A new face will be the mayor of Plain City next year.
After three terms and 12 years, Mayor Sandra Adkins is ready to hand over the reins, and three residents have stepped up to take over the position, according to the Madison County Board of Elections.
Adkins’ four-year term expires at the end of 2015.
The candidates will appear on the November general election ballot, now that their petitions have been certified.
Jim “James” Eudaily, 44, is a civil engineer. He has been married to his wife for 23 years, and the couple have six children ranging in age from 8 to 21. All have attended Jonathan Alder schools.
Eudaily — who was born in California, but raised in Canada — moved to Plain City from Upper Arlington about eight years ago. He first came to Ohio 26 years ago to attend the Ohio State University.
“We really like the feel of the community, how friendly everyone is,” Eudaily said.
He has been involved with coaching baseball and soccer over the years, and for the last six years has been sitting on the village’s design review board — a committee to make sure downtown keeps historical its presence. Eudaily has also been a member of the village’s parks and recreation committee for the last three months.
Eudaily said he initially wanted to run for council, but decided to run for mayor instead.
“Plain City is going to go through some changes in the next five to 10 years, and I want to be part of that,” he said. “I think I can make a difference.”
The second person running for mayor is Michael “Darrin” Lane, 47.
Lane, who goes by Darrin, is the CEO of Quality Assistance — a Honda supplier in Marysville.
He grew up in Plain City and is a 1986 graduate of Jonathan Alder High School.
Lane said two years ago he moved back to the village from Dublin after 25 years, and decided to run for mayor because of “the way the town looked.”
“I started attending council meetings,” said Lane, who noted he does not serve on any committees. “The town needs so much work, and the committees are not getting it done.”
The third person who will appear on the ballot is Darren Lee. Lee serves as the chair of the village’s planning and zoning committee. He could not be reached for additional comment Friday.
Initially, five individuals pulled out petitions from the board of elections to run for the seat. Nicholas McDowell did not file his petition, and current council member Leslie Perkins pulled her petition after submitting it, citing family reasons.
Adkins said Friday this year “felt right” to mark an end of an area. During the last two years she has started her own business, and retired from her other job.
She noted this term has been “more challenging.”
“I felt it’s just time for someone else to take over and try to move some things forward that we have struggled with,” she said. “Change is not always bad.”
For the village’s next mayor, Adkins says she wants “someone good who cares about trying to ensure we aren’t, as a village, run over by another entity, and will put the things in place to hold our own as we make our community stronger.”
She hopes to find a way to serve in the village in another capacity.
“I’m not going to disappear. I care about Plain City and will be involved in some way,” Adkins said. “If you’re a civic-minded person, you never just walk away.”
Plain City Village Council
A new face will also appear on the village council.
Two village council seats are up for grabs at the end of 2015, and two individuals have volunteered to serve in the positions for another four years.
Kerri Ferguson, who was appointed in May following the resignation of Shawn Kaeser, will run to be elected to the seat.
Also running for council is John Rucker, president of the Uptown Plain City Organization. Rucker is running for the seat currently held by Bob Walter, who was appointed to the position in 2013 when former council member Kevin Vaughn was hired as the village administrator.
Darren Lee and Christopher Stock picked up petitions for the seats, but neither filed.
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