Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Term is three years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salaryUnpaid; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.

Who’s Running?

Todd TonoreFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/toddtonoreformansfield/?ref=py_c
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OHE7wvcUHo
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66uJ5LzRqiE
Email: toddtonorre@aol.com
Philip DeGroatPodcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/about-mansfield-17-philip-degroat-interview/id1501454159?i=1000471689062?i=1000471689062
Email: phil.degroat@hotmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Todd Tonore
Philip DeGroat
I spent 20+ years working in the Financial Services industry before leaving the corporate world. During that time, I held several management and executive positions predominantly focused on audit and compliance for information technology. This involved analyzing detailed data to solve problems, minimize risk, and make the most informed decision possible. I have experienced many different cultures, languages and beliefs during my career and consider that invaluable to my ability to work with people. I believe that my skills and experience will benefit the Mansfield City Council. I also hold a Bachelor's degree in Finance and an MBA in information systems, which have enhanced my ability to learn and adapt throughout my career.
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Todd Tonore
Philip DeGroat
I hope to lower taxes, ensure that the City’s infrastructure is solid, and continue to find ways to improve the lives of its’ citizens by ensuring that City provided services are fully supported.
3. THE CURRENT PANDEMIC IS AFFECTING CITY BUDGETS AND SERVICES AND IS AFFECTING THE LIVES OF CITY RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THESE ISSUES?
Todd Tonore
Philip DeGroat
I would refocus the budget temporarily so that critical services which focus on safety and security receive the highest priority. This would ensure that the lives of city residents remain as stable as possible during the pandemic.
4. WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DO YOU FEEL THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL HAVE TO ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING?
Todd Tonore
Philip DeGroat
I believe the mayor and city council are responsible for creating a growth plan that includes all types of housing. This plan must take into account the needs at various levels and types of housing and also the ability of the city to maintain infrastructure that exceeds the growth rate so that the City never falls behind in being able to provide services for all it's residents.
5. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE ROLE OF CITY GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE IN SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES?
Todd Tonore
Philip DeGroat
I believe that the city government should provide greater incentives for the opening of small businesses and support existing small businesses through multiple means both financial and administrative.
6. HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS ISSUES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC SAFETY, PARTICULARLY REGARDING FUNDING?
Todd Tonore
Philip DeGroat
I believe the city council should fully support law enforcement and public safety in all ways including making sure it is completely funded.
7. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Todd Tonore
Philip DeGroat