Meet the Candidates Virtual Forum
Meet the Candidates Night
(Questions & Answers from the Candidates)
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2021 Lebanon City Council Meet the Candidates Night
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Listed below are the Candidates running for open seats on the Lebanon City Schools Board (2 seats) & the Lebanon City Council (4 seats).
Lebanon City School Board:
Michael E. Gliatti:
When I think about the journey that ultimately led me to the decision to run for school board, it began with the reflection of the lessons I learned from the smartest man I’ve ever known, my Dad. Unfortunately, when we lost him last March at the age of 85, I didn’t just lose my Dad, I lost my best friend. My Dad was a first generation American who earned degrees in physics and electrical engineering. The greatest legacy he left behind are the values that ultimately convinced me that now is the time for me to lead and serve our schools.
Through his example he taught me three key values: empathy, accountability, and credibility. He believed you should not just live in a community but be an active part of it and help it thrive. As a father of two children in the Lebanon School District, I understand a “day in the life” in their classrooms and I want to see more opportunity for all our students. My dad also taught me that education was the ticket for children to live a life beyond even their own dreams. I commit to helping ensure a quality education is provided for our students.
I believe being accountable for your actions is just as important as a board member, Dad, husband, neighbor, business owner and as a leader in the community.
My dad believed credibility was something you earned over time by consistently showing up and helping others solve problems. I’ve been doing that as a small business owner in our community for the past 15 years. I promise to consider all opinions and weigh thoughtfully on decisions that will impact the Lebanon City Schools.
My family and I love living in this community…and we love Lebanon schools. I believe the time is right for me to bring a new perspective to the board through empathy, accountability, and credibility. We’ve lived through one of the most unprecedented school years in any of our lifetimes and the future does belong to the children…our job is to lead them into a future that allows them to have the same opportunities we’ve had.
There are hard decisions ahead that will determine that future and I will be the advocate you and your children deserve every step of the way.
I would be honored to carry my father’s values and legacy into this position when you vote for me on November 2nd. #WarriorsForGliatti
Hello Warrior Family, I am a 1983 Graduate of Lebanon High School and a 1988 Graduate of The Ohio State University. My son also attended Lebanon City Schools and graduated in 2009. I am also the owner of The Black Barn, which I purchased in 1994. It is my firmly held belief that a community is only as good as the schools they serve, and likewise, good schools make great communities. I have the business experience, history of community service, and tenacity to serve in this important position. More importantly, I will listen to the concerns and ideas of the residents and advocate for a strong Lebanon school system.
YES-Education...NOT Indoctrination YES-Parental & Family Rights YES-Financial Accountability NO-Special Interests NO-Common Core NO-Critical Race Theory My name is Breighton Smith, and I’m a Christian, a husband, a proud son of immigrants, a Juris Doctor, a small business owner, and I’ve been a Conservative Republican grassroots advocate here in Lebanon for half a decade. In 2016, I had the honor of being the Donald Trump campaign staffer in charge of Warren County, working out of the Republican Party headquarters here in downtown Lebanon. Through my interactions with thousands of Lebanon residents over the course of that campaign and beyond, I’ve fostered a deep love and appreciation for our community. The truth is that my wife and I are passionate about our city and it’s people. And, as we look forward and hope to build our family, I have a vested interest in making sure that our school district is thriving...from pre-school to K-12, from athletics to theater...I want our schools to provide an excellent educational opportunity for every student, from start to finish. I believe every Lebanon taxpayer, who is investing their hard-earned tax dollars into our public schools, should have a voice and an interest in the success of our school district. And to make all of that happen, I believe our schools should reflect the greatness of our community. In these unprecedented times, our schools face many new challenges, but I believe our community’s strong traditional values will give us the solid foundation to come together and find creative and innovative solutions that bring success for our students, our families, and our futures.
I am a parent of two children in the Lebanon City School District. My son (11) and daughter (13) have attended Lebanon public schools since they started kindergarten, and our experiences have been positive. Lebanon has great teachers and caring administrators who have always tried to accommodate the needs of our kids. They participate in Lebanon Lacrosse, Warrior Junior Golf, and Power of the Pen. I am an educator. For the past 15 years, I have worked at Wright State University. I am currently a Research Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Genomics Research. I teach at the undergraduate level for our program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB), the graduate level for our Biomedical Sciences Ph.D program and the Masters program in BMB, and I teach medical students at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. I am a member of the American Association of University Professors. Besides teaching, I have an active research program. If you’re interested, my publications are here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/.../mic.../bibliography/public/ For a time I was also the laboratory director of Molecular Oncology Diagnostics, a company I co-founded. I am passionate about public education. My hope for Lebanon City Schools are to continue doing what’s right for our students and staff: • Provide safe and effective learning environment. This includes implementing expert advice in the face of the ongoing pandemic. • Attract and retain quality educators. Teachers are where the rubber meets the road in education, and they need to know
Lebanon City Council:
I love Lebanon and think it is the best city in Ohio! I am a proud American that thinks our differences should be celebrated and not used to divide us. A Republican and Christian Conservative, appointed to city council in June 2021 and now running for reelection. I am Pro-liberty, Pro-family, Pro-life. Second Amendment originalist which means citizens can carry fire arms. I am a fiscal & social conservative, a constitutionalist & small government advocate,,, and new to politics.I have lived near Lebanon for 20 years and a resident for 13 years. Blessed to be married to my beautiful wife, Kim, for nearly 27 years. Also a proud father of four wonderful children (and now a son-in-law) who have been raised and schooled in Lebanon.
My name is Brian Hawley and I’m a candidate for Lebanon City Council. I’ve spent the majority of my thirty-nine years in Lebanon, including graduating in the Class of 2001. I then went to Eastern Kentucky University where I earned a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice. During my college breaks, I worked for the City of Lebanon in the Public Works Department (maintaining the parks and cemeteries at that time). My father retired from the Lebanon Police Department and my brother-in-law worked for the Lebanon Fire Department. My sister also just so happens to be a teacher at Lebanon City Schools. I’ve taken great pride in my hometown since the first time I put on a Lebanon Warrior jersey as a young kid. I’ve grown up enjoying our local shops and restaurants and now I’m proud to watch my niece get joy out of those same places. Most importantly, I’ve enjoyed getting to know and build relationships with some amazing people who call Lebanon home. I currently volunteer as a Wrestling Coach for Lebanon Warrior Youth Wrestling. I enjoy teaching the sport I love to the younger generation while also making sure they have fun in the process. I also enjoy playing softball with a group of special needs adults in the summer. I look forward to working with local business owners to make sure City Council is listening to their ideas and concerns, while doing everything we can to promote them. I will strive to help Lebanon grow into a place that’s inviting and welcoming to all. As Lebanon grows, I believe we need to make sure our public service departments are growing with the population and additional business traffic. I know the fire department recently had to temporarily shut down one of their stations due to manpower issues and the police department is relying on mutual-aid to assist on a lot of calls. The safety of the community should always be in the mind of city leadership. I’ve spoken to many people concerned with different traffic projects throughout the city and many others with ideas for parks. I look forward to listening to the business owners and citizens while letting that feedback guide where council’s attention needs to be spent. I believe in fiscally responsible decision making to guide future planning. I pledge to keep my personal beliefs from interfering with my decision making for the City of Lebanon. https://www.facebook.com/HawleyForCouncil
Small Business owner (22 years), 2nd Amendment advocate, Warren co. Central Committee member, Small Government Christian Conservative
As an already active member of the Lebanon community, Alecia Lipton promises to be the ENGAGED, INFORMED, and STRATEGIC leader that Lebanon needs to recover from nearly two years months of pandemic-related fatigue, loss of business, and a rogue council. Lipton is running for Lebanon City Council on a platform of change upheld by three pillars: EQUALITY, GOVERNANCE, and PRESERVATION. The first pillar is EQUALITY. A firm believer in the idea that all citizens deserve the same rights and opportunities. Lipton pledges to push for the creation of a Human Rights Commission within City Council, and will work to ensure that all Lebanon residents have a voice, are treated equally, and are made to feel welcome in our City. The first step to resolving an issue is acknowledging that we have one, and Lipton understands the importance of recognizing where Lebanon, as a community, falls short to identify areas to improve. Lipton stands by those who have felt ignored, scared, discriminated against, and victimized. Therefore, the development of the Human Rights Commission will be one of the first changes to take place. The second pillar is GOVERNANCE. Lipton acknowledges the concern that our current council has gone rogue, engaging in behaviors that do not support the best interests of the City. She supports the fact that local city government has distinct guidelines in what they can and cannot do. Lipton vows to keep personal interests out of city decisions and will not use the position as a stepping stone for future personal or political gains. Lipton will work to keep the council accountable to citizens by following the guidelines set forth for such council. The third pillar is PRESERVATION. Lipton looks forward to working alongside citizens, local businesses, the City, and the State of Ohio to help preserve and promote our unique downtown area and the community as a whole. Lebanon is home to over 20,000 citizens, all of which benefit when individuals visit and spend money in our downtown shops, restaurants, and local attractions. Lipton believes that Preservation will make Lebanon a destination City for visitors and families looking for a place to call home. Lipton and her husband, Mark have lived in Lebanon since 2015 (Lipton also called Lebanon home from 1996 – 2006). She is a graduate of Morehead State University, Miami University, and the University of Cincinnati. She has served as the Director of Public Relations at Hoxworth Blood Center since 2008 and worked with Main Street Lebanon for the first eight months of 2021. Alecia and Mark have 7 grown children that now live on their own in the Cincinnati area. They share their home with their two dogs, Shunie & Charlie.
Christian, Conservative, Lebanon resident for 45 years. Strong family man with two daughters and wife Teri. Small business owner in Lebanon as general contractor and property manager. Previously worked for 31 years as a Licensed Therapist with Warren Co. Mental Health and Los Angeles Children's Services. Supports local business and organizations and desires to clear hurdles that have, or could discourage growth. Believes in safe and clean communities and would Like to see a raised standard of accountability for landlords and rentals that can blight a street. Believes in supporting services and activities that have And continue to make Lebanon a destination to stay, live and enjoy. Respects our community, our country and our citizens.
There is an outcry in the City of Lebanon for the council to take purposeful action to improve the lives of its residents, but that cry has fallen on deaf ears. Our existing city council spends its time aligning themselves with special interest groups, ignoring the needs of the city and its people. We need to look outside of our party affiliation and focus on our community - this is one of the reasons I chose not to partner with a political party. I believe everyone in Lebanon deserves the opportunity to thrive, feel safe, and be heard. To ensure everyone is represented, I pledge to help create an Equity and Inclusion Commission that is made up of a diverse group of community members. This commission will work with the city to eliminate discrimination, improve race relations, explore inequities, and promote diversity in our community. Many of our favorite local shops and restaurants have also faced new challenges during this unprecedented time. I will fight for those small businesses to get the relief needed and develop measures to protect them from the repercussions of controversial, unnecessary legislation. I have over 10 years experience working within the nonprofit sphere for workers’ rights and human rights. I plan to combine that with my life experience and skills learned while leading IT projects at some the area’s largest healthcare groups - to govern transparently, efficiently, fairly and compassionately. I'm dedicated to challenging the status quo and government overreach while also remaining socially and fiscally responsible. Change is inevitable. If we wish for Lebanon to not only survive, but to flourish, we need change in our city government. I'm committed to preserving what makes Lebanon so unique and remarkable, while also making sure we continue to become a place where we all have a sense belonging. This is our town, and we can decide its future
Leslie A. Nahigyan:
I’ve been a nurse for 25 years, driven to the profession by a desire to serve, care for, and advocate for my patients. This same desire has led me to local politics and running for Lebanon City Council. A desire to ensure my friends’ and neighbors’ voices are represented in the decisions made on behalf of this community I love and call home. I am Ohio born, bred, and educated. I have a BA in Anthropology and Political Science from Miami University and a BSN from the University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing. I’m an almost life-long resident of Warren County. I’ve lived in Lebanon for 17 years and share a home with my two dogs, Winnie and Milo. As a nurse, I have gravitated to leadership positions, allowing me to advocate for large populations of patients. I now lead quality and patient safety efforts for the physician division of an area health system. With decades of healthcare leadership under my belt, I am experienced in the following areas and ready to serve you and our city. • Operating and capital budgets: I’ve managed multi-million dollar operating budgets in several organizations. Operational improvements made by my teams have led to millions of dollars in savings and increased revenue. • Strategic planning: One of the areas I most enjoy is strategic planning. Visioning new possibilities and programs is exciting! It can’t stop with a wish list though. Success depends on the communicating and monitoring key performance indicators that help evaluate how well we’ve implemented the plan. • Project management: This, too, is key to delivering on a vision and a budget. I’ve led multiple large improvement and implementation projects focusing on healthcare safety, training, and IT functionality. • Facility considerations: Responsible for healthcare accreditation, I have worked to remedy construction and safety challenges. My teams and I have navigated HVAC and air exchange malfunctions, utility outages, weather emergencies, decontamination processes, IT security breaches, capital planning, life and safety codes improvements, as well as new construction considerations. • Human resources: I’ve led teams large and small. I’m skilled in staff selection and have been recognized for both staff satisfaction and retention. Additionally, I have experience with OSHA and other workplace safety requirements to protect city staff - our greatest resource. Communication: I’ll work to improve opportunities for residents to provide input and feedback to city council, participate in council meetings, and have the transparency we deserve. • The foundation of our government – local to national – is that of a government of the people, by the people, for the people. There are three quick ways to improve communication concerning council meetings. 1. Our Mason neighbors speak both at the beginning and end of their regular council meetings. Citizens should have the last word! Let’s adopt that practice here in Lebanon. 2. Virtual meetings are now a way of life. We have an opportunity to make our virtual council meetings more accessible and interactive. I will work to make available ways to provide comment and ask questions while watching from home. Not everyone can physically get to a meeting, but everyone deserves a voice. 3. We have live audio and video for regular council meetings. This functionality needs to be used for council work sessions, too. There is much context that is lost without offering live access to those sessions. • Coffee with a council person: I welcome the opportunity to host monthly coffee chats with members of the community. EVERY Lebanon resident is my constituent.
Practicality: Better basic business practices can protect Lebanon taxpayers from risk. • We need a social media policy for council members. It is 2021. Most organizations have a policy prohibiting the use of private social media accounts for business use. Why should council members be any different? Such a policy would have protected Lebanon from the recent federal censorship lawsuit. I’ve already drafted initial policy content. • Council packets are available to residents but only upon request. I’ll work to ensure all information (other than executive session materials) that is available before the meeting is posted to the city website for residents to review.
37 year teacher…Lebanon City Schools…City Council 2001-2017…PLATFORM…safety..infrastructure…promote Lebanon businesses
The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to present:
"Meet the Candidates" Virtual Forum
The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce is moving its traditional “Meet the Candidates” Event to a virtual format this year in response to uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The one-time virtual event will be held on Wednesday, October 6th starting at 5:30pm, and the community will be able to follow along via livestream.
The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce, a nonpartisan organization, has been dedicated to encouraging and promoting a stronger community for many years. In sponsoring Meet the Candidates Night, it adheres to strict guidelines to assure a fair and impartial opportunity for all candidates to present their views.
You can watch LIVE from:
The City of Lebanon's Youtube Channel