Leontis focused on local action for global concerns

Neocles Leontis is on the Democratic Party ballot for the May 7 primary election, running for an at-large seat on Bowling Green City Council. I urge primary voters to cast their votes for this progressive candidate who has his eye on big issues like climate change while understanding that change has to happen locally. 

Neocles is a long-time resident of Bowling Green – 32 years – who has been active in the community as a member of the East Side Residential Group, Peace Lutheran Church, and Bowling Green Kiwanis. He was instrumental in getting the city to install the solar array which has been operating since 2017. He worked with Columbia Gas to promote affordable home energy audits and insulation. He has supported Ohio Interfaith Power and Light with its mission to encourage responsible stewardship of energy and other resources. 

One of his primary local concerns is to establish regular fire and safety inspections of rental properties, particularly older buildings and houses. He is as concerned about the safety of the student population as he is about saving them money in the long run through conservation measures like insulation. And his proposals for energy savings will also contribute to reducing greenhouse gases. 

I have known Neocles for nearly thirty years, and I have always admired the way he stays broadly informed (he reads ravenously) and becomes personally engaged in community, social, and political matters. He is passionate about his beliefs and goals, but he brings a scientist’s systematic and practical approach to seeing them realized. 

Change is inevitable. We just need to make sure it happens in both compassionate and rational ways. This is precisely where Neocles Leontis can make a local difference with potential impacts beyond our community as well. 

Vote Leontis for City Council at large on May 7, or before: early in-person voting runs until Monday, May 6, at 2:00 pm.

Geoff Howes

Bowling Green

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