Source: Craig Kelly | The Lima NewsLima 6th Ward Councilman Derry Glenn outlines his platform as he announces his run for Lima mayor.
LIMA — After an unsuccessful run in 2009, 6th Ward Councilman Derry Glenn is taking another shot at becoming the new mayor of Lima.
While Glenn did not make a formal announcement on the Feb. 1 filing deadline for personal reasons, he did outline his platform and priorities at a news conference Tuesday at the Wingate by Wyndham in downtown Lima. For inspiration on how to approach the position, Glenn has looked north to the city of Findlay.
“If we start building our neighborhoods up, start getting things here for youth and start paying attention to what needs to be done in our city, you’ll see us grow like Findlay,” he said. “You’ve got to have a hungry mayor. You’ve got to have a mayor who lives here, who’s been here all of his life and who will love Lima.”
Glenn pointed to neighborhood revitalization, providing more options for youth activities and creating a small-business friendly environment as key pillars of his campaign platform. On neighborhoods, Glenn wants to have money on hand to help homeowners with needed repairs and upkeep.
“I want to put in the budget $300,000 to help people who lived in their homes five years or more,” he said. “We’re not looking at low income. We’re looking at people who have been here five years. We need to work to bring our neighborhoods up to par. We’ve got to keep folks in our city.”
Glenn is hopeful that making investment in youth activities a priority will help encourage younger generations to stay in the city.
“People want to see the downtown raised up for kids, too,” he said. “We’re looking at the future coming up now that we want to stay here. We’ve got to bring something here for the kids to do. We’ve got two centers [Mizpah Center and Bradfield Center] that are barely making it, and kids have nothing to look forward to.”
Glenn hopes to also ease regulations on small-business owners to encourage them to come within city limits, especially to the city’s downtown.
“We want to change our regulations for small businesses and be very friendly to them to help bring them into town,” he said. “That’s how you grow a city.”
Glenn finished third in the 2009 mayoral primary with 11 percent of the vote.
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