On Saturday, April 26, Milford citizens voted for a new mayor for the first time in almost 30 years. Bryan Shupe, who currently represents Ward 1 for City Council, was elected by a large margin as Milford’s new mayor.
Mr. Shupe received 648 of the 948 votes cast in the mayoral race, a margin of more than 65 percent of the vote. James A. Oechsler, Jr. received 280 votes and Betty Lou Schiedenhelm received 60 votes. In addition, Garret Grier, Owen Wilson, Skip Pikus and Katrina Wilson were re-elected to their council positions as they ran unopposed.
“I am very humbled at the response of the Milford citizens,” Mr. Shupe said. “My first objectives are to work on economic development for the city, bring more middle class jobs to the area and develop young leaders.” Mr. Shupe said that the high number of votes he receives indicate that people are ready for a change.
Mr. Shupe replaces Mayor Joseph “Ronnie” Rogers who has held the office of mayor for almost 30 years, losing only one race, but being re-elected for the following term. Mayor Rogers stepped down as mayor on the advice of his doctors after suffering a stroke a few years ago.
“I would like to thank the citizens who came out to vote, and to all of those who worked so hard on my campaign,” Mr. Oechsler said. “I look forward to watching Milford move in a forward direction.” Mr. Oechsler was not sure what his next step would be regarding city politics.
Betty Lou Schiedenhelm left the Milford Middle School gym where the results were read before making a statement.
Mr. Shupe and the four council members will be sworn in at the City Reorganization Meeting scheduled for May 5 at City Hall.
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