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Marietta political picture developing

January 6, 2011
By Evan Bevins,

All but one of the current members of Marietta's city council have picked up papers indicating their intention to run for office in the upcoming election.

Councilmen Mike McCauley, D-2nd Ward; Harley Noland, D-at large; and Tom Vukovic, D-4th Ward; have taken out papers to run for re-election to their current seats, according to Washington County Board of Elections officials.

Councilman Jon Grimm, R-3rd Ward, last month announced his intention to run for mayor. William C. Hart Jr. and Glenn Newman have also taken out mayoral petitions. Incumbent Mayor Michael Mullen said he's focusing on the city's budget issues right now and has not made a decision on whether he will seek a third term.

Councilman David White, R-1st Ward, said he will be running, but whether it will be for his current seat or an at-large post has yet to be determined. While he's leaning toward staying where he is, White said he would be willing to run for the at-large seat if a strong, Republican candidate wanted to take a shot at the ward job.

"I'd like to leave that option available," said White, first elected in 2007.

Nine-term Councilwoman Kathy Shively, D-at large, has not taken out any papers.

The seventh seat on council was occupied until recently by Andy Thompson, who was sworn in Monday as a member of the Ohio House of Delegates. The Marietta Republican Central Committee is expected to select a replacement to complete Thompson's term today.

Among those being considered for that job is Randy Wilson, a former 2nd Ward councilman who plans to run again this year. Like White, Wilson is keeping his options open when it comes to running for a ward or at-large seat. Also having taken out petitions for either an at-large or ward seat are Glen McCabe, a Republican who ran for the 4th Ward seat in 2009, and Roger Kalter, a 1st Ward Democrat who ran for mayor as an independent in 1999.

Iris Schmitt has picked up papers to run for the 3rd Ward council seat.

Meanwhile, Republicans Paul Bertram, the Marietta council president, and Susan Vessels, an assistant Washington County prosecutor, plan to run for the city law director post from which Roland Riggs III plans to retire at the end of the year. No one has picked up papers for the council president job.

City Auditor David Locke and Municipal Court Judge Janet Dyar-Welch have taken out petitions to run for re-election.

Candidates have until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, to return their petitions to the board of elections office.



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