Does anybody in Chillicothe think it's strange to see four residents interested in running for mayor already?



It's only Oct. 1, so there's still plenty of time for people to join the fun or for those interested now to decide to not become an official candidate. (Petitions and economic interest statements are not filed until Dec. 8.)


Does anybody in Chillicothe think it's strange to see four residents interested in running for mayor already?

It's only Oct. 1, so there's still plenty of time for people to join the fun or for those interested now to decide to not become an official candidate. (Petitions and economic interest statements are not filed until Dec. 8.)

With the exception of Sandi Levell, the candidates all either have done the job (Don White and Troy Childers Sr.) or are currently doing the job (Gary Fyke). And at the last election, the three men ran against each other, with Childers losing in the primary and White losing in the general election.

At this point in the game, I'm not going to discuss the positives and negatives of each potential candidate.

I would, though, like to share what qualities make for a good mayor. Most all candidates, in Chillicothe at least, have the best interests of Chillicothe at heart.

The question is, what is the best for Chillicothe?

Qualities of a good mayor

1. Promise only what you can control. Good intentions only get you so far, and no mayor can make eight aldermen vote for something he wants. The mayor is a figurehead. He, or she, steers the Chillicothe ship. Being marooned on an island doesn't help anyone.

2. Be willing to make tough decisions. Some politicians, especially nationally, will not address issues that they know will make them unpopular. Good mayors explain, not dictate.

3. Try to compromise when possible. Some issues just are not big deals. Find common ground and go for it.

4. COMMUNICATE. Listening skills are essential. Mayors should probably listen more than they talk, and they need to be able to discern actual problems vs. personality issues. But they also need to know when to speak up and let others know what needs to be accomplished. Maybe this should have been No. 1.

5. The only agenda is doing what's best for Chillicothe and how to improve the city. Need I say more?

6. Treat residents the same. Just because someone's family lived in Chillicothe for the last 100 years does not make his opinion more important than someone else who just moved to town.

7. Have a kind heart. OK, that sounds corny, but seriously, some residents simply need someone on their side to fix something, like a chronic pothole on their street. Some compassion or empathy does wonders for residents. And most just want to be heard.

8. Work with the aldermen and city department heads to accomplish city goals. Everyone needs to be on the same page.

9. Tell us what you want to do in the city. What's important? Maintaining city services, adding to them, revitalizing the downtown, developing the riverfront, adding a grocery store, cleaning up property in disrepair or bringing more jobs to the city — tell us what you want to do for the next four years, and then work toward them.

10. When running for public office, stick to the issues. People may like to chuckle at the gossip/cheap shots at each other, but let's keep it professional. Don't spread lies or let others spread lies for you.
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If I've overlooked an important quality or you have comments, please leave them below.