Neighborhoods that grow Lima. Recreation that attracts the region. Government that makes doing business easy.

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After completing undergrad at Bowling Green State University, and receiving a Master’s of Public Administration from Southern Illinois University, Autumn spent 6 years working in both the public and private, non-profit sectors of St. Louis. Feeling called to return to Lima to be near her family, Autumn accepted a role with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) as the Director of Crime Victim Services, building the program from the ground up. Following a segway as Outreach Coordinator for the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Autumn was hired as the Neighborhood Specialist for the City of Lima. During her tenure in this role, Autumn implemented the City of Lima Citizen Block Patrol, and elevated existing programs such as National Night Out, City Wide Pride, Ottawa River Cleanup, Coffee with a Cop, and Police Chief meetings with neighborhoods.

In her spare time, Autumn enjoys supporting the clubs and affiliations that are meaningful to her such as her 21 years with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Kiwanis International, Prevention Awareness Support Services, Bradfield Community Center, Lima Young Professionals, Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Coleman Professional Service, Citizen Block Patrol, Regional Neighborhood Network Conference, Mayor’s Civil Service Board, poll worker for the Allen County Board of Elections, League of Women Voters, United Way of Greater Lima, and Lima Symphony Orchestra – nearly all of which she has participated in a leadership role. Through all of her hard work and passion for Lima and the organizations that make it great, Autumn’s three beautiful daughters and her church home remain her foundation.

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Campaign POINTS

Giving Lima neighborhoods a voice in city hall.

Autumn will be taking a systemic and multi-point approach to ending long-standing neighborhood concerns across Lima. She will work to create a Department of Neighborhood Engagement, directly connecting neighborhoods to city government.

Autumn will work to resolve the root cause and end Lima’s decades long blighted housing crisis, and help residents to become home owners. And by enacting community oriented policing and neighborhood watch, Autumn will build partnerships and trust between neighbors and police in order to reduce crime.

The crime rate in Lima is higher than in 94.9% of U.S. cities
53% of Lima residents rent vs. own
*US Census Bureau

Paving the path for Lima’s youth.

By utilizing Lima’s beautiful existing parks and equipment, Autumn will launch youth-focused programming through the Parks Department.

This recreational programming will run in conjunction with a dedicated mentoring initiative designed to prepare our youth for success.

25% of Lima residents are age 18 and under
*US Census Bureau

Making it easy to do business in Lima.

We know that permitting is a lengthy and complicated process in Lima, so Autumn’s mayoral role will kick off with a study to map the permitting process for new construction and remodels. From this study, she will create an Office of Economic Development Ombudsmen to work with business owners and corporations to navigate and accelerate the permitting process and provide exceptional customer service.

The city will also provide a comprehensive package of incentives to new and expanding businesses. Those incentives will include more than just tax breaks, providing real infrastructure improvement costs, and a local bidding advantage for contractors and suppliers who live and operate businesses in Lima. We want to help businesses to start, grow, and create jobs for a thriving economy!

In the second half of 2020, Lima experienced an average of 7.8% job loss across all sectors; up to 19.2% in hospitality
*US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Creating quality of place in Lima.

From talent attraction and retention to personal safety, study after study illustrates the importance of quality of place to thriving communities. Creating a walkable, safe, and fun downtown Lima will be the first area Autumn will focus initiatives to make Lima a regional destination.

With concentrated shopping and dining options, citizens and guests will rejuvenate our once-bustling downtown, and bolster our economy. Additionally, improving and utilizing Lima’s existing network of parks will help drive activity out into the community.

Lima experiences 5% population loss each year
*US Census Bureau
What They’re Saying

I support Autumn Swanson because she cares for the Lima community. She continues to do good work in Lima. I look forward to seeing all that she does in the future for this community.

Darrelle Lloyd, LSW

I have known Autumn for many years and I support her candidacy for the Mayor of Lima. I believe that with Autumn's leadership, Lima will thrive in the years to come and bring back businesses and revenue for this city. Also, with Autumn's leadership, I believe that the youth in this city will also thrive, as Autumn has worked directly within the Lima system and knows what it takes to see our youth succeed. Also Autumn knows what it takes to bring programs back into Lima to help build our youth up. I support Autumn Swanson for the Mayor of Lima.

Jennifer Thornburg

After knowing Autumn for more than six years, I have never met anyone more passionate about our community. She genuinely wants to see the people of Lima prosper and help the city become the best it can be. Therefore, I fully support Autumn Swanson to be Lima’s next mayor!

Alexica Houdek