Election of new mayor could be a first for city that just turned 200

Miamisburg, which celebrated its bicentennial last year, has never elected a female mayor, according to the city. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF
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Miamisburg, which celebrated its bicentennial last year, has never elected a female mayor, according to the city. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Miamisburg this fall will elect a new mayor — possibly selecting its first woman to hold the office.

Petitions filed by at-large City Councilwoman Michelle Collins have been certified in her bid to succeed longtime Mayor Dick Church Jr., who is retiring at the end of his term.

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Collins, a Republican, is so far the only candidate to file to replace Church, who is completing his seventh, four-year term.

Miamisburg, which celebrated its bicentennial last year, has never elected a female mayor, according to the city. Independent candidates have until May 6 to file for the seat, according to the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

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Collins, 52, was elected to her current seat in 2015, finishing third among four candidates – including then-incumbent Democrat Charlie Case – in a race for three seats.

A real estate broker, she is a graduate of Miamisburg High School.

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