LIMA — Earlier this week, multiple Lima city officials endorsed Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley in her 2022 run for Ohio governor. Whaley is currently one of two Democrats running to unseat incumbent Republican Mike DeWine, the other being Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.
Whaley earned endorsements from Lima Mayor David Berger, as well as Lima City Council members Jamie Dixon, Carla Thompson, and Tony Wilkerson.
“Ohio must have a governor who will stand up against special interests and fight for what is right for all of us,” Berger said. “As one of the founders of the bipartisan Ohio Mayors Alliance, she has shown again and again that she will do the hard work to deliver for all Ohio communities, large and small. That’s what we need from our next governor.”
Council members cited her ability to listen to the community and her expansion of social services in Dayton during her term.
“Under Nan’s leadership, Dayton made high-quality preschool available to all 4-year-olds and was the first city in Ohio to provide paid parental leave to all municipal employees,” Thompson said. “I am proud to support her to be Ohio’s first woman governor because that is the sort of creative leadership our state needs.”
The four Lima city officials join a list of over one hundred local leaders from across the state who have endorsed Whaley’s campaign. She has served in her role as Dayton’s Mayor since 2014.