LIMA — First Ward Councilor Kurt Neeper will not be seeking a second term on Lima City Council.
The outspoken Neeper also ruled out a rumored bid for the Lima mayoral post.
“I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished,” Neeper said. “I don’t want to commit to something that I can’t give 100 percent to and years six, seven and eight are a long way out.”
With the deadline to file for odd-numbered Lima City Council seats approaching, the picture of who is in and who is out is starting to come into focus.
Fifth Ward Councilor Teresa Adams plans to seek re-election and current Lima school board member C. Ann Miles will be making her first run for for office in the 7th Ward.
Adams is finishing up her first elected term on council. She was previously appointed to fill an unexpired term. Adams filed her petitions Wednesday with the Allen County Board of Elections.
“I enjoy representing the people of the 5th Ward. I still get excited to go to the meetings,” Adams said. “When the phone rings, to be able to speak with residents, respond, meet them and take their concerns to the city, I’d like to be able to continue that.”
Adams is the third candidate to officially file petitions with county election officials to run in city races this spring.
Mayor David Berger, already the longest-serving mayor in Lima history, has filed for an unprecedented seventh term in the mayor’s seat.
C. Ann Miles, a member of the Lima school board, has filed to run for the 7th Ward council seat currently held by Paige Townsend. Miles could not be reached for comment.
Adams said she’s hopeful voters will give her the opportunity to continue serving for another term.
“There’s a few projects that I ran on last time and hopefully will come to an announcement here in this next term. I hope to be a part of that and see it to the end,” Adams said. “I hope I’m given the opportunity to continue to serve. I have a year left of this term and hopefully going forward after November I’ll have four more years to be able to continue representing them at the table.”
Candidates have until Feb. 6 to turn in petitions for the city races.