Hayes column: We don’t have to live this way


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Joshua Hayes, candidate for Lima mayor, hosted a discussion on regenerative agriculture, Saturday night at the Milano Cafe.

Joshua Hayes, candidate for Lima mayor, hosted a discussion on regenerative agriculture, Saturday night at the Milano Cafe.


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Lima is a city in pain. Right now many people in our city lack basic foundational needs: healthy nutritious foods, a safe living environment, and strong neighborhood relations and support. These are the foundation of a thriving community. A foundation that has been crumbling for decades. High crime rates. Addiction tearing families apart. And poverty and sickness running rampant.

We are a city in pain.

During this campaign, I’ve witnessed suffering throughout our city. It shows itself in our neighborhoods, our businesses, and our citizens in the form of hopelessness and despair. People who have the financial means to leave have departed from Lima, while those who don’t have become more forgotten and disenfranchised.

I’ve found that most people desire the same things. Good health, relationships, and a safe place to live and raise their families. Why has our government not found a way to create opportunities for so many people? Because they have been profiting from the systems being broken for so long. Lima is just like many other cities, the elected officials have forgotten who they work for.

I am running for mayor of Lima because I know we don’t have to live this way. I am here to offer a new way of thinking. To shift our mindset from reactive to preventative. I have come to challenge the status quo. Not to be different, but because what we have been doing is not working. To help create an environment that fosters growth and collaboration. I am here to unite people with a focus on food security so that no one in our community goes hungry. And take the lead to finally end the drug abuse and addiction problems that are plaguing our city.

As mayor of Lima, I promise to serve everyone in our city. To lift the fallen, empower the disenfranchised and give hope to those in a place of sadness and despair. I have been serving people my entire adult life; as a sergeant in the US Army where I operated the very same Abrams tanks that are made right here in Lima and for the last 10 years, as a chiropractic physician to thousands of patients in the Lima region. I am a healer.

I am a father. I am a leader.

I am here to answer the call to restore our great city to a place of balance and harmony. To peace and prosperity. I am here to shift our focus towards restoring and improving our neighborhoods, establishing food security and nutritional wellness for our citizens. I am here to make Lima a safe place to live, work, and raise a family. I am here to ease our pain and make Lima a city to be proud of.

Our campaign has been a grassroots effort from the beginning. Backed by the people, not wealthy investors or corporations.

I challenge Lima’s voters to not be fooled by partisan politics. Look past the illusion of new candidates and see that they are being backed by the same power brokers who have been benefiting from the dysfunction we have experienced in our city for decades. It’s time to stand up together.

Joshua Hayes, candidate for Lima mayor, hosted a discussion on regenerative agriculture, Saturday night at the Milano Cafe.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/05/web1_Hayes-Joshua-1.jpgJoshua Hayes, candidate for Lima mayor, hosted a discussion on regenerative agriculture, Saturday night at the Milano Cafe.

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