Krause elected to newly-created Heath city council seat


City of Heath voters elected Antigua Bay homeowners association president Rich Krause to fill their newly created city council seat in the May 9 election.

Krause received 340 votes, which defeated Tommy Goodson, who received 267 votes, and John Koerner, who received 133 votes.

Incumbent city council members Bob Lille, Karen Lewis and Steve McKimmey had no competition and were also re-elected.

Krause had promised voters that, if elected, he would bring a “conservative perspective” to the City’s budget, taxes and expenditures, “working diligently with other council members to continue providing top-notch city services – without impacting our financial stability.”

Krause is employed as a program manager for L-3 Communications in Greenville. He has worked there 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.

He 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 had told voters that had already participated in the initial planning for this development and therefore undersood 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 had the most experience among Place 6 candidates and, if elected, could move quickly because of the relationships he has already established.

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

“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.

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