breaking news

Suspicious device report prompts shelter-in-place at Clark Co. elementary school

Incumbent Chilton wants to be voice for all of Springfield

Eight years ago, Joyce Chilton decided to wade into the political waters to serve the people of Springfield.

With the help of her mentor, outgoing City Commissioner Orphus Taylor, Chilton was elected in 2009.

MORE: Springfield candidates debate north-south divide, discrimination law

“I was looking to bridge the gap between some of the people of Springfield who feel they’re disenfranchised,” she said. “I want to serve the public. It’s definitely not for the money.”

After two terms in office, Chilton believes she can be a voice for all the people here, she said.

The most important issue facing Springfield is always jobs, Chilton said.

“The biggest thing is getting businesses in here and bringing jobs so some of our younger folks can have a future and stay here,” she said.


If re-elected, Chilton said she will continue to work with the Chamber of Greater Springfield and serve as an ambassador for the community.

“I visit different places and one of the biggest things companies look at are how are the schools, the streets and the crime,” Chilton said. “By working with the various entities, I think we can get some jobs here.”

She won’t support adding sexual orientation language to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance until the state and federal government add it to their protected classes, Chilton said. The language could hurt businesses with 15 or less employees or county offices in Springfield, she said.

“It’s not fair to and not fair for everyone,” Chilton said. “Until that happens, that’s where I stand on that.”

Springfield shouldn’t turn its red light cameras back on, she said. Chilton wants to see drivers more educated about rules of the road, possibly when they renew license plates annually, she said.

MORE LOCAL STORIES: Read the latest news from Michael Cooper

“I don’t see putting an extra burden on people and trying to get money from them,” she said. “I don’t see taking money from the average citizen.”

Chilton wants to work with the courts and the prosecutor’s office to provide options for people who overdose in Springfield, she said, such as treatment, incarceration or pay restitution for the services. She also wants to see more money made available for more beds at local treatment facilities, she said.

City voters recently passed a temporary additional 0.4-percent income tax, worth about $6.7 million annually through 2022. City commissioners must do what they said they were going to do before deciding to renew the income tax, she said.

“Hopefully, the state won’t make too many more cuts,” Chilton said. “You don’t know how its going to be. We’ll have to wait and see.”

To address the city’s budget issues, Springfield must keep staff in place, she said, but look to cut in other areas, such as equipment.

“We have to take a serious look at it,” Chilton said.


Red light cameras staying off in Springfield — for now

$175K grant will increase addiction care at Springfield health center

Medical marijuana ban ends in Springfield, area to get 2 dispensaries

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Politics

States take lead in passing gun laws
States take lead in passing gun laws

Despite the pleas from students across the country for Washington to do something about gun violence, the states seem to be ones listening. In the aftermath of a school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that took the lives of 17 students, at least two states have moved to pass more stringent gun regulations. A handful of Republican governors — including...
Russia investigation: Special counsel Mueller subpoenas Trump Organization
Russia investigation: Special counsel Mueller subpoenas Trump Organization

  Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to President Donald Trump and his associates, according to multiple reports. The subpoena is the first directly connected to one of Trump’s businesses...
Pa. election outcome has some thinking Ohio districts are in play
Pa. election outcome has some thinking Ohio districts are in play

Democrat Conor Lamb’s stunning victory Tuesday in a suburban Pittsburgh congressional district easily won in 2016 by President Donald Trump has convinced Democrats and some independent analysts the party has a chance to compete for at least two GOP seats in Ohio. Although Lamb apparently prevailed over Republican Rick Saccone by less than a thousand...
READ IT NOW: Ex-Springfield firefighter shared post with racial slur
READ IT NOW: Ex-Springfield firefighter shared post with racial slur

A Facebook post shared by a Springfield firefighter that the city says led to his firing contained a racial slur, and mocked school dropouts and McDonald’s employees. Bradley Baugh was fired on March 9 after only a few weeks with the Springfield Fire/Rescue Division, according to city records obtained by the Springfield News-Sun through a public...
Ohio lawmaker wants military to assist Puerto Rico cleanup
Ohio lawmaker wants military to assist Puerto Rico cleanup

In the aftermath of a whirlwind two-day trip to Puerto Rico, Rep. Brad Wenstrup will push for but the active duty and reservists to help assist in the rebuilding of Puerto Rico. Wenstrup, a Cincinnati Republican who serves on the House Veterans Affairs Committee and who is an Army Reservist, flew into Puerto Rico last Sunday for a field hearing on...
More Stories