Licking County News

Compton joins race for mayor of Pataskala


City Councilman Mike Compton is the third candidate to declare his campaign for Pataskala mayor.

"In talking with people, I think the timing is right for me to get some exposure," Compton said.

Compton plans to challenge incumbent Mayor Steve Butcher and fellow City Councilman Mike Fox in the Nov. 5 general election.

Per the city charter, the Pataskala mayoral race is nonpartisan, so it does not require a primary.

The filing deadline for candidates in nonpartisan races is Aug. 7, according to the Licking County Board of Elections website.

Compton is serving his first term on City Council.

He was elected in 2011 to serve Ward 2, and his term expires Dec. 31, 2015.

In the past few years, Compton said, he has learned about city politics and about the city itself. He said it might be time for someone from the west side of the city to be mayor.

Compton said he "thinks highly" of Butcher, whom he said was one of the first people he told of his mayoral campaign.

"I'm not running against (Butcher)," Compton said. "I don't have a negative bone in my body, so I won't be running against the mayor; I'll be running for Pataskala."

Compton is a graduate of St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus and has lived in Pataskala for 25 years.

He owns Classic Landscape and writes for the Ohio Outdoor News. He also helps organize the annual Pataskala Antique Power Show.