Candidate for Opelika
City Council Ward 5
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As your City Councilman, you can expect:
ACCESSIBILITY. I believe it is a responsibility of elected
officials to continually engage those that elected them.
Your City Council member should be the person you can
turn to should you have questions or concerns. I want the
residents of Ward 5 to know I will be available to help
overcome unexpected challenges, acknowledge their
efforts, and provide additional guidance when asked.
I'm ready to help you.
COMMUNICATION. I want to build a dialogue with the residents in Ward 5. I plan to use social media to our advantage to give residents a convenient avenue to learn more about what is happening, but also to communicate directly with me. I plan to use it as a tool to host forums, which will happen in addition to in-person quarterly meetings for residents to have their voices be heard. You can count on me to listen and take action on your behalf.
TRANSPARENCY. I am committed to complete transparency on all things that come before the City Council. I believe that problems can be solved faster, and more efficiently if we are all open and honest. It is important for residents to understand that with me as their City Councilman, I will represent them and their best interests to the City of Opelika, and not the other way around. All too often elected officials forget that it is their job to represent the people that elected them, and not just the government’s best interest. I will represent you & your interests to Opelika.
Priority Issues for Ward 5
To ensure the longevity and future of our great city, we must continue to focus on diversifying the industry we have in our community. This allows us to make sure we have jobs for now, and the future.
To attract businesses, we must be able to staff them. By working together with partners at the Opelika City Schools, Southern Union State Community College, and others in our community, we can build a plan that allows us to accomplish our goals.
As the son of an Educator, I appreciate the value our school system brings to our community, and we would not be where we are now, without the support, funding & focus we have had on supporting our schools, students and teachers. This must continue.
The Law Enforcement, Firefighters and other Medical & Emergency personnel in Opelika are the best of the best, and they deserve our support, advocacy, and our appreciation.
Our roads, bridges & waterways must be a priority in the days ahead. Extended periods with road closures, causing detours, and safety hazards for our citizens are not acceptable. My experience on the MPO-CAC has prepared me for this responsibility.
Increasing participation & improving the current recycling program will help us reduce our dependence & cost of waste disposal. Working toward a "Zero Waste to Landfill" model will help our long term sustainability of our waste collections program.
Todd Rauch has been serving the United States of America since the young age of 17. Born and raised in a small midwestern town, Todd enlisted in the United States Army in 2001. His first duty station as a Military Police Officer was with the 527th Military Police Company in Giessen, Germany. While serving in Giessen, Todd went on to be named the Soldier of the Year for the 18th Military Police Brigade.
While serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Todd and his crew were ambushed in a dark alley, where a 120MM mortar was remote detonated. Suffering life threatening injuries to his right hand and shoulder, as well as gunshot wound to his right leg, Todd was medevaced to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. where he underwent 12 surgeries to save his arm and hand. He was awarded a Purple Heart and was later retired from the United States Army.
Since his military retirement, Todd earned his Associate's Degree from Lake Land College, where he transitioned to civilian life and continued his service to his community. It was here that he met his wife, Ali, and their shared love for service made for a perfect match. Todd then moved South to Opelika, Alabama to study Psychology at Auburn University. Todd now serves as the Vice President of the Community Foundation of East Alabama.
In Opelika, Todd is incredibly active in the Opelika community, where he serves on the Board of Directors for the Opelika Kiwanis Club, a Board Member & Programming Chairman for Opelika’s Top 20 Under 40 Leadership Program, and a Board Member & Secretary for the Museum of East Alabama. Rauch is a graduate of Opelika’s Top 20 Under 40 Leadership Program, Leadership Lee County, Opelika Citizens Police Academy (CPA), and Lee County’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Rauch also serves as a representative for the City of Opelika on the Metropolitan Planning Organization – Citizens Advisory Committee (MPO-CAC) with the Lee-Russell Council of Governments.
Todd and his wife Ali have called Opelika home for 11 years. They have one furbaby, Forrest. They are passionate about their country, Auburn Football, and enjoying this community they have chosen to call home.
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Todd Rauch 4 Opelika
1903 Arbor Lane
Opelika, AL 36804