Candidates merit special attention

To the editor:

The city of Oberlin is blessed to have a number of excellent candidates for city council this year. Two candidates in particular may be less familiar to many but merit special attention: Heather Adelman and Linda Slocum.

Heather Adelman’s leadership in Oberlin revolves around three themes: economic development, building collaborations among stakeholders, and sustainability. She is the market manager for the Farmers Market and co-founder of the Oberlin Food Hub, two efforts that provide economic opportunities for small and medium farmers in the area. As vice chair of the city’s resource conservation and recovery commission and former assistant director of the Oberlin Project, she has experience working with people in city government, the public schools and at the college. Heather will not just show up to city council meetings. She will work hard in between them to help Oberlin realize its vision.

Linda Slocum has served one term on council, and in that time she has also proven herself to be a leader on issues related to economic development, working collaboratively, and sustainability. Her voting record demonstrates a commitment to Oberlin’s proud heritage on civil rights issues, and a commitment to Oberlin’s Strategic Plan and carbon neutrality plan. We need a consensus-builder like Slocum on council.

In addition to Adelman and Slocum, Sharon Pearson and Bryan Burgess are council veterans with a history of excellent public service, transparency, and commitment to Oberlin’s goals of economic development and sustainability. I support these four outstanding candidates.

Cindy Frantz