Voter’s Guide: Mount Sterling mayor

(Posted Nov. 4, 2019)

Three candidates are running for the Mount Sterling mayor’s position in the Nov. 5 general election.

Each candidate was given an opportunity to provide information for the Madison Messenger’s Voter’s Guide. The following is the information they provided.

For more information about the election, contact the Madison County Board of Elections at (740) 852-9424 or visit Madison County Board of Elections.

Candidates for Mount Sterling Mayor
(One seat up for election)

Marci L. Darlington
23 N. Market St., Mount Sterling

Occupation: Parks and recreation director, village of West Jefferson

Previous service in public office: Current council member, village of Mount Sterling

Education and/or military experience: 1976 graduate of Madison-Plains High School, nursing assistant training (past), activity director training (past), Ohio certified prevention specialist assistant through Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (past), certified aquatic facility operator (current), mental health first aid trained (current), Narcan trained (current), suicide prevention trained (current), grant writing course

Community activities/honors: Currently member of West Jeff Advocacy Group and Madison County We Care Coalition, previous Madison County Chamber Board member, past notary public, past State of Ohio Make A Difference Day top 10 award winner, senior class president Madison-Plains Class of 1976, Madison County Chamber Entrepreneur of the Year Award, PAX partner, West Jefferson Food Pantry board member, 14 years of organizing Make A Difference Day projects throughout Madison County, wrote and was awarded over $80,000 in grants for the village of West Jefferson Parks and Recreation Department in a three-year period.

Goals if elected: I believe I have the resources, energy and determination to help the village of Mount Sterling heal from the deep financial impact created by the previous administrator from 2012 into 2016. Rebuilding our community requires regaining the respect and trust from both our citizens and the leadership within our county and state. I plan on working on new partnerships and collaborations with our surrounding communities and our own businesses in Mount Sterling. With transparency and conversation, we can begin the journey towards the progress and revival of this community that we love and call our home.

Through town forums and conversations with our citizens and business leaders, I will strive to better communicate the issues surrounding high water bills, the efforts to fund and sustain a grocery store in a small rural community, as well as how a strong village council works through legislation that effects our village. I believe in the wisdom of people, not just those who sit in the council chairs or the mayor’s seat, but those ideas brought by concerned citizens wanting to better their community. If elected mayor, I will have dedicated hours for those one-on-one conversations from citizens willing to share their positive recommendations, as well as their concerns. It will be my policy to share with council the thoughts and concerns of our citizens and to reinforce the belief that one person’s well intended ideas may not always be what is best for our community, even if that person holds a political seat in the village.

Rebecca (Becky) Martin
299 E. Columbus St., Mount Sterling

Occupation: Owner, Mad Hatter Cafe

Previous service in public office: Currently a Mount Sterling village council member, elected November 2017

Education/military experience: Graduated from Madison-Plains in 1983

Community activities/honors: Vice president, Mount Sterling Chamber of Commerce; chairman, Mount Sterling economic growth committee; former coach and board member, Mount Sterling Youth Athletic Association, 15 years; former softball coach at Madison-Plains high school and middle school; founding member of Mount Sterling Market Crew, a group that promotes businesses and entrepreneurship in Mount Sterling.

Goals if elected: To help grow the community through businesses, new housing. Expand opportunities at our parks. I’ve been working diligently at getting a dog park and a splash pad. Beautification and cleaning up the community is high on my priority list, as well. Infrastructure is old and needs a lot of attention.

William “Billy” Martin
139 N. Market St., Mount Sterling

Occupation: Retired. Current mayor.

Previous service in public office: Current village of Mount Sterling mayor. Village of Mount Sterling – previous council member.

Education/military experience: United States Army – Vietnam veteran. Miami Trace High School graduate.

Community activities/honors: American Legion of Mount Sterling 417 post manager. Chamber of Commerce – past president (two years). Chamber of Commerce – board member.

Goals if elected: Create bicycle-walking path from the village to Mason Park. Continue to build positive relationships with the local residents, local government and state officials by involving them with local activities and decision making. Continue to implement new committees for the betterment of our village. Continue to improve our streets. Expand our water/sewer services beyond village limits. Establish a grocery store that is large enough to support our local residents.

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