Nancy L. Byrge
Huber Heights City Council, At-large
Southwest Ohio, Local
Nancy Byrge is known for her integrity, honesty, and positive leadership. Building on her success as a current Huber Heights City Council member, Nancy will partner with local businesses, Public Safety, and community residents to make Huber Heights safe and productive.
Retired from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base with 30 years of program, integration, production, and test management experience in government systems acquisition programs, Nancy is well-equipped to lead efforts in Huber Heights to fuel current economic development advancements and draw more businesses and residents into the city.
A champion for women in the community, Nancy works to ensure equity and equality when introducing new initiatives. She says: “I remain committed to ensuring that our policies, practices, legislation, and actions support this resolution, and that our city makes substantive progress in achieving equity, equality, and inclusion in our city.”Re-elect Byrge
Meet the Candidate
Can you tell our members a little bit about your journey to filing as a candidate?
For almost 15 years, I have volunteered extensively supporting non-profits in providing food, clothing, and other services to both our community and the Miami Valley. I am also a proud member of multiple veteran’s groups working to ensure they are aware of resources available to them in times of need. Wanting to get more actively involved in issues affecting our community, I served on the Huber Heights Board of Zoning Appeals for 4 years until I was appointed to fill a City Council vacancy in 2016. After realizing the ability that position gave me to reach out directly to our residents to help solve their issues and to improve our city, I ran for my current council seat in 2017, and am currently running for re-election. I’m passionate about serving our community and have a great track record of achievements to prove it.
My main responsibilities as councilwoman is listening to our residents, helping them resolve neighborhood issues, improving their quality of life, and enhancing our community amenities. I have been very successful in doing that by providing valuable guidance on development issues, providing softened water, offering the opportunity to participate in an energy aggregation program, and negotiated cheaper waste disposal rates. All to help residents save money. Using extensive feedback from our residents, we built a wonderful new dog park; a Veteran’s Memorial; and at the request of a local 10-year-old, a new BMX/Skate Park. I have been a staunch advocate for our seniors and public safety personnel and am advocating for a new senior center and public works facility to resolve overcrowding issues.
I have spent the last six years being the resident’s voice on council, initiated many projects that have improved their quality of lives, and ensured the priorities of our taxpayers, children, and seniors were addressed. Initiatives that I introduced had an integral role in the tremendous progress our city has experienced in the last four years. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical to our future, and we must continue our efforts to ensure all our neighbors have opportunities to thrive in our city. In short, I am running because I have a proven record of getting projects accomplished, a vision for the future of Huber Heights, and a willingness to continue working hard to make that vision reality.
Tip O’Neill famously said that “all politics is local.” What are the top two issues your community faces today and how do you plan to address them?
Improving our aging infrastructure and mitigating our current traffic issues.
Our city is experiencing an unprecedented development boom that is straining our aging infrastructure. We are currently lining the most vulnerable water and sewer lines to extend service life and have implemented a long-term plan to minimize future breaks. This will be an on-going concern and I will continue to monitor it closely.
Any new developments must now include a traffic study to mitigate current traffic congestion areas and avoid creating new ones. Additional right turn lanes are being constructed in critical areas to alleviate congestion. New developments are now required to add wider sidewalks/bike paths for safety and to increase mobility in and around the development.
What stands out in our values as most important to you and your experience (or expected experience) in public office? Our values are:
∙ Economic empowerment
∙ Equity and independence
∙ Dominion over our bodies
∙ Access to education
∙ Safe communities in which to live and raise our families
Most importantly, women helping women succeed. I have spent the last six years being the voice on council for our residents, initiated many projects that have improved their quality of lives, and ensured the priorities of our all citizens; especially, women, children, and seniors were addressed. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical to our future, and I will continue my efforts to ensure all our neighbors have opportunities to thrive in our city. Women face greater challenge if they don’t have food; safe housing; a “hand-up,” when needed, and personal responsibility for her own body. I have introduced many initiatives and had an integral role in the tremendous progress our city has experienced in the last four years with those values at the forefront of my decision-making.
What does a Matriots PAC endorsement mean to you and your campaign?
I am now among an elite group of successful Matriots, some of which have supported me during my political service. This endorsement validates that I share all the values required for a woman to succeed at all occupation, is free to make her own choices, and confirms my commitment to helping other women succeed, both in politics and business.