Carolyn Kay Riggle is mayor of Delaware.
Story by Joshua Keeran
What’s your favorite vacation spot and why? Florida, because I cherish the time I get to spend with my mother, father and brother. As my parents are aging and their health is failing, each visit becomes more and more precious to me. And my brother and I have become so much closer through these tough times.
What’s the one food you just have to buy at a fair or festival? Bourbon chicken over rice.
Have you ever met a celebrity? If not, who would you most like to meet? My celebrities are the veterans who fought for our country. I am in awe with every new veteran I meet. A celebrity in my mind doesn’t need the big silver screen and fancy lights and a stage or make lots of money to get my attention. It is what they have done for others so unselfishly, left their families behind and gone off to fight for all of us and came home and went to work the next day as if nothing ever happened.
What’s your hidden talent? I love to crochet and sew, whenever I can find the time.
Cats or dogs — or neither? Dogs, very small or very large. Currently, I have two rescue white Yorkies, Gracie2 and Mr. Oliver Peebody.
What do you love most about your community? I love the fact that Delaware has grown so much, but I think we continue to have the small-town feel. When I walk down the street and say “hello” to someone and they actually look you in the eye and say “hello” back. It wasn’t like that where I grew up, and that is what made me move to Ohio and so glad I chose Delaware.