Mims, 74, has served on the commission for two terms. He is a Democrat and was endorsed by the Montgomery County Democratic Party.
Mims said quality of life is at stake in this election and the city needs a mayor who is collaborative, visionary and who has a proven track record of dedicated and consistent leadership.
Bowers, 72, retired from the Dayton Fire Department 2019 as deputy chief. He is a 30-year veteran of the department.
Bowers says he is a “biblical conservative” and a registered independent.
If elected, Bowers said he can unite a divided city, get results, improve public safety and blaze a promising new direction for the community.