7 seek mayor position


By Erik Martin - emartin@aimmedianetwork.com



Ten Republican precinct chairs will vote determine who will be Greenville’s next mayor. Seven candidates have filed their intention to fill the remaining term of outgoing Mayor Mike Bowers.

Ten Republican precinct chairs will vote determine who will be Greenville’s next mayor. Seven candidates have filed their intention to fill the remaining term of outgoing Mayor Mike Bowers.


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GREENVILLE — Seven Greenville Republicans have thrown their hat into the ring, each seeking to replace Mike Bowers, the city’s outgoing mayor.

Among the candidates are Greenville City Council members Doug Schmidt, Steve Willman and Tracy Tryon.

Other hopefuls include John Hensley, chairman of the City of Greenville Civil Service Commission, JoEllen Melling, president of the Darke County Republican Women’s Club, Kathy Beam owner of the Flower Patch, and Dr. Steve Gruber, education professor at Cedarville University.

Mayor Mike Bowers’ last day as mayor was August 31. He was reelected to a third four-year term in November. Bowers is moving to a new role as Economic Development Director of the Community Improvement Corporation of Darke County (CIC).

Dave Kaiser, chairman of the Darke County Republican Central Committee, said a screening committee will begin interviewing prospective candidates this week.

Once finished with its vetting efforts, the screening committee will make a recommendation for a candidate and schedule a day and time for a vote, in which 10 GOP precinct chairs in the City of Greenville will be notified by letter. Only precinct chairs from Greenville will be able to vote. A simple majority will decide.

In the event a replacement is not named within 45 days, Greenville City Council will have the option to name a new mayor. Kaiser said he doesn’t expect the naming of a new mayor to take that long, however.

“I hope within a week or two weeks we will have somebody in the position,” he said.

Ten Republican precinct chairs will vote determine who will be Greenville’s next mayor. Seven candidates have filed their intention to fill the remaining term of outgoing Mayor Mike Bowers.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2016/08/web1_voting-PRINT.jpgTen Republican precinct chairs will vote determine who will be Greenville’s next mayor. Seven candidates have filed their intention to fill the remaining term of outgoing Mayor Mike Bowers. Advocate graphic

By Erik Martin

emartin@aimmedianetwork.com

The writer may be reached at 937-569-4314. Join the conversation and get updates on Facebook search Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com

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