May 2013 Election Guide—Shenandoah City Council

Shenandoah City Council Position 2

Ron Hyde (I), [email protected]

Hyde, a two-term council member, served as the City of Shenandoah's first fire marshal and bailiff for the city's municipal court. He is a retired fire fighter and oil and gas safety consultant. Hyde has more than 13 years of project involvement with the city. He considers his role in the city's elimination of the ESD tax as his most significant accomplishment on council. Hyde has been married to his wife, Karen, for 19 years.

"A few of my goals would be to reduce the property tax rate substantially by the end of my term. I would like to complete the city park renovation and complete the infrastructure project by adding street lamps throughout the city. The park renovation and street lamp project is already in the planning stage. Finally, I have, since the first time elected, been a proponent of lowering the property tax rate. Although it has been slightly lowered, it can still be reduced with a majority of council deciding it is a priority."

Ron Raymaker, [email protected]

Raymaker has more than 25 years of management experience in financial services, business intelligence, professional services and real estate. He works as a software engineering program manager at Hewlett-Packard. Raymaker volunteers with Special Olympics, SIRE Therapeutic Equestrian Center and is a volunteer soccer coach. He has lived in Shenandoah since October 2011. He is married to his wife of 16 years, Stella, and has an 11-year-old son.

"Shenandoah is a great place to live, but it can be even better in the future. I'll provide the leadership to focus our growth on what's important to our community. We will achieve this by promoting Shenandoah as a premier hometown destination, preserving our small town feeling, and demanding a culture of accountability and transparency in City Hall."

In addition, Raymaker said he would like to establish a code of conduct for city employees.


Shenandoah City Council Position 3

Darrell Frazier (I), [email protected]s

Frazier, who has served on the Shenandoah City Council for the last four years, is a retired Air Traffic Controller and has been involved in aviation since he received his private pilot's license at 17. He and his wife, Kay, have lived in Shenandoah for 26 years. During Frazier's first year on council, the City Council established the Shenandoah resident scholarship. He is a member of the Municipal Development District, Civic Club, and chairman of the scholarship committee.

"I would like to see the Council continue its conservative approach to only doing projects that can be paid for with cash. I also would like to see the pathway projects continue and obtain resident input so park improvements can be finalized and completed."

Jennifer Marino, [email protected]

Marino is a former environmental consultant with Browning Ferris Industries Corporation and the senior executive oncology and hospital specialist for GlaxoSmithKline Global Healthcare Company. She coordinated communications between medical hospitals, research science centers and airports, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"Transparency in all of the city's undertaking must be our priority, and I promise that no backroom deals will be made, if I have a say, without the full knowledge of the residents. Shenandoah must establish a strategy that engages the community to take part in the City's government. Fiscal responsibility, environmental sustainability and first-rate services are always a must for a strong, prosperous city. Last, the City of Shenandoah originated from a rich, character-filled history. We cannot forget the people and organizations that brought us to this point."


Shenandoah City Council Position 4

Jean Teague (I), [email protected]

Teague helped establish the Shenandoah Civic Club, where she currently serves as chairwoman of the Christmas Luminary Committee, member of the Christmas Committee, Resident Scholarship Committee and City Liason for David Dream Run. As a member of the National Charity League, she served as vice president on the Board of Ways and Means.

"If I am re-elected to City Council I wish to maintain our fiscally conservative approach while enhancing our city with continued improvements and updates without adding debt. My goal is to continue applying the current mindset by paying for projects and updates with cash. I wish to continue and complete the pathway project, replace street lights in Shenandoah Valley and enhance our parks and green spaces. I wish to continue encouraging our residents to get involved by volunteering. Community involvement is essential for a healthy community."

John Escoto, [email protected]

Escoto cited his reason for running for the Shenandoah City Council as a desire to continue his career in public service. He has experience in senior level management in federal law enforcement, where he worked on multi-million dollar budgets and investigative matters with the U.S. Customs office. Escoto served as a command sergeant major with the U.S. Army Reserve Battalion and has 32 years of experience in law enforcement at the local, state and federal level.

"I want to bring a greater level of transparency and openness to show how the city spends our tax dollars. I want to keep the citizens better informed of matters that directly impact them by improving the dissemination of information. For example, what businesses, residential and public works projects are being planned or are underway. I want to conduct outreach events, such as town hall meetings."

Important dates:

  • April 29–May 4 — Early Voting, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • May 3 — Last day to apply for ballot by mail
  • May 11 — Election Day, 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Polling Location: Shenandoah City Hall, 29955 I-45 N.