Delaware City Council race
Price: Traffic, safety upgrades could help city
A lifelong Delaware resident, Terrie Price is campaigning for a seat on council to ensure others -- especially his children and grandchildren -- can share his pride in their home-town.
"I'm just a regular, middle-class guy," he said. "I could have moved from here to follow jobs that I was offered, but I love Delaware, and I just want to make it a better place for everybody's family. I want my grandkids to have the same opportunities growing up here that I did."
To do that, Price said as a council member he'd consider development and financial decisions in the context of how they will affect the city as far out as 50 years from now.
Something that he said needs to be fixed if Delaware wants to be thriving in both the near and distance future is the heavy traffic leading in and out of the city.
"We need to connect more roads to (U.S. Routes) 23 and 42, because those are really congested now," said Price, who considers extending Sawmill Parkway an immediate priority. "Nobody wants to work eight to 10 hours a day and spend an hour in traffic trying to get home."
Price said it's also important to him that council build strategies for bringing more people downtown by adding parking spaces. He said he'd be in favor of a parking garage near Winter Street.
Because he retired last year from the Columbus Division of Police after more than 34 years of service, Price said safety in Delaware is another primary focus.
"We have a top-notch police and fire department, but we also need to keep them on the right path and provide them with equipment and training and we need to ensure they have the supplies to do their job," he said.
To ensure that all departments in the city, not just fire and police, continue operating at an optimal level without raising taxes, Price said if he is elected, he will review every budget to determine long-term needs and begin planning for them now.
On Nov. 5, Price will be joined on the ballot candidates George Hellinger, Rob Hoffman, Teri Owens, Jeff Rike, Kent Shafer and incumbent Carolyn Riggle to fill three open at-large seats. Mayor Gary Milner and Vice Mayor Windell Wheeler chose not to run for re-election.
Price, 57, is a member of the Stratford Chase Homeowners Association and a freelance wedding photographer.
He and his wife, Marcia, have three children and three grandchildren, all of whom live in Delaware.
To learn more about Price and his campaign, visit FriendsofTerriePrice.com.