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Krause running for new Heath city council Place 6 seat

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BY J.J. SMITH

A program manager for L-3 Communications in Greenville, who is the president of the Antigua Bay Homeowners Association in Heath, has announced he is running for the newly-created Heath City Council Place 6 position.

Voters will elect the new city council member May 9.

Also running for the position are Heath residents Tommie Goodson and John Koerner.

Krause and his family have lived in Heath for 15 years, during which time he has  served the community in a variety of capacities.

As the president of the homeowners association, Krause said he has represented his neighborhood before the city council since 1999. He was appointed to the City’s Board of Adjustments in 2004, the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) in 2007, and recently graduated from the Heath DPS Citizens Academy.

During that time he said he has worked closely  with city staff, elected officials, Planning and Zoning and the Park Board “to make Heath a great place to live.”

Because he served on the Comprehensive Plan Committee, he said has already participated in the initial planning for this development and believes he understands better than the other candidates what is at stake.

“I am excited about the opportunity to help implement the Comprehensive Plan on which the committee spent over a year helping to re-write,” he said.

“The citizens of Heath, as well as my experience, tell me that maintaining the quality of life in Heath consists of addressing issues like roads, parks and open spaces with low-density developments.”

According to Krause, he has the most experience among Place 6 candidates and, if elected, can move quickly because of the relationships he has already established.

“I am the most qualified candidate for this position and I look forward to serving the City of Heath as we move forward at this unique juncture in the life of our city,” Krause said.

Because of the current economic environment, he said he will bring a “conservative perspective to our budget, taxes and expenditures, working diligently with other council members to continue providing top-notch city services – without impacting our financial stability.”

“We will soon have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create the new Heath City Center,” he explained.

“This new city hall, with a combination of municipal, retail and cultural facilities, will project the image of Heath. If well planned and executed, in the right location, it will not only improve the tax base, but provide an economic and cultural center in Heath for decades to come,” he added.

Krause has worked at the L-3 Greenville Facility since 1990 when it was E-Systems with progressive responsibilities from Program Quality Manager, Subcontract Administrator to Program Manager while earning three college degrees, including an MBA.



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