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.”