Seven compete in commission race


Two seats open for write-in candidates

By Sam Wildow - swildow@aimmediamidwest.com



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Kris Lee


Timothy Lee


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PIQUA — Seven write-in candidates are making their case for Piqua voters to elect them to the Piqua City Commission after there were no candidates’ names approved to be put on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Commissioner Joe Wilson, whose seat is up this November, had his petition denied for the ballot as well as his protest of the Miami County Board of Elections’ decision denied, too. Wilson neglected to have his petition notarized, claiming he was given false information from one of the board’s office’s employees, and left a signature blank.

Commissioner Judy Terry decided not to run for re-election to the commission.

The following, in alphabetical order, are candidate questionnaires submitted by write-in candidates for the Piqua City Commission seats open in Ward 3 and 4. The questionnaires have been edited for spelling and grammar.

• JACK R. BASTIAN

Family information: Married to Saundra L. Bastian 42 years

Position sought: Commissioner City of Piqua Ward 3

Previous political experience: None

Qualifications: Owner of Piqua Beverage Center for 12 years; Upper Valley Investigative Services (private investigation business), which I have operated for 15 years; eight-year director of a mental health agency in Greene County.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University in Criminal Justice and fine Art and an associate of Applied Science Degree in criminal Justice an Associate of Arts Degree from Edison State Community College. I am veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Reserve, and U.S. Airforce Reserve. I have worked as a police officer, social worker/counselor Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. For the past 15 years I have worked as a licensed private investigator.

Reason for seeking office: I am seeking the office of city commissioner as I feel I can offer time, service and direction for the future of Piqua endeavors. I choose to live in Piqua, which I feel is a very fine city with wonderful potential. I have no political agenda and simply want to assist as best I can in taking the city forward.

Goal for office if elected: I have witnessed a drain of young people leaving Piqua to find employment elsewhere. I would like to explore and develop programs to bring young talented individuals into the city. We have a fine school system, great vocational school, and a high quality community college. We also have lots of recreation and activities that young, as well as seniors like to participate in. The city is on the move and has what it takes to attract new people to come to Piqua.

What do you see as the greatest need to be addressed in the office you seek? Now we need more employment opportunities in order to offer a full package to get folks to move hear. Development of recreation sports, use of river, entertainment projects, will all add jobs and growth. These are the growth areas, the areas that are in need of attention are issues like livable housing, clean streets and alleys, property upkeep, and maintenance of the venues now in operation.

As elected officials, you will have a chance to provide input over local laws, even possibly changing them at times. Are there any laws that you have broken or instances in your past that you would like a chance to address?

Laws offered by the commission needs a full review and impact study prior to implementation, with my background I feel I can add greatly to this process.

• BRADLEY SCOTT BOEHRINGER

Family: None

Occupation: Production associate, King’s Command Foods, Versailles

Position sought: 3rd ward commissioner

Previous political experience: No comment received.

Qualifications: No comment received.

Reason for Seeking Office: There has long been a perception that our city leaders do not listen to the citizens when making decisions that affect the community. I have seen instances where this perception is reality. I hope, if elected, to diminish, if not outright end, that perception. My platform for running is to run with openness, availability, and perseverance.

In running with openness, I do not pull any punches when it comes to stating my opinions and beliefs. If I feel an issue needs further discussion, I will say so. If I feel an item will not benefit the citizens of Piqua, I will not hesitate to vote against it, even if I am in the minority. I will not serve a narrow group of citizens. I will serve all citizens.

In the area of availability, I do not believe our current commissioners are making themselves as available to the citizens as they say they are. There has become, to coin a phrase, a sort of ‘ivory tower’ mentality in City Hall. They get emails, and phone calls, to be sure, but they could do a better job. I do understand some of them have work schedules that do not allow that. I will, if elected, make myself available to every person who wishes to come to me with a concern, and I will listen to them.

Finally, I will see my term through, no matter how rough it may get. The citizens, if they choose me, will be represented to the best of my ability. I feel that, as an 11-year citizen of Piqua, it is time to give back to the community.

Goals for office if elected: A) Take a close look at our boards and committees — there are some that I feel could be combined. B) Find ways to better our infrastructure. C) Continue to find ways to enhance quality of life for the citizens. D) Strengthen our safety services.

What do you see as the greatest need to be addressed in the office you seek? Finding new candidates when current commissioners wish to leave office.

As elected officials, you will have a chance to provide input over local laws, even possibly changing them at times. Are there any laws that you have broken or instances in your past that you would like a chance to address?

There are many instances where people have broken laws, myself included. I am not going to go into detail here. Anyone who wishes to know my past can feel free to look it up. However, what I am asking for is an opportunity to serve my community. I believe a person’s past should not serve as a gauge for their ability to serve office. There are many instances of people who have had criminal pasts who have gone on to serve the public with honor. Conversely, there are instances where public servants have violated laws while in office. It happens to everyone at some point. Some don’t get caught, others do. What matters is the job a person does while in office, not anything they might have done in the past.

Bradley S. Boehringer, 43, of Piqua, was charged with fourth-degree misdemeanor public indecency after exposing his genitals to two female juveniles at a residence on Nicklin Avenue in August 2016.

According to the Piqua Police Department, one of the juveniles opened the door of her house after hearing the dog barking. She then reported seeing Boehringer at the door with his genitals exposed. Another juvenile at the house also reported witnessing this incident.

One of the juveniles’ parents later contacted police, and Boehringer was identified through a Facebook photo. Boehringer reportedly was going door-to-door soliciting for an energy company. He did have a solicitor’s permit through the city that has since been revoked.

When questioned, Boehringer reportedly admitted that the incident occurred, but stated that it had been accident.

Boehringer was found guilty of the offense in September 2016. Boehringer was sentenced to two years probation in addition to receiving a fine and suspended jail time. According to court records, Boehringer’s probation is scheduled to end in September 2018.

• DAVID M. JONES

Family information: Three daughters, one granddaughter

Occupation: Retired

Position sought: Ward 3 Commissioner

Previous political experience: Worked on campaigns, no offices held

Qualifications: Born and raised in Piqua, seven years USMC (1970-1977), BA in criminal justice

Reason for seeking office: I think it is time for a change, new ideas

Goals for office if elected: Try to attract new manufacturing companies and work on the problem of the vacant and/or condemned property in Piqua

What do you see as the greatest need to be addressed in the position you seek? Good jobs, infrastructure, and vacant property

As elected officials, you will have a chance to provide input over local laws, even possibly changing them at times. Are there any laws that you have broken or instances in your past that you would like a chance to address? We will be looking into all candidates backgrounds within the courts and criminal justice system: I have no axe to grind. I welcome any investigation in all candidates for public office. I think that we should work daily to improve our community, state, and nation when possible. I am a member of the American Legion Post 184 and try to live by the Legion preamble to our Legion constitution.

• KRIS EDWARD LEE

Family information: Wife Peg Lee, 24 years; Children, Kristopher, 22, Kassie, 20, Kameron, 18, Kirstyn, 15, Daria, 11 (niece, legal custody), Kaden, 10

Occupation: Patrol Sergeant Anna Police Department (part-time), Safety Officer Miami Valley Career Technology Center, Adjunct Instructor

Position Sought: City Commissioner, 3rd Ward, City of Piqua

Previous Political Experience: Piqua Catholic School Board President

Qualifications: MBA Bluffton; MA Organizational Management, Bluffton; Bachelor of Arts Communications, AA Paralegal Studies, Edison; AA Computer Forensics/Criminal Justice, Edison; lots of public addresses as Elementary D.A.R.E. Officer; service to the community.

Reason for Seeking Office: To aid in the success that is currently going on in the city and to help direct the future success of the city

Goals for office if elected: To be responsive to constituents’ needs, to look for way for Piqua to grow via economic development, to generate ideas that help Piqua be that city that families want to move to.

What do you see as the greatest need to be addressed in the position you seek? Currently, the greatest need is the economic development of the city. Getting businesses to reinvest in themselves as we are doing and bring new businesses and industry to the city is a must for the future of the city. Part of this consists of beautifying the city to make it aesthetically appealing to potential businesses and how safe a city is another part. I believe Piqua is doing great in both areas

As elected officials, you will have a chance to provide input over local laws, even possibly changing them at times. Are there any laws that you have broken or instances in your past that you would like a chance to address?

I spent the last 24 1/2 years as a police officer, 23 of it in Piqua. I have not violated any laws and the only changes I would like to see is in some speed limits in designated areas in Piqua. I would like to see a new fire department built in town and a police/fire substation placed in town as well.

• TIMOTHY R. LEE

Family: Proud father

Occupation: Car salesman at Dave Arbogast

Position Sought: 4th Ward Commissioner

Previous Political Experience: Junior and high school council, peer mediation counselor

Qualifications: Strong communication skills, highly intelligent, common sense, and ability to think outside the box

Reason for seeking office: To use my youth and energy to keep my city moving forward.

Goals if elected: To maintain respect, credibility, and success for my city.

What is the greatest need to be addressed in the position I seek? There is a need for some different ways of thinking. Some ordinances could be reviewed.

As elected officials, you will have a chance to provide input over local laws, even possibly changing them at times. Are there any laws that you have broken or instances in your past that you would like a chance to address?: I haven’t been a role model citizen, for sure. I’ve had a few misdemeanors. My most recent is my inspiration for running. It gave me an opportunity to learn a lot of tools to deal with adverse situations in life. My experience was very humbling, a chance to start over and begin new. Without this and other instances in life, I could’ve never “rose from the ashes.”

Timothy Ray Lee, 33, of Piqua, was found guilty of first-degree misdemeanor assault, amended down from first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence, in Dec. 2015.

Lee was first charged in Oct. 2015 after Lee reportedly threw a cell phone at a victim driving him home from downtown Piqua at the time. The victim stated she struck Lee when he went to pick up the phone, after which Lee punched the victim in the mouth, according to Piqua police reports. The responding officer at the time noted the victim’s injuries as her face was bleeding and there was blood on her shirt.

When questioned by police, Lee admitted to throwing the phone, but denied hitting the victim with the phone.

Lee spent three days in jail for the charge. Lee was sentenced to two years of probation in addition to a fine and suspended jail time. According to court records, Lee successfully completed probation, which was terminated a few months early in March 2017.

• DAVID ANDREW SHORT

Family Information: Spouse Lisa (Moody) Short; sons Shannon Matthew Short and Andrew Ryan Short, both are adults

Occupation: Currently employed with Miami County Municipal Courts as a bailiff.

Position Sought: 4th Ward Piqua City Commissioner

Previous Political Experience: None

Qualifications: Piqua Police Officer for 22 years (retired), U.S. Army Veteran (Desert Storm), Member of the Executive Board for Miami County Recovery Council

Reasons for Seeking Office: There was a void in the 4th ward, and I decided to step up to fill that void.

Goals for office if elected: Increase the number of businesses/industries to come to the area. Continue to improve the infrastructure in the city.

What do you see as the greatest need to be addressed in the position you seek? Increase the number of jobs in the city, so that we can get more of our citizens back to work as well as increase the revenue in the city.

As elected officials, you will have a chance to provide input over local laws, even possibly changing them at times. Are there any laws that you have broken or instances in your past that you would like a chance to address?: As far as any laws that I have broken, I have had only two traffic tickets in my life. Both of those were prior to moving to Piqua.

• JOSEPH SORRELL

Sorrell did not submit a candidate questionnaire by press time.

Jones
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Kris Lee
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Timothy Lee
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Short
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Two seats open for write-in candidates

By Sam Wildow

swildow@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@aimmediamidwest.com or (937) 451-3336

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