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Two running unopposed in Nov. 3 election

October 8, 2009
By Sam Shawver,

Marietta Treasurer Valerie Holley and Council President Paul Bertram III are running unopposed in the upcoming Nov. 3 general election, but both have held their offices for several terms.

Holley was first elected to office in 1994, and will begin her fifth consecutive term in 2010.

"I'm responsible for investments of city funds, and also keep the balance on city accounts," Holley said. "The post is also basically a second check on the city auditor, as we have to reconcile our financial reports to the council audit committee monthly."

She describes herself as conservative when it comes to investing municipal monies.

"I would rather stay on the conservative side and save those funds rather than take risks with taxpayer money," Holley said. "And we haven't lost one dime of investment, even with the current economy."

She also presides over Marietta's largest source of revenue - the city income tax.

Fact Box

Valerie Holley

Age: 57

Address: 109 Merryhill St., Marietta

Position: Marietta city treasurer

Party: Republican

Status in Nov. 3 election: Unopposed

Family: Married to Clint Holley; three grown children

Paul G. Bertram III

Age: 47

Address: 102 Sassafras Trace, Marietta

Position: Marietta council president

Party: Republican

Status in Nov. 3 election: Unopposed

Family: Married to Joyce Bertram;

five children

"It will be over $8 million this year," Holley said. "And the tax is currently up around 1 percent over this time last year."

She said the Ohio Auditor's Office recently released the results of the city's 2008 audit and there were no findings or recommendations against her office.

"It's a very in-depth audit, and to have no findings is a real accomplishment for this office and its staff," Holley said.

Bertram, a local attorney since 1989, first served as an at-large councilman in 2000-2001, and again in 2004-2005 before being elected council president for the first time in 2006. He will begin his third consecutive term as president in January.

"I think the present council is addressing what the citizens want," Bertram said. "This council has brought movement to issues that were gridlocked during previous councils."

As examples he cited council's support for renovating the former Ohio Bureau of Employment Services building into a new municipal court facility, getting the Armory Square project under way, and moving on the second and third phases of the River Trail pedestrian and bicycle pathway project.

"These are things citizens can see and use every day," Bertram said. "They can see city government working on their behalf.

"One thing that has bothered me for some time is the loss of several key local industries and the tax base, as well as good-paying jobs due to state and federal issues," he said. "So now we're focusing on our other strengths - our history and tourism, and how to bring more people here to experience that."

Bertram also noted the need to improve infrastructure, including streets and wastewater treatment upgrades, to serve those tourists.

"This council wants to work with the city administration and manage municipal government through cooperation, not crisis," he said. "My son once said, 'proper planning prevents poor performance.' And that's what this council is working toward."



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