|Education||M.A. in Administration - Youngstown State University B.S. in Education - Youngstown State University Diploma - Niles High School|
|Family||Darlene Fuda - spouse
Tonya Fuda-Swauger - daughter
Frank Fuda - son
Tony Fuda - son
Drew Bistarkey - step-son
Ken Anderson - step-son
Steve Bistarkey - step-son
|Family in office?||Step-son in maintenance for Trumbull County|
|Reasons for running||I enjoy making Trumbull County a better place in which to live.|
|Priorities||I want to continue working on economic development and on infrastructure improvement.|
|Qualifications||I served 16 years as a councilman for Niles. I have served 7 years as Trumbull County Commissioner. I served 35 years working with people of all ages as a teacher.|
|Positions on the issues||State cuts in local government funds have been a burden on our local governments. At the county level, we have lost $3.5 million in funding each year for the last two years. We have been fortunate that all of our elected officials work together adjusting to the losses and still provide services to our citizens. For example, the inmate work program has saved over $2 million dollars in services throughout Trumbull County. Our inmates help communities with services such as grass cutting, snow removal, community gardens, and cleaning neighborhoods.
Our Federal surplus program, headed by Major Firster of the Sheriff's department, accumulated over $2 million in free supplies. These included trucks, cars, snow removal equipment, and kitchen supplies for the Jail. We look for every way possible to function at the same level of services for our citizens.
Infrastructure improvements are still an issue in Trumbull County. Lack of quality water and sewer systems are still a problem in our county. We are aggressively attacking these problems but still have much more work to do. Since 2007, we have completed over $50 million in infrastructure improvements, taking advantage of $27 million in grant money. We have eliminated 17% of the septic systems by replacing them with new sewer systems, making it easier for citizens to sell their homes and for industries to locate in Trumbull County. We will continue to aggressively seek additional grants to help resolve these problems. Lack of transportation is a problem with many of our citizens. We are working with our transportation board to search for grant money to resolve our transportation problem.
A fourth problem is drug abuse. We work closely with our TAG officers and many county agencies to address this problem. Unfortunately, state and federal funds have been cut, making it more difficult for us to continue making progress.