Jamie Dixon for President of Lima City Council

Candidate Profile

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.”


Run for Office in 2023! (Or Help Others!)

This year, open offices include mayor, council, township trustee, and school board. Consider running – or helping others with their campaigns.

Here’s an overview of how to run.

Filing deadlines

In order to run, candidates must file with the Board of Elections and present a certain number of signatures (generally 25-50).

There are two different filing deadlines:

  • February 1 was the deadline to file with the Board of Elections to run with a party affiliation (i.e. as a Democrat for Council)
  • August 9 is the filing deadline for non-partisan positions (School Board/ Township Trustee) or to run as an Independent for Council.

Here’s the Secretary of State’s calendar.

Open positions

Here’s a summary of open positions for Allen County, from the Board of Elections.  More details on individual positions is here: https://lookup.boe.ohio.gov/vtrapp/allen/cnm.aspx

For Hardin County, see the attached document from the Board of Elections:

More Hardin details are in the database listing all positions (look at next election date to see the ones currently up): https://lookup.boe.ohio.gov/vtrapp/hardin/cnm.aspx

Advice and help

Tell local County Democratic Chairs that you’re running. Mike Hubbell is Chair for Hardin County (419-673-6346) and Rochelle Twining for Allen County (allenohdems@gmail.com). They have a wealth of knowledge. They can also advise you on the filing forms, which can be tricky. 

Many AHEAD members have run for office or served in these positions. They’re generally glad to describe the process. (Contact ahead.oh@gmail.com for contacts.)

Filing forms are available on the Secretary of State’s website. You can also contact the Board of Elections for Allen and Hardin Counties.

And! Statewide groups are eager to provide advice on running a campaign. These groups include LEAD Ohio and the Ohio Democratic Party’s Main Street Initiative


Pro-Democracy Rally in Lima January 6

Members of the public are invited to a rally to celebrate democracy.

The rally will be 1:30-2:15 pm on Thursday January 6, 2021, at the Veterans Freedom Flag Monument, 1191 Buckeye Rd, Lima. This event is family-friendly, non-violent, and non-partisan.

The agenda is:

  • Rev. Brett Miller (non denominational prayer) 
  • Dr. Perry Bush (Bluffton University): History of our democracy
  • Dr. Bill Angel (Ohio State Lima): Bill of Rights
  • Maha Zehery: Living in a free country
  • Nancy Briggs: Cooperation in politics
  • Music from Crystal Dillard and Wendy Chappell-Dick           

“We are blessed to have a democracy,” said AHEAD Leadership Team member and event organizer Rochelle Twining. “We must make sure that democratic principles are understood and upheld throughout our society and government.”

A Facebook event for the rally is available here: https://fb.me/e/32juRvylH

It is organized by local group Allen and Hardin for Election Action & Democracy (AHEAD). AHEAD is a citizen advocacy group composed of Allen and Hardin County residents committed to nonviolent action for democracy.