By LOU WILIN | STAFF WRITER
Republican Lydia Mihalik will become Findlay’s first woman mayor in January after wresting 73 percent of the vote Tuesday.
Mihalik cruised to victory in a typical anti-climactic Findlay general election which followed intense competition last May when she defeated incumbent Pete Sehnert and two others in the GOP primary.
On Tuesday she drew 7,681 votes to 2,314 for independent Billy Nelson Jr. and 422 for write-in Robert Kuhlman, who spent election day at his Florida home.
Mihalik and Findlay will join select company in January when she is sworn in. Among U.S. cities with populations greater than 30,000, only 17.4 percent have a female mayor, the Center for American Women and Politics reports.
By JOY BROWN | STAFF WRITER
From The Courier
Lydia Mihalik is the only one of four Republican mayoral candidates who has promised voters she will not seek to renew an income tax increase that expires in 2012.
Mihalik is competing with Mayor Pete Sehnert, Brian Robertson and Jim Slough in the GOP primary on May 3. No Democrats are seeking the job.
Fueled by optimism and relationships she’s forged over the years with city, county and township officials, Mihalik’s management plan for Findlay focuses on:
• Economic development activities that she thinks will generate more municipal revenue;
• Some staff and potential department consolidation;
• Improved communication.
“Results matter… and the ability to communicate with other elected officials in the city and county matters,” she said.
An incredible event happened on November 2nd, a shift in the tide of power not seen in 70+ years. The majority of the American people made their discontent with the current agenda known to our elected officials. Amazingly enough, no part of the country was left untouched by the movement. Call it what you want, change, modification, transformation or revolution; the old way of doing things is no longer acceptable.
I’m inspired by those that we elected on November 2, 2010. The republican ticket took on a task that seemed almost impossible to successfully complete early on and kept their focus till the end. Fueled mostly by a people who were tired of being ignored and/or marginalized, the party took notice and promised a new era of leadership. I’m looking forward to what these elected leaders will do and promise to hold them accountable; I hope you will join me in doing the same.
So now what?
FINDLAY, Oh – Lydia Mihalik will be coordinating leaf relief in Findlay for the fall of 2010.
“After seeing what United Way was able to accomplish last year, I realized that this is an issue that can be addressed by working together,” said Lydia Mihalik. Mihalik, who is running for Mayor in 2011 also noted, “The project needs a leader who is able to coordinate a much needed service that could cause financial hardships for many families. It could also lead to additional problems for our community’s sewer and storm drains. I see this as an opportunity to engage citizens, while at the same time addressing a major issue together, as a community.”
Findlay, Ohio – Lydia Mihalik announces her candidacy for the 2011 City of Findlay Mayoral Election.
Milhalik is employed by the Hancock Regional Planning Commission. Lydia is a
member of the Hancock County Agency on Aging Board, is active in United Way of Hancock Count. Mihalik, a graduate of the University of Findlay majoring in political science. While attending the University of Findlay, Lydia also played basketball for the Lady Oilers and is currently volunteering as an assistant coach.
Mihalik said,“I believe in Findlay, Ohio and I am excited about its potential. Together, we can protect the investment we have made and encourage it to prosper.”