Tuesday, August 03, 1999

Mason council field grows

Two women join list of hopefuls

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MASON — The temperature isn't the only thing heating up in this city, as the list of candidates pondering a run for city council in November grows longer.

        Two more hopefuls have entered bids to challenge incumbents Dick Staten, Bill Kidder and Jim Fox for their spots on council. The additions of Sheryl Short and Charlene Pelfrey to the race brings the potential field to nine — exceeding the 1995 election total by one.

        They will join Bill Ehrstine, Gregory Dayton, Richard Smith and C. Tony Bradburn Jr. on the list of new names likely to appear on this fall's ballot.

        Mrs. Short, a six-year resident and board president of the Warren County United Way, will be making her first run for public office. She said the prospect of guiding Ohio's second-fastest growing city into the new millennium spurred her decision.

        “I'm really proud to be part of this community, which is just growing by leaps and bounds” said Mrs. Short, 38, who also headed Mason's fire levy campaign last summer. She said part of her campaign will focus on maintaining Mason's “small town feel” despite its rapid growth.

        “Starting a community center would be a good step in that direction,” said Mrs. Short. “We need a place where the community — the young children, adults and seniors — can interact together. I think that type of interaction is an important part of what has made Mason great over the years.”

        Mrs. Short said she was surprised by the number of potential candidates taking an interest in this year's election. And while such a large field is sure to add some spice, she said she doesn't believe it lessens or strengthens her chances of winning.

        “I'm very optimistic, but I figure wherever I land, I'll land there for a reason.” Ms. Pelfrey, also a political newcomer, could not be reached for comment Monday.

        As the Aug. 19 deadline approaches, Mr. Staten and Mr. Kidder are the only candidates so far to file petitions with the Warren County Board of Elections.

        Mr. Staten has served on council for 12 years and is in his fourth term, while Mr. Kidder is in his second term. Mr. Fox is in his first term.


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