Additional candidate makes his case

Seven write-ins vie for city commission

By Sam Wildow -



EDITOR’S NOTE: The candidate questionnaire for Jack R. Bastian was unintentionally omitted from the article “Seven compete in commission race” in the Monday, Oct. 23, print edition of the Daily Call.

PIQUA — Jack R. Bastian of Piqua is a write-in candidate for the ward 3 seat of the Piqua City Commission.

Additional write-in candidates for ward 3 of the Piqua City Commission include Bradley Scott Boehringer, David M. Jones, and Kris Edward Lee.

Write-in candidates for ward 4 of the Piqua City Commission include Timothy R. Lee, David Andrew Short, and Joseph Sorrell.

Those questionnaires ran in the Monday, Oct. 23, edition of the Piqua Daily Call, with the exception of Joseph Sorrell, who did not submit a candidate questionnaire.

Information on Jack R. Bastian includes:

Family information: Married to Saundra L. Bastian for 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. Air Force 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 here. Development of recreation sports, use of river, (and) 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, (and) with my background, I feel I can add greatly to this process.

Seven write-ins vie for city commission

By Sam Wildow

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336