LIMA — Josiah Mathews, a community activist and minister, has terminated his campaign for Lima City Council president for personal reasons.
“I am grateful for the support I have received and am still confident that this community is hungry for change,” Mathews wrote in a resignation letter sent to The Lima News on Friday. “This community deserves a leader that can commit the time and energy to be a dynamic change agent. Because of the reasons that have recently risen in my life – I cannot be that person at this time.”
Mathews was on the November ballot opposite current council president John Nixon.
Mathews said he will continue to champion anti-poverty initiatives and inclusion for LGBTQ+ community, despite cutting his campaign short.
“I will continue to be a listening ear for those voices that are frustrated with the way things are,” Mathews said. “I encourage you to have the audacity to challenge the status quo. You don’t need permission to run for office. You don’t need ‘approval’ to lead. You don’t have ‘dues to pay.’ Just have grit, determination and compassion for people. Give yourself permission to work for change.”