Fairmont High School teacher, ex-state senator seek to become Kettering mayor

Peggy Lehner is one of two people who have pulled petitions to replace term-limited Kettering Mayor Don Patterson, according to the Montgomery County Board of Elections. FILE
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KETTERING – A Kettering Fairmont High School teacher and a former state senator are among those planning to seek election as Kettering’s next mayor.

Kyle Boze, a former Fairmont girls basketball coach, is one of two people who have pulled petitions to replace term-limited Mayor Don Patterson, according to the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

Kyle Boze
Kyle Boze

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Peggy Lehner, who was a Kettering City Councilwoman before being elected to the Ohio General Assembly, has also taken out petitions to run for the seat to which Patterson was first elected to in 2005.

Both Boze and Lehner picked up petitions last week, according to the board of elections.

Peggy Lehner
Peggy Lehner

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Boze, 30, had a business career before becoming an educator five years ago, according to his campaign.

Since then, “he has tirelessly worked to improve the lives of Kettering students and residents,” started the Fairmont Leadership Academy and was the recipient of the 2018-2019 Kettering Outstanding Teacher Award, his campaign said Monday.

“He’s hoping to bring that same energy, passion, and commitment to city government,” Boze’s campaign said in an email. “He’s ready to bring new ideas, and new vision for city government.

His campaign will be centered on four focuses: development, fiscal responsibility, community engagement and government accountability, officials said.

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Lehner, 70, served on Kettering City Council from 1998-2008. She told the Dayton Daily News “I thoroughly enjoyed local government. It’s great to be that close to the people.

“You’re overseeing a variety of programs that improve their quality of life – everywhere from parks to streets to public safety -and you really see the fruits of that work,” she added.

Lehner, 70, could not seek re-election in November in the Ohio Senate’s 6th District due to term limits. That district covers multiple suburban communities, including Kettering, Huber Heights, Riverside, Centerville, Miamisburg, Miami Twp., Washington Twp., West Carrollton, Oakwood, Germantown and part of Dayton.

The deadline for filing petitions to run for Kettering mayor is Aug. 19, according to the board of elections.

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