Two local candidates with very different professional backgrounds hope to claim position 1 of the Dayton City Council in the upcoming general election.
Laura U. Aukerman, 51, owns a small business in Dayton with her daughter – Paig’s Floral & Gifts – but before that she worked 30 years in the nuclear industry.
Boe Stevenson, 45, also owns a small business: Boe Designs Graphic Design & Screen Printing.
The two show up to take the seat of outgoing Councilor Heather Hiebert.
Stevenson and Aukerman both feel like they offer something they feel the current city council lacks: diversity.
“When we have a more diverse group of board members, we can look at the issues from many different angles,” said Aukerman.
One of Aukerman’s passions is seeing Council meetings once again become a focal point for the community.
“I saw very little community participation in city council meetings,” Aukerman said. “One of my goals would be to work on getting more community involvement. “
This can be achieved by finding more ways to diversify communications, she said, and finding ways to accommodate community members to attend meetings.
Aukerman said she was disappointed with the attitude of some council members at a meeting in July where a councilor complained because a crowd had gathered and he allegedly called the citizens “whiners.” “.
“It doesn’t become behavior for a city councilor,” Aukerman said. “But (it’s) a specific example of how not to get community involvement. “
For Stevenson, he said running for the Board was a no-brainer and he also called for leaders on the Board and diversity of thought.
“The decision to run… is really quite simple,” said Stevenson. “Dayton needs citizens to be interested in serving this community. “
Stevenson said his experiences would help run the city in the spirit of a small business, “not just a small town.”
He said friends brought the idea to his attention several months ago and he knew it was the right thing to do.
“We need diversity on the Board,” he said. “And we need balanced discussions that propel us towards the goals that we have set and will continue to set for this community.”
Position 1 is up for a full term for the winner of this year’s election.