Freewalt To Seek Seat

ST. MARYS — A former mayor has decided to seek a seat on St. Marys City Council this year.

Greg Freewalt confirmed to The Evening Leader he will seek the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Ward City Council seat in the May primary. Current 3rd Ward Councilor Bill Slemmons announced he plans to retire at the end of the year —  opening the door for Freewalt to seek the position.

“I’ve been involved in politics for 20 years — four on city council and 16 as mayor,” Freewalt told The Evening Leader. “I have it in my heart to be part of the city and I think I can be an asset.”

Freewalt served four terms as mayor — the longest in the city’s history. Current Mayor Pat McGowan defeated Freewalt in 2011 in a close race.

Freewalt noted he is excited at the opportunity to possibly serve on council once again.

“I definitely think I can be an asset as the 3rd Ward Councilor,” Freewalt said. “I would like to help our city continue to grow.”

There will be at least three new faces on city council next year. In addition to Slemmons, Dennis Vossler, the 2nd Ward Councilor, and Councilor-at-large Ron Ginter will not seek re-election and will retire once their terms expire on Dec. 31.

All seats for St. Marys City Council are up for election this year. Candidates wishing to appear on the primary ballot must submit paperwork to the Auglaize County Board of Elections office by Feb. 6.

The deadline for nonpartisan candidates seeking an office for which there is a primary election must submit paperwork by May 6.

All nonpartisan candidates seeking an office for which there is not a primary election — township trustees and school boards — must submit paperwork by Aug. 7.