LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Longtime village Mayor Arno Hill has decided not to seek re-election in Lordstown.
“I just turned 70,” Hill said. “I’ve been involved for 30 years. It’s time to spend more time with my family.”
Hill added, “My kids keep saying, ‘Dad, when you going to come visit us a lot more?’ The village has been to the forefront. Even my wife says the village first, me and the kids second. Well, it’s time to sit back.”
Hill served as Lordstown mayor from 1992-2003 and from 2012 to the present. He also served on village council from 2006-2011.
He says he’s proud of his accomplishments, the biggest being the economic development of Lordstown. Hill called the village “the economic driver of the Valley.”
According to the Trumbull County Board of Elections website, no one has filed to replace Hill. They had until 4 p.m. Wednesday, as per the filing deadline.
Hill expects someone to run for Lordstown mayor as an independent.
Independent candidates have until May 1 to file.