Deena Tannert | Ravenna City Council


Candidate Name
Deena Tannert

Office Sought
Ravenna City Council - Ward 4

Why are your running for office, and what previous experience makes you the most qualified candidate for this position?

Having been born and raised in Ravenna, and now being a Ravenna homeowner and working in the city, I feel that there is no better time to get active, be involved, and give back to the city I have called home for 30 years. As a current public servant in my day-to-day job, I have developed a skillset and rapport with citizens and agencies that I can utilize in this elected position as well.

If elected, what do you hope to accomplish in this position?

If elected, I hope to continue to build relationships with residents and community members and agencies. I plan to be engaged, cooperative, and eager to learn, as well as being entrenched in the issues that matter most to my hometown.

What are three policy initiatives you plan to focus on if elected?

Economic development.
Youth engagement initiatives.

What can local governments do to encourage young people to stay in Northeast Ohio?

Continue to focus on economic development, bringing new activities and businesses to the area that young people are interested in. Ensuring affordable housing opportunities and continuing to fund special homeowner programs (improvement grants, etc).

Do you support nondiscrimination policies that protect individuals regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression?


Should cities in Ohio be required to cooperate with U.S. Department of Immigration & Customs Enforcement? Should cities have the right to become a sanctuary city?

No response.

What are your thoughts on public safety and your plans for crime prevention?

Public safety is a top priority. I plan to work closely with our local law enforcement, utilizing my pre-existing relationships in the field. Ravenna's newest SRO has already created many positive relationships with children of all ages in the Ravenna City School District. I hope to collaborate with the SRO to engage youth, especially at-risk youth, to help stop the cycle of crime and drug abuse that has plagued our communities.
With my current position, I work with Portage County's Adult Drug Court, and hope to implement resources (assemblies, lectures, etc) into the local schools.

Do you support reasonable regulations on firearms in the United States? Please explain.

Reasonable, yes.

Please respond "YES" or "NO" to the following questions/statements regarding the environment:

Do you recognize the existence of climate change?


Do you believe the government has a responsiblity to respond to climate change?


Do you support the use of "Fracking" (hydraulic fracturing) to extract oil or gas?


Do you support the restoration of funding for the EPA at the state and federal level?


Do you support state and federal governments incentivizing the adoption of clean/renewable energy sources over the use of fossil fuels?


The state of Ohio has continually cut funds to local governemnts over the last eight years. How do you plan on operating within the confines of an already reduced local budget, without cutting critical services to tax payers?

By working with fellow council members and listening to input from residents to come to a logical solution in all areas of the budget.

What can be done to create new business and encourage existing business to expand and attract more companies with their tax base and employees?

Affordable rent for business owners, loan opportunities for new/existing businesses, continued economic development by council. I would also like to see continued advancement technologically to engage youth in regards to upcoming events.

Should your district reduce the cost of services by contracting out or privatizing government services such as street sweeping and garbage collection and professional services such as engineering and information technology services? Why or why not?

It's always a good idea to try and reduce costs, however all of these categories would be on a case by case basis.

What will you do to actively engage young people in local government?

Utilize social media to engage them and inform them on how they can become involved.

Do you feel that housing in your city is affordable for young people? If not, what will you do to address this issue?

There are not enough affordable rental properties for young people. I hope to engage current landlords about how to problem solve this issue.