LIMA — Derry Glenn, the incumbent in Lima’s 6th Ward city council, wants to be around for a fifth consecutive term.
He officially kicked off his re-election campaign with an event at Lima’s Veterans Memorial Civic Center on Sunday.
Glenn gathered his supporters, who had positive things to say about him.
“Anytime my buddy Derry needs some help, I’m there,” said Mark Crawford, who worked with Glenn at the prison. “Anytime Derry needs anything, needs a little bit of money for this, for that, I’m here to help Derry. Everybody likes to make fun of stuff they know nothing about. They always joke around. ‘Oh, that’s Derry, he’s just running his mouth.’ No, Derry is running his feet off. He’s the only city councilman that I know of where there’s a need, Derry is there giving the need.”
Aaron Poling, a local contractor, has worked with Glenn on various projects, even helping to get bottled water to help residents of Flint, Michigan, when they had water problems and it wasn’t safe to drink.
“We took 600,000 gallons of water to Flint, Michigan,” Poling said. “Derry stepped up and got the community involved and got us a lot more water than I ever would have gotten on my own. We coordinated trucks and trailers, and we took it there.”
Glenn added, “I’m blessed to have people here that support me and all of the work I’ve done. I’ll continue working hard. This is something that’s got to be from your heart. It takes a dedicated person, an experienced person, a person that loves the work to do this job.”
During the event, Glenn called out his opponent, Cleven Jones, pastor at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.
“Where have you been for the last 20-some years? Your church is out there,” Glenn said. “This is a job. There’s a lot of work to do. You’ve got to come with something. When people tell me that ‘Derry, you’re doing too much work,’ it doesn’t bother me because God has blessed me with these folks here. We’re going to make a difference.”
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