Phil Van Treuren Enters Lorain County Commissioner Race, Says He “Loves Being an Underdog”

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Amherst Councilman and Army veteran to challenge Ted Kalo for seat.

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Phil Van Treuren

I wasn’t elected to focus on partisanship or political parties, and I never will. I’ve proven to my constituents that I’ll work hard for them regardless of whether they are Democrats, Republicans or Independents.

Amherst City Councilman Phil Van Treuren today announced his candidacy for the 2012 Republican nomination for Lorain County, Ohio Commissioner in the race for the seat currently held by Ted Kalo.

Van Treuren, a marketing executive and former officer in the United States Army, said that he looks forward to showing Lorain County’s families how hard he’s willing to work for them.

“Anyone who knows me will tell you that I absolutely love being an underdog,” Van Treuren said. “Anything worth having is worth working hard for. This is going to be a long, tough undertaking, and I can’t wait to face the challenge.”

In his first run for office, Van Treuren walked more than 400 miles in Amherst and knocked on doors wearing the same combat boots he donned in Army Basic Training. Although Amherst is heavily Democratic, Van Treuren was the city’s top vote-getter in the At-Large Council race in both 2009 and 2011.

“I wasn’t elected to focus on partisanship or political parties, and I never will,” Van Treuren said. “I’ve proven to my constituents that I’ll work hard for them regardless of whether they are Democrats, Republicans or Independents. I’m proud to have support from members of every party.”

Van Treuren, whose family has lived in Lorain County for more than a century, said that he has a winning record because he works hard and cares about his constituents, not because of “dirty campaigning or empty promises.”

“I’m running for commissioner because I love Lorain County and I think we have a responsibility to make sure it’s safe and economically sound for our children’s future,” Van Treuren said. “The two most important things that county government can do is keep our citizens safe and manage taxpayer dollars responsibly.”    

According to Van Treuren, his campaign for Lorain County Commissioner will focus on fiscal responsibility and reducing government spending.

“I think that families make Lorain County great, not government or politicians,” he said. “To me, there’s no such thing as government money. It’s the taxpayers’ money, and government needs to be accountable to the people in this county who work hard every day to take care of their families.”

Van Treuren works as a marketing executive at Fathom Online Marketing and lives in Amherst with his wife Jessica and their three children. He encourages residents to learn more about him and watch an introductory video at PhilVanTreuren.com.

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