FAIRBORN — Fairborn citizens took to the polls Nov. 7 and elected Paul Keller as their new mayor, according to final unofficial election results.
Keller received 2,942 out of a total of 3,696 votes, or 79.60 percent; while challenger Ethan Long received 754 votes, or 20.40 percent.
Keller currently serves as deputy mayor and highlighted his concerns for the City of Fairborn moving forward at a previous election-related event which included bringing well-paying jobs to the community and getting a handle on the opiate epidemic.
He also highlighted the positive aspects he has seen the city experience as he has served as deputy mayor, including an economic development growth spurt the city is experiencing with the addition of new businesses and construction of new homes. He said at the event that it is important to continue blight removal.
As he served as a member of council and deputy mayor, he was able to initiate strategic planning, which is a “road map” to Fairborn’s future and plan on how officials will revitalize the community. It includes improvements to building permit process as well as customer service.
The city has since welcomed 15 new businesses to Fairborn as well as had 28 current businesses expand or remodel, which creates a desire for additional housing in Fairborn. Within the last two and a half years, Fairborn has seen more than 350 new homes go up, which supports the Fairborn City School District with the property tax funds it generates.
Keller has said at previous election-related events that he is a strong advocate for economic development, seeing several blighted structures be taken down in recent years.
As the Miami Valley has experienced the opiate crisis, Keller highlighted that the City of Fairborn has added a second K9-Unit to the Fairborn Police Department, as well as a second school resource officer to the FCSD. Keller said the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance, which was passed in recent years, is aimed at closing “drug houses.”
Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.