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Former mayor wants his job again

Matthews says he’s running; primary filing deadline arrives today

February 2, 2011
By Evan Bevins,

Former Marietta Mayor Joe Matthews says he's running for his old office again.

"A lot of people called me and asked if I would be willing to run for mayor," the 72-year-old Democrat said Monday. "I'm not ready to be put out to pasture."

Meanwhile, Fine Art and Framing Gallery owner and Marietta OH 9-12 Project member Glenn Newman said Tuesday he will not run for mayor, instead opting to throw his support behind another candidate, Councilman Jon Grimm, R-3rd Ward.

"I feel that he has good credentials and he would carry the mantle well," Newman said.

As of Tuesday, no mayoral hopefuls had officially filed their petitions with the Washington County Board of Elections. Petitions must be at the office in the county courthouse by 4 p.m. today.

Both Grimm and Matthews said they have the required signatures and will file today.

Fact Box

Deadline today

Declarations of candidacy for partisan candidates must be filed at the Washington County Board of Elections by 4 p.m. today.

Grimm is a two-term council member, elected in 2007 and unopposed in 2009. Matthews served as mayor for 12 years and ran for Washington County commissioner as an independent candidate in 2010.

Matthews said Tuesday he ran as an independent last year because he didn't decide to run in time for the primary. He had also said he did not want to run against a fellow Democrat in the primary, but said Tuesday he had no problem with a contested primary for mayor.

Both Matthews and Grimm could be unopposed in the primary if no other candidates file.

Incumbent Mayor Michael Mullen, who defeated Matthews in the 2003 and 2007 Democratic primaries, still has not announced whether he will seek re-election or run instead for city council president or an at-large council seat. And Councilwoman Kathy Shively, an at-large Democrat who also ran for mayor in 2003 and has served as council president before, has not indicated her plans either.

Other individuals who have taken out mayoral petitions are William Hart Jr. and Jeremy Thomas, who could not be reached for comment.

A total of 13 candidates have filed to run for Marietta City Council seats and other municipal offices.

In Belpre, only incumbents have taken out petitions to run for council, mayor and law director. All but one of them had filed their petitions as of Tuesday.



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