“I came back when my son was 9 years old and it was a great place to raise kids,” she said. “Midway’s just a great little town.”
Sharon has served on the Midway City Council since January 2005. She chairs the finance committee and sits on the cemetery, ordinances and policy committees. She has also served as mayor pro tem, filling in for the mayor when he is absent.
Her time on the council has given Sharon a better appreciation and understanding of how city government works. She understands why people sometimes feel frustrated when they think things aren’t moving fast enough. “Once you know how things run behind the scenes, it’s a whole different ballgame,” she said.
Sharon chose to serve on the council so she could help make Midway a wonderful and inviting place to live. She believes it’s her way of giving back to the community.
“I think everybody, especially in a small community, ought to do their own part, and if we all serve a little bit, it helps all the way around,” she said.
Click here to email Sharon[/spoiler] [spoiler title="Sara Hicks" open="0" style="1"]“I believe the role of a city council member is to represent the voice of Midway citizens, their interests and expressed needs”
Growing up near Midway, Sara understands the unique charm, beauty and friendliness that Midway possesses and will work to protect and enhance those characteristics.
Sara Hicks grew up raising and showing purebred Aberdeen Angus cattle on the Hicks Brothers farm outside Midway. She has been a licensed marriage and family therapist treating the areas of substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse and family reunification for 30 years. She has a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and a B.A. in Speech and Communications/Musical Theater from the University of Cincinnati and is a member of the Midway Presbyterian Church. In 2012 she chaired the Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival.
She is eager to improve the city’s drinking water. “We need to continue to seek current solutions to the less than desirable water quality that some residents are experiencing” she said. “We need to consult with engineers and other experts to balance or partially replace our system so that residents enjoy clear water.”
Click here to email Sara[/spoiler] [spoiler title="Grayson Vandegrift" open="0" style="1"]As president of the Midway Merchants Association, chairman of the Woodford County Tourist Commission and coordinator of the Midway Fall Festival, Grayson Vandegrift has had the chance to gain leadership experience and accomplish goals with a budget. Grayson operates his family’s restaurant on Main Street and has loved serving the public in that capacity over the years.
“As a council member I will work to begin tackling the problem of repairing or replacing our aging water and sewer lines while we still have options such as grants that will help with the cost and while we still have time to avoid having to fix the problem all at once” Grayson said. “I will work tirelessly to improve our wonderful city”
Click here to email Grayson [/spoiler] [spoiler title="Aaron Hamilton" open="0" style="1"]Aaron Hamilton wanted to learn more about how city government works, so he ran for Midway City Council. He has served four years.
“Somebody has to step up,” he said. “I try to do my part in the community.”
He says his time on the council has been a good experience. “It’s just like anything else, it has its ups and downs. It has its good points and then it has some things that make you scratch your head and go, ‘I didn’t know it worked that way.’ You learn what you can and can’t do.”
Aaron chairs the water and sewer committee and also serves on the finance and streets and lights committees. “We’re just trying to make Midway better,” he said. “We’re trying to get more businesses to come in. I’d like to see some exercise facility or something that might bring the community closer together. The people in Midway know we (the council) try to do a good job and put the people of Midway first. We have Midway’s best interests at heart.”
Having lived in Midway all his life, Aaron appreciates his fellow citizens. “The people of Midway are friendly, hard-working people,” he said. “There’s a love for the community here.” And it doesn’t matter that Midway isn’t very big. “Small towns can still do great things.”
Click here to email Aaron [/spoiler] [spoiler title="Bruce Southworth" open="0" style="1"]In 2011 Bruce Southwrith retired as city of Versailles Director of Public Works with 27 years of public service. Bruce served as a water treatment plant operator for the city of Georgetown, wastewater plant operator for the city of Midway and as City Administrator for the city of Versailles. These experiences have given Bruce insight into preparing budgets and keeping a City running efficiently.
Click here to email Bruce [/spoiler] [spoiler title="Daniel Roller" open="0" style="1"] A midway area resident since 1968, Daniel Roller is the former president of the Midway Lions Club and a member of Midway Christian Church, Midway Renaissance and Woodford Tomorrow. A 1971 graduate of the University of Cincinnati 1971, Daniel is currently retired.
Daniel believes revenue to provide citizens services is the most important issue and that Midway should actively seek economic grants in all areas. He supports redeveloping the nearly 10% of Midway’s property that is blighted in order to provide additional housing and business opportunities increasing City revenue and income as well as repairing and replacing inadequate sewer and water lines to improve service and reduce operating costs.
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