LAKEWOOD - Joe Troche, longtime village resident with extensive business and local government experience, will be one of two endorsed Republican incumbent candidates for the Lakewood village board in the March 19 election. Troche will also appear on the Property Rights line. The village voters will elect two out of three candidates.
Troche, of 19 Winchester Road, has lived in the village for 15 years. He has been married to Lisa Troche, of Jamestown, for 27 years. They have five children. All have attended Southwestern Central School, and two are still attending.
Vice president of Global Sales for Vocom International Telecom, Troche has held leadership positions with executive management teams for some of the largest international communications companies and has been involved in some of the industry's largest mergers and acquisitions for the last 30 years.
''I have been blessed by the voters of the village who have allowed me to serve them for the last eight years of my life to make the village a better home for our children and grandchildren," Troche said. "My background has allowed me to share my experience in adapting to changing circumstances over the last eight years. Our work sessions have been open to the public since the 2005 election. Those residents that attend are able to offer suggestions on what is best for the village and vent concerns and problems. Even in a bad economy, we have been able to attract business on Fairmount and Chautauqua avenues and improve this beautiful home we call the village of Lakewood. 'Status quo' is not a phase to describe our great home as any long-term resident would know. If I am given this opportunity, I will continue to pull from the private sector background and my ability to pull together coalitions to best serve the village's interest.''
Troche said he would continue to be a leader who tells the people what they need to hear, not what they want to hear; a leader who has cut spending and taxes by making government more efficient; a leader who keeps seniors and veterans in the forefront of his decision making.
''I understand that serving the people is a responsibility, not a hobby," he said. "I have owned a home in the village for 15 years. Three of my kids have grown up here and two are still at home. I have a stake in the game."
The incumbent was previously elected to Aspire board of directors and the Southwestern Baseball League. Presently he is a member of Lakewood American Legion, Lakewood YMCA and Lakewood Rod & Gun Club.