Meet the Mayor: Bo Bemmes of Reading says come for the bridal district, stay for a whole lot more

READING, Ohio - How well do you know the top man or woman in your community? Each Wednesday "Meet the Mayor" introduces you to the people charged with keeping Tri-State municipalities ticking.

Robert (Bo) Bemmes: Reading, Ohio

  • Date of Birth: 4/25/1953
  • Elected: 2002
  • Population: 10,385
  • County: Hamilton
  • Founded: 1851

Claim to fame: Home to "the world's largest bridal district"  and hometown of Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner.

About the Mayor:

Born in Reading, Robert (Bo) Bemmes attended Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and then Reading High School. Following that, he attended Ohio State and the University of Cincinnati each for one year.

He is owner of Butch Bemmes and Sons' Roofing and Remodeling, which celebrates 40 years in business in April. Butch was Mayor Bemmes’ father and founded the business. Butch was also a longtime Republican councilman for the city of Reading. Bo is a Republican and served on council as an at-large member from 2002-2004. He has served as mayor from 2004 to the present.

Q&A with Mayor Bemmes:

1. What is the single biggest issue facing Reading?

Our single biggest issue is the cut in revenue from local government fund, estate tax, and property tax decreases have made it as challenging as ever to provide the essential city services to our residents.

2. If someone were to visit Reading for the first time, what should they see and do?

If someone visits Reading, they should become familiar with all our wonderful churches, schools, organizations, and parks. If they are getting married, they must visit our Reading Bridal District which is the largest in North America. 

3. What is your proudest accomplishment as mayor?

Proudest accomplishment is that we have continued to provide a high level of service to our residents despite the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression. 

4. What do you hope is different about Reading in ten years?

What I hope in ten years is that we have new and prosperous businesses in Reading and that all of our businesses, organizations, and schools continue to thrive.

5. What are your political aspirations?

My political aspirations are to continue to be the best mayor I can be for the residents of Reading. I want to continue this as long as our citizens continue to honor me with their votes.

6. I bet you didn't know that....

All four of my grandparents and both parents were born in the city of Reading.

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