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Levendis will face Rich in Campbell



Published: Thu, August 4, 2011 @ 12:06 a.m.

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Juanita Rich

By Jeanne Starmack

starmack@vindy.com

Campbell

Incumbent council president Juanita Rich is facing challenger George Levendis in the November general election

Levendis, a project manager for a painting company, is making a first-time run for office.

“I just want to see some change in the city,” he said, adding that he’s been going to council meetings for more than two years.

His take on what the city needs? Attracting businesses is included, plus paying more attention to the ones that already are in the city.

“I would encourage hiring, maybe give tax breaks,” he said.

He cited the case of Liberty Maintenance, a bridge-painting company that used to be on Wilson Avenue but moved to Youngstown this year.

Levendis also said the city’s employees are long overdue for raises, but first, he acknowledged, the city must get out of fiscal emergency.

Levendis said he is not a politician, but that as a project manager for APBN, he deals with local, state and federal officials every day.

He said that if he is elected, he will not take health benefits through the city.

Rich became council president in January after George Krinos resigned as mayor. Then-council president Bill VanSuch became mayor in accordance with the home-rule charter, and Rich, as president pro tem, replaced him. She had been 4th Ward councilwoman for six years.

She also was elected to council beginning in 1989 for three terms.

She had three unsuccessful runs for mayor in 1995, 1999 and 2005.

Rich said her top priority is getting the city out of fiscal emergency, a status it’s had since 2004.

She also said it is important to attract businesses and bring in younger families.

“Because that’s the future,” she said.

She said demolishing abandoned properties and getting grants to pave roads also is high on the priority list.

Rich had challenged Levendis’ candidacy because he wrote that he was running for “president of council” instead of “council president” on his nominating petition.

Rich said the charter abolished the position of “president of council” in 1971, and the position had different responsibilities than that of “council president.” She also said he should have put an ending date for the term he is seeking on the petition, as per the Ohio Revised Code.

The Mahoning County Board of Elections disagreed that Levendis’ petition would confuse voters or that it violated state statutes. The board voted unanimously to disallow Rich’s protest.


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1TAXEDOFF(118 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Rich is a hard working good woman who deserves to be elected over and over

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2MichaelG93(79 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

I'm not a big fan of George's. By far not a big fan. But I give him credit. He has been at meetings for a couple years now and at least shows that he wants to do the city good. It would have been a shame if he couldn't run because of that technicality. I'm not sure if I want George to win, but he should have the opportunity to run.

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3gleekgal(48 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Juanita has done nothing for Campbell just like Dill etc..... Give it up !! Time for changes before it's too late !!

GO GEORGE !!!

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4jiztard(3 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Let's get the Rich out of Campbell politics. Suing to negate another's candidacy is the sign of a desperate incumbant. Levendis is a breath of fresh air.

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5onlyincampbell(35 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Ok this is just my opinion. 1st off do I think its great he's running for a office, sure, but I think he should have run for councilman 1st and learn how the system works, all the in's and out's then run for Council President, if he so choses. Why go for the head position 1st, other than he was coached by the Mayor and the 2nd ward councilman to do so in their little meetings at city hall.
"He has attended meetings over the last few years" Thats great too but so have other citizens that doesn't mean a thing other than you attended them. I'm sure he attended OSHA meetings too so he knew what was proper safety for employees, wasn't APBN recently fined by OSHA for unsafe working practices?
I remember a meeting when a fee for street lighting was talked about being imposed on the citizens of Campbell, he thought that was a great idea and he doesn't think there is anything wrong with imposing yet another fee on us...eventually the discussion was dropped, but more recently Mr. Levendis brought the idea up again..... spoken like the true republican that he is, impose a fee on the little people and give tax breaks to businesses.
I dont think he has attended many if any, of the State meetings for fiscal emergency, so does he even have a clue where things stand with the finances of the city or what is required of us to get out? Personally, myself, I would think that if you are going to run for an office because you want to better your community, you would be finding out everything that the city has to deal with before you throw you hat into the ring.
Now to turn to Juanita Rich, like George I too attend the meetings for the city and what I have seen is this, Juanita stands up for what is in the best interest for the city for the people but yet she meets resistance from at minimum 2 councilmen and the Mayor.You may not like the way she says some things or the tone in her voice but, at least with her she doesn't candy coat anything and she says it like it is. You know where she stands on everything she says. She wont embellish her ideas with silk scarves and adornments like some of the councilmen do. And she will not lie to you either.She stood up for the City when Dill tried to sell the water plant. She recently brought in legislation to protect the employees from any layoffs next year, when the city gets its budget cuts from the state, with a plan that would offset the money we will be losing. If your wondering how that played out,We shall see at the September 7th meeting if it's brought back in. It met strong opposition from a couple of the council members and the mayor, saying they would only support it if the money was payed back, which will not help at all it would only defeat the purpose.

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6Kronos(4 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

George Levendis a project manager of what. where is this company?? in the Harris directory it shows one person. does he manage himself?? if so is it in the bathroom. He didnt even know the name of the position he is running for. King Goerge go back to the trailor you came out of.Now we know Campbell needs a new name for the city. Maybe George can rename it Campbellouillis

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7anthonyjames(17 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Kronos... you show your true educational level by your remarks. I find your Campbellouillis slur to be an ethnic slur as I am sure other Greeks do too. You and Ms Rich must be very worried if you have to stoop to this level, but then again, maybe you are not stooping. Thank you for giving me a reason to be involved in the upcoming election, we will make sure that you and your kind do not get elected.

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8sweetcheekz(8 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

I tend to agree with you anthonyjames! It seems like Kronos has something against Greeks in general. Maybe one of them stole his girlfriend in high school or something. It's obvious he isn't a teacher and sounds almost childish with his rant. He must have a lot of rage in him and way too much free time on his hands! Maybe he should consult the Harris directory for another job.

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9jiztard(3 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Hey Kronos, the King is finished with the bathroom so go in and clean it you loser. I believe your smoke break was over ten minutes ago.

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10trustinthetruth067(6 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

OSHA fines Campbell subcontracting businessCommentEmailPrint
Published: Fri, April 22, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report

CAMPBELL

A Campbell construction subcontracting business faces $207,200 in fines after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the company failed to provide protection against falls.

APBN Inc., 670 Robinson Road, in business since 2004, worked on a $10.2 million bridge project on I-75’s Disalle Bridge over the Maumee River near Toledo last year. During an October inspection, OSHA found three willful violations relating to fall prevention.

A willful violation is knowing or voluntarily disregarding the law’s requirements or being indifferent to worker safety and health, according to OSHA. That included workers’ failure to wear flotation devices, having no guards on platforms and having a lack of available rescue staff.

OSHA also charged APBN with 10 serious violations and placed it on its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

A serious violation occurs when there is “substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard,” according to OSHA.

“It means we’re going to continue to inspect the company until we deem it safe for a long period of time,” said Scott Allen, OSHA spokesman.

The company received an additional serious- violation citation on a follow-up inspection in March.

It’s not the first time APBN has faced citations from OSHA.

It was issued a serious-violation citation for inorganic-fume dust in 2007 (and informally settled) and paid a $1,000 fine for a safety violation in 2009.

APBN has 15 business days to accept or appeal fines. The business did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

As you can see the above article appeared on Vindy.com 4/22/11 & is very Relevant since Mr. Levendis sites in this article that he is the Project Mgr of APBN and deals with Local, State, & Federal Officials every day. Putting Money First by cutting corners over the Safety of your own men is appalling to many of us. Is this the type of Person we should Elect, that would have the Power to head the Safety Committee??

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11sweetcheekz(8 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

This is an open letter to "onlyincampbell", a prolific commentator of local politics on Vindy.com. Criticism of other people's political beliefs and aspirations is indeed your right. It is also public knowledge that criticizing takes much less effort than constructive activity. It is also easier to berate and demean others when you are doing so while hiding behind an anonymous pen name.
You frequently question the abilities, qualifications and motives of others by name. Yet we have seen no proof that you have any knowledge or qualifications yourself. All we have to judge you by is your use, or misuse, of the English language. Your use of improper grammar, punctuation, and the excessive use of run on sentences speaks volumes. One would hope these are not the fruits of a Campbell School System education. A Remedial Composition course may be in order. It could only add to your credibility.
Having read nearly twenty of your rants makes me wonder how you could tell someone else to "shut up and listen" as you did in a recent entry. You personally would do well to heed the old saying, "You learn a lot more listening than you do talking".
You recently chided candidate George Levendis for a lack of experience, and criticized his employment record. It seems to me that a project manager for a company that does ten million dollar projects must have some experience and ability. While his politics may differ from yours, attacks like this seem petty and mean spirited.
Your postings indicate that you have an intimate knowledge of the working of Campbell city government. Why not seek a position in the city so you can use your knowledge and abilities to improve life in Campbell? Of course then you would have to come out of hiding and face the same kind of sniping you seem to relish using on others. If you already hold some position, you should be ashamed of yourself.

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12ptee63(2 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

I like what you're saying sweetcheekz, "constructive activity". Let's look at the summary of activity:
-council person becomes council president after a mayor resigns
-Campbell citizen decides to run for council president
-incumbent council president tries to take out competition on a technicallity
-board of elections recognizes the technicallity is just that allowing voters to decide race.
It is elementary to discern the constructive activity from the destructive activity. It will be interesting to see how Campbell voters choose come election day.

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