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.

Whatever your reason for voting Regula for Auditor, we’d like to hear it. Fill out the form below and be a part of improving Portage County for everyone. If you have any questions, contact us at regulaforauditor@gmail.com.

Learn more about Lis Kenneth Regula and his campaign here

Regula for Auditor July 4

Lis Kenneth Regula believes that working together in cooperation and collaboration is the key to efficiency and success. Whether it’s running a business, running a classroom or running for office, we are only successful when we appreciate the people who work alongside us. That’s why we’re highlighting our interns and volunteers, to show gratitude for their dedication and hard work.


Campaign Intern, Kendra Dempster-Walsh 

Kendra Dempster-Walsh is working as one of the interns on Lis Kenneth Regula’s campaign staff. Originally from Toledo, Kendra is starting her senior year at Kent State this upcoming fall. She is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Nonprofit Studies.

When she’s not studying, Kendra enjoys volunteering for Kent State’s Super Service Saturdays and she is involved in the Women’s Center Mentorship Program. In the summer of 2013, she was chosen to be one of 19 high school students whose record of academic achievement earned them the opportunity to travel to India. The program offered Kendra the chance to teach English while studying the Hindi language. This trip overseas sparked her love for helping others, as well as her passion for traveling the world.

Kendra’s additional hobbies include hiking, writing short stories, biking, kayaking, swimming and camping. Kendra is also highly interested in local politics. 

“I’m looking forward to helping Mr. Regula win this Auditor campaign,” Kendra says. “Lis Kenneth Regula is an honest, kind, compassionate person who is interested in helping all people.”


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For their May newsletter, the Portage County Democrats interviewed Lis Kenneth Regula about his background, his career and his plans to address the problems facing the county.

The interview:

GET TO KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES – Auditor Nominee Lis Kenneth Regula

Traditionally in this section, we focus on profiles of our elected office holders. Given that we have a first-time candidate as our nominee for Auditor this fall, we felt that this month you’d be better served by a piece that will let you get to know him a little better. His name is Lis Kenneth Regula, and he is a Biology Professor at the University of Akron and President of the Kent Environmental Council. We sat down with Lis to discuss his candidacy, and a lightly edited version of our conversation follows.

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, Lis. Can you give us a little background about yourself? Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school? What’s something unique about you that sets you apart? 

Lis Kenneth Regula: “I grew up  in Lima, Ohio. Technically, it was Elida, Ohio but few people know where that is. I graduated from Elida High School in 1999 and Ohio State University in 2005. Twelve years ago, I moved to Kent after earning my PhD in biology from Kent State. 

I’m a first generation college and the son of a small business owner. I’m also a transgender man, which sets me apart in some ways, but also motivates me to stand up for the underdog, to work on behalf of everyone who’s struggling to get by.”

What are you most proud of having accomplished in your career to date?

“My proudest professional achievement so far is my work with EnviroScience in Stow in 2016. That summer, NASA Glenn was updating their surveys of species found on the Lewis Field and Plum Brook Station. I was in charge of amphibians and reptiles. In 2001, one of my heroes, Dr. Ralph Pfingsten, conducted the previous survey there. Following in his footsteps reminded me how lucky I am to be able to do something I love while serving my community.”

What challenges facing our community are the most troubling to you?
“As an educator, I believe that access to information is crucial. Although new technology offers plentiful information faster than ever, it’s still difficult to find reliable and accurate information, especially in government. This is why local government offices, schools, and libraries need to step up to the plate and prioritize expanding access to information.

Portage County has made improvements recently, such as within the treasurer’s office. But we can still be a better resource to county residents. I’d like to make it easier to find information and do business in Portage County, and I believe there are cost-effective, efficient ways to do that.

By expanding access to information and updating our communication systems, I’ll make it easier for people to start businesses, file and pay taxes, investigate property, and generally interact with the auditor’s office.

For working parents trying to start small businesses or third shift workers trying to buy their first home, county government should ease the process.”

What opportunities are you most excited about for Portage County and Ohio going forward?

“Right now, I’m most excited about hearing from the people of Portage about what they need from their elected officials. Many people feel disconnected from local government and I want to help change that.

If there’s anything that I’ve learned in the dozen years I’ve lived here, it’s that Portage County residents are a diverse group of people who all bring unique perspectives, experiences, and potential solutions to any problem they face.

There’s a saying in the Crooked River Alliance of Timebanks that goes, “We have what we need if we use what we have!” and I believe this captures our county’s spirit.

We have an abundance of natural resources, hardworking people, and infrastructure that can improve our economy and living quality for everyone in the county. We just have to work together.”

Thanks again, Lis, and good luck this fall!

For more on Lis’ campaign, follow him on Facebook and visit his website, where you can volunteer or make a donation.

Lis Kenneth Regula believes that working together in cooperation and collaboration is the key to efficiency and success. Whether it’s running a business, running a classroom or running for office, we are only successful when we appreciate the people who work alongside us. That’s why we’re highlighting our interns and volunteers, to show gratitude for their dedication and hard work.


Campaign Intern, Ayden Aponte

Ayden Aponte is a Kent State University junior, majoring in political science and sociology. Serving on several student organizations’ boards, Ayden recently decided to become more civically engaged on campus and in the community. In the fall, these student leader positions will include Intersectional Initiatives Chair of Kent State PRIDE and Vice President of Threads. 

Last summer, Ayden worked with Kent Cooperative Housing and Edible Kent, a gardening nonprofit co-founded by Lis Kenneth Regula. These groups collaborated to plant food for the community’s use, near Kent Social Services. 

“I chose to work for Lis Kenneth Regula because of his history of non-profit work,” Ayden said. “I think that his commitment to our community makes him a great candidate for Auditor.”


If you would like to join our team as a volunteer or intern, please contact us.

 

Lis Kenneth Regula believes that working together in cooperation and collaboration is the key to efficiency and success. Whether it’s running a business, running a classroom or running for office, we are only successful when we appreciate the people who work alongside us. That’s why we’re highlighting our interns and volunteers, to show  gratitude for their dedication and hard work.

Communications consultant of Lis Kenneth Regula for Portage County Auditor, Abigail Winternitz

Abigail Winternitz is a senior public relations student at Kent State University with a focus in public health and health advocacy. Last semester she had the opportunity to work on two public health campaigns: one focusing on the lack of awareness and pre-clinical gap in childhood cancer research for the non-profit With Purpose and the other focusing on reducing the stigma behind the use of naloxone (Narcan) to revive opioid misusers through Trumbull County’s Alliance for Substance and Abuse Prevention (ASAP).

Last summer, Abigail did a public relations internship last summer with Mercy Health in Cincinnati. This summer, she is working this summer at Kent State’s College of Public Health to write press releases and run their social media accounts. Abigail is also the Marketing Manager for Fusion Magazine, Kent State’s LGBTQ Magazine and Vice President of Professional Relations for Kent’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

Abigail is consulting with the Regula for Auditor campaign because she believes that political change starts at the local level.

“To really improve our political climate, we have to start locally. These are the people who have the most impact on the political goings-on of our everyday lives,” Abigail says. “I believe that the improvements Lis Kenneth Regula wants to make while in office will not only benefit the lives of all Portage County residents but will inspire local change for the better.”


If you would like to join our team as a volunteer or intern, please contact us.