Mechanicsburg mayor faces challenger in November election

The mayor of Mechanicsburg is facing a challenger in the Nov. 5 election.

Benjamin Layne, water distribution operator for the city of Marysville and a lifelong Mechanicsburg resident, is challenging Mechanicsburg Mayor Gregory Kimball, who has served for 12 years.

Early voting is already underway.

Both candidates said they will help grow the economy if elected, according to information they submitted to the Springfield News-Sun Voters Guide.

Kimball described Mechanicsburg as a “small bedroom community located in the farming country.”

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He said he wants to strengthen and grow the relationships the village has with the County Economic Partners, Champaign County Commissioners, and Champaign County Planning Commissions to find possible solutions to the local economy.

The village business owners help the local economy grow and Layne said he has heard their daily struggles.

“I believe we need to work closer with local businesses, while finding ways to support and encourage new business growth within the community,” Layne said.

Both identified infrastructure as one of the biggest challenge facing the community.

“Multiple state cuts have reduced our local government funding by 75%, costing us over $100,000 recently, meaning less dollars for local projects,” Kimball said. “We have had to make difficult decisions on some services, but have proudly maintained core operations.”

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If re-elected, “We will continue to work to address funding for infrastructure, economic, and zoning issues,” Kimball said. “We will continue to partner with other county entities and share resources to improve our services for all.”

Layne said, “It’s time to start looking at alternative ways to save what we have and replace what we need.”

He said that if elected, he wants to encourage more citizen involvement while having an open government to make life better for residents.

“I hope to find ways to save the village citizens money,” Layne said. “I would also like to see more things for children to do in the village.”


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