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BE PUBLISHED. Date questionnaire completed: February

The News-Herald
Election Questionnaire
Political party: Republican Name: John R. Hamercheck Age: 47 Home address: 81 Parkway Blvd., Madison, Ohio 44057 Length of residence in that community: Occupation: Electrical/Electronic Marital status: Married 20 Years

10, 2012 01/03/2013 Term

Office sought: Lake County Commissioner

Gender: Male

Campaign Web site: Employer: Hamercheck Communications, Name of spouse: Susan E. Hamercheck Inc.


Name and age of any children: Dyan, age 16; Sarah, age 15 Public office experience: Village of Madison Council, 2006-present. Served as President of Council for 4 years (January 2008-December 2011). I have also served on various Village of Madison committees, advisory groups and boards, such as Budget Committee, Safety Advisory Group(Chairman), Utilities Advisory Group(Chairman), School Liaison Advisory Group, Township Liaison Advisory Group, Madison Recreational District Board, Safety Communications Enhancement Panel. Panel(Chairman), and the Website

Non-elected experience (committees, boards, etc.): Village of Madison Police Department Auxiliary Team 2002-2006, Special Olympics Ohio Bicycle Ambassador Awareness Program Project Manager (a.k.a. Mission Control) 2008-present, Child Identification Program 2002-2006, Safety Pup Program (Child Safety and Awareness Program) 2002-2006, Assistant Coach Madison Softball Association 2005, Grinch Christmas Community Reading (Ground Crew) 2010-present, Madison High School Senior Project Sponsor 2009, Couch Potato Running Team (Honorary Member) 2004-present.

Political office held


Years served

Elected or Appointed? Elected


Village of Madison Council

Village of Madison

January 1, 2006December 31, 2010


Village of Madison Council

Village of Madison

January 1, 2010present


School! city !state


Degree-Subject or Certificate
High School Diploma Associates

High School College

Grand River Academy Lakeland Community College

1983 1983-1985, 1985-1987

Graduate Other Motorola and Kenwood Communications National Training Programs Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) Training for Grant Writing Continuous Certifications



(Note: Only list schools from which you've graduated and/or earned degrees. Please indicate if currently attending.) (Note: If you've completed a certificate program, please list in "Other" row and indicate certificate obtained.)
Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you'd like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it? The office of County Commissioner needs to move from what amounts to a policy of exclusion to a policy of inclusion. Participation from the general public to subject matter experts must be sought, evaluated and incorporated into the decision making process. Decisions based on political expediency must cease. I would advocate an open and honest evaluation of the County's financial situation with an emphasis on a "right track/wrong track" review process. Corrective actions could then be implemented that would provide a working migration path from the failed policies we are currently experiencing today to working solutions that can be employed on a go-forward basis. I will inform the citizens of Lake County of the issues and events relevant to our County. I will do this through encouraging direct involvement of the citizens at public meetings, through the effective use of the County's website and by media participation. Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you? My 24-year accomplished business career track and now beginning my seventh year of elected service have allowed me to become known throughout the area for a proven ability for delivering and sustaining tangible results within highly challenging circumstances. Both in business and elected service, I have been able to prove myself an exceptional communicator with a consultative interactive style, strong negotiating skills, exceptional problem solving abilities and a keen constituent needs assessment aptitude. I aggressively identify opportunities, develop focus and provide both tactical and strategic solutions. As an example, I offer in my first year on Madison Village Council, through a strict adherence to budgetary responsibility and keeping the citizens informed, it was made public that in 2006 the carryover balance for the general fund was less than $15, and our Enterprise Funds were selling services at less than cost. Additionally, it was revealed that our Village was $3.4 million in debt with this amount not (emphasis added) generally known outside of only a few elected and appointed officials. Through open meetings, seeking public input and through applying lessons learned, in recent years the financial situation in Madison Village had reached a carryover of $1.4 million and our Village debt is under $2 million with funds at sustainable levels even with reduced revenues and most especially without raising taxes.