WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield Mayor Michael Ridenour faces two challengers as he attempts to retain his position of mayor by gaining the majority of the vote during the Nov. 8 general election.
One-time candidate Jeff Sandoe and newcomer Kristina Hahn have thrown their hats in the ring.
Ridenour, 58 206 W. Mulberry St., Waynesfield, has served in the position since 2000. He was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the late Gene Barnes and has since been elected to two more terms. He previously served on the village council from 1998-2000.
Michael and his wife, Beverly, have three grown children.
Ridenour would like to continue the work already started by the village if he is elected to a third term.
Some of the major projects, he said, were attempts to bring alternative power sources into town and the major street reconstruction project on Westminster Street.
“We are currently looking into bringing wind and solar power to Waynesfield to help offset costs for the village,” Ridenour said. “We are also looking into bringing natural gas into town. I would like to continue those projects through.
Ridenour said other projects he plans to continue to work on is park expansion and enhancement, including a BMX track and a walking path. He would like to help see through the planned primary power line rebuilding project on the north side of the village.
“I believe we have experienced success in the village over the last several years because of elected officials and citizens working together,” Ridenour said.
Ridenour owns the B&M Mercantile and Pappy’s Guitars businesses in town.
Sandoe, 25, who lives at 301 W. Ohio St., ran for the position in the last mayoral election and finished fewer than 20 votes behind Ridenour.
Sandoe, who has lived in Waynesfield for 16 years, said he feels he can bring young and fresh ideas into the picture if he is elected mayor.
“I think one of the first items of business would be to get natural gas into the community,” Sandoe said. “I think this would help a lot of people with their utilities.”
Sandoe said he would work on attracting more business and industry to the village.
“I would like to offer tax incentives to businesses who would come in and hire people from within our community first,” Sandoe said.
Sandoe said he would like to see the village apply for more federal and state grants to fund street work and equipment for the fire and police departments.
He said he also would like to bring mayor’s court back to the village. He noted he would like to see the village bring back an annual community festival where residents could get together.
Hahn, 58, who lives at 204 S. Westminster St. with her and her husband, Steven, have five children. She has lived in the village for 16 years.
Hahn said she decided to run because it was time for change in the village.
“I think we need an a more open door policy in Waynesfield,” Hahn said. “We need to bring some community pride back.”
Hahn said bringing natural gas into the village would be vital if she is elected.
“I think it is very important in order for our industry to grow,” Hahn said.
Hahn also said she would like to bring back the fireman’s jamboree and look into applying for more grants to fund various projects throughout the community.
She said she thinks she is prepared for the task.
“I think I have more fresh ideas,” Hahn said. “I can do it full-time. I have been very active in politics. I have a finger for what is going on in the city and state.”
Hahn said she would like to bring back mayor’s court to the village.