WILMINGTON — The Clinton County Democratic Party recently held its Annual Spring Dinner in the Robert Moyer Community Room.
Rhine McLin — former House of Representative member, Ohio Senator and Mayor of Dayton — spoke in place of State Chair David Pepper, who could not attend due to a family death.
The four Democratic candidates for Wilmington City Council spoke prior to McLin.
Kelsey Swindler, who is an incumbent, stated “I have spent my first term on council tackling our city’s deficit, advocating for vital safety services, pushing for investment in our aging infrastructure and pursuing a community water fluoridation program.
“This November election is critical. In the next few years, this city will take on its most aggressive public infrastructure investment in decades and we need honest, accountable and proactive people at the helm.”
Swindler, who is running At-Large, added, “ I couldn’t be prouder of the slate of candidates we have this fall. They are exceptional people, and we are running because we believe in Wilmington. We believe in a community that is open to new businesses, ideas and people.”
Mike Allbright, a Wilmington College graduate is a candidate for the 2nd Ward, spoke of his desire to improve Wilmington, and stated, “I would like to add, enhance and improve sidewalks, provide additional lighting to improve safety in Wilmington, improve housing, develop a program to address the large amount of feral and unwanted cats and make Wilmington a city to drive to, not just pass through.”
Angela Mitchell Koster is running At-Large on council. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate who works with children in the Juvenile Court system due to abuse, neglect and dependency. “I want to make numerous improvements to the city with the help of current businesses in Wilmington and make changes to secure a feeling of safety everywhere,” she said.
Tyler Williams, a Wilmington College graduate with a degree in history and political science, is a counselor for Wilmington City Schools. “I am excited to be running for an At Large position on council, to serve, to make a positive difference in our community, and to have a chance to represent my hometown and move Wilmington toward a brighter future,” he said.
The dinner concluded with a lively question-and-answer session.