Anderson, 62, 3240 Edgewater Drive, is seeking another term as mayor.
A native of Duluth, Minn., Anderson has lived in the Lorain County side
of Vermilion since 1976. She attended the College of St. Scholastica and
is pursuing her degree in health information management at the
University of Toledo. She also has served on boards and committees for
organizations in Lorain and Erie counties. Anderson and her husband,
Roy, have two grown daughters.
Vermilion enjoys the benefit of an additional $1 million due to
increased taxes in the past three years, Anderson said. She added she
will ensure the money is spent wisely on city roads.
Vermilion will save more than $100,000 a year by hiring a city engineer instead of using an outside firm, Anderson said.
Existing community programs also will fill empty houses that are hurting the city’s property values, she said.
Anderson said her administration will address the epidemic drug problem
through enforcement and education, and Vermilion will improve city
services, such as cleaning and grading stormwater ditches and using the
city’s wood chipper.
“Through an aggressive campaign to businesses and industries we will
encourage job growth,” Anderson said. “Growing the number of jobs is of
most importance to our city and our school district.”
During her first term, Anderson demonstrated her willingness to work
with business by retaining Coleys Manufacturing and attracting Cleveland
“Jobs will attract families, more businesses, fill our empty houses and
provide additional revenue for our city and our school districts,”
“Not being attached to any ‘groups’ in this city gives me the freedom to
serve the interests of all of our residents and businesses,” she said.
“The freedom to do what is in the best interest of everyone is crucial
as we address our current needs and plan for our future.
“Treating all of our neighborhoods based on sound and fairly
administered policies will make Vermilion a vibrant attraction for
business, and families as we provide well maintained streets, quality
drinking water, utility services and local jobs. These are very
“With attention to our priorities in all neighborhoods, Vermilion will
truly bloom and grow while we continue to preserve the integrity of our
quaint harbor town. This will become a reality with fair and impartial
leadership as we all work together.”
-- Richard Payerchin, Morning Journal article from Oct. 22, 2013