Dennis Albertson is one of two candidates running for the single seat on the Chillicothe City Council representing Chillicothe's First Ward.

Albertson has held the seat as First Ward councilman for two years and said his decision to run again, is much the same as it was the first time, to help see the city grow and prosper.

“I felt it was my time to step-up and use the leadership skills for the City of Chillicothe that has made me successful in my professional career,” he said. “The business management skills that I have obtained managing one of the largest ready-mix companies in the Midwest are skills the city can utilize in many areas.”

Albertson has lived in Chillicothe for most of his life and bought his first home in the First Ward in 1998. As it was during his first term, his goals during his second, will also focus on an area that concerns many residents, across the city, the roads.

“From day one I have been concerned about our city streets and the neglect they have had. The citizens of Chillicothe passed a Permanent Street Fund Tax in the late 1990s,” he said. “I feel it is time we use that money funded to the streets and spend it wisely.”

Making sure the city has the best staff to help it run smoothly on a day-to-day are also a top priority for Albertson.

“Hands down, our city employees are one of our biggest assets. We have to attract and retain the best quality of employees so our departments can remain the most efficient possible, and in turn, save more money for our taxpayers,” he said. “I am confident after interacting with our current employees that we have a team in place now that accomplishes this. I want to continue with this long standing tradition.”

Albertson is also looking to the future and says if elected, he hopes to focus on attracting and keeping young people here.

“I feel we need to find opportunities that entice our young adults to stay and raise their families in our community.”

Albertson, a Chillicothe native, and his wife Margie have seven children and seven grandchildren. She has been a teacher in Chillicothe schools for over 20 years and for the last 19 years he has been regional operations manager of Penney’s Concrete, Inc., and is the owner of a successful small business, alongside his wife.

He is a member of the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce, Chillicothe Elks Lodge #656 and is a member of the Chillicothe Methodist Church.

In the past he has been on the property and parsonage committee of the Chillicothe Methodist Church and past director and head coach of the Youth Wrestling Program for the Grand River Area YMCA and past Ducks Unlimited sponsor.

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