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It is always a challenge to get people to show up for meetings and commit to tasks, said Patricia Cavanaugh, a Kettering resident who is running for city council against incumbent Councilman Bruce Duke. She said people need to get organized, present ideas to leaders and ask them to act.
People will organize around something they care about, said Duke, using as an example the successful effort by citizens in Kettering to keep open the Ridgeway Avenue bridge, which the city considered closing due to the cost of repairs. Funding was obtained and the bridge will now be repaired.
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He also cited the drive to put a community-owned grocery store on Salem Avenue in an area of Dayton that had none.
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“That’s a perfect example of that one: how do you get rid of a food desert?” said Duke. “You could do that with education. You could do that with housing. You could do that with crime.”
Previous Your Voice Ohio forums have tackled the problems of addiction and economic disparities.
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The Your Voice Ohio forums continue through Monday. They are free and open to the public. Those scheduled are as follows:
Trotwood: today, October 2, Trotwood Community and Cultural Arts Center, 6-8 p.m.
Dayton: Thursday, October 3, White House Event Center (ground floor of the Jefferson Place Apartment building, 101 E. 2nd St.), 6-8 p.m.
Lebanon: Sunday, October 6, Countryside YMCA, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Springboro: Monday, October 7, YMCA of Greater Dayton – Coffman Family Branch, 6-8 p.m.
Visit YourVoiceOhio.org for more information.
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