LIMA — Saying he still enjoys the challenge and work he does, Lima Mayor David Berger on Friday filed petitions with the Allen County Board of Elections to run for an unprecedented seventh term in office.
Already the longest-serving mayor in Lima history, Berger said he didn’t hesitate when thinking about throwing his hat in the ring for another term.
“Actually, I didn’t. If I was bored, I would simply move on,” Berger said. “I’m not bored. Every day I get up there are new challenges I have to think about, I have to study, I have to engage with people. All of that kind of work, many balls in the air all the time, really is a challenge that I enjoy.”
Berger first took office in 1989 and said he knows the city is making progress.
“I’m enthusiastic about the work that I do every day. I work with a great group of people. We have lots of activities in our community and in our region. I think we’re making a real difference in the lives of the citizens of our community in a way that I think people can see,” Berger said. “It’s the kind of work that keeps me engaged; I’m never bored. I truly find that what we’re accomplishing makes a difference in the lives of people in all neighborhoods of our community in a way that I think everybody can appreciate.”
The next four years will not be without challenges, Berger said.
“Well, obviously we continue to negotiate with U.S. EPA on the unfunded mandates and the demands the agency has made. We also continue to need to work at economic development,” Berger said. “When you look around at our industry locally there’s a great deal of vibrant investment that’s underway and I think that now’s the time to add to that, we focus now on not so much building facilities but rather on workforce and how do we in fact get people prepared for the kinds of jobs our economy and our local industry is producing.”
Berger is the first candidate to file petitions for this year’s election. According to elections officials, Douglas Vermillion, a retired city worker, has filed a designation of treasurer for a potential run, but he has not yet filed petitions. Berger said he’s looking forward to spending the year campaigning and talking with residents about why he ought to be their choice to lead the city for the next four years.
“I’m looking forward to offering my services once again through this campaign,” he said. “I’m hopeful the citizens of Lima will rehire me.”
In addition to the mayor’s position, odd-numbered Lima City Council seats are also up for grabs this year, however, elections officials said no one has yet filed petitions for those openings.