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Conversations with those who are running for the Loveland, Ohio City Council or the Loveland City School District school board. Journalist Joe Wessels talks with each candidate to learn more about them ahead of Election Day 2021.

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Conversations with those who are running for the Loveland, Ohio City Council or the Loveland City School District school board. Journalist Joe Wessels talks with each candidate to learn more about them ahead of Election Day 2021.

    ANALYSIS: Hart, Oury and Phelps: Loveland City Council "No Shows" Edition

    ANALYSIS: Hart, Oury and Phelps: Loveland City Council "No Shows" Edition

    Published October 26, 2021.



    LOVELAND, Ohio — There are three candidates for Loveland City Council who chose not participate in the Coffee with the Candidate podcast, so we decided to invite a local political watcher to help analyze what's going on with their campaigns.



    Incumbents Neal Oury and Ted Phelps never responded to multiple requests to be on the podcast.





    Newcomer John Hart, a Loveland Intermediate School vice principal and longtime math teacher and coach in the Loveland City School District, declined. He said Loveland Local News asking for his employee file from the school district - a very common tactic for any public official - was uncalled for and refused to participate.



    So, Loveland Local News Publisher Joe Wessels brought on Ryan Kulik, a political consultant on local campaigns around the country who has a Master's in political science and lives in Loveland, to talk about what he sees. And he sees a lot. He often talks about it on his own local podcast, and, well, what he sees he often does not like.



    Wessels and Kulik go deep into these three men, issues in Loveland, and discuss where things stand just days before Election Day (that's Tuesday, November 2, 2021, by the way).



    Listen and let us know what you think.

    • 54 min
    Coffee with Elizabeth Mason: Loveland school board candidate, financial specialist

    Coffee with Elizabeth Mason: Loveland school board candidate, financial specialist

    Published October 24, 2021.





    LOVELAND, Ohio — Elizabeth Mason wants to be on the school board to get things back on track.



    Mason met with Loveland Local News Publisher Joe Wessels at the Loveland branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County to discuss why she is running, why she chose to run with Al Juram and Colette Boyko on a slate, and how she hopes to bring back some old-fashioned values to Loveland schools - including getting student and teachers away from depending on laptops for so much of their learning.



    The married mother of two talks about why her age - she's 38, though we really do hate to have to ask that as is mentioned - has become a bit of a talking point as she's campaigned - and a whole lot more.



    Duration: 40:17



    Recorded on 10/5/2021.

    • 40 min
    Coffee with Kim Lukens: Loveland City Council candidate, counselor

    Coffee with Kim Lukens: Loveland City Council candidate, counselor

    Published October 24, 2021.



    LOVELAND, Ohio — Kim Lukens would make a few changes if she were elected to the Loveland City Council.





    The first-time candidate and counselor told Loveland Local News she sees problems in the city and wants to be on City Council to make things right. One of her big issues? Development in the city, a topic many on social media in and around Loveland are talking about.



    She sat down with Loveland Local News Publisher Joe Wessels in the amphitheater at Nisbet Park on a gorgeous fall Sunday morning to talk about the city, what she sees as wrong, and her approach to fixing things.



    Duration: 47:20



    Recorded on 10/3/2021.

    • 47 min
    Coffee with Eileen Washburn: school board incumbent, teacher

    Coffee with Eileen Washburn: school board incumbent, teacher

    Published October 24, 2021.



    LOVELAND, Ohio — Eileen Washburn has education in her blood.





    The incumbent Loveland City School Board member, vying for her second term, is also a teacher in the Lakota school system.



    Loveland Local News publisher, Joe Wessels, talks to Washburn about her passion for making the Loveland schools the best schools around and how things have gone in recent years - in the wake of two recent school levy failures and a global pandemic - and where she'd like to take the school system next.



    Visit her website at VoteWashburng.org.



    Duration: 28:23



    Recorded on 9/27/2021.

    • 28 min
    Coffee with Kip Ping: Loveland City Council candidate, engineer

    Coffee with Kip Ping: Loveland City Council candidate, engineer

    Published October 24, 2021.



    LOVELAND, Ohio — Kip Ping is making his first attempt at becoming a Loveland City Council member.





    Ping says being on City Council is about being responsive to the citizens and he sits down with Loveland Local News Publisher Joe Wessels to discuss how he'd do that. The structural engineer has done his homework and believes he is ready to take on this role. He will get into exactly how he will do that, including topics about the planned parking garage and the paid parking (parking meters and pay-to-park public lots) in downtown Loveland, development in Loveland and if he will attend the private after-meeting Council meetings that happen weekly.



    Duration: 40:16



    Recorded on 10/4/2021.

    • 40 min
    Coffee with Elliot Grossman: school board candidate, education communications consultant

    Coffee with Elliot Grossman: school board candidate, education communications consultant

    Published October 24, 2021.



    LOVELAND, Ohio — Elliot Grossman touts his communications and community engagement work with local school districts when he talks about why he should be elected to the Loveland school board.





    The former newspaperman who came to Cincinnati to work at The Enquirer as an assistant local news editor has found work in his post-media life sending schools better talk to their constituents. He believes working with schools has given him a unique perspective that will help him serve as an effective Loveland City School District school board member.



    Grossman sits down with Loveland Local News Publisher Joe Wessels over chips and salsa at El Picante in Miami Township to discuss his various plans for helping the school district move forward, especially as the district tackles mistrust in the community and impending financial issues that will require voters to approve more funding.



    Duration: 30:37



    Recorded on 10/4/2021.

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