Scott Buck is the latest person to throw his hat into the ring for the mayor's job in November.
"I have a passion to help people and public service is the highest stage to enable you to do that," said Buck, 52, who has lived in Stow for 28 years.
Buck has not served as an elected official before, but he said "I put people together and make things happen. I’m not afraid to do that. If there is a need in the city, it will be addressed."
Buck has been involved in the Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce for more than 17 years, and also served as its president. He was named businessperson of the year by the Chamber in 2007 and volunteer of the year in 2000.
Buck, who is a financial consultant at The Marshall Buck Financial Group, said his financial background will help him if elected to Stow's highest executive position.
"These are tough economic times, I’ve been taking care of people's money for 26 years," he said. "We must promote prosperity through economic development. Having a good solid foundation of businesses in our community helps keep the tax burden off the backs of our citizens. Without economic development, we have no police officers, no firemen, no teachers, no good roads – all the things that give our citizens piece of mind."
To help spur economic development, if elected, Buck said he wants to focus on companies already in town.
"People have to understand 80 percent of all new economic development comes from already established companies — those are the people you want to help. They are instilled here, they’ve paid tremendous amount of taxes to community," he said.
Job growth is another focus for Buck, who said without "good solid paying jobs," Stow won't grow as well economically.
"Higher paying jobs support higher home values," he said.
Another reason Buck wants to be mayor is because he loves the neighborhood aspect of the city and wants to build on it.
"It’s like a small town within in a big town. We have a great neighborhood and support structure," he said.
Buck knows the job can't be done alone, however.
"I want input. Together, we’re going to be a solution-based ," he said. "'The Buck stops here' will not just be a sign in my office ... it will be my pledge to the citizens of Stow."
Scott Buck is a financial consultant at The Marshall Buck Financial Group. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Science from the University of Akron. Buck has lived in Stow for 28 years and is married to Sheilla, his wife of 20 years.
and both announced they were also running for mayor. If the Summit County Board of Elections approves all three for the ballot this November, there will be a primary in September to have two candidates. The deadline to file with the board is 4 p.m. June 15.
Mayor Karen Fritschel will not seek re-election due to term limits.