Delta mayor challenged by councilman

Staff Report

A Delta Village Council member will challenge the incumbent in the race for mayor of the village. Bob Gilbert, a village councilman, will face off against current mayor Dan Miller, who is seeking his third term.

Name: Bob Gilbert

Marital Status: Married with 5 children and 6 grandchildren

Age: 62

Education: Graduated DeVilbiss High School; attended University of Toledo

Civic Organizations: Vice President of the Delta Chamber of Commerce; Member of the Delta Area Ministerial Association; Member of the Delta Eagles; Chairman of the Delta Farmers Market

1. Why are you running for office?

To provide strong leadership and to bring economic development and revitalization to Delta.

2. Why should people vote for you?

I have 30+ years of representing people and their concerns. In that capacity I have served as a leader in negotiating labor agreements with several major Northwest Ohio companies, such as: Campbell Soup, HJ Heinz, Kroger & Rite Aid, to name a few. My leadership skills will provide the community of Delta with a mayor that will lead them into the future.

3. What are your two main goals if elected?

1. Actively work to bring business and industry to the Delta area.

2. Commit to bring together all of the Delta groups and organizations to collectively bring change for the betterment of Delta and its citizens.

4. Have you held office before? If so, please provide details.

The Delta community has placed their faith in my qualifications and abilities by electing me to the Delta Village Council, a position I have held for over five years and currently serve in that capacity.

5. Do you have anything else to add?

For the past 25 years I have been a resident of Delta. I have proven my commitment to the Delta community by operating a business within the village for the last eight years.

Name: Dan D. Miller

Marital Status: married 31 years to Crystal Miller

Age: 52

Education: Graduated from Pike-Delta-York High School and attended Wilmington College

1. Why are you running for office?

I am seeking reelection as mayor because I have over 16 years invested into the betterment of our community through my previous terms on Village Council and as mayor. Delta is the community in which we raised our family and where our grandchildren are now being raised. The duties of the office are difficult at times, but the work is rewarding.

2. Why should people vote for you?

Having grown up in the area and attended the PDY schools, I understand the fabric of the community. I have a proven record as a fiscally responsible leader. I devote my time and energy to communicating with village residents to gain a better understanding of their needs and concerns and stay mindful that I work for them.

3. What are your two main goals if elected?

Attracting new businesses to the village continues to be one of my goals. Delta needs economic growth to help offset the cost of running our water plant, which is too large a financial burden for the residents to shoulder on their own. My second goal is to improve communication and the working relationship between the village and other area elected officials.

4. Have you held office before? If so, provide details.

Eight years on Village Council and eight years as Mayor of Delta.

5. Do you have anything else to add?

Being mayor for the past eight years, I have faced challenges as small as fighting to maintain the tradition of throwing candy at the Chicken Festival parade to fighting the Ohio EPA for an alternative to the proposed $20 million project to separate sewer and storm water. Whatever the challenge, be it the collapse of a downtown building, keeping the public pool open, funding the police department, or finding a new village administrator, I give each problem due consideration and take action to the best of my abilities.

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