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Ocala City Council, District 3

City Council members serve terms of four (4) years. The council has the legal authority and responsibility to manage all regulations and powers of the city. Some actions of the council may be guided by the City Charter or associated laws. Elections are in odd-numbered years.(Vote for One)

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    Jay A Musleh
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    Ty Schlichter
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Información Biográfica

What experiences and skills qualify you for this position?

I support budgeting for community-based social services, so the police do not have to handle non-violent issues. (Select from 1 = Strongly Disagree to 5 = Strongly Agree)

Explain your answer.

I support the City offering incentives to bring supermarkets into underserved areas of Ocala. (Select from 1 = Strongly Disagree to 5 = Strongly Agree)

Explain your answer.

Explain what you would do to address the problem of homelessness in Ocala.

Describe the primary environmental issue the City faces and explain what you would do to address it.

INCUMBENT
City of Residence Ocala, Florida
Education Bachelors Degree in Banking and Finance from The University of Florida 1978
43 years experience in Banking and finance. 25 years serving the City of Ocala on the City Code Board and as a current member of the City Council. Member of the Kiwanis Club of Ocala for 31 years and a past president. Owner of a small business with my wife for 15 years (it was sold in 2015). Was one of three founding Executive Officers of Gateway Bank of Central Florida located on Silver Springs Blvd in Ocala. Current TPO (Transportation Organization) member and TDC (Tourism Developmental Council) member. Past certified cash manager and past holder of a Series 6 and 63 securities license. Married 27 years to my wife Sigrid with 4 children and 7 grandchildren.
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I agree so long as any community based services are contained within the Police Departments budget and can be used at the discretion of Police Chief. We do not need to create another agency with administration layers when we already have a highly functioning Police Department.
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When incentives have necessary claw back provisions to insure that city's interests are protected.
Homelessness is a nationwide problem and Ocala is no exception. I would to support the organizations that are having some success like Open Arms Village, Salvation Army and Interfaith. In addition I would seek out community support for new ideas that could help with the problem. Finally the city has some staff that specifically help with this issue and I would continue to support them and seek out new ideas. While we may not be able to end homelessness for all we can help those who want help and every life changed is a life saved.
It is impossible to name only one issue as there are many issues a city of our size faces. One of the biggest is managing our many Capital projects that provide the services our citizens want and deserve. These include clean water, reliable electricity, stormwater protection, public safety, and a reliable and efficient sanitary sewer system. I will do this by insuring we have adequate reserves for capital improvements, professional staff to provide the service and a millage rate that accomplishes all of the above.
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City of Residence Ocala
Education Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering - The University of Florida
I have an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Florida and today I am a local business owner here in Ocala, I serve as vice president and chief electrical engineer at Central Florida Electric. The company consists of 2 offices and over 100 employees. I deal with Budgets Insurance, licensing boards, contracts, lawyers, and more on a daily basis in my role as Vice President at Central Florida Electric.

Most importantly I am integrated into the community through interactions with community leaders and interactions through my 4 children who attend our schools and participate in local sports. I feel this gives me a better pulse for Ocala today than my opponents. I understand what it is, to raise a family in Today’s Ocala.
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I believe the police already have the training and ability to handle these situations, many of them are cross trained to handle domestic disputes, negotiation tactics, and more. The dangerous issue here is there is no way to determine if a situation is non-violent at the time of dispatch. Even if it was determined to be non-violent; it could always escalate and I believe the community is best served to have an officer on scene in case of an escalation.
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Incentives can be a powerful tool to drive the private sector to meet the needs of the community. In each case a careful examination of the pros and cons will need to be evaluated to ensure the city is getting a fair deal while serving the community.
Homelessness is a problem that we will continue to battle, however we need to work with community leaders and organizations to implement a new plan. What we have been doing is not achieving the results we all want. We need to balance the needs of the homeless with the protection of our children and our neighborhoods. We will not be able to solve homelessness but every person we can help get back on their feet is worth the effort and time spent.
As a city we need to provide all services our citizens require but it is very important we do it an environmentally responsible and sustainable way. I think one issue of paramount concern is maintaining our local water quality by controlling storm water runoff and our sewer system integrity. Another factor in this is continuing to obtain funding from outside programs to expand on the removal of outdated and aging septic systems to ensure they do not leach into our ground water system.