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Dietz, Hampton’s new mayor, wants to focus on private property issues


This news story was published on November 14, 2011.
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Hampton Mayor Shawn Dietz

Hampton Mayor Shawn Dietz

HAMPTON – “Private citizens must take back their rightful place as leaders.”

When calling Shawn Dietz, he is a very busy man, but he took the time to give a few statements as how he see the future of Hampton and what he would like to see changed:

“Some of the major things I plan on taking a look at as mayor of Hampton are private property issues. There have been a lot of nuisance warnings issued here in town that have some property owners concerned about city hall getting too deeply involved in how they maintain their yards or their homes. Obviously nuisance abatement is a priority, and we want to keep Hampton looking great and improve curbside appeal where we can, but city government has to recognize that it has boundaries as well, and we can’t overstep those.”

“I believe we also have some opportunity for economic growth in Hampton that I would like to work on. With the global economy in the mess that it’s in there’s no doubt that will not be an easy task, but nonetheless I feel it’s important that we try to work with Franklin County Development and the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce to do what we can to accomodate industrial businesses who would like to call Hampton home. We’ve lost hundereds of jobs from the industrial sector over the past few years, and while we’ve seen a slight rebound with good activity in our downtown area and some new business in Hampton’s Air Industrial Park, but we still have a few empty buildings that could house hundreds of jobs for the right employers.”

“Like all small communities there are a few challenges in front of us, but Hampton is a great community, and I’m grateful that the voters here have allowed me the opportunity to step up to the plate.”

In his campaign video, Dietz said, “In these poor economic times, I believe, that governments on all levels should become smaller in an effort to allow the people and the forces of free enterprise to pave the way to recovery.”

Shawn Dietz works at Radio Station KLMJ, 104.9 FM. He is a DJ, and News and Sports Anchor. He is also the Sports Producer for High School Sports.

Shawn and Alexis Dietz have three children, Hunter, age 7, Emma, age 3 and Hayden, age two months. They have been residents of Hampton for the past five years.

Shawn is the son of Dean and Jean Dietz from Dumont and he graduated from Hampton-Dumont High School in 2000. He graduated from NIACC with a two year Sales and Marketing Degree in 2010.

Shawn Dietz challenged Mayor Diane Weldin for the November 8th, 2011 election. Dietz defeated the Mayor with a vote of 341-325.

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