Lis Kenneth Regula for Auditor: Quick Info

Lis Kenneth Regula for Auditor: Quick Facts & FAQ

Who is Lis Kenneth Regula?

Lis Kenneth Regula is the Democratic candidate for Portage County Auditor. He’s also a father, scientist, and teacher.

What’s his background?Lis Kenneth Regula and his son, Kenny

Originally from western Ohio, Lis has been a Portage County homeowner for 12 years. After graduating high school in 1999, he became the first person in his family to go to college. He earned degrees from Ohio State and Kent State University. Currently, he teaches biology at University of Akron. He also serves on various nonprofit boards and a city committee. He lives in Kent with his 12-year-old son. 

Why is he running for auditor?

  1. He cares about public service. 
  2. He has the skills for the job.

What’s his experience? 

  • Statistics background
  • Owned his own business
  • Founded and manages a local nonprofit
  • Serves on a committee in the City of Kent
  • Board member of various local groups

What does the auditor do?

The auditor is the top financial manager for Portage County. The auditor makes sure that your tax dollars are spent as they are intended. Basically, the auditor makes sure that Portage County residents get what they pay for. Here’s more detailed info

What’s Lis’ plan for Portage County?

First and foremost, Lis will use his statistics and research background to manage Portage County’s finances with scientific precision. He’s not a politician, he’s a scientist. So, there’s no hidden agenda, no political games, no nonsense. Just keeping track of taxpayers’ money: putting people first. 

Then, the three planks of Lis’ platform:

  1. Modernization
  2. Efficiency
  3. Responsiveness

Lis Kenneth Regula is going to bring Portage County into the 21st century by updating county systems. He will do this efficiently, without raising taxes. Finally, Lis believes that interacting with county government should be simple and convenient. He will use the skills he developed as a business owner and nonprofit leader to provide quick, straightforward service to the people of Portage County.

How can I support Lis’ campaign?

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Lis Kenneth Regula: 21st century leadership for today’s economy

Twelve years ago, I moved to Portage County. Like many people, a job brought me here.

Over the years, I’ve supported local business. I’ve sent my 12-year-old son to Kent public schools, and I’ve run my own small business and nonprofit. That’s because the hardworking people of Portage County before me, built a place where I could thrive. They built the place I wanted to live and the one I’m proud to call my home.

But over the past few years, our county has fallen behind.

When state lawmakers cut funding to our cities, villages, and townships, our local communities suffered. Potholes littered our roads, damaging our cars. Our teachers and law enforcement officials were laid off. Our taxes went up while our wages went down.

Meanwhile, our elected officials played politics with our jobs and our families.

I’m not a politician and never figured I’d run for office. I’m a teacher and a scientist, and just a guy who cares about his community. And I’ve come to realize:

We can’t move Portage County forward with the same old thinking. It’s time for change. 

That’s why I’m doing my part, running for Portage County Auditor. The auditor is the chief financial officer of the county, and I have the experienced financial background to manage our county finances with responsibility, fairness, and common sense.

As our nation’s economy is changing, our elected officials need to step up. We need folks in office with the ability to adapt, to help cushion the blows of automation, outsourcing, and attacks on unions, workers, and small businesses.

This means electing new leadership to fix our economy’s new problems. This means bringing Portage County into the 21st century.

We can’t do the same thing over and over, expecting better results. It’s time for new leadership for today’s economy.

Lis Kenneth Regula’s record of successful financial management

As Portage County Auditor, Lis Kenneth Regula will be in charge of overseeing our county’s finances. Lis is well-equipped for this position because he understands the principles of responsible financial management. 

Lis manages finances with diligence and common sense, both in his personal and his professional life. 

By age 30, Lis had already paid off his mortgage. And he already owned a rental property, which provides a modest but consistent revenue stream. 

“I paid off the rental property while I was working at NASA Glenn,” Lis explains. “I was working 12 hour days, sometimes not getting home until one or two in the morning. But I did what I had to do, and it was worth it.”

In 2007, Lis founded his own business. The company, Baby By Nature, offered natural parenting goods to new parents. He owned and operated his small business for six years, before selling it at a profit in 2013. That same year, Lis co-founded Edible Kent, a nonprofit which plants community gardens with food for anyone’s use. 

Running a small business and a nonprofit both show how Lis uses his financial management skills to serve his community. And that’s what he will do as auditor. 

Lis’ business and nonprofit management skills add up to the experience and knowledge needed to successfully manage county finances. As auditor, he will combine his practical finance skills with his motivation to serve our community. Together, this means a stronger, safer, more prosperous Portage County. 

This spirit of fiscal responsibility, which helped Lis go from a first generation college student to mortgage-free homeowner, is what he will bring to Portage County government. As a faithful member of our community, Lis will keep precise track of Portage County’s tax dollars. Even though people start out in different financial situations, when our leaders effectively serve the public, everyone has a greater chance to succeed.

Tell us why you’re voting Regula for Auditor!

There are a lot of reasons to vote for Lis Kenneth Regula for Auditor. Maybe you agree that Portage County needs updated and electing new leadership will make it happen. Or maybe you believe that term limits are  important, but you know the current auditor has been in office since 1994. You might see how Lis Kenneth Regula serves our community, and you know service drives our county forward.

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