Of those elected in November to local offices in Huber Heights and Yellow Springs, Ohio three have connections to Antioch University and Antioch University Midwest.
In Yellow Springs, retired middle school teacher and former AUM faculty member, Pam Conine, was elected Mayor receiving 1,032 votes. Her nearest competitor received 276 votes. Conine focused on community and emphasized civic participation among young people and the possible inclusion of restorative justice approaches in Mayor’s Court.
The Mayor of Yellow Springs presides over Mayor’s Court and serves as the ceremonial head of Yellow Springs. Mayor’s Court hears misdemeanor offenses and other cases involving violations of local ordinances.
In the Yellow Springs Village Council race, there were six candidates for three vacancies. Lisa Kreeger, a newcomer to public office, an Antioch University Midwest adjunct faculty and a GLSC graduate, was elected to a two-year term on Village Council.
Kreeger is a registered nurse who has also worked in business. Kreeger emphasized issues of house affordability and inclusion in town and also pledged to keep a sharp eye on the budget. She wants to promote “courageous conversations” and other actions to promote a sense of inclusion and anti-racism.
In nearby Huber Heights, Antioch University Midwest education student Jeffrey Gore was elected become the Mayor. Gore believes that attitude reflects leadership and that disagreement is part of the process and leads to good policy.