McMasters will not run for second term

By Darrell Wacker -

Mayor Tom McMasters

Mayor Tom McMasters

File photo

HUBER HEIGHTS — Huber Heights Mayor Tom McMasters has decided to not seek re-election in November according to a published report in the Dayton Daily News.

McMasters cell phone number was disconnected when a call was placed to it Thursday morning.

As of Wednesday, the Montgomery County Board of Elections had five individuals listed as potential candidates for Mayor. Jeffrey Gore, Abert Griggs, Jr., Council Member Edward W. Lyons, and David H. Wilson have all filed petitions and Jimmy L. Byrge has picked up a petition but has not filed.

The filing deadline was Wednesday for the May primary.

In the article McMasters cited “difficulties” during his term as Mayor.

McMasters has been a lightning rod for controversy during his term and has had multiple complaints filed against him.

In 2014 he was censured by city council for distributing fliers that claimed that the council planned to divert Bethel School district tax dollars into city funds by creating a tax increment financing district in Miami County. Council said the claim was false and demanded that he correct the information because council in fact passed a 30-year non-school TIF.

McMasters refused and council responded with the censure vote.

Also in 2014, city staff filed a complaint with Vice Mayor Tracy Dudley claiming McMasters was “offensive and unprofessional” during a town hall meeting in October of that year. While Dudley’s investigation did find reason to substantiate the complaint, no penalty was levied.

In early 2016, McMasters received criticism from council members and members of the community for the appointment process for a vacancy in the Ward 5 council seat.

A recall petition was started by a political action committee (PAC) called Huber Residents for Sound Leadership in May but never got off the ground.

In August, McMasters was cleared of misconduct after being accused of violating the rules of council.

Mayor Tom McMasters Tom McMasters File photo

By Darrell Wacker

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.