LIMA — Joshua Hayes wants to be Lima’s next mayor. To do that he has to be one of the two top vote-getters in the May 4 non-partisan mayoral primary.
He is running against Elizabeth Hardesty, Sharetta Smith and Autumn Swanson in the non-partisan election.
“I want to be mayor of Lima because our city and its people need healing. There is so much suffering happening now and I believe it is a product of our policies and our priorities,” Hayes said in an email to our questions. “In order for our city to become something better we need a change in leadership and focus. We will not get different results with the same people in charge. We can no longer rely on the same people that created this problem to fix it. My vision for Lima revolves around empowered people who are supported to create positive sustainable outcomes. The goals of this initiative (is) to make our city safe and beautiful — linking and establishing funding and manpower for Lima service organizations so that we can co-create a space that nurses growth and development for everyone to end the struggle of sickness, poverty, and addiction by implementing holistic methods to improve outcomes and to create sustainability for Lima by growing our own food and medicine.”
Hayes is hoping his experience as a small business owner will help guide him.
“I have seen firsthand how government regulations many times hinder business growth and development, while the people in the community suffer because they can’t get the services that they need to survive. We will support private sector businesses so that they can provide essential services in ways that the government is not set up to do,” Hayes said. “I also believe that we have a community and social responsibility to help those who are struggling and less fortunate. We must support our police and fire departments fully while also continuing to find ways to make their jobs easier by focusing on the root causes of violent crime and social unrest.”
Hayes has served as a chiropractor in Lima for more than 10 years. According to an article in The Lima News on March 19, 2021, his license to practice was suspended for one year (with six months of that suspension stayed) after an investigation by the Ohio State Chiropractic Board cited him for nine violations, six of those regarding the treatment of patients.
Hayes was ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 and complete 36 hours of continuing documentation on the topic of clinical documentation in the practice of chiropractic.
Hayes had previously been placed on five years probation by the Ohio State Chiropractic Board after a fifth-degree felony conviction in the state of Minnesota on marijuana possession charges.
Hayes calls himself an “advocate for cannabis as medicine.”
“As a doctor, (I’ve) done the research, read the studies and I have seen the amazing benefits of medical cannabis for so many. I am proposing an ordinance for the City of Lima to become like many other cities in Ohio and states across the nation to decriminalize misdemeanor cannabis crimes. We have already collected over 400 signatures and the plan is for this new proposed ordinance to be on the November 3 ballot. Cannabis is a tool to improve health outcomes in our city and to help end the opiate problem that is plaguing our people and families,” Hayes said.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.