Jamie Dixon is running for President of Lima City Council. The election is in November, but volunteers are already needed: to volunteer, write letters, canvass, and host parties to meet people.
If you’d like to help out, contact Jamie at 419-302-5260. You can also donate to the campaign: Checks can be made out to “Elect Dixon Committee” and sent to 498 McPheron Ave, Lima OH 45804.
We asked Jamie about his commitment to Lima and what he’ll do as President of City Council. Here’s what he said:
“When I ran five years ago for Lima City Council, it was because I had returned home after college to the neighborhood I grew up in. My parents bought their home in the South End of Lima when I was six – it’s the same house my father was born and raised in, and my parents still live there.
“But I realized that the neighborhood had changed. Homeowners had moved out, left Lima or downsized. It was no longer a family-oriented neighborhood.
“As the 5th Ward Councillor over the past five years, I have tried to create a safe neighborhood. That has meant bringing down blight and providing better lighting and curbs. I’m the Council appointee to the Lima Community Improvement Corporation, which works to rebuild the City.
“I want to continue that goal of bringing down blight, as well as saving homes and structures that still have good quality bones. Growing the city and stabilizing the economy also means bringing back jobs with liveable wages. A person with a liveable wage can go from renter to homeowner. The end goal is restoring Lima pride.”
“As President of Council, I would bring fresh ideas and energy. The President of Council should be transparent and active in the community. We need a leader who gets out of the office, meets people where they are, and makes them welcome in our community.
“Now is the time to have a leader who is young, innovative, and qualified. I have a Master’s in Public Administration and have worked in social services for many years. I’ve worked with elderly populations, people who are differently abled, and people with substance use disorders.
“I’m inclusive and welcoming, and I’m able to articulate in a way that gets people up and out and active. Most of all, I hope people see me in a light that they can recognize or see themselves in.”