Based on my research and discussion with many Summit voters, I have identified many concerns of my neighbors and friends. As a candidate for public office, these fellow citizens asked if I would relay those concerns. They include:

Why are streets like Blackburn in such poor shape? When will they be repaired?

Does the recent violence at the Shell on River Road merit a review of our safety measures? It seems like it was out of character, but is the City staying vigilant enough?

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Are neighbors’ complaints about rampant texting and driving misplaced? Can/should the laws on this be better enforced?

All of those issues are very relevant, and deserve answers.

Others may sit and stay silent, but I pledge never to be a bystander and to stop fighting for improvements in our community.

David Dietze is the Republican candidate for Summit Common Council, At-Large.