Geneva is a family for Supervisor Lou Guard, who has spent the last several months learning the job of county supervisor on the fly.
It’s been a challenging road, but one that has shown him a lot about the folks he represents. “I’ve been learning a lot going door-to-door,” he explained. “My goal is to knock on every door in my two wards prior to November’s election”
It’s a lofty expectation, but one that he set from the start. Not only that, but building trust while promoting transparency. “After every county meeting, I hold a coffee hour for constituents to come out and ask questions.” He added, “It’s an important part of the process.”
This weekend, Supervisor Guard will be holding another one of these coffee hour sessions, which will give voters the chance to come out and talk to him about important issues.
Guard works for Hobart and William Smith Colleges, but prior to landing back in the community he loves — the success his hometown was experience inspired he, and his wife, to come back. “Every weekend there was a new restaurant or business opening, and you could tell that great things were happening.”
After coming back, and getting involved with that community — Supervisor Guard said his focus turned to other locally important issues. While Guard says that there are a number of issues, including some very complex ones, the landfill issue in Ontario County has to be a priority. During his time in-studio, Guard talked about the lack-of-glamour associated with many of the decisions made by supervisors on a regular basis.
Guard noted that while not all of the issues and resolutions weighed by the supervisors are interesting — they are necessary and maintaining focus on important issues — like preserving our natural resources must be a priority.
Check out the entire discussion and appearance in the video window below, or listen to the audio-only version above: