LIMA — The political races in Lima are heating up with candidates making efforts to meet voters.
Cleven Jones, candidate for 6th Ward Lima Council, held a news conference Saturday in front of his home to kick off his campaign and begin a door to door effort to make himself known to area residents in his district.
“We’re running because we want to break the gridlock at city hall,” said Jones, who has never won a political office. “We want to make sure our neighborhoods are safe. Quality of life issues come up a lot on the campaign trail. That’s what the residents seem to be concerned about.”
Jones is pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Lima and a member of the Lima Area Black Ministerial Alliance and was a vocal supporter of bodycams for Lima police.
“I love Lima. I’m practically a life-long resident of Lima, so we’re concerned about the things going on in our city,” said Jones.
Jones faces opposition from incumbent councilman Derry Glenn.
“I believe we will bring new enthusiasm, a fresh voice (to council). We need to make sure that we can engage in dialogue with (city) council and that we can make an effort to get things done,” said Jones.
Jones was joined by his supporters at the news conference.
“I support Cleven because he’s an awesome individual and because I’ve had the pleasure of talking to him many times and he supports the neighborhood very well and he’s also an all-around nice guy. He also cares about people which is hard to find today. We need to look out for one another and we need to support one another instead of going against everybody. We need to make it way more positive and he does that,” said Anthony Winkeljohn, a Jones supporter and neighbor.
“We’ve been friends for over thirty years and throughout our friendship, he’s been a great friend. He’s been a pastor to me. He’s been honest. He’s been open and I believe in him. I believe he’s going to do the 6th Ward great. Things that have been looked over in the past he’s addressing and I’m just proud to be a supporter of his right now,” said Sheri Gary.
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