Mary Alice Reporting – Two Republicans are vying for the leadership seat in the City of Dover.

Shane Gunnoe is the current mayor; meanwhile, Nicholas Homrighausen is looking to follow in his father’s footsteps as head of the city.

Coming from the council president position, Gunnoe was recently appointed as mayor and notes that Dover is seeing growth and he wants to be at the forefront of driving the community forward.

“Proposed industrial park on the north end, we are currently working with a developer to add new housing, single family housing, we’re undertaking a number of initiatives to really reinvest and beautify our downtown area. Dover is my passion, my hometown, and really my hope is, should I be elected four years from now, we’ll be able to look back and say that Dover is in a much better place than the day I took over.”

Quality of life is essential says Gunnoe and adding to that concept through additional businesses, and continuing the expansion of the towpath trail, which would bring in tourism and add an visual improvements.

WTUZ reached out to Homrighausen several times but did not receive communication back for an interview. According to his website, Homrighausen is seeking the mayor’s seat “to balance Dover’s budget and make forward-thinking investments” while also eliminating “current spending projects such as the city spending over $600,000 of tax dollars on outside legal fees”. He also notes goals such as growing Dover’s “economy, increase opportunities, while keeping taxes low and being a business-friendly economy.”

The May 2nd Primary will determine which Republican will move to the November election to run for the four-year mayor term against Democrat Colby Byrom.

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