Lima voters haven’t been afraid to shake things up.
We saw that two years ago when three of four incumbent council members were voted out of office. It was one of the biggest surprises on Election Day.
On Tuesday, the grade card will come out for three more Lima City Council members, this time in the 2nd, 4th and 6th wards.
The issues voters need to weigh haven’t changed from two years ago. Still front and center are concerns about housing blight, downtown development, public safety, job development and street and infrastructure maintenance.
The candidates they will be choosing all appear solid.
In the 2nd Ward, Sam McLean is seeking his fifth term in office. He’ll tell you those years have provided him with an understanding of the many complexities council faces. He’s being challenged by Tony Wilkerson, a political newcomer who has been going door-to-door in the 2nd Ward, talking with residents. He prides himself as being a straight-shooter and good listener.
Derry Glenn in the 6th Ward also will be seeking his fifth term. Glenn talks proudly about being the eyes and ears of the 6th Ward. He points to a drop in crime in the ward as well as a host of programs he’s initiated as major accomplishments. Challenger Cleven Jones disputes that record, contending Glenn tends to take too much credit for things he has no power over and launches programs with little or no follow-through.
The 4th Ward sees Rebecca Kreher seeking a second term after her surprise win in 2015. She knocked on almost every door in her ward in engineering that victory and has since continued her close contact with residents. She faces longtime community activist Peggy Ehora, who has been involved with almost every organization in the city at one time or another, including Lima school board, Downtown Lima and the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce. Ehora said she entered the race with hopes of ending what she called the combative tenor of local politics.
Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.