GREENVILLE — Treaty City citizens will see two new faces on Greenville’s City Council beginning in 2016.
In the November 3 election, Dori Howdieshell is running for the Ward 2 seat currently held by Roy Harrison. Steve Willman is running for the Ward 4 seat held by John Baumgardner. Both candidates are running unopposed.
Howdieshell and Willman spoke with the Daily Advocate on their background and experience.
Doris “Dori” Howdieshell
A 1971 graduate of Tampa, Florida’s King High School, Dori Howdieshell moved to Greenville in 1976. She is celebrating 25 years of marriage to her husband Mark. The couple has one daughter, Melissa, one son, Bubba, six grandchildren and two great grandsons. She is the owner and operator of Tropical Isle Tanning Salon in Greenville, now in business for 25 years.
Howdieshell has been heavily involved with the Darke County Republican Party for more than 15 years. She is currently secretary of the Darke County Republican Central Committee, treasurer for the Darke County Republican Woman’s Club and serves on the Darke County Republican Executive Committee.
She has worked for the political campaigns of national and state figures, such as George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, John Kasich, Rob Portman, and John Boehner.
Along with Barbara Fee, she has helped organized the Darke County Republican’s annual Pig Roast for the past 11 years.
On top of her work for the GOP, Howdieshell is president of the Darke County Cancer Association and a board member with that organization for 14 years.
She holds memberships in the Eagles, American Legion, VFW, and is secretary and treasurer of the Moose. She is also the Women of the Moose Ohio State Youth Awareness coordinator.
Howdieshell said she looks forward to serving on the Greenville City Council.
“Greenville has been good to me and I hope this is a way I can give back,” she said.
When asked what she hopes to accomplish as a member of council, Howdieshell said, “I can’t answer the question, because I believe ‘don’t say anything till you wear those shoes.’ And I have not worn those shoes yet.”
Howdieshell has attended council meetings for the past few months, soaking in the council’s procedures and learning about the city’s issues.
“I’m learning a lot,” she said. “I’ve learned it’s like anything else — teamwork [emphasis added]. I am looking forward to the next four years, learning as much as I can and doing the best job I can.”
A 1971 Greenville High School graduate, Steve Willman is also a longtime board member of the Greenville High School Alumni Association.
Married for almost 45 years to (Greenville City Auditor) Roxanne Willman, the couple has three children — Molly, Matt and Mark — and six grandchildren.
Willman worked at Corning in Greenville until its closure in 2002. From there he worked at Faurecia Equipment in Troy, Ohio, before taking a part-time position at Club 7 Sports in Greenville.
A registered Republican, Willman has been a member of the Darke County GOP’s Central Committee for about six years.
Willman is a member of the Elks, a longtime member of the Darke County United Way board of directors, and is president of the Greenville Boys & Girls Club. He also previously served on the Greenville Board of Education.
When asked why he’s seeking a seat on the Greenville City Council, Willman said, “There’s some good people leaving council, and it’s always something I’ve thought about. When the opportunity popped up, I had some people ask me to run.”
Willman cites his experience and knowledge of the community as qualities that will benefit him as he takes a council seat in January.
“I’ve been involved in a lot of things locally,” he said. “I feel I’m qualified to make some good decisions for the city, to continue the great progress that has been made by council so far.”
Returning candidates running unopposed for Greenville City Council seats in the November election are Clarence Godwin, who will return as Ward 1 council representative, and Leon Rogers, who will return to his Ward 3 seat.
Mayor Mike Bowers, Auditor Roxanne Willman and Law Director Eric Brand are all running unopposed for their respective positions.
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