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Looking ahead to mayor’s race coming in November

April 9, 2011
By Brad Bauer (bbauer@mariettatimes.com) , The Marietta Times

Although all the focus is currently on the May primary, some of the races that aren't contest in a few weeks will be in the November election.

"The mayor of Marietta (race) will get a lot of attention because there's going to be a new mayor no matter what happens," said Washington County Board of Elections Director Peggy Byers.

Other races that may be of interest include several township positions and school board seats, which are non-partisan races and not a part of the primary election process.

"Those races really start to heat up during the summer months," Byers said. "August 10 is the last day to file (for those positions)."

To run for the township or a school board seat, petitions with 25 valid signatures and a $30 filing fee are required. Byers said there are seats up for grabs in nearly all districts this fall.

After serving two terms as Marietta City Mayor, Democrat Michael Mullen announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election.

Former two-term Marietta Mayor Joe Matthews, a Democrat, and current Marietta City Councilman Jon Grimm, a Republican, are unchallenged in the primary and are set to square off in November.

Washington County Democratic Chair Molly Varner said the mayor's race will be the big race this fall, with no state or national races on the local ballot.

"They both bring political experience but because Joe has been mayor before, I don't think there will be many surprises, just because he's been there before and people know what to expect," she said. "Jon has been active in politics with his role on council, but he's not been mayor, and I don't know if he knows the aspects of the job like Joe."

GOP Chairwoman Marilyn Ashcraft said the fight for mayor and Marietta City Council seats will be fierce.

"We're hopeful we can retain a few seats and pick up a few," she said. "As far as the mayor's race goes, I think Jon Grimm has proven himself through his work on council."

 
 
 

 

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