Seven-term mayor’s retirement shakes up Miamisburg races

Longtime Miamisburg Mayor Dick Church Jr. is retiring after seven terms, shaking up in city elections this November. FILE

Miamisburg this fall will elect a new mayor for the first time in nearly 30 years — possibly selecting its first woman to hold the office – and will select at least one new city council member.

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 when his term ends at the end of the year.

Collins, a Republican, is so far the only candidate to file to replace Church, who is completing his seventh, four-year term. The position has an annual salary of $14,515.

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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.

Collins, a 52-year-old Miamisburg real estate broker, has the support of Church, whom she said has been “a huge help to me, extremely encouraging.”

Becoming the city’s first female mayor “would be an honor,” but also “kind of a side note,” the Miamisburg High School graduate said.

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“I’ve always looked at my public service as my desire to give back to a community that’s been so good to me,” she said. “The fact that I’m a female really didn’t enter into my thought of running.”

“The mayor’s been very kind, and he will mentor me – or whomever,” Collins added. “The mayor is on board with making sure that the next mayor has as all the tools at their disposal….all the advice that he can give. He wants to see the next mayor be as successful as he (has been) with the city. ”

She 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.

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Collins’ decision to run for mayor is creating an opening on city council. Four Republicans — including two incumbents — have been certified to have their names on the ballot, according to the board of elections. Incumbents Ryan Colvin and Greg Thompson are being challenged by Jeff Nestor and Alyse Rettich, records show.

Independent Brian Yeakley has taken out petitions but has until May 6 to file them, according to the board of elections.

The four-year council position has an annual salary of $10,640.

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