Gahanna Mayor Becky Stinchcomb publicly announced July 15 that she won't seek re-election next year.
She has served as the city's mayor for more than 12 years, following 10 years of serving on Gahanna City Council. Her current term will end Jan. 2, 2016.
“It is my honor and privilege to serve the citizens of the city that I deeply love,” she told ThisWeek. “I'd like to make clear that it is my full intention, if the good Lord is willing, to complete my current term.”
Stinchcomb said the city's charter mandates a petition-filing deadline of early February 2015 for anyone interested in running for mayor for the next term.
“I feel strongly that it is my duty to ascertain that any interested candidates for mayor have plenty of time to organize their upcoming campaigns,” she said.
Her announcement also follows a petition drive that began July 10. The petition calls for a city charter change that would remove the full-time mayor and replace the position with a city manager.
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