Minister, incumbent’s wife square off in Ward 2 election

9:53 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 Ohio and regional news

SPRINGBORO — A local minister and the incumbent’s wife are running in the Nov. 3 election for the new Ward 2 seat on Springboro City Council.

The Rev. Bruce Moore and Candy Anderson are both seeking a council seat for the first time.

Anderson — wife of City Councilman Scott Anderson — embarked on her first run for elective office after her husband filed to run for the school board, rather than re-election to council in November.

Moore lost a primary bid for the Ohio House of Representatives in 1998. This is his first run for the local council.

Moore, 57, has supported Mayor John Agenbroad, including his narrow re-election victory over Scott Anderson two years ago. However, he said neighbors in the Heatherwoode community, concerned about the future of the city-owned golf course, urged him to run.

“The mayor ( a Democrat) and I are friends. I’m not controlled by anybody,” Moore, a Republican, said.

Anderson, 48, said she decided to run after her husband decided to run for school board, leaving Moore unopposed. Anderson emphasized she won’t be part of maintaining the status quo.

A patient representative with Vanguard Imaging, she cited lessons learned during the four years her husband has been on the council as boosting her qualification for the position. While consulting with her Republican husband, Anderson, an independent currently registered as a Democrat, said she would make her own decisions on council issues.

Moore pointed to a long list of civic contributions and budgeting skills he’s learned as pastor and chief operating officer of Clearcreek Christian Assembly of God.

If elected, he promises to emphasize fiscal responsibility and work to keep Springboro heading in the right direction.

Like her husband, Anderson, pledged to return to residents working outside the city the half-percent income tax credit the council decided to collect to help boost city revenues “if we don’t need it.”

Each is married with two children and promised to respond to residents’ requests.

The winner of the Nov. 3 election will represent residents within new boundaries drawn by council.

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