Guest blog: Brandon Rutherford, ” . . . you should vote.”

Editor’s note:  Brandon Rutherford is an Elyria resident involved in his community by way of a neighborhood block watch, a run for city council, and promotion of Invest Elyria, among other civic pursuits.


The upcoming election in both May and November has huge implications. We are voting for the men and women who will work to represent us on many levels. The different levels include a county level with our county commissioner race, a state race with our state representative seats being up for election and not to mention our governor’s race. We even have a U.S Senate race which will send someone to Washington D.C to do battle with the lobbyists and special interests to better help residents back here in Ohio. No matter how you vote this election you should vote. I personally will be voting in the Democratic Primary. I know that many that read this site on a regular basis besides me are probably Republicans but that doesn’t matter to me. I want to have a good debate and have the best ideas possible presented to others to best have the public’s best interests in mind when they cast votes that make changes to you and your family’s life.

Press Release: Terry Boose questions loss of Lorain County employer

Editor’s note:  TeleTech Holdings, Inc. has only been doing business in Lorain County for roughly 5 years, so it’s surprising to me how quickly after TeleTech’s start-up investment at their Lorain County location that they are shutting down.  State rep Terry Boose represents the 58th Ohio House District, which includes many of the western and southern precincts of Lorain County, as well as all of Huron County and eastern Seneca County.

Boose to Key Policy Makers: Where are the jobs going?

Why Are Nearly 600 More Ohioans Are Out of Work, Governor?

Norwalk, OHIO – Small business controller and State Representative Terry Boose (R-Norwalk) today sent two letters to key policy makers in Columbus inquiring why TeleTech Holdings, Inc., a customer service call center in Lorain County, announced its plans to close in May. The closure of TeleTech will leave 585 more Ohioans jobless, joining the ever-growing list of companies leaving Ohio under the current administration.

In a letter to Governor Strickland, Rep. Boose stated, “Governor, what have you done to make sure these positions were fought for? Unemployment in Lorain County is currently at 11.5 percent, and the closure of TeleTech delivers a severe blow to the families of Lorain County and Northern Ohio. This company has been significant within our community, and the loss of yet another corporation from Ohio’s borders is very problematic. How many businesses need to abandon our state before we provide them with adequate reason to stay?”

In a letter to Lisa Patt-McDaniel, director of the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD), Rep. Boose requested the following: “In consideration of Ohio’s rampant job loss, I respectfully ask that you present to me the following information:

1.                  The date on which ODOD first learned that TeleTech Holdings, Inc. was looking to relocate;

2.                  The date on which ODOD first proactively reached out to TeleTech Holdings, Inc.; and,

3.                  The specific incentives that were included in the package to TeleTech Holdings, Inc.”