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Aurora — Increasing the city’s industrial and retail segments to expand the tax base is a major goal of Aurora mayoral candidate Delbert Dunbar, who joined five other candidates in the race last week when he filed his petitions to run in the Nov. 5 general election.
The other candidates are City Council representatives John Kudley and Ann Womer Benjamin, Mark Demyan, John Monroe, and Tom Plunkett.
The 78-year-old Dunbar is a 45-year resident of Aurora and lives in the Four Seasons neighborhood. He has never held a political office. He grew up in Hancock County, south of Findlay, and served in the U.S. Army, then five years in the Army reserves.
“I want to see that our infrastructure — water lines,
roads, bridges and sewer lines — are maintained at a high level,” he said. “The city’s finances must be maintained at a stable level, even with cuts in our state funds, and the police department needs our support to keep the city safe for every citizen.”
Dunbar would like to see a small amusement park return to the former Geauga Lake Park land so that residents of Aurora, Solon, Bainbridge and Streetsboro can have some fun without driving too far.
He also said parks / recreation and senior citizen programs and the continued success of the schools are important priorities for him. “We must have the best level of service for all of our citizens without increased taxes,” he noted.
Dunbar graduated from Riverdale High School in 1952, earned a two-year certificate in business from Findlay University and a bachelor of science degree in accounting and finance from Bowling Green State University.
He has been president of Dunbar Distributors, a power transmission and lubrications systems business, since 1980.
Prior to that he was a co-op trainee and works accountant for Union Carbide’s National Carbon Division in Niagara, N.Y., industrial engineer for Garwood Industries in Findlay — a manufacturer of cranes, shovels, ditchers, fine graders, winches and bulldozer blades — controller for Houdaille Industries in Buffalo, N.Y. from 1962 to 1969 and controller for Eaton Corp. of Cleveland in the Gear and Farvel Lubrication Systems Division from 1969 to 1980.
Dunbar is married to his Susan, and they have one son, Brian, and two daughters, Karen and Kristen, plus four granddaughters. All three of the couple’s children graduated from Aurora High School.
Dunbar is a member of Hope Lutheran Church, where he has served as an elder and chairman of the outreach committee. He is active with the Aurora Hunger Project, a partnership of nine Aurora churches which collects food for Aurora’s food pantry.
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