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Vote O’Brien commissioner

DEAR EDITOR:

Michael J. O’Brien should be our next Trumbull County commissioner because he has a special gift. No matter how an official serves the public, it’s important to keep track of what the official and voters want. That’s what he does.

O’Brien, with a depth of experience in government at city, county and state representative level, always puts voters first. His knowledge and skills are needed for the commissioner post Frank Fuda is vacating.

O’Brien shows he cares by maintaining visibility within the community he serves. He enjoys meeting people; it’s easy to get to know him. At the Ohio Redistricting Commission’s meeting in Youngstown last summer, he was among few politicians who attended. He did not present evidence, but he listened carefully to what people said. His presence was noted by former Rep. John Patterson, who mentioned, like John F. Kennedy, Michael J. O’Brien sees us as people who all breathe the same air, who share goals and who want Ohio to grow and prosper.

Growth and prosperity in Trumbull County have been somewhat difficult considering the turbulence among current commissioners and their support staff.

O’Brien will face Dennis Malloy of Bazetta and, when elected, O’Brien will join Commissioners Niki Frenchko and Mauro Cantalamessa.

Malloy, in a recent media report, said he is interested in expanding the number of Republican office holders in the area, with his goal being to bring together the Republican Party in Trumbull and Mahoning counties.

O’Brien already is talking about allocating unused funds from the American Rescue Plan Act for long-range sewer projects in Trumbull County for upcoming economic development. O’Brien also is enthusiastic about working with the Western Reserve Port Authority and the innovative role that agency can play to generate business growth, retaining current jobs and creating new ones.

As representative, where he is term-limited and cannot run again, O’Brien has supported legislation to expand broadband services, to refinance waste water loans, to allow township police to enforce laws on interstates that pass through their towns and more. He also opposed H.B. 6, one of the biggest racketeering scandals to hit our state.

It’s a good time for voters to move him from the House to the commissioners’ office. We need a unifier, someone with a steady hand who solves problems. His is always the calm voice in the room.

Vote for Michael O’Brien for Trumbull County commissioner this November.

LINDA COCUZZI RICHTER

Niles

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