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Commission Candidate Vows to Listen to Public

Political Writer

September 20, 2012
By JOSELYN KING - Political Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Republican Patty Levenson acknowledges if she is elected to office, she'll be in the minority alongside two Democrats on the Ohio County Commission.

Levenson was the featured speaker for the "Penny For Your Thoughts" political forum Wednesday night in Centre Market, sponsored by the Ohio County Republican Party, and she outlined how she operates politically.

"I try to get the majority opinion on my side," she said. "If I can't convince the other two (commissioners), I will petition my neighbors and let them know (about the issue at hand). Then their voices can be heard at the commission meeting.

"I've been known to go neighbor by neighbor in different communities and drop off a flyer and say, 'How do you feel about this? Please sign and drop it in my mailbox and I'll return it to the commission,'" she said. "You would be surprised how many people answer the call."

It's just a matter of communicating and collectively making voices known, Levenson continued.

She doesn't believe current commissioners do enough to inform the public of what is happening in the county. And commission minutes and agendas need to be placed online, according to Levenson.

"My plan is to have everything on the Internet for everyone to see," she said. "And if they don't want to put up an Internet site through the commission, I will put up my own personal site where the commission minutes will be out there. Everything that is said will be there for you to read, because that's the way it's supposed to be done anyway. I'm not breaking any rules ..."

The community's voice often isn't heard because the public often doesn't know of issues facing the county, she added.

"It doesn't have to be this way folks," Levenson said. "Sometimes we accept our reality because we feel we can't do anything about it."

Levenson faces Democrat Orphy Klempa in the Nov. 6 general election. Both are seeking the seat vacated by David Sims, who was appointed circuit judge.

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