Dublin Villager

Ward 4 City Council seat

Being an advocate essential for Lecklider

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Tim Lecklider began his tenure on Dublin City Council as a neighborhood advocate and hopes to continue with another four years.

The three-term Dublin City Council member is seeking another term as the Ward 4 representative on the Nov. 5 ballot against challengers Kevin Cooper and JD Kaplan.

Lecklider, the section chief of the employment law division of the Ohio Attorney General's office, has lived in Wyndam Village for 21 years with his wife, Sharon, and two daughters.

"During my tenure on council I've advocated for every neighborhood in my ward in some fashion on some issue," Lecklider said.

"At my roots, I'm a neighborhood advocate. My inspiration for first running for council 12 years ago and the one-time guiding principal for me is protecting the integrity of our neighborhoods."

During his time as Ward 4 representative, Lecklider said council has become more open.

"I'm proud of the fact that during my time on council, Dublin city government and City Council members, including myself, have become more transparent and are more responsive than ever before," he said, noting council meetings are shown on DublinTV and stream online.

"We also communicate to residents via the city's website in addition to using Facebook and Twitter," Lecklider said.

"In my case, I tell folks if you don't see me in the grocery story or many events I attend around the city, I'm just a telephone call away."

Lecklider said during his three terms on council, Dublin has created or retained 11,000 jobs.

"On a business level I am proud of my support of the return of Wendy's headquarters to Dublin and helping to facilitate the construction of the Dublin Methodist Hospital and Cardinal Health and more recently the Dublin branch of the Ohio University College of Homeopathic Medicine," he said.

Before joining council, Lecklider served on the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals, gaining valuable knowledge that helped him on council.

"I think all that experience has provided me with valuable insight to moving Dublin forward," he said.

Over the past four years Lecklider has served as Mayor and hopes for another four years to move Dublin into the future.

"There have been so many wonderful opportunities not only during my 12 years on council, but these four years serving as mayor to connect with the public in countless ways from visiting elementary schools and high schools to speak with students, to giving proclamations to veterans returning from Afghanistan, to proclamations to senior citizens for turning 100 years old, ... to throwing out the first pitch at a Miracle League game to neighborhood block parties to name a few opportunities I've enjoyed and hope to enjoy in the future," he said.

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