Tiff Piko- Candidate for Lancaster Ohio Mayor
Educational and professional background: I was born and raised in Lancaster. After graduating from Lancaster High School, I went to college in New York City at Parsons the New School for Design. There I studied the development of sustainable infrastructure, urban planning, and cultural preservation, to bring new ideas and solutions to Lancaster. After becoming a trained designer and completing internships in urban planning, I came back to serve our community and help others carry on the legacy of Lancaster.
I am also a businesswoman running a sustainable clothing resale shop. Through reselling, I was able to independently finance my education and create jobs for members of my community. By selling only second hand clothing, I have kept over 15,000 lbs of post consumer textile waste out of the landfill.
Top campaign issues: Job Creation - Lancaster is critically lacking in competitive, sustainable jobs. We need to take steps to balance big business and small business to diversify our economy, allow people to work where they live, and keep Lancaster’s talents local.
Neighborhood Preservation - We owe it to our community to ensure we are prepared for the future by focusing our efforts on what works and no longer wasting our resources on what does not. From fixing potholes to treating drug addiction, we have been fighting an uphill battle and it’s time to try a new approach.
Community Representation - Lancaster is a mosaic of many unique communities. Unfortunately, many of them have yet to be given a platform to voice their concerns and their hopes for our city. We need to invest in these communities and shift our focus beyond our downtown. Many of our parks are in need of updating, many of our roads need fixed, and many businesses and community members deserve our attention. It is time we afforded every part of Lancaster equal support and attention.
Sustainable Infrastructure - Lancaster became a prominent city because of its natural assets and many members of our community wish to carry on this legacy. Our city has failed to meet the needs of these citizens who have turned to private companies to provide environmental services such as home waste recycling. By partnering with these companies, we can invest in our own locally founded businesses while making their services more accessible.
Fun Fact: I am running for mayor during my senior year of college.