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Former Hamilton Councilwoman Ileana Schirmer.

Schirmer: Yaede doesn’t deserve re-election

Retiring GOP councilwoman slams incumbent mayor

By Nikita Biryukov, October 30 2019 1:38 pm

A Republican Councilwoman in Hamilton said Mayor Kelly Yaede doesn’t deserve to be re-elected.

“As a current sitting councilwoman and as a Republican, I feel it is important to share with the residents of Hamilton Township why I personally cannot support Mayor Kelly Yaede for re-election,” Ileana Schirmer said. “Mayor Yaede has demonstrated year after year that she, along with members of her administration, condone a culture of bullying, intimidation and retaliation.”

Earlier this year, Schirmer announced she would not seek re-election.

The two-term councilwoman has previously butted heads with Yaede over local issues. Last summer, she filed two complaints against the mayor, alleging Yaede acted improperly on the town’s animal shelter.

“As a Republican, it is shameful and embarrassing to see what Yaede and Hamilton Republican Chairman, Dennis Pone have done to my party. Both of them purposely lied about the fake news, blogspot, which was used by Yaede’s campaign to attack Republicans,” Schirmer said. “They lied to the press, lied to the public and even though they were caught lying, neither one has ever issued an apology, instead they continue to attack others and play the victim.”

Yaede faces a challenge from Hamilton Council President Jeff Martin.

While Schirmer has made it clear that she does not support Yaede’s candidacy, she isn’t endorsing the Democrat.

The campaign for Hamilton’s mayorship has been marked by controversy on the Republican side.

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s office charged Yaede and her campaign manager with illegally releasing the criminal record of David Henderson, her county-backed primary opponent.

Those charges were eventually dropped, but they served to reinforce Schirmer’s view of the mayor.

“Yaede is incapable of accepting responsibility for any of her actions. Her actions not only affect Republicans, they affect all of Hamilton Township. It is no wonder she has not received the endorsement of any current elected Republican,” Schirmer said. “She has demonstrated through her actions and behaviors that she is not worthy of an endorsement and certainly not worthy of the office of mayor.”

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