ThisWeek Article Reveals Broken Promises

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 @ 2:20AM

Mike Newbern, candidate for District 17 of the Ohio House of Representatives, reacted to an article in ThisWeek Community News today in which Mike Curtin admitted to breaking previous campaign promises.

“It’s disappointing to me that he would promise to work hard to improve the lives of his neighbors and constituents and then pass up a golden opportunity to do so,” said Newbern.

Newbern is referring to Curtin’s decision as a Columbus Charter Review Commission co-chair to table the issue of ward representation despite requests from citizens.

The commission worked to develop 19 different modernizations to the charter which will be presented to voters in three separate issues on the ballot in the November 4, 2014 general election.

Many residents of Ohio’s 17th House District feel marginalized by the city and point to ward representation as a way to have a voice in how they are governed.

“Countless people I meet going door-to-door in South and West Columbus express frustration in the fact that they pay taxes at the same rate as other Columbus residents only to see improvement project after improvement project in downtown areas while our neighborhood streets and sidewalks remain in disrepair,” Newbern said.

Curtin touted his unique ability to “be an effective advocate for the citizens of this district” on his campaign website, which is now curiously offline.

The article states that “In response to a question from past NCC president Dave Paul, Curtin said some citizens made a pitch to charter review commission members for a change in the structure of city council. The proposal would have created seven at-large seats and seven ward representatives, Curtin said, but committee members decided not to act on that.”

His failure to deliver on that claim coupled with his lukewarm response to the issue has many wondering just how hard he tried.

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