akron native and Green resident since 1987, Neugebauer is a graduate of the University of Akron with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in business administration.
He resigned as an engineering projects manager for Environmental Design Group in Akron to assume the mayor’s position. He and wife Maria have three grown children.
Shaughnessy, 53, who is an attorney with a law degree from UA, is in his second year on council. The father of three sons is married to Cynthia Hulse, who has two daughters. He is a former Cleveland police officer and former Fairview Park firefighter.
“I’m running to unify the city and move it forward in the wake of the conflict and disruption [that] the past years have brought,” Shaughnessy said. “My goals are to make Green government more transparent, approachable and responsive to the concerns of the citizens of Green.
“I want our government to renew its focus on core governmental functions, providing top-notch policing and fire services, resurfacing streets and solving our storm water problems.”
Herdlick, who turned 53 on Sunday, is in his eighth and final year on the Green school board and a longtime community activist. He has an accounting degree from UA and owns drive-thru convenience stores in Springfield Township and Mogadore.
He said he and his wife, Michelle, "have been debating for the past year and a half, since our daughter graduates in May, what would be the next step in my path of helping people and being involved in the community."
His goals include “talking to the residents about the wants and needs of the community. We need better collaboration between the city, the residents, businesses and the schools."
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