Incumbents shuffle for new spots on Huber Heights council

Four incumbents will seek office in Huber Heights for terms beginning in 2018, but only one for the seat currently held.

In a last-minute filing before Wednesday’s filing deadline, Ward 6 Councilman Ed Lyons will run for mayor against David Wilson, Albert Griggs Jr. and Jeff Gore.

Meanwhile, Ward 5 Councilwoman Nancy Byrge will seek the at-large council seat currently held by Mark Campbell, who in turn will run for Byrge’s seat.

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Ward 3 Councilman Tyler Starline seeks re-election to the office he holds, running against Seth Morgan, a former councilman and state representative.

Of the candidates for mayor, Griggs' name appeared on the ballot in November in a failed attempt to unseat state Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering. Wilson currently serves on the planning commission, and Gore is a substitute teacher at Miami Valley Career Tech Center.

Incumbent Mayor Tom McMasters will not run for re-election, he told the Dayton Daily News. Instead, he said he will seek to endorse a candidate who can better direct city leaders to spend money wisely and ensure government transparency.

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“Obviously, I’ve had difficulties with both of those,” McMasters said about his time leading council, “so we’ll see if there’s any candidate with commitment to those.”

McMasters unseated the previous incumbent mayor and is in his first term.

Byrge will run at-large against Rick Stan, who unsuccessfully ran for Ward 6 in 2015, and Chase Warden. Running against Campbell in Ward 5 is Linda Morin. In Ward 4, where Councilwoman Judy Blankenship is not seeking re-election, candidates Andrew Hill and Carl Urbanas Sr. will face off.

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