PAULDING -- Fred Pieper, current Paulding County commissioner, announces his campaign for re-election.
He wants to continue the work he has started during his first term for the citizens of the county. "Being a commissioner is an honor for me," shares Pieper. "I am in the office many times per week and on the phone daily trying to improve our county and make life safer for our citizens."
Pieper serves on the boards of Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission (NOCAC) in Defiance, Area Office on Aging in Toledo and was appointed by Governor Kasich to serve on the Ohio Advisory Council for Aging. While actively serving on these Boards, Fred represents the best interests of Paulding County’s citizens.
Testimony Pieper gave in front of the Gaming Commission and the Senate Oversight and Reform committees in Columbus resulted in the procurement of one-million dollars from Racino revenues for state-wide distribution to county fair harness race purses.
“Commissioners work as a team and at times there are difficult decisions that have to be made, but the decisions are made for the good of the entire county in mind. Decisions made by the Commissioners in the past three years of my term have resulted in better services and a stronger county.
“When I campaigned for my first term I set goals that I would work for transparency, advocate for citizens and be a ‘watchdog’ for tax dollars. Unless the commissioners have to meet in executive session, all meetings are open to the public. For the first year, information was shared via a local radio station. Currently, information about commissioner sessions is reported online and via area newspapers. I am also available five days a week if a citizen wants to meet with me at the courthouse or anytime via my home phone which is listed.
“I have been an advocate for the citizens of Paulding County and continue to speak out for all citizens but especially for our senior population who are such an important part of our lives and communities. All of your commissioners are watchdogs for your tax money. We take our jobs seriously, looking for the best price, lowest and best bid on projects and prudent expenditures to make our county strong.”
My top three goals if I am elected to a second term will be:
• Upgrade the Paulding County Sheriff's office radio system in order that first responders will be able to reliably communicate from anywhere in the county. I have been working daily with the Governor's office, State Senators, State Representatives, State Fire Marshall, Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS) personnel and grant providers to secure funding and lobby for the “discontinuing of cost prohibitive monthly user fees” as an attached amendment to House Bill 375. (Hopefully this will be accomplished in 2014.)
• Continue the restoration of the courthouse in order to protect and preserve this historic building by allocating tax dollars wisely to assure availability of funding.
• Develop the US 127/US 24 interchange by working with Jobs Ohio, the Governor's office and grant providers to secure funding for development of infrastructure and development.
“I would like to continue the work that I have started on behalf of Paulding County and its citizens. I have always kept the best interest of the citizens in mind with every decision I make. I have worked hard to address Paulding County's needs to lawmakers in Columbus and have established beneficial working relationships that will provide better communication for our county’s needs.”
Fred Pieper is a lifelong resident of Paulding County except for the times he served the country in the military and when he was attending college. While serving in the U.S. Navy, Pieper was assigned to the S-3 Viking jet for Russian submarine reconnaissance. He holds a BA in religious studies and the Bible from Anderson University (IN) and a masters in business administration from the University of Toledo. He has experience as a small business operator having owned and managed Pieper Wood Processing and worked for 17 years as a lineman for Paulding Putnam Electrical Cooperative. For relaxation Pieper restores his 1967 Olds 442 and enjoys sport shooting.