LIMA — Local chiropractor and business owner Joshua Hayes officially announced his bid for Mayor of Lima Wednesday pitching a three-part platform created to attack what he sees as “the root” of the city’s problems.
“The root problem in this community, I think, is a disconnection. It’s separation — a lot of divisiveness within groups that have similar intentions. But they can’t get together and work together, and I think that that’s what I want to do is connect people, get people to work together, unite people on what we have together,” Hayes said.
Hayes is the first to announce his candidacy for Lima’s mayoral position, which is scheduled for a contest in November 2021. Lima’s current mayor, David Berger, has served in the position since 1988.
As for Hayes’s three-part platform, he said his campaign will focus on increasing local sustainability — via producing food and medicine — to create a more stable economy for disenfranchised groups, focusing on combating drug crimes and reducing violent crime by encouraging arts and culture.
A graduate of Perry High School, Hayes served in the U.S. Army for six years before getting his chiropractic license and moving back to Lima to set up his practice. He has lived in the region for the last decade and currently owns a home in Shawnee Township.
Tangential to his chiropractic work, Hayes has also opened Garden Grove Holistic and One River Collective, which both sell alternative medicine, whole food supplements, herbs and CBD products.
Hayes said his platform is derived from his holistic approach to medicine, which requires looking at the problems of the entire body instead of attacking specific symptoms.
As for public experience, Hayes is also involved in organizing the Lima Mural Project, which has successfully completed two murals in Lima, which are located at SUNE Records, 1174 W. North St., and I CAN Celebration Ministries, 615 W. High St.
Hayes said four more murals are slated to be completed this summer at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, the First Church of the Nazarene, Kynd Vybes and 311 E. Market St., which is more commonly known as the 311 building.
“We are ready for equality and prosperity for everyone in our city. We are ready to give to everyone that is in need. And together we are stronger. And I have no doubt that together and united we will stand. And it’s time for Lima to stand up. It’s time for us all to wake up. It’s time for us to do better. And I’m here to lead this and I’m ready and we’re ready. And it’s time,” Hayes said.
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.