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Marilyn John for county commissioner campaign gets underway

Story By: Brigitte Coles



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  Original Published: 2/7/2014

Shelby Mayor Marilyn John officially kicked off her campaign for Richland County Commissioner at the Renaissance Theatre Thursday evening.

Family members, colleagues and elected officials were on hand for her big announcement. State Representative Mark Romanchuk introduced Mayor John.

John said as Richland County Commissioner, she will bring the energy and vision she has used as Mayor of Shelby.

 John was born and raised in Richland County. She graduated from Plymouth high school and attended North Central State College for Business Management. Mayor John finished her Bachelor's Degree at Ashland University in Business Management and Marketing.

Mayor John said one of the key issues she will focus on if elected county commissioner is the flooding problem in the county which has impacted hundreds of people over the years and economic development in the area.

 "There are commercial buildings that are in flood zones and we have to do something about that. The flooding is having a detrimental impact on economic development and job creation in this county," Mayor John said.

John said she wants to create a region that is filled with opportunities for individuals and community busineses.

"Investment in our future is the key to success, whether that investment is in our region's youth or infrastructure," Mayor John said.

In 2007, John was named the director of the Shelby Senior Center. In 2009 she was elected Mayor of Shelby and was re-elected in 2011.

John will run against Richland County Emergency Management Agency Director Keith Markley and businessman David Morgenstern in the Republican May 6th primary. The winner will face Democratic candidate Mansfield City Council president and former clerk of courts Phil Scott in the November election.

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