By BRIAN BOHNERT
For the first time in a decade, Fostoria’s Second Ward will be represented by someone other than Paul Feasel.
During Tuesday’s meeting, Fostoria City Council appointed Greg Flores as the newest representative of the city ward.
Flores, who was 37 votes shy of beating then-incumbent Feasel in November’s general election, was picked to fill the remaining four years of the seat in a unanimous vote Tuesday night.
“It feels good to be here,” Flores said. “I’ve worked hard over the last few years to do the right thing in the community and do the right thing trying to run in the general election … It feels good to be here, but it also felt good during the general election to get all of those votes.”
Flores is the program director at Geary Family YMCA. He is also a member of the board of directors at Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the Patient Advisory Council for ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital. He is credited with organizing Fostoria Cash Mob which, he said, raised more than $15,000 in the last two years to help needy families in the community.
“I love this place. I’ll always be here. And, I just want to help make this a better place,” he said.
Flores said his involvement in the community, combined with experience in retail management and finance/banking, make him a good representative of the Second Ward.
“Every job that I’ve been on I’ve been on some type of committee to step up and try to fix something … I think that’s the opportunity I want to take,” he said. “I just want to dig in and see what’s going on.”
The race for council’s vacant seat came to a head Tuesday as three candidates met in council chambers to state their case. Other candidates included Fostoria City Schools Band Director Steve Kauffman and John Snyder, an employee at the Kroger store on West High Street.
“There are many things that you hear about that we need in Fostoria. Some of them are born of what we were; but, I’d like to concentrate on what we are and what we can be,” Kauffman told council. “There’s a lot of great resources here, starting with the people and going on from there; and, I see tremendous potential for the start of a great comeback story.”
Snyder, a Findlay native who has lived in Fostoria for 18 years, said he saw this vacant spot as an opportunity to put his business acumen and people skills to “assist Fostoria in its growth.”
“During my time at Kroger, I have learned to work with the public. I’ve learned that there are diverse needs. I have also learned that there is no such thing as a needy or bad customer,” Snyder said. “There’s only customers with special needs. I like to think that’s how society is in general. There’s no such thing as a bad or needy person. There’s someone who needs someone to help them get to where they want to be.”
After each candidate expressed their interest to council, each of the six council members cast their vote for Flores.
With all seven council seats filled, Mayor Eric Keckler said he looks forward to what Flores and his love of the community will bring to the city.
“We had three fine candidates, but I think Greg is going to do a nice job,” Keckler said. “He’s a hometown boy and he has been involved in the community with Cash Mob; and, I’ve been involved with him on some of his projects and I think he’s going to do a nice job for us. He’s a good addition to what we’re trying to accomplish.”
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