County Executive candidates offer different views
By Joe Bachman
Special to The Gazette
Portage County residents will choose from three candidates running for County Executive Tuesday, Feb. 20, to narrow the field to two for the spring election, and while the candidates have some similarities, there are differences as well.
Jami Gebert, Chris Holman and Matt Jacowski spoke at a League of Women Voters Candidate’s Forum Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Portage County Library, 1001 Main St. More than 100 people attended the event.
In the County Executive portion, Gebert said she is running to build the county community through service.
“I have a quote on the screensaver of my computer that says, ‘leadership is not about being in charge; leadership is taking care of those in your charge.’ I share the quote this evening, because I am not running for county executive because I want to be in charge; I’m running for county executive because I believe in building community through service,” Gebert said.
“I am the only candidate that has over 10 years of local, directly related government administration experience,” she said.
Holman said he is running to improve the system.
“I’m running for the position for the same reason why it was created in the first place,” he said. “Twelve years ago, people in county saw what they called a ‘good ol’ boys club,’ and they wanted a check and balance on that in order to serve the county. I’m running because I know I can provide a check and balance on where we are at in the evolution of our board executive.”
Jacowski said he is running to propel Portage County into the future.
“I’m not just here to solve problems, I’m here to help Portage County grow and prosper,” he said. “Educating our children and creating a strong workforce is a component that sets me apart from my competitors. This will help our family; our children, and our local businesses in our community to move forward together.”
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