Meet Sandusky commission candidate Charlene Adams

Charlene Adams, executive director of the Center for Cultural Awareness, hopes to bring a sense of teamwork to Sandusky city commission.
Jessica Cuffman
Oct 5, 2011

Charlene Adams, executive director of the Center for Cultural Awareness, hopes to bring a sense of teamwork to Sandusky city commission.

She was born and raised in Sandusky and returned her after college and some traveling.

She's a licensed chemical dependency counselor who works in mental health awareness at the center.

Hear about what Adams has to say about running for city commission by watching the video above.

 

Comments

007

Just what we need..

 

  1 Concerning: Adams, Charlene
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Filed: 03/09/2000
Arr. Agency: N/A Case #: CVF0000621
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Case Type: Civil 2 Concerning: Adams, Charlene
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Filed: 11/19/1999
Arr. Agency: N/A Case #: CVI9902569
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Charge: UNPAID LOAN
Case Type: Small Claims 3 Concerning: Adams, Charlene Aka
D.B.A./A.K.A.: Gowdy, Charlene J.
Filed: 02/08/2007
Arr. Agency: N/A Case #: CVF0700399
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Charge: MONEY ONLY
Case Type: Civil 4 Concerning: Adams, Charlene J
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Filed: 02/21/2003
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Case Type: Traffic 5 Concerning: Adams, Charlene J
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Filed: 02/21/2003
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Case Type: Traffic 6 Concerning: Adams, Charlene J
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Filed: 09/16/2003
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Charge: MONEY ONLY
Case Type: Civil 7 Concerning: Adams, Charlene J
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Filed: 09/02/2005
Arr. Agency: N/A Case #: CVH0502031
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Charge: PETITION FOR DR
Case Type: Civil 8 Concerning: Adams, Charlene J
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Filed: 08/29/2005
Arr. Agency: SPK Case #: TRD0504522
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Charge: NO O.L.
Case Type: Traffic 9 Concerning: Adams, Charlene J
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Filed: 04/29/2009
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Case Type: Traffic 10 Concerning: Adams, Charlene J
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Filed: 04/29/1994
Arr. Agency: OSP Case #: TRD9402847
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Case Type: Traffic 11 Concerning: Adams, Charlene J.
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Filed: 11/18/2003
Arr. Agency: N/A Case #: CVF0302500
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Case Type: Civil 12 Concerning: Adams, Charlene J.
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Filed: 11/19/1986
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Case Type: Civil 13 Concerning: Adams, Charlene J.
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Filed: 03/15/1996
Arr. Agency: N/A Case #: CVI9600623
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Charge: UNPAID ACCOUNT
Case Type: Small Claims 14 Concerning: Adams, Charlene J.(Amison
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Filed: 09/05/1995
Arr. Agency: N/A Case #: CVI9501544
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Charge: UNPAID CITY TAX
Case Type: Small Claims
Lightening McQueen

 nice job 007, quick fingers on your behalf, but face it the typical "you-know-what" in Sandusky sees no problem with this sort of history and certainly does not believe a long record like this should preclude government service. It is just how they think.

6079 Smith W

Vapid phrases from a woman who looks like a heart attack waiting to happen.

 

Cityslicker

With a record like that, she'll fit right in. And the voters of this stupid city will probably elect her.

Woody Hayes

When are we going to meet Dumpster Don?

Pragmatic
  I wish we had the real name of the posters in this blog who have the arrogance to post the things that 007 provided about the person in this article. Are you supposed to be our private investigator…our 007? I say that factiously because I think it’s tasteless.  I don’t know this lady, but I would have preferred you allow her to showcase herself – rather than you telling us she has had speeding tickets and money issues. Big deal!   If you are going to tell us the negative issues, you should consider being ethical and offer the positive too. Give us details on where she went to college, what certifications she holds in her field, and what groups she is involved in. Also, tell us how many people she may have helped as a chemical dependency counselor. This should be just as interesting as not paying a bill. Many people (even in leadership positions) fall behind on their bills, but not many people have the skill set to aid others in managing drug/alcohol addiction. How does that skill set equate to being a leader? She may have patience, tolerance, and may even have the ability to manage her emotions when people in her work environment challenge her. These would be excellent traits to have as a leader.    Many people within the last five years of this economy have had money troubles. Donald Trump had money troubles years ago! Americans watch movies and support actors, actress, and professional athletes who do drugs, assault/rape women, file bankruptcy, abuse their children, say racist comments in public….AND…even get speeding tickets now and then. Yet, we give them our money and support:  we watch T.V., go to the movies…and attend sports events! Our kids are even wearing jerseys of some of these bum athletes!!    If you can support those people…give them your hard earned money and your time…why can’t you allow the general public to come to know the lady in this article without bias? You don’t have to support her (like people support athletes who are terrible role models for kids)….but, don’t trample on a fellow American who wants to help. She isn’t going to get paid a six figure salary for being a Commissioner.  There is nothing in it for her that will bring her wealth, fame, a better overall wellbeing of health! I have respect for people who are willing to be a leader in their community - - and create change in their own life. Give all of the candidates a chance.      If people want to step up – and offer a hand, even if they have some money issues…or have speeding tickets…allow them to do so without trying to ruin them before they get started. Many…many…people have worse money issues than this record shows…..but, were bailed out by mom and dad...OR…they don’t offer to run for a public office and we never know what their record says because nobody is posting it in a newspaper. Actually…while I don’t know this lady or much about where she works, I would say that having money issues and even a few speeding tickets are relatable factors to the general public today! Running a campaign in today’s economy based on: “Vote for me, I’m human” may actually work.   I don’t personally know anyone running for Commissioner, but what I do know is that it takes courage for people to raise their hand and say, “I’ll try and help our community.” It takes no courage to post their life in a newspaper. If people are interested in her speeding tickets, they can investigate it on their own.    Gosh, she’s human and imperfect…better not vote for her! Let’s hold out for the perfect person……still holding……still holding……uh-oh, it’s the end of human evolution…still waiting…….
The Answer Person

@Pragmatic.  You are so right.  That is why Tim Schwanger, Sharon Johnson, and Skip Oliver need to ante up and get themselves on the ballot!

Thanks!

44870-ish

I , for one, am happy 007 is quick with the FACTS!

The truth hurts your past, present and future!

Kudos, 007!!! I feel better informed.

Darkhorse

I don't know about anyone else, but I am very concerned  for my city over the selections we have for city commissioners.   I hope I am wrong and we will have to wait and see.  Is there anyone of the commissioners that don't have rap sheets maybe that would be easier to list.

thinktwice

I choose character over color. Thanks oo7.

Dick Tracey

Precious.

SamAdams

Pragmatic,

Sorry to burst your bubble, but a past criminal history is relevant here when we're talking about voting (or not) for someone who will effectively make/enforce ordinances in the City. Do I agree it takes courage and self-sacrifice to run for office? In most cases, yes. But does that negate the fact that someone we're asking to deal with the budget committed crimes related to money? Does it change the fact that someone we're asking to oversee enforcement broke the law herself? No, it does not.

I agree with you that other public personalities — such as the athletes you use as examples — are very poor role models at best, and often criminals themselves. I don't excuse their behavior; in fact, I condemn it. But the bottom line is that making a basket or running for a touchdown has absolutely nothing to do with criminal behavior while being in a position of overseeing others in instances directly related to the law DOES.

Thanks, 007. Too many people are inclined to point to ONLY the positives of a given office-seeker, and it's the negaatives that invariably come back to bite us all in the a$$ in the end!

007

When you throw your hat into the political arena you must be prepared to be exposed. The people are tired of the Johnny come lately's wanting to throw their hat into the cesspool we call government. I'll dumb it down for those that are posting on her behalf, IF SHE CAN'T MANAGE HER OWN LIFE AND FINANCES, HOW DO EXPECT HER TO MANAGE A CITY?!!! Everything that I post is available to the public for your viewing pleasure, thus giving the voters a chance to see the real deal, not just her pre programmed interview. Maybe if she would have contacted OBOZO she possibly could have found out how to hide her past and have it sealed like he did. As you can see though it still all comes to surface as in OBOZO'S lack of experience. Let's see who's next?

007

Here's another one running for commissioner. People WE NEED TO WAKE UP BECAUSE IF YOU ARE NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM!!

John Jacobs, a retired GM employee who moved to Sandusky years ago from Buffalo, is running for city commission because he sees a need for the working class resident to be heard.

He has served on the city's charter review committee and Erie Huron Community Action Commission, and is active at New Jeruselum Baptist Church.

He and his wife are long-time foster parents.

 

Just what we need another one that doesn't know how to manage monies!!!

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Case Type: Traffic 5 Concerning: Jacobs, John D
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Filed: 11/12/1996
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Case Type: Traffic 6 Concerning: Jacobs, John D.
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Filed: 09/18/2002
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Case Type: Civil 7 Concerning: Jacobs, John D.
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Filed: 05/14/1996
Arr. Agency: N/A Case #: CVI9600996
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Case Type: Small Claims 8 Concerning: Jacobs, John D.
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Filed: 01/09/1997
Arr. Agency: N/A Case #: CVF9700038
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Case Type: Civil 9 Concerning: Jacobs, John D.
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Filed: 12/09/1997
Arr. Agency: N/A Case #: CVI9702723
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Charge: UNPAID ACCOUNT
Case Type: Small Claims
Julie R.

Unpaid city taxes? So how much were the taxes owed? Anywhere close to the $200K in back taxes owed by your Erie County prosecutor that were FORGIVEN by Jo Dee Fantozz? Anywhere close to the $150K of taxpayer monies that were stolen by an employee in the Treasurer's office UNDER THE WATCH of Jo Dee Fantozz? Anywhere close to the 3.6 million fallout from the Metroparks theft of property? Anywhere close to the million dollar plus spent so far on the Nuesse fiasco?  

JERRY from SANDUSKY
Vote for me I will set you free no taxes free medical no bill paying and everybody get off.........................
Centauri

@ Charlene and the other candidates

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/forums/decision-2011/sandusky-city-commission

Sarah Weber posted a question September 16 for all of you to answer. It is now October 5. Darkhorse also posted a question. What are you all waiting for? 

I have several questions that I want to ask.

 

 

007

 

Here is another stellar performer running for office. May I present Patricia Furguson

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Filed: 05/22/2007
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Case Type: Traffic 9 Concerning: Ferguson, Patricia L
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007

And of course everyone's favorite!!!  Diedre cole. Time for new blood in office and get rid of the cancer that is causing the city to fail!!

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SamAdams

Good Lord! No WONDER I don't run for City Commission. I have no record (nope, not even a parking ticket), so I obviously couldn't match the qualifications offered up by these "good" citizens!

althenaruby

Come on guys most of her stuff is Hospital bills. One is for a funeral! 

InterestedReader

Well on top of not being able to manage money, I was her student & she had some racism problems as well...  don't think that makes for a good candidate.

SamAdams

Althenaruby,

Adams was apparently ducking her bills to the point where she was actually charged in connection with them. You don't get charged if you're making payments! I don't see anybody here who's suggested that not having the cash up front to pay ANYthing is a crime. Not paying at all, though, that IS a crime.

The point, of course (and a valid one it is!), is that this is a woman who doesn't accept personal responsibility for her own finances. And now someone — ANYone! — wants to put her in charge of the budget for the entire City? Those same someones will doubtless wonder why, later on, the City wants to raise taxes and/or cut services. Hmmmm...

I think The Answer Person makes one heck of a point: Why DON'T some of the formerly-known-as-the-Waterfront-Watchdogs stop howling at the moon and throw their OWN hat in the ring? I'm not saying I'd vote for any of them (okay, I WOULDN'T vote for any of them), but at least I'd know their very vocal interest is valuable enough to them to put it on the line for real!

Team Striker

007 Keep up the good work! Past affects the future! Repeated pasts predicts the future!

 

Any way you can run all of the current commissioner's history to compare to those who are running?

I Judge you

Shifty hungry eyes.

lifetimeresident

How much does that job actually pay.

Forward Looking

I wish more with integrity and no police record would run for office, but they probably moved out of town years ago...there are a couple running who have no police record, but we will have to settle for a popularity contest rather than those who can/will actually serve the community.

myname

I want to know why there aren't any skinny white women running.  I feel discriminated.

lifetimeresident

Myname

Skinny white ladies would be more incline to steal food from other employees.

Pragmatic
  Re: SamAdams:   You could not be more blinded by the rose colored glasses you wear. Making a basket, running a touchdown – this plants “mental scripts” into the heads our children that someone is worthy of looking up to, supporting, and that they are a leader of sorts. People are being led around by a nose ring by these pseudo-stars and others in Hollywood -  it’s pathetic and naive. So, if you think at a deeper level than just in the one dimension, you would discover, that, yes…making that basket, then…engaging in illegal, immoral, and ethical behavior does erode society.    Yet, they are monetarily supported by Americans. However, a few people want to (basically) volunteer to help their small town, and they are not being supported. I’m not from Sandusky and have been transplanted here, and very unimpressed with the support that people get from their so-called “city fellows”. Yet, the critics never run for office!    I don’t think this lady is a hardened criminal due to some unpaid bills. I also DO NOT believe that she alone would manage the city’s finances. That is a preposterous thought.   Every single City Commissioner will not have talent in finance management.  Some (at least from what I have seen so far in this town) don’t even have experience in management and leadership. Some will bring marketing experience; others may offer ideas regarding human resource efficiencies. These candidates are from the general population....therefore, they will offer a variety of skills. Do you think that every person who has been elected…ever in history…didn’t have some type of monetary issues in life? But, they didn’t all have them advertised in the news. Believe it or not, she is most likely more representative of the general population in Erie County than people who have managed every penny perfectly. Also, not everyone has been bailed out by parents or the social services system.    So, you don’t want someone running for City Commission who can’t manage their checkbook. Well, then why did this town vote for someone who couldn’t manage their “emotions”? This is much more deviational in leadership than anything else.  Seek out research regarding emotional intelligence. You will find that this is the single mose predictor of leadership and organizational success.    After all, didn’t the City elect a current Commissioner after he had trouble with the police because he could not manage his emotions? It doesn’t matter if you agree with him or not, the fact is – he disobeyed the law. Yet, this town wanted him to be a leader. Every renowned leader in history has said: You have to be a good follower to be a good leader. But, a local man was elected after not being a good follower. Yes, there are rules to follow.  You can say, “Well, that’s different”, but that’s just your cognitive dissonance setting in. More people have trouble managing their money (sometimes because their output is more than their input) than they do deliberately disobeying the law and resisting arrest. There is a whole ethical issue underlying this entire conceptualization.         I have no problem whatsoever that someone has had money issues during the past several years. If that were the case - I would have problems with a lot of people.   I am not naïve enough to think that there is any correlation between their family’s monetary issues and a group of officials making decisions about paying the city’s light bill. There are already people in leadership positions who have worse monetary issues than what I read in the docket listed in this blog. My question is…What talents do you have to bring to the job? It doesn’t have to be “just” finance.  That would be narrow-minded.     You may feel it is ethical and moral to list someone’s money problems – to turn people against them (typical nasty politics), but people who do this have very little class – just like the political ads on T.V.  Other countries look at us and laugh during election season.  I spent one election season in Japan, and it was a bit embarassing.    How do you know what circumstances candidates have faced in their personal life? How do you know that there wasn’t a family tragedy that had an impact on their bank account?  I had a young family member die last year right before Christmas who lives several states away and between expensive travel, helping to pay for the funeral and other expenses, and medical bills, etc... we were not able to provide the typical Christmas gifts for our own family.  Life happens!  Things can get out of hand and unorganized when families are under duress. Did anyone even ask this person these questions before they aired her dirty laundry?  Maybe there wasn't any duress, but...maybe there was.     If someone wants to list the fact that a candidate didn’t pay a bill and they have speeding tickets, then roll your sleeves up (this is too hard for most people) and offer the good that people have done too. Why not? It will make you...the poster in the blog look informed, resourceful, and ethical.   Most likely there are some things that everyone has done that are good and decent. Why don’t we have the “right” to know that too? Spewing only the negative showcases more of a “power trip” by someone – and perhaps even some underlying bias with the candidate.    This is the “same ‘ole – same ‘ole” typical-everyday-boring nasty politics that Americans are accustomed to. Go ahead, find your perfect candidates. But, take off the rose-colored glasses…keep in mind, just because you can’t look something up and copy and paste it into blog…doesn’t mean that a candidate is perfect.   Just because you can’t see it….doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

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