BUCYRUS – When Bucyrus voters head to the polls on Tuesday, they will have a choice between four candidates for the position of Bucyrus mayor.
Jeff Reser, the city’s current mayor, is vying to continue in the position that he was appointed to on July 1, 2014, after the death of then-mayor Roger Moore.
Reser, who is the owner of Lee’s Shoe Store, cites economic development as the first key issue he wants to continue to address if re-elected which includes growth in jobs and wages throughout the city. He also wants to increase the efficiency of the city government and continue progress the city has made in the last few years.
Daniel Ross is running again for the position of mayor after serving from 2004 to 2010.
“My administration will come back to provide quality service to the citizens of Bucyrus and work diligently to find grant funding for projects,” Ross said.
During his time in office, Ross said that his administration brought a total of $13 million in grant funding into Bucyrus.
Ross worked as a firefighter and fire chief for a total of 31 years and says he understands the operational of the city.
I know the operations of the City of Bucyrus from being a new hired employee all the way up to Mayor.
Local business owner Louis Katona III is running for mayor for the first time. Katona has been in the real estate business in Bucyrus for 36 years and has been the office manager of Katona Realty for 21 years. He has also been a law enforcement officer for 32 years and has worked as an emergency medical technician.
“I am the only candidate with the necessary knowledge of the drug problem from a law enforcement perspective. In other words, I know what the problem is, I know where it is, and I have 32 years of experience in combating it,” Katona said. “I also have 21 years of seeing the same problem from the perspective of a medical professional.”
Katona said he also has experience in economic development.
“Job creation and relocating small businesses and factories is what I have done in my other profession as a real estate agent for the past 36 years. None of the other candidates have the knowledge or experience necessary to get this done. From financing to surveying, construction to infrastructure, and working as the go between for business and the city to secure the necessary permits, this is what I do. I think my record suggests I’ve done so very well,” Katona said.
Josh Weiler is also a newcomer to the race for mayor.
The 36-year-old father of three said as the youngest of the four candidates, he is more in touch with the youth of Bucyrus and they are one of his main focuses.
“We have seen a rise in juvenile delinquency. The judges and law enforcement are doing a great job with putting an end to the supply of drugs in our community but we need to focus on decreasing the demand for drugs, too, and that begins with the youth,” Weiler said.
Weiler said he will work to provide more activities for youth in the community to focus their attention on positive things along with securing grants to open a juvenile detention facility.
“We need to be tougher on these kids when they get in trouble so they will not continue their life of criminal activity as an adult,” Weiler said.
Weiler also wants to see the creation of a foster care facility and youth recreation center.
Please cast your “YES” vote on Nov, 3rd for Joshua D. Weiler.
Also in Bucyrus, four candidates are vying for three council-at-large seats on the Bucyrus City Council which include incumbent Wanda Sharrock, former council member Dan Wirebaugh, and newcomers Mark Makeever and Cory Tyrrell.