He's stepping down as the city's chief administrator at the end of this year, but Marietta Mayor Michael Mullen isn't quite ready to leave city government entirely.
On Thursday Mullen was collecting signatures on a petition to run as an independent candidate for Marietta City Council at-large.
"I intend to file the paperwork with the board of elections Monday," Mullen said. "There's a number of big projects in which I've been involved, like the Armory Square and third phase of the River Trail. I'm passionate about both of those and want to stay involved to help continue moving those projects forward."
He said grant funding for such endeavors is dwindling as state and federal budgets are being tightened.
"Fortunately we have most of the financing in place to build those projects, but the River Trail funding is quite complicated, and more needs to be done," Mullen said. "The work we've begun is not totally finished."
Earlier this year the mayor said he would not seek re-election because he wanted to devote more time to his Over the Moon Pizzeria business.
At-large races so far
The field of candidates for three Marietta City Council at-large seats is expanding:
Current Democrat candidates:
Harley Noland (incumbent)
Nate Wooley (intends to withdraw due to moving out of state)
Current Republican candidates:
Glenn McCabe, Jr.
Petitions to run as independent candidates on the November ballot have been picked up by:
Mayor Michael Mullen
An independent candidate petition has also been picked up for Marietta city auditor by:
Independent candidate petitions have been picked up for Belpre Council at-large by:
All independent petitions, with signatures, must be submitted to the Washington County Board of Elections by 4 p.m. Monday.
Source: Washington County Board of Elections
"I could not do that working full-time as mayor," Mullen said Thursday. "But I want to continue working in city government."
Mullen has served eight years as mayor, two terms on council, and spent another eight years as development director for the city.
"I hope people will look at my record and previous involvement in city government," he said.
In addition to Mullen, petitions have been picked up by two other potential independent council at-large candidates, Bob Jenkins, and Michael Boersma, according to Peggy Byers, executive director of the Washington County Board of Elections.
She said a petition to run for Marietta city auditor has also been obtained by Dana Singer, and Steven Roddy and Robert Wallace have picked up petitions to run as independents for Belpre council at-large.
"All petitions to run as independents on the November ballot must be turned in no later than 4 p.m. Monday," Byers said.
Currently there are two Republicans, Dianne Crandall and Glen McCabe, Jr., and one Democrat, incumbent Harley Noland, seeking an at-large seat on Marietta City Council. Democrat Nate Wooley announced Wednesday that he will withdraw from that race because his family will be moving to Charleston, S.C.
The local Democratic Central Committee will be appointing a replacement for Wooley as well as someone to fill out the unexpired term of former at-large Councilwoman Kathy Shively who resigned from her position April 20.
Committee chairman Art Fordham said it's possible that whoever is appointed to complete Shively's term will also be expected to run as the Democratic candidate replacing Wooley on the November ballot.