To the editor:
It’s difficult to imagine two stronger candidates for Oberlin city council than Ron Rimbert and Bill Jindra.
Ron is one of the finest council members I have had the privilege of working with. Ron’s greatest strength is his dedication to serving all of Oberlin while bringing a personal perspective from our southeast neighborhoods.
Ron was involved in Oberlin’s earliest conversations about sustainability. He suggested and established a “super rebate” program, doubling the city’s financial incentives for the replacement of outdated, energy wasting appliances.
Ron has served on the council for 16 years, two as vice chair and most recently as chair. As chairman, Ron has guided discussions firmly but fairly. He has strongly supported the following council initiatives:
• A proclamation condemning President Donald Trump’ withdrawal from the Paris Peace Accords.
• A vote raising the minimum wage for city workers.
• A proclamation reaffirming Oberlin’s status as a sanctuary city.
• A vote establishing Indigenous Peoples Day.
• A proclamation asserting council’s support for DACA and the rights of “Dreamers.”
• A vote amending city ordinances to strengthen protections for the LGBTQ community in the college and town.
Ron has said that Oberlin must always take stands that put us on “the right side of history.”
Bill Jindra is a former council member and a longtime resident of Oberlin. He and his family have been dedicated to making Oberlin a quality community. Bill’s wife Robin is also a former council member who headed the Oberlin Senior Center. Daughter Emily has been an Oberlin firefighter and currently works as a counselor at Langston Middle School.
Bill served on the selection committee for our new police chief. After retiring as a detective on the Avon Lake police department, he became the bailiff at Oberlin’s Municipal Court.
As a former council member, Bill is most proud of working to save Allen Memorial Hospital.
If elected, Bill would be committed to continuing Oberlin’s path to sustainability, improving strained relations with Oberlin College and exploring incentives to encourage police officers to live in town.
I encourage you to support these two strong candidates for Oberlin city council.
Sharon Fairchild Soucy