Lis Regula is a devoted father, biologist, and active member of the community. He holds Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Psychology and Biology, both from The Ohio State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Biology from Kent State University. Originally from Lima, he has lived in Kent since 2006, when he started graduate school. Since then, he has remained in his adopted hometown, despite major life changes like elder-care and long commutes, because of his ties to the people and organizations found across Portage County. He has been involved in many non-profits in and around the community, most notably as chair of the Kent Environmental Council and co-founder of Edible Kent. Both of these organizations work to improve the Kent community, KEC through their focus on environment and Edible Kent through their focus on improved access to fresh produce for all. He alsoserves as a mentor through Kent State’s LGBTQ Center. He has pushed for the recognition of equal rights in last year’s passage of a comprehensive non-discrimination ordinance which ensures all people equal access to employment, housing, and public goods and services, and advocated for sustainable growth through Kent’s resolution in support of the Paris Climate Accords and the development of a city Climate Action Plan. These two achievements, especially, position our local economy as a place that is welcoming to all individuals and looking to build a brighter future for our earth and our children. As a member of the faculty of the University of Akron, Dr. Regula is familiar with budgeting in state institutions and careful use of limited taxpayer dollars. As a teacher, Dr. Regula understands the value of clear communication with the people for whom he is responsible, and the importance of listening to the people he serves. As auditor, he plans to improve efficiency of the county government and aims to modernize county processes and systems.
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