LIMA — Tim Sielschott is hoping voters are ready for a new generation of leadership for the Allen County commissioners.
Born and raised in Lima, Sielschott, 38, graduated from Bath High School in 2000. Like many in his generation, he temporarily moved away from Allen County while attending Colby College in Maine. But he returned upon graduation, bringing his wife, Katie, back home with him to raise a family.
Sielschott later founded his own financial services firm, Sielschott Financial Advisors, in 2012.
He thinks he can be a connector between his generation and the ones that preceded it, pointing to population growth as one of Allen County’s key challenges as young people decide whether they can raise their families here.
“Younger folks want there to be jobs that they can pay their bills and raise their families without having to move away to a big city,” Sielschott said.
Older generations benefit too, Sielschott said, when their children and grandchildren decide to raise their families here.
While work is already underway in those areas, Sielschott wants to use the role of commissioner to sell Allen County to developers and encourage better collaboration between Allen County, Lima and the other government entities.
Sielschott said he believed his background in sales and business ownership qualifies him to be that spokesperson.
He’s promoted Allen County for years through his work with the Young Professionals, a networking group from the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce, and through various board roles with entities such as Ohio Means Jobs.
“There a group of people about my age that grew up with a phone on their wall and went to school with a phone in their pocket,” Sielschott said. “Having something in common with 20-year-olds and people my parents’ age – I have a willingness and capability to do that.”
While Sielschott’s main focus is on economic development, which he sees as an essential piece to attracting and retaining young families, he still sees maintenance of basic services as a top priority for the Allen County commissioners. And he sees his business background helping him in this area as well.
In one example, Sielschott has suggested a review of Allen County’s properties to see whether there are opportunities to divest or enter into public-private partnerships.
“There’s only so much money,” he said earlier this month. “Part of my business background is putting those in appropriate order. I think going in that order and trying to own less real estate as we can and as it makes sense to do so.”
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