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Mayor, council members to be elected Tuesday

Published 6:39pm Friday, November 4, 2011

The city of Niles will have only one contested election Tuesday. Tim Skalla and incumbent Mike McCauslin are vying for the mayor post.
Georgia Boggs and Dan VandenHeede are incumbents of the 1st and 2nd Wards and are running unopposed. David Mann and Scott Clark are running unopposed for the 3rd and 4th Ward posts.

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  • westsider

    Ar a former resident of Niles, I have to wonder why there is so little interest in running for any form of citizen representation in Niles. Most of the candidates are running unopposed? Why are people so complacent up there? Are they afraid to go up against a pocket of people who have run everything for so long? Change is GOOD people! Otherwise you stagnate and die – case in point – look around you at your city. An election where people run unopposed is not good. This does not bode well for Niles’ future. Does no one besides Skalla have any interest in introducing change and NEW ideas for Niles’ future? Obviously the status quo is not working, but no one seems to want to step up to the plate to change anything. It would seem to me that people who live in a city that has lost every large employer it once had, would be more pro-active about becoming involved to seek ways to developed what assets you have and attract some major businesses. We visited the archeological dig site by the old Fort St. Joseph area (fascinating)and looked at the band shell at the Riverfront park area (very nice) but other than that, all that I saw in Niles when we visited last summer, were some restaurants and a few random specialty shops that had a very narrow appeal. Yes, I ate while there, but frankly, after walking the downtown, there was nothing of interest to purchase, other than the requisite stop for chocolates from Veni’s just for old times sake. There are not enough stores and restaurants to employ even the small number of people that live in Niles, and one certainly cannot support a family on retail and server work. It is no wonder the younger generation cannot wait to leave… the town holds no prospect of employment for them. It concerns me that so few citizens seem to care.

    • Katie Rohman

      I primary election was held in August, which eliminated two other candidates.

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