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Ashland mayor won't re-up
Ashland mayor Bill Whalen will not be seeking re-election. He announced Tuesday that he has decided to return to the private sector. Brad Phenow reports.
Whalen didn’t want to talk specifics about why he isn’t running again. But he will say he’s going out on good terms.
“I’m going to go out with my head held high, and everything has gone fine”
He says during his term he has seen good things.
“I think the city has made great strides, I see change coming about despite the fear of some who see the change coming, and I see nothing but a positive outlook for Ashland.”
He says there are good things happening in Ashland, even he leaves office next April.
“The good news is we passed on the fire hall, we’ve been at it, my gosh, 30-something years trying to build a new fire hall and just the other night we got that passed through council. That was one of the things I had when I got elected as one of my goals was to get this fire hall built.”
He likes where Ashland is heading.
“I think Ashland could be a shining star here, I believed it when I moved her 20 years ago and I have seen the changes. Now the fire station, 3.5 million that gets built, those are all great positive steps. It’s going to help the moral of the city and the firemen and everything else.”
His term will end in April but he says he is not done yet and he hopes to create some more news in his last three months.
Since Whalen isn’t seeking re-election the deadline has been extended 72 hours to 5 p.m. on Friday. The only current candidate for mayor is Charles Ortman.
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