Heinsch named as honorary mayor for Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford

MILFORD — After the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford announced a new honorary mayor program, four avid members and volunteers stepped up in hopes of earning the title.

Brad Fielder of Dover Federal Credit Union, Angela Dorey of Dorey Insurance in Milford, Debbie Heinsch of the American Legion CRKT Post #7 in Harrington and Michelle Mills from Etta’s Catering in Milford worked hard at earning votes in the form of monetary donations to the chamber, holding events throughout the last month.

“The idea was that they went out to collect votes in the form of George Washington’s, or other dead presidents — dollars,” Board President and Chronicle Publisher Darel La Prade said before announcing the long-awaited winner at a chamber mixer held at Perdue Farms in Milford.

Ronnie Phillips of Perdue Farms welcomed the crowd of chamber members to their facility while keeping the excitement of a new honorary mayor looming in the distance.

Milford Mayor Archie Campbell congratulates Debbie Heinsch, Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford’s new honorary mayor. They are joined here by candidates Brad Fielder and Angela Dorey and Chamber Board President Darel La Prade.

“We have about 1,800 to 2,000 people walking through our doors every day. I don’t know if you know this or not, but we have the honor of being the largest, organic chicken producer in the world. That economic impact is huge in Milford,” she said. “Our success is your success.”

Like Perdue, the candidates for the evening were excited to share their successes. But only one could earn the sash, prizes and, ultimately, the title of the organization’s first ever honorary mayor.

With 2,575 votes, or $2,575 to benefit the chamber, Ms. Heinsch, a bar manager at the legion, came out on top.

“I am totally shocked. I had wonderful people running against me, and I’m totally ecstatic,” she said after earning her new title as honorary mayor.

The competitive spirit behind the honorary mayoral race helped draw in new excitement for both the chamber and the businesses promoting the effort, according to Executive Director Jo Schmeiser.

“They said there’s more excitement over there. The events helped the legion and us, too,” she said.

Ms. Heinsch agreed, adding, “Our customers had a ball with it. I had great support from them. I didn’t expect that at all. They were just so excited. And my family helped, too. But my customers were just thrilled. There was a new buzz in the legion.”

The new honorary mayor will now have the opportunity to represent the chamber for the next year by attending ribbon cutting celebrations, parades and other events.

For more information about the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford, call 422-3344, visit online at www.milfordchamber.com or find them on Facebook.

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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