Shaquila Mathews, pastor of the Truth & Life Church in Hamilton, confirmed to the Journal-News on Tuesday afternoon that she plans to run for a seat on Hamilton City Council.
Mathews said that she wants to make a difference in the lives of the youth in the community and serving on council would be a way to make that happen.
“I thought it was a natural progression. I already work with quite a few youth programs and programs at the Booker T. Washington Center,” she said. “And that is a big part of my campaign platform in helping the youth and youth development and programming in Hamilton.”
Council incumbents Robert Brown and Timothy Naab have also taken out petitions to run again.
Also filing to run is Ramon Batista.
If the candidates follow through and turn in signed petitions, their names will appear on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.
Batista was the first to take out his petitions to run, back on May 30. He was followed by Mathews on Jan. 19, Brown on Feb. 3, and Naab on Feb. 16.