Linda Cox began her term as Loveland mayor in Dec. 2013. (Photos courtesy of L. Cox)
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Loveland Mayor Linda Cox has not only lived in and around Loveland all her life, she's shown her love by serving as a Valentine Lady, one of the town's top honors.
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Elected: Nov. 2013 Population: 12,081 Founded: 1876 County: Hamilton
, Warren & Clermont Claim to fame: Loveland is one of 17 cities nationwide to take part in Valentine's Day postmark cancellation program.
Elected to Loveland City Council in Nov. 2013, Linda Cox's peers selected her to serve as mayor according to the rules of Loveland's Home Rule Charter.
Mayor Cox is a lifelong resident of the Loveland area and has lived in Loveland itself for 11 years. Before serving as mayor Cox served on the city council and was clerk of council. She worked in the Loveland Schools and has been a member of several boards, including:
Mayor Cox is a former Valentine Lady. The program recognizes women who have distinguished themselves in the community. The Valentine Lady is the ambassador for the Loveland Chamber's Valentine Program, and visits area businesses, nursing homes and schools.
Q&A with Mayor Linda Cox
1. What is the single biggest issue facing Loveland?
All communities are suffering financially due to the state keeping local government funds which historically were part of its partnership. However, Loveland has accepted this new reality and taken steps to streamline operations. The city is optimistic that new developments, such as the proposed River Trail Flats, a mixed use residential/commercial project of 92 apartments and 15,000 feet of commercial space, will come to fruition. This will strengthen the tax base and help us keep our Ohio Magazine Best Hometown designation.
2. If someone were to visit Loveland for the first time, what should they see and do?
Depending on your interest, a visitor could enjoy a variety of activities from walking or biking on the Loveland Bike Trail , fishing, canoeing or kayaking on the Little Miami Scenic River (including a stop at the Loveland Castle ), enjoying a play at the Loveland Stage Company, or visiting the Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, After a fun day of shopping in Loveland’s quaint stores, you could enjoy a nice meal in one of Loveland’s many restaurants ranging from fine dining to casual.
3. What is your proudest accomplishment as mayor?
I’ve been mayor since December 2013. However, these few months have been filled with activities ranging from community events, such as Christmas in Loveland, officially welcoming home our state champion Loveland High School football team, honoring our 2014 Valentine Lady, and accepting the 2013/2014 Best Hometown designation from Ohio Magazine.
Council members and I have also been working hard to establish new city committees to involve more residents and business owners in making decisions that will decide the future of our city.
4. What do you hope is different about Loveland in ten years?
In ten years I hope to see our downtown as a model life-style community with a diverse mix of residences and businesses where young and old come together to live, work and play. Also, I’d like to see Loveland-Madeira Road from I-275 to West Loveland Avenue become a signature corridor of office, service and retail that reminds residents and visitors alike this is a vibrant community.
5. What are your political aspirations?
My political aspirations go no further than serving my hometown.
6. I bet you didn’t know that....
Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home is the oldest business in the city of Loveland. Its legacy dates from 1840 when Seth Tufts founded the family business in Maineville. The business moved to Loveland in the early 1900s and has been located on Riverside Drive since 1920.
Loveland City Council was proud to grant the Business Enhancement Award to Tufts Schildmeyer for its ongoing commitment to Loveland in 2013.
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