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Editorial: Grimm best choice for Mayor

November 5, 2011
The Marietta Times

Marietta residents have a choice in the race for Mayor and that's always a good thing. The choice is between two strong candidates, both with experience serving the city. We feel one candidate represents Marietta's past, while the other is the better choice for guiding Marietta into the future.

We urge residents to vote Jon Grimm for Mayor of Marietta.

His oppenent, Joe Matthews, already has served two terms as Mayor of Maretta. We appreciate his service and while it's true he has that experience to fall back on, we think times are different. Many of the challenges ahead need new leadership and new ways of thinking.

Grimm is the best choice in that regard. Grimm has served on City Council and has observed first hand the relationship between a strong council and weak mayor. We think he understands that arrangement and will work best with council to overcome the financial obstacles ahead and look for creative ways to find new solutions.

Grimm's background as a businessman is an asset. He has an intimate understanding of what it takes to run a business and is best suited to help guide the city in helping businesses thrive here. We believe he will identify what it takes to attract businesses, retain businesses and help businesses grow. Ultimately, that is what will help grow the city's bottom line.

The days of financial handouts from the state and federal governments are gone. Marietta must grow strong and self-sufficient and we see Grimm as the candidate who won't be influenced or bound by the way things used to be done. He will look for new ways of increasing the city tax base in an effort to build police and fire staffing. And he will build on recent efforts to streamiline city services and improve effeciency.

But most importantly, Grimm has said he will look to develop long-range planning for the city, something that has been lacking in recent years. He has said he will lean on the city development department to help formulate and facilitate such a plan. Instead of always rushing to the finish line, Grimm says he wants a game plan that includes the input of residents and committee chairs so that everyone has a say in where the city is headed and why.

We don't see Grimm's vote this week against sending the armory project out for construction bids as cause for alarm. Grimm made it clear he's not against the armory project overall, he just wants to see a business plan developed before any bids go out. We agree that having such a plan in place before a project begins the bidding process only makes sense.

It's that common sense approach, and commitment to planning, that Marietta will require in the years ahead. Vote Grimm on Election Day.



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