Incumbent city councilman Mike Aquillo and challenger Tracy Richardson will both vie for the remainder of the Ward 1 seat term on Marysville city council in the November election.

Incumbent city councilman Mike Aquillo and challenger Tracy Richardson will both vie for the remainder of the Ward 1 seat term on Marysville city council in the November election.

Aquillo was appointed to the position in June to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of John Marshall. There are two years remaining on that term.

For both Aquillo and Richardson, this will be the first time either has mounted a campaign for elected office.

"I've got a great network of people around me who are anxious to get involved, and we're going to hit the streets hard and knock on everyone's door," Aquillo said.

"I see myself as a servant, and in that capacity I see myself going out and talking to the people of my ward, and let them know what I can do for them as their voice on the council," Richardson said.

Aquillo, a Clydesdale Way resident, is a vice president of member and information services with the Union Rural Electric Cooperative and a member of the Marysville planning commission. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University in 1989. Aquillo said there are two areas of interest he would focus on if elected.

"I think the council, when you look at what it's responsible for, has two main priorities - improving the residents' quality of life and protecting the community's property values," Aquillo said. "The first way to do this is by protecting tax payers' funds, and I think my business experience ill let me view the city's budget and find ways to be more efficient. I think you have to be serious when you're spending others' money. We also need to focus on sustainable and common-sense development, not just things that are going to be built tomorrow and gone the next day."

Richardson, a Chiprock Drive resident, is a mother of three and an active community volunteer. She has an extensive military background with the U.S. Army and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for outstanding combat performance during Operation Desert Storm. Richardson said her vision for Marysville is a place that is prosperous as a community, safe for its residents, and a city where its residents can be proud of their community.

"We need to make sure our property values are maintained, if not increased, and keep our business successful and citizens employed," she said. "We need to keep our schools meeting the needs of the community and continue our recreation options to be outstanding. We also need to be well-protected in terms of managing our growth, as well as keeping our neighborhoods safe."

Aquillo said he feels strongly about getting citizens involved in their community.

"When you hear things like Mill Run being almost a community to themselves, I think that may be because they haven't been invited to the party," he said. "We've already found a lot of folks who are looking to get involved, and I think we need to build on that."

Richardson said she would like to build upon the civic pride already present in Marysville, like this month's send off for the Ohio National Guard deployment.

"When I was deployed (for Operation Desert Shield), there wasn't a soul there," she said. "The people of Marysville, their values are just so wonderful - we work hard and treat each other with kindness. We should really promote that spirit of loyalty and of supporting one another in the neighborhoods."

Voters will decide this year's race on Nov. 3.

lrice@thisweeknews.com