A third Milford resident, Jim Oechsler, recently announced that he will run for mayor this spring. Oechsler, who filed his paperwork on Friday, follows City Councilman Bryan Shupe and small business owner Betty Lou Schiedenhelm in announcing his candidacy in the April 26 election.
A third Milford resident, Jim Oechsler, will run for mayor this spring.
Oechsler, who filed his paperwork on Friday, follows City Councilman Bryan Shupe and small business owner Betty Lou Schiedenhelm in announcing his candidacy in the April 26 election.
Oechsler, who has lived in Milford for 36 years, has worked as a financial planner for Black Diamond Financial Solutions for approximately two years. Prior to his work at Black Diamond Financial Solutions, Oechsler worked for Nestle Foods for 17 years, culminating as a national account manager for the company.
Oechsler said he is an active member in the Milford Church of the Nazarene, the Circle of Light, a local organization that focuses on helping the homeless in the Milford area, and Salute Our Soldiers, an organization that works with veterans as they return home. He also serves as a board member for the Southern Delaware Baseball Club, where he also manages a team and plays softball locally.
Oechsler graduated from Milford Senior High School in 1986 and pursued his post-secondary education at Delaware Technical and Community College, where he received an associate’s degree in aviation management.
Oechsler said his decision to run for mayor stemmed from his love of serving people, especially those in the Milford community.
“The biggest thing is that I want to serve the city of Milford and try to attract business to our town. I love to serve people, and I want to serve the city of Milford,” he said.
Oechsler said he believes that the mayor’s main goal should be to work with state legislature to ensure that Milford is prepared to attract more business, and also to create more partnerships among local organizations.
“We need to work together and bring other organizations to work together,” he said.
The 2014 mayoral election will occur in Milford on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Milford residents must register with the city to vote, as registration with the Kent County or Sussex County departments of elections is not sufficient. Voters can register from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at Milford City Hall, 201 S. Walnut St. The registration deadline is March 27. Special registration periods are slated for Saturday, Feb. 22 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.); Wednesday, March 5 (4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.); and Saturday, March 22 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). For more information on the election, call Milford City Hall at 424-3712.