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Eight People Vie to Fill Parkersburg Mayor's Post

Former Parkersburg Mayor Robert Newell

Eight people are vying to fill the unexpired term of former Parkersburg Mayor Robert Newell.

The Wood County Democratic Party’s municipal executive committee will review the candidates and submit three nominees to the City Council.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports that the candidates include former mayor Jimmy Colombo, city attorney Joe Santer and Wood County Democratic Executive Committee chair Jane Burdette.

Newell retired last week with more than a year left in his term. He appointed Santer as acting mayor.

Newell’s retirement came ahead of a hearing on petitions seeking his removal from office.