Nobody runs for mayor, 7 want to wrestle in pie filling
CHILO, Ohio - Village council members get paid $5 per meeting, while the winner of a wrestling match staged in a wading pool filled with pie filling gets $100. Is it any wonder that more people signed up to wrestle than to run for mayor?
Last week's election in this Ohio River village, population 97, didn't attract any candidates for mayor. There were no names on the ballot for clerk/treasurer, either, or two open spots on village council.
However, seven women have signed up for a Nov. 21 wrestling match in pie filling at Everybody's Sports Lounge, one of three businesses in the village about 25 miles southeast of Cincinnati.
It's Clermont County's smallest incorporated community, although it was a bustling port community of about 500 in the 19th century.
"We're just trying to keep afloat," said Mayor Larry Leslie, 67, who could be reappointed by council to another term when his expires at the end of the year.
"We ain't going to let him quit," said Councilwoman Norma Berry, 82. "He's one of the best ones we've ever had."
She said one of the best things about Chilo is that there aren't many people.
"It's peaceful and everybody's real nice," Berry said.