2017 Candidates and Issues: Linda Slocum

To the Editors:

When you vote in Oberlin in the upcoming election, please cast one of your votes for Linda Slocum for City Council. Here’s why.

During her first term on council, Linda has demonstrated her ability to build solutions across differences of opinion. She listens well to her council colleagues and to people from each slice of the Oberlin population. She actively seeks out ideas that build on Oberlin’s many strengths, while also challenging our ready assumptions.

In her second term on council, Linda plans to improve our aging housing stock by making homes comfortable, efficient, and affordable. She will attract new business and industry, while increasing job and housing opportunities. She anticipates working with schools and industry to train local talent, will give residents more of a say about infrastructure and playgrounds in their neighborhoods, and will improve public transportation while supporting sidewalk and bicycle connectivity.

Your vote for Linda Slocum is a vote for inclusive and creative governance and effective problem solutions.

David Snyder
Oberlin Resident

I am writing to urge you to vote for Linda Slocum for a second term on Oberlin City Council in the Nov. 7, 2017 election. A model of leadership in representative local government during her first two-year term on City Council, Linda has demonstrated her commitment to learning the concerns of her constituents and to reflecting those concerns responsibly as a councilmember. Linda’s interest and investment in the success of Oberlin’s economic future and her active participation in the work that the council does to encourage, promote, and preserve responsible administration of city government are a testament to her strong work ethic and her willingness to stand up for her convictions. Linda’s energetic participation in and coordination of local volunteer programs reflect her involvement in community activities. Her willingness to research issues thoroughly, her approachability, and her communication skills equip her to represent Oberlin’s citizenry as a City Councilmember. Linda’s campaign motto, “Building Community Together,” sums up her primary goal in seeking reelection to this office. It is for these reasons that I urge you to cast your vote for Linda Slocum for a second term on Oberlin City Council.

Linda Gates
Oberlin Resident

We write to urge the re-election of Linda Slocum to the Oberlin City Council in November. She has served as vice chair of that body throughout her first term. By virtue of her skills, extensive experience, and devotion to the well-being of the community, she is certain to continue her superb service. She is ardently committed to the open and clear process of decision-making that is fundamental to democracy. One sign of her civic engagement is her longstanding participation in the activities of the League of Women Voters. Her concern for social justice has been exemplified in her unremitting efforts on behalf of homeless families who are aided by the Family Promise organization. She has the temperament and wisdom to work through conflicts and disputes with discernment. She is assiduous in preparation, astute in arriving at judgments, and fair in dealing with others. In short, she is an exemplary candidate whom we are honored to support.

Carol Longsworth
Oberlin Resident

Robert Longsworth
Emeritus Professor of English