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Primary election deadline on Wednesday

January 29, 2011

Wednesday is the deadline for candidates to file to run in the May primary election.

As of Friday, seven incumbents had filed to run for re-election in Belpre, along with four incumbents and two challengers in Marietta.

Marietta Mayor Michael Mullen said Friday that he would make an announcement about his plans next week. Mullen has said he might seek a third term as mayor or he might run for council president or an at-large council seat.

Councilwoman Kathy Shively, D-at large, also declined to say what office she might seek. A nine-term member of council, Shively has served as council president in the past and ran for mayor in 2003.

Other candidates who had taken out petitions without committing to a particular office have made their intentions clear.

Councilman David White, R-1st Ward, had taken out papers for both his current seat and an at-large bid. This week, he filed to run for re-election.

White said one reason he considered an at-large seat was in case the city's Republican Party had wanted to appoint him to the at-large seat vacated by Andy Thompson, who was elected to the 93rd District House of Representatives seat. That appointment ultimately went to Josh Schlicher, who has said he plans to run for a full term in May.

"I've got no reason to leave," White said of the 1st Ward. "I know the people and I think I have served well."

Republican Glen McCabe, who lost to Councilman Tom Vukovic, D-4th Ward, in the 2009 election, looked at running for that seat again but ultimately filed as an at-large candidate. McCabe could not be reached for comment Friday.

Democrat Nate Wooley, who ran for county commissioner last year, has not filed his papers yet but said he will be seeking an at-large seat.

"I still want to be able to contribute," Wooley said, adding that he would like to bring a more "business-friendly" perspective to council.

Other candidates who have filed papers to run in Marietta are Vukovic; Councilman Mike McCauley, D-2nd Ward; Councilman Harley Noland, D-at large; and Walt Brothers, a Democrat running for council president.

Current council President Paul Bertram III announced in January his plans to run for city law director. He is expected to face Assistant Washington County Prosecutor Susan Vessels in the GOP primary. No Democrats have taken out papers for the job, currently held by Roland Riggs III, who will not seek re-election.

Candidates who have taken out mayoral petitions are Councilman Jon Grimm, R-3rd Ward; Fine Art and Framing Gallery owner Glenn Newman; William C. Hart Jr.; and Jeremy Thomas.

City Auditor David Locke is the only person who has taken out petitions for his job, and Municipal Court Judge Janet Dyar-Welch is the only candidate who has indicated an interest in her office.

Other potential council candidates are: Roger Kalter, 1st Ward or at large; Iris Schmitt, 3rd Ward; Debra Scott, 3rd Ward; Steve Thomas, 3rd Ward; and Dianne Crandall, at large.

In Belpre, Mayor Mike Lorentz and law director Thomas Webster, both Democrats, and council President Will Neff, a Republican, have filed to run for re-election, along with Councilmen Larry K. Martin, R-1st Ward; Deborah Marshall, R-2nd Ward; Eric Sinnett, D-3rd Ward; and Dewey Robinson, D-4th Ward.

At-large Councilmen Susan Abdella and Linda Mulligan Boso, Republicans, and John Baker, Democrat, have taken out petitions.

Petitions must be turned in to the Washington County Board of Elections office in the courthouse on Putnam Street by 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Board of elections director Peggy Byers said a computer will check the signatures on candidates' petitions and flag any that are suspect - such as from voters who live outside the district in which the candidate is running or whose information does not match their voter registration. To qualify, signatures must come from voters who are in the candidate's party or unaffiliated.

It takes 25 signatures to run for a ward seat and 50 to run for citywide office.



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