Hardesty column: It’s been a special time


Elizabeth Hardesty



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I feel we’ve talked enough policy and given plenty of reason’s “why.” Now is time for positive experiences and thank you’s. Campaigning for Mayor of Lima has been a humbling experience. I have received overwhelming support from people I have known all my life and from people I have never met. All of them are searching for a better Lima for themselves and their families.

Over the past three months, we have added to our team. From my dedicated campaign team, to friends of friends, to people reaching out on social media, we’ve grown. As I’ve always experienced from the Lima community – they give support and encouragement through everything.

From surprises like having good ol’ conversations with the lady who worked with one of my team members long ago (and her large, black, very sweet dog), to a lady who semi-recently moved back to Lima and was an LCS bus driver who knew my old bus driver when I attended Whittier and South! To knocking on the door of the woman who was Dad’s secretary for almost all my life. Her telling stories of picking me up from Schoonover Pool while I worked when I didn’t have a car, to me begging to type on the office computer — which was a DOS! To the older veteran who didn’t know who was running so I chatted with him for close to 20 minutes about all four of us while he snuck stories of serving in between. To visiting with past school teachers and coaches, and the best — running into old Lima Senior grads and seeming as if it were yesterday, we were back at school, but of course we don’t look a day older! From the hundreds of requests for yard signs, to the Saturday my team split the city up to get them all out. To all the personal messages looking out for me on social media and especially those who stood-up to the BS.

I’ve attended meetings I wasn’t sure I could before. From the Rotary Club, to the Allen County Museum presentation on the Medal of Honor display, the Historical Society annual meeting, to the Chamber of Commerce Annual Breakfast. I’ve had numerous lunches with people, visited the police chief and had my first visit ever to the Lima police station. Talked with county commissioners, yet found the city building is off limits to me. Visited small businesses in town and made sure to use local vendors for my campaign needs!

If you haven’t seen us yet, we are doing our best to cover as much of Lima as we can! Feel free to e-mail questions or message the Facebook page.

This is a first for me, running for a public office and campaigning. I’ve been voted into positions on a technical merit for organizations, but never one as “public” as this. I am proud to be doing what I am doing. I am honored to have stories like these to support what I’m doing. Election Day is Tuesday. I would appreciate your vote. I look forward to serving the Lima community as your mayor.

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Elizabeth Hardesty

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See past coverage of the Lima mayoral race at LimaOhio.com/tag/limamayor.

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