In a letter written by District 2 State Representative Candidate, Don Bryant; he expressed his support on efforts to understand campus-community relationships.
"It's my job to care," Bryant said when asked why he attended the meeting.
"More importantly, these preliminary results are critical towards learning where we're at and where we need to be. Our end-goal must focus on working together for a common purpose. I applaud everyone who actively engaged in the survey process."
According to a document distributed at the community forum, 772 individuals living and/or working in various Richland County communities participated in the study.
Bryant's letter is attached below.
September 17th, 2014
To: Members of the Academic Community
Today, I had the opportunity to listen-in on the preliminary results from a study on campus-community relationships that was distributed to over 700 people in Richland County. This survey conducted on behalf of OSU-Mansfield and North Central State College; only confirms what thousands of Richland County voters have told me throughout the past 8 months of my campaign for State Representative: more effort and focus needs to be on working together to bridge lasting and positive results for our region.
OSU Mansfield Dean, Dr. Stephen Gavazzi and North Central State College President, Dr. Dorey Diab shared the survey results with those in attendance today.
“Effort drives comfort,” Gavazzi said to the audience.
As Candidate for State Representative, I am supportive of the efforts of OSU Mansfield and North Central State College, as well as hundreds of others who participated in this survey process. Your engagement and the resulting data, presents a great opportunity to now connect opportunities to our needs as a region for the academic community.
If effort truly drives comfort, then it makes sense to support those candidates this election-cycle who have demonstrated efforts in support of the people and communities of Richland County. I’m running for State Representative because I will promote solidarity and showcase our regional strengths at the state-level. I have taken the time to listen to the people of district 2 and will take your priorities with me to the statehouse to get things done once I’m elected.
My policy initiative: Attract, Train & Keep; promotes collaboration between the Academic, Business, Civic and Government communities here in Richland County. More importantly, this initiative is results-oriented and seeks to develop steps toward a more engaging and sustainable future for our children, grandchildren and for ourselves.
It’s time we Move Opportunity Forward together and with Bryant for State Representative.
Thank you for all you do for our communities throughout Richland County.
Don Bryant, District 2 State Representative Candidate