Candidates’ Education and Experience


 [Limit of 100 words]




Randy E. Morris (Republican)

Originally from Reynoldsburg, Ohio, I received a four-year AFROTC scholarship and graduated with a degree in Physics from Capital University in Bexley. My Air Force career spanned 29 years, 4300 flying hours to 5 continents, an MA in Business, and residences in 8 states. I progressed to the rank of Colonel, holding leadership positions in logistics, transportation and management. Returning to Athens I joined the National Business Incubation Association as director of member services. Having led organizations of comparable size, complexity and budget to our city government and now with economic development experience – I am eager to serve again. 


Paul Wiehl (Democrat)

Mayor, City of Athens (2008-present);  Board member, Community Improvement Corporation (2008-present);  Treasurer, Mayors’ Partnership for Progress (2008-present);  Vice-president, Athens County Economic Development Council (2008-present);  Executive board member, Athens Foundation (2008-present);  Athens City Council Member, First Ward (2004-2008);  Secretary, Athens Westside Community Association (2004-2008);  Chair, Athens Zoning Board of Appeals (1997-2002);  Member, Athens Zoning Board of Appeals (1996-2002);  Co-Chair, Athens Westside Community Association (1999-2004);  Member, Athens 2020 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee (2001-2005)

Molecular Biology Laboratory Assistant, Ohio University (1981-2008).  Born in New York. Athens resident since 1981. Hobby: beekeeper




Michele Papai (Democrat)

Resident of Athens since 1993

Education: B.S.’79, Indiana State University

M.Ed. ’83 James Madison University

Occupation: Licensed Mental Health Counselor

ANNNA (Athens Near Northside Neighborhood Association) :  Founding member April 2003, Board member until 2010

CLEAN (Clear Litter Everywhere in Athens Now) Member:  Founding member 2005 –present

Board of Zoning Appeals; 7/07 - 1/13

Elected 5/2010 Primary: 3-6 Democratic Precinct Committee Representative

I believe an elected councilperson should be an active, listening, and progressive participant in their community. City Council representatives have a duty to address the everyday concerns of the residents who elect them to office.   See:


RJ Sumney

B.S. in Journalism, Ohio University '76. Combining civic activity with my job as business manager of The Post, I offer proven skills in cultivating working relationships with all segments of our community. A consensus builder, I achieve goals by listening to other’s concerns, and providing thoughtful, decisive solutions. I currently serve on the Athens City Planning Commission and as an Executive Board member of the 317 Board. I have previously served on the Athens City Title 41 Site Plan Review Committee; Athens City Sign Task Force; Athens County Comprehensive Planning Committee, and Athens Housing Board of Appeals (alternate member).




Gary Dickerson


AAB in Business Management

AAB in Accounting


Kroger management-approx. 10 years

Food Lion management-2 years

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co- 5 1/2 years

Church pastor-11 years


Sue Powell

Born and raised in Nelsonville, attended Ohio University

24 years of banking experience in Florida and California, including numerous Sr. Management positions;  Managed budgets between $9 and $20 million; Served 7 ˝ years as Nelsonville City Treasurer; Has served as the Nelsonville Auditor for two years and presently holds this position; Implemented major changes, improvements and efficiencies in the Auditor’s office; Facilitates continuous improvement efforts; Designated by the State Auditor’s office as the primary contact for the City of Nelsonville based on my financial experience; Nelsonville earned the first clean audit, under my direction, from the State of Ohio