DeDomenic seeks second term on council

Laura DeDomenic has filed her candidacy to seek reelection as District 2 representative on the Bartholomew County Council.

DeDomenic, 53, an entrepreneur and small business consultant, ran without opposition in 2014 before she succeeded fellow Republican Ryan Lauer on the council.

“I want to continue to work for the people of Bartholomew County by continuing to challenge local government to be run more like a business,” she said.

The 53-year-old Cincinnati, Ohio, native headed a 2016 effort to recruit representatives from Cummins Inc. and Columbus Regional Health to help the county develop a three- to five-year financial plan.

DeDomenic was a strong advocate for carrying out Six Sigma efficiency audits. But when audit results came back, DeDomenic discovered a variety of problems that included a vastly understaffed Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

The audit results prompted the 2017 council president to advocate more financial resources for public safety, especially to attack the opioid crisis.

She voted in favor of increasing the county’s local income tax that was approved 4-3 last October.

“This affects us all and is an economic development barrier. This is why we increased the income tax rate. We must get in front of this problem, and it takes resources to do so.”

During her first term, she has challenged county government to look at operations differently — to not just do things the way they have always been done.

“I plan to continue to challenge department heads to be creative and cutting edge, in order to become more efficient with taxpayer money,” DeDomenic said.

“I am proud of the work we have done in the last three years. I believe passing a balanced budget in 2017, that did not require taking money out of the reserve funds, while at the same time looking to future needs, puts Bartholomew County on solid financial ground for the future,” she said.

Laura DeDomenic

Age: 53

Residence: Columbus; Bartholomew County resident since 1995.

Current occupations: Resource and philanthropy director at Mill Race Center; commercial real estate owner and manager.

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio.

Previous professional experience: Owner of small real estate business.

Community: Treasurer of Columbus Rotary Club; board member for Ivy Tech College of Business; member of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, Businesses Networking International, Woman’s Giving Circle and St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. Former member of Columbus Service League. Volunteer with SCORE Mentors.

Education: Mount Notre Dame High School in Cincinnati, 1982; University of Cincinnati, Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Technology, 1986.

Children: Michael, 24; Steven, 20; Christy, 16.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.