Mickey Cope Weaver to seek Perry trustee seat

PERRY TWP. – Mickey Cope Weaver announced Monday that she’s seeking a seat on the Perry Township Board of Trustees this fall, saying she wants to work for the township the same way she’s worked on the city’s behalf.

“I feel that I can make a contribution,” the 70-year-old Salem City Council President said.

Weaver resides in the city, which is part of Perry Township, and did not seek re-election to her post as president this year. Her four-year term which began in 2009 expires Dec. 31, but she decided to run for trustee due to her continued interest and drive in giving back to the area where she was raised. She said she has a lot of energy and passion for the area and she has the time to devote to being a trustee since she’s retired.

She’s been watching broadcasts of the township meetings on YouTube, so she’s familiar with what’s been going on in the township.

“The problems perhaps are different in some ways, but you’re still dealing with issues, you’re still dealing with people, you’re still dealing with a budget, with an economy,” she said.

Weaver said the challenge is the same: “try to maximize what you can do for residents with what the budget will allow.”

She said the township runs very well now. In anything she does, she makes it her goal to see what she can do to make it even better and asked that voters take a look at what she has done on council and for the city when deciding whether she’s someone they can support.

In a press release, she said she has tackled the position of council president just as a full-time employee would assume their job responsibilities. She’s had excellent attendance at regular and special meetings of city council and attended a majority of the various committee and commission meetings.

“I did this to learn as much as possible about the operation of the city and also to contribute to discussions regarding issues faced by Salem. I have kept administrative staff and council members informed of upcoming topics and concerns and expanded communication between all entities,” she wrote.

In other areas, she was one of the original individuals to organize and open the ReStore for Habitat for Humanity and has been active with the Salem Historical Society where she assembled the Museum of Transportation and Industry located in the Dale Shaffer Research Library. She also delivered food for Mobile Meals and served as a former board member for Columbiana County Big Brothers/Big Sisters and is a member of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.

Her professional career has included being an elementary school teacher, serving as regional director of sales for Four Seasons Resorts and Hotels; co-founding and serving as senior vice president of sales and marketing of Travel Resources Management Group; and owning of F. E.’s News (named for her father, the late F.E. Cope) and owning Salem Estate Sales & Consignment.

The filing deadline for non-partisan positions on the Nov. 5 ballot is Wednesday. Incumbent Perry Township Trustees Don Rudibaugh and Don Kendrick have already filed their petitions to run for the two spots available. Former Salem mayor Jerry Wolford added his name to the trustee ballot on Monday. Wolford is also a former Perry trustee.