Get to Know T. Nadas

Get to Know 2017 Endorsed Candidate ... T. Nadas

Name: T. Nadas
Office you’re seeking: Cleveland Heights City Council
Are you an incumbent? No
Age: 31
Twitter: @tjnadas

Why are you running?

Nothing affects the day to day life of my family and my community more than local government. However, with all that is happening around us in America and in the world, many may feel the urge to pull away from others, to keep the world at a distance. Instead, I am committed to turn towards our own communities by supporting our friends and neighbors and developing the infrastructure necessary for our community to thrive. The future of our country begins at home. Cleveland Heights has been a wonderful home for me and my family for many years. This is a community where you can live a full life, get to know your neighbors, raise a family, and grow old. I am committed to protecting and invigorating that community for future generations. I also believe that I bring a unique perspective and background which will benefit all the residents of Cleveland Heights.

What are the most important issues on your campaign?  

  • Accountability and Communication: With our taxes increasing and the city growing more secure financially, now is the most important time to increase transparency which will empower residents giving them access to the information they need to understand policies and hold government accountable.
  • Community Services: We need to do everything we can to help sustain and grow the existing programs that currently provide some of the basic needs of city residents.
  • Environmental Needs: Our community needs more opportunities to support the larger responsibility to the Earth. The city needs to take more action in driving and coordinating residents to support environmental efforts.
  • Innovation & Continuous Improvement: We must couple our discussions about reducing government waste with increased innovation in city government. We need to modernize the way we operate. Innovation will decrease wasted time & resources and help city workers address the needs of residents.
  • Regionalization: Efforts have already begun to look at eliminating overhead and collaborating with our neighboring communities; we should continue efforts while maintaining the unique identity of Cleveland Heights that our residents cherish.
  • Funding & Support for City Services: We must continue our strong government and community support for fire, police, EMS, forestry, road services, and other services which keep our residents and our streets safe.
  • Cross-generational Needs: As the city grows and reshapes itself there needs to be continued efforts to help support our senior citizen population while attracting new young families into our neighborhoods.
  • Continue to Promote Community Values: Our community needs to be committed to supporting intellectualism, protecting LGBTQ rights, fighting racial and gender inequality, and helping our children grow up in an open accepting environment of inclusivity.

Give us a fun fact about yourself.

I am a volunteer Hungarian folk dance instructor for local Hungarian youths with a mission of learning and preserving our cultural heritage.

Who is your favorite president? Why?

Theodore Roosevelt. He overcame personal hardships and developed disciplined regiments to his lifestyle; despite that he was said to be outgoing and accessible. As a progressive his ideals showed that he cared about all the American people, not only the elites. Most importantly his commitment to conservation and the environment showed he cared not only about the present, but the future generations as well.

What’s your favorite food on the campaign trail? Why?

Almonds because they are high calorie in small quantities, filled with nutrients thus they don’t leave me feeling hungry and they don’t melt in your pocket after hours of door knocking.

If you could be a superhero, who would you be? Why?

Riddick. He is a survivor. He has a strong code of ethics which he will follow to a fault. Most importantly, he is fiercely loyal, and will fight for and protect anyone he considers family.

If you were a professional athlete what song would you choose to be your “walk out” song?

Skindred – "Stand for Something"

What was your first paid job?

IT tech support at the City Colleges of Chicago.

How can young dems help in your race?  

The best thing that young democrats can do is not only vote, but also encourage friends and peers to vote. If there are young dems who are local and would like to help me knock on doors and introduce me to their neighbors, I would welcome that as well!