Voters Guide: West Jefferson Mayor

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Two candidates are running for mayor in West Jefferson.

Scott Hockenbery

127 Mill Rd., West Jefferson

Occupation: Firefighter/EMT, Jefferson Township Fire Department

Previous experience in public office: Served on Village Council since 2004 as council member at large. Currently the vice president of council.

Education/military experience: My education includes The University of Dayton, The Ohio Fire Academy, The Ohio State University, and The John Glenn School for Public Service and Public Policy. My experience with the military includes Army ROTC and extensive training with the Ohio Army National Guard. I am serving as a combat medic with the 684th Area Support Medical Company.

Community activities/honors: I am involved in several community activities, like the Ox Roast and Community Pride Picnic in the Park. I am also a member of the West Jefferson Community Association, Masonic Lodge No. 138, Lions Club, and other community organizations. I am a member of West Jefferson United Methodist Church. I have worked for the Jefferson Township Fire Department since 1997 and currently serve in the Ohio Army National Guard.

What would you like to accomplish if elected? My mission as mayor is to provide the services people deserve—a safer village, better services, and a receptive and accessible government. I hope to continue to bring economic development to our industrial park and finish the revitalization of our downtown. I have a long-term commitment to West Jefferson and hope to be a voice for our residents. Overall, I hope to improve the quality of life and make people proud to live in our village.

Charlie Miller

331 W. Pearl St., West Jefferson

Occupation: Retired

Previous experience in public office: Village council, 1972-76, 1977, 1991. Mayor 1977-1987, 1996-2004.

Education/military experience: Graduate West Jefferson High School 1954, U.S. Army Engineer and Ordinance schools. U.S. Army Engineers 1955-1958, Ohio Army National Guard 1958-1965, 1982-1986, U.S. Air Force 1990-1991, U.S. Air Force Reserves, 1986-1990, 1991-1996, retired military with 25 years service.

Community activities/honors: Member American Legion Post 201. Charter member Madison Co. and West Jefferson Historical Society, 4 years president West Jefferson Alumni Assn., 4 years Vice President, awarded Association’s Citizenship award in 1990. Chairman 76’ers Bicentennial Committee. Winner of Stanley Works World Wide Community Service award, 1989 and 1995. Awarded Community Builder’s award from Madison Lodge 221 F&AM and community service award from Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio. 54-year member of the Baptist Church.

What would you like to accomplish if elected? Restore common sense government and people’s confidence in it. Work for industrial development as I did in bringing Target to the area. Programs and schedules for street repaving, sidewalk repair, storm and sanitary sewer rehabilitation. Reinstate "Village Notes" so that people will be informed. Ensure fiscal responsibility; after all, it’s your and my money. Controlled growth. Reinstating the street crew chief and assistant water superintendent. Making downtown look presentable. Downtown trees trimmed and lit at the holidays.

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