Loraincounty.com 2012 Candidate Profile: Phil Van Treuren for Commissioner
Big thanks to loraincounty.com for contacting all of the local Lorain County candidates who will be appearing on the ballot in the November 6, 2012 general election and asking them to provide political campaign information for candidate profiles on their website.
Loraincounty.com does a great job of keeping Lorain County residents updated on local news, issues, government and business information. If you haven’t visited their website, I hope you will check it out sometime soon. Here’s a link to the profile they published about my candidacy for Lorain County Commissioner:
Phil Van Treuren
Candidate for Lorain County Commissioner
Employment: Senior Account Executive, Fathom Online Marketing
Education: Officer Candidate School, U.S. Army National Guard; Southern Utah University
Community Involvement: Councilman At-Large, City of Amherst
Family: Wife Jessica; children Alex, Andrew & Sophie
Why are you running for public office?
I’m running because I think our commissioners need to start leading by example, being fiscally responsible, and listening to all of their constituents . . . regardless of politics.
What would you like to accomplish if elected or if re-elected?
I’ll be a full-time commissioner from day one. I’ll fight to keep the sales tax in Lorain County low. And I’ll get input from everyone who’s affected by my decisions.
I’m not running for Lorain County commissioner so that I can hand out jobs to my political buddies and family members. I wasn’t elected to focus on politics, partisanship or political parties, and I never will.
In what ways can web, mobile and social technology be used in the government sector?
My private sector career is in the field of online marketing and social media, and it’s something I love to do.
My digital marketing experience will help me promote Lorain County more effectively and be more transparent than any commissioner we’ve ever had.
What one bit of information do people not normally know about you?
In the last three years, I’ve walked nearly 700 miles in the City of Amherst introducing myself and talking to residents, and have delivered more than 6,000 personal, hand-written postcards thanking voters for their support.