LIMA — Allen County Republican Party Chairman Keith Cheney is planning to run for mayor of Lima in 2017, a decision he said was made after encouragement from city residents.
“I’ve been contacted by a number of residents, as well as a number of local business owners,” he said. “I’ve given it very serious consideration for filing my candidacy for the office of mayor of the city of Lima.”
Cheney points to his lifelong residency in the city and his roots in business as positive attributes he would bring to the city’s highest office.
“I’ve by choice been a lifelong resident of the city of Lima, and my family was raised here and still lives here,” he said. “I think it’s important that I utilize my skills that I’ve learned my entire adult life in business, and certainly that is something I would bring to the city.”
Cheney said that, as of yet, he has not filed his petition to run, “but those certainly are the intentions,” he said.
While there is still time for others to declare their candidacy, it is known at this point that Cheney will face an opponent very familiar to Lima voters, as Mayor David Berger, in his seventh term, has confirmed he plans to run for re-election.
“I do plan on being a candidate for the position of mayor in 2017,” he said.
Cheney, who also serves on the Allen County Board of Elections, did not wish to comment on how his decision to run for mayor would affect his other responsibilities to the Republican Party and the Board of Elections, pending his actual filing of the paperwork needed to run for mayor. Under Lima’s city charter, all candidates for elected positions, including mayoral candidates, run without party affiliation.
“I’m not going to get into the details of my campaign at this moment, not until I officially file,” he said.
Berger’s term ends at the end of 2017, and the primary and general elections will be in May and November 2017.
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