LIMA — Peggy Ehora has entered the Lima City Council race for the 4th Ward, a position currently held by Rebecca Kreher.
Ehora made her official campaign announcement Sunday at a small gathering under a Faurot Park shelter house.
She is the external affairs manager for Dominion Energy Ohio. She says she’s disappointed in the “tenor of local politics.”
“I do economic development for a great deal of my job for the gas company, and I feel like we have so many things, positive things that we could do,” Ehora said. “No. 1…we need to stop fighting, locally. The best way for any community to get ahead is because their local politicians can get along (with each other), and usually the difference between state and national politics is that local politicians typically find a way to get it done for the betterment of their community. It’s just been tense, and that’s kind of what started for me was I just didn’t like the tenor of local politics.”
With her experience in economic development, Ehora has some ideas on how to build Lima back up.
“I would love to see us do some things around economic development with spec building development and park development. It pains me when people want (to build near) I-75, and they drive by Lima when they’re looking at areas around us. So that’s probably first and foremost.”
She’s also interested in improving Lima’s housing stock by cracking down and enforcing the city’s housing codes.
“I feel we need to get a handle on our neighborhoods, and we need to revitalize our neighborhoods. We need to have a really good plan for that,” she said.
She believes her expertise in working with local governments will be an asset on city council.
“I’ve worked in governmental affairs for most of my career. I feel like I have a really good relationship with all of the local entities, and if I can be some kind of conduit to make that better and make us move forward, that would be a good day for me,” she said.
Ehora has been a board member for Lima City Schools, she’s served on the United Way board for 25 years, she’s been chair of the Lima Area Chamber of Commerce and has served on various other boards in the community.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.