City Commissioner Jeff Mims announces intention to run for mayor of Dayton

City Commissioner Jeff Mims announces intention to run for mayor of Dayton (Photo by Dayton 24/7 Now)

After Nan Whaley’s announcement that after two terms as Mayor of Dayton that she would not be running again, Dayton City Commissioner Jeff Mims chose to step forward and run for the position.

On the cold and cloudy Monday morning, Mims and many of his supporters – including Mayor Whaley – gathered in front of Cleveland Elementary School while he announced his intentions to run for mayor.

“I seem to be blessed with skills of trying to unify people,” he said. He explained further, saying that he often works to help people understand that they are more similar that dissimilar. “Sometimes they get confused by a lot of different things and words that we throw out like liberal, conservative, progressive,” he said. “All those words sometimes have meanings that people really don’t understand.” He said that he wants to try to pull people together through the skills that he has learned over the years “some through hard knocks.”

When asked if Mayor Whaley endorsed his decision to run for mayor, Mims said that she definitely did, and in fact had been the one to encourage him to run in the first place. He said she just hadn’t said anything that morning because she wanted it to be his day. He went on to speak warmly of the job she has done during her time as mayor, saying that she is leaving some very big shoes to fill. “She’s done a tremendous job in this city and was the primary quarterback as we’ve gone through all these different challenges,” he said. He went on to talk about how being both a good team leader and a good team member is important to make great things happen. “Great leaders don’t come just by jumping to the head of the line,” he explained. “They’re in the middle, sometimes they’re in the back, and sometimes they get pushed to the front or drafted to the front at certain critical times for critical reasons.” He said that he believes he can fulfil the needs that a leader of the Dayton community needs. “This is my season to do this,” he said. “I just love this city and love what it’s done for me.”



I’ve been inducted into the Dayton Skyscrapers!  I’m truly honored!!
VISUAL VOICES 2020: DAYTON SKYSCRAPERS at the Schuster Center February 8-April 5, 2020.
Visual Voices 2020
Each year, Victoria Theatre Association partners with Shango: Center for the Study of African American Art and Culture, and Willis “Bing” Davis, exhibit curator and director of EbonNia Gallery, to display an exhibit of art by local African-American artists inside the Schuster Center.
This year’s exhibit, at the Schuster Center February 8-April 5, titled 2020 Dayton Skyscrapers features the work of African-American visual artists from the Miami Valley. These artists have researched prominent African-American’s (living or deceased) who have made a mark in their field and are role models for the community. This year’s exhibiting artists are: ABNER COPE, SHON CURTIS, DWAYNE DANIEL, CLIFFORD DARRETT, GREGG DEGROAT, HORACE DOZIER, LOIS FORTSON KIRK, AL HARDEN, MORRIS HOWARD, JAMES PATE, FRANCES TURNER, ANDREA WALKER-CUMMINGS, and YVETTE WALKER DALTON.
The 2020 exhibit reflects the broad and diverse career fields of African-Americans in the Dayton and Miami Valley region. They are: DAVE CHAPPELLE, NORRIS COLE, MATILDA DUNBAR, NOZIPO GLENN, JULIA B. RAGLAND GREEN, DORIAN HAREWOOD, JOHN LEGEND, EDYTHE LEWIS, JOHNNY DILLARD LYTLE, JEFFREY MIMS, SYLVIA JEANNE PATE, TY A. STONE, MARY LOU TUCKER, DR. JOHN THOMAS WEBB, and MICHAEL L. WRIGHT. (posted 2/13/20)