Interest lacking in city council seats
With four Ironton City Council seats up for grabs this November, only three petitions were filed by Wednesday’s deadline and the lack of interest has some of the filers puzzled.
Former mayor and councilman Bob Cleary, current councilmember Beth Rist, and R. Craig Harvey will sit on council come December. The fourth person will have to be determined by a majority vote of council after the new term begins.
“Usually incumbents run,” Cleary said. “In this case, you had a couple of incumbents who did not want to run. It’s really a strange situation, I think. It’s the first time in my whole time in city council that I have even seen this happen.”
Cleary said he could remember past elections where there would be a dozen candidates running for council.
“It really concerns me the lack of interest the community has in wanting to serve,” he said. “You don’t make much money. I think only $120 a month. … If you are doing it to make money, I think you’re doing it for the wrong reason.”
Cleary said he was looking forward to returning to council.
“I’m excited and thrilled to be able to get back on council,”
Cleay retired from council in December citing changes in Ohio Public Employee Retirement System for the upcoming year.
Ralph “Butch” Huff was nominated to fill the vacancy. Huff’s term ends this year and he did not pick up a petition to run for re-election this fall.
Rist, the only incumbent to file a petition, said while she was excited about another term on city council, she said it was a shame that more people didn’t file.
“It’s a shame more people don’t show interest in trying to help with council,” Rist said. “It’s a shame there is not more interest in it. I think a lot of people have given up on politics and politicians.”
In addition to Rist’s and Huff’s seats, the other seats up for grabs were council president Mike Lutz and councilman Dave Frazer.
A message left for Harvey was not returned by press time.
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