Village of Mount Sterling Mayor


Diane Spradlin Dustin Parker

Diane Spradlin Dustin Parker


Three candidates are seeking the seat of Mount Sterling mayor in the Nov. 7 general election. Interim mayor Lowell Anderson is not running for the seat. The following are the candidate questionnaire responses submitted by the three candidates:

DIANE G. SPRADLIN

What is your: name, age, and occupation?

Diane G. Spradlin, 63, Council Member, Village of Mount Sterling

Incumbent or challenger for the seat?

Challenger

Why do you want to be elected to the office you are seeking?

First and foremost, I want to restore the public’s trust, faith and confidence in their local government. I want residents to know that their tax dollars are in good hands through prudent spending that will provide dividends and a financial safety net for years to come.

What goals would you have if elected?

Managed growth that will increase Mount Sterling’s revenue base and stabilize its budget is not just desirable, it is an absolute necessity going forward. This can be accomplished through aggressive networking with state, county and local leaders and with government agencies that encourage and promote sound economic development planning at the local level through grants and other financial resources. As mayor, I also want to re-institute the effective working committees we had in the past such as a Safety Committee that addressed issues of concerns to residents and law enforcement and a Nuisance Abatement Committee which gave voice to numerous concerns of property owners. Sterling’s Zoning Committee, which has not met in years, will be reactivated, to give focus and direction to expanding Mount Sterling’s geographical boundaries to accommodate light industry and new housing development which will bring much needed revenue. I would also establish a new Personnel Committee so that village employees would have a platform to freely express their concerns and recommendations regarding any policy or workplace practice that affects them. Our Finance Committee will continue to work closely with our exceptional Fiscal Officer to maintain strong fiscal discipline and oversight of the Open Checkbook Program which we recently enacted. I believe that good government works best as a team and as a bridge to residents and to the community-at-large.

How have you been involved in your community related to the office you are seeking, either as incumbent or challenger?

As a 12-year veteran of village government (from 1992-1995 and 2010 to present), I have consistently voted against any increase in our local income tax rate which helped defeat by a 2-1 margin a proposed 0.5 increase in the local income tax rate when it was on the ballot. I was the only member of Council to vote against putting this measure on the ballot. I was also the only Council member to vote against the disbandment of our local police department and the land giveaway (and subsequent bulldozing) of the Mount Sterling swimming pool. Immediately before entering government, I waged a long and successful campaign as chairman of the Citizens Action Committee to reduce Mount Sterling’s long distance calling rates which previously made every call outside of Mount Sterling long distance. By breaking up the monopoly of three telephone companies that had a stranglehold on phone rates, the Citizens Action Committee saved residents and businesses, alike, hundreds annually in their landline phone bills before cell phones even existed. In more recent years, I was an AmeriCorps representative of the American Red Cross. In this capacity, I gave Community Disaster Education presentations before audiences young and old in Mount Sterling and throughout Madison and Fayette counties. The Red Cross saves lives, and I was proud to be a part of its mission from 2013-14. As an incumbent legislator for two terms, I have spent countless hours attending Council meetings, working on committees and staying knowledgeable about all legislative matters that come before Council.

Do you wish to add additional information to your responses?

The importance of this upcoming election for mayor cannot be overstated. The next person elected must not only be committed to transparency, but also to the basic democratic ideal that good government works best when it truly reflects the will of the governed and unfailingly adheres to the rule of law and strong ethical principles. I will lead by steadfast example and with the courage, confidence and vision to make Mount Sterling proud and prosperous for a long time to come.

DUSTIN J. PARKER

What is your: name, age, and occupation?

Dustin J. Parker (Dusty), 63, Retired/Business Owner

Incumbent or challenger for the seat?

Challenger

Why do you want to be elected to the office you are seeking?

I want to restore trust in the Village. I want to energize Mount Sterling through controlling spending and balancing the budget, supporting our local businesses, reducing crime and expanding programs for youth, seniors and veterans.

What goals would you have if elected?

I will serve the Village of Mount Sterling with energy and passion. As Mayor, I will tackle the challenges of the office to bring solid leadership, trust and accountability. I will work alongside state, county and local economic development leaders to be influential in creating an even stronger community and business climate. I plan to be the liaison with Village Council to inform citizens of Mount Sterling what’s going on. I will work to provide citizens with more accurate and timely information; to be accessible in person at community meetings and through email; to communicate clearly about what can and cannot be accomplished with available resources; and to encourage collaboration so that we can accomplish more by working together.

How have you been involved in your community related to the office you are seeking, either as incumbent or challenger?

I have been involved with municipal government for 32 plus years, 1998-2011. I was water and wastewater Superintendent and Village Administrator of Mount Sterling.

Do you wish to add additional information to your responses?

In these times, I think it’s most important to create a dialogue among multi-generational Mount Sterling residents and newcomers to the Village. I think it’s imperative that we retain the historic perspective of longtime Village residents while harnessing and encouraging the energy of our younger residents. Mount Sterling has been and continues to be a most desirable place to live and, as mayor, want to encourage diversity, while protecting the history of what Mount Sterling has always been.

WILLIAM (BILLY) MARTIN

What is your: name, age, and occupation?

William (Billy) Martin, retired from Mead Corp. Seven years ago become Post Manager at Post 417 Mt. Sterling American Legion, President of the Chamber of Commerce two years.

Incumbent or challenger for the seat?

Running for the office of Mayor of Mount Sterling.

Why do you want to be elected to the office you are seeking?

I will bring credibility, accountability and transparency to my community. Work to make my community as it used to be, honest, compassionate and proud.

What goals would you have if elected?

To bring integrity back to my community after many years of dishonest and back door deals.

How have you been involved in your community related to the office you are seeking, either as incumbent or challenger?

I have served 4 years on village council, years ago when we were a proud community. I served four years on the zoning board.

Do you wish to add additional information to your responses?

Last but not least, I have watched my community with the last two Village Administrators, allow us to go from a small proud community to what we are now, suspicious and dysfunctional. We all must work together to move forward. It has taken my two opponents several years to get us where we are now, we do not have years to get us where we need to be. I will tell you exactly what I think and feel about something. I will not ask someone else to write my resume for this job, that is all smoke and mirrors, I am not a beacon of light, I am the person with the energy and focus to do this job, as your Mayor.

Diane Spradlin Dustin Parker
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