Peters fills seat on London city council

Joshua Peters
Joshua Peters

(Posted Jan. 21, 2015)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The Madison County Republican Central Committee voted unani-mously Jan. 20 to appoint Joshua Peters as an at-large member of London City Council.

Peters, a lifelong resident of London, replaces Rodney Lauer who resigned at the start of this year to take a job out of state. Peters will finish Lauer’s term, which expires Dec. 31.

Peters was one of five candidates the committee interviewed for the position. The others were Jim Boyd, Henry Comer, Megan Douglas and John Stahl.

“It was great to have five folks to show interest…we really appreciate that,” said Bill Blazer, a committee member.

“It’s good to see people are interested in making it a better community and getting involved,” said Teresa Ames, a committee member.

As for why he voted for Peters, Steve Scaggs, a committee member, said he favored someone who wanted to continue in the position beyond finishing out the unexpired term.

Several city government seats are up for election this year, including three at-large council seats, with full terms starting in January 2016. The candidacy filing deadline is Feb. 4 for the May primary.

Steve Saltsman, committee chairman, noted that three of the five candidates for the appointment to Lauer’s seat are circulating petitions for other offices.

Comer has announced his intention to run for mayor. Boyd is circulating petitions to run for city auditor. Stahl is circulating petitions to run for city council president.

“That left two,” Saltsman said, referring to Douglas and Peters, both of whom are circulating petitions to run for council at-large.

After the committee chose Peters to complete the unexpired term, Saltsman encouraged Douglas to continue her pursuit for public office and involvement in city government.

Peters has previous experience running for council. In 2013, he put his hat in the ring for the Ward 1 council seat. Initially, one of his opponents, Trint Hatt, was declared the winner. Then, a recount showed Peters as the winner. Peters served 13 days as a councilman at the start of 2014, then was unseated when a second recount showed Hatt as the winner.

As for why he wants to serve on council, Peters said, “I just want to be involved with the city since I’ve lived here all my life.”

Peters graduated from London High School in 1992 and earned a degree in construction management from Columbus State. He is self-employed as the owner of Handyman Café.

Active in the community, Peters serves as athletic director at St. Patrick School and vice president of the school’s athletic board. He coaches St. Patrick’s sixth grade boys’ basketball team and the city’s kindergarten through second grade recreational basketball team. He also coaches baseball at St. Patrick and for the London Area Baseball Council. Peters is a past president of the London Kiwanis Club.

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