(1-29-23) This past week current St. Marys Mayor Patrick McGowan announced that he would not seek re-election.

Statement from St Marys Mayor Patrick McGowan:

I am announcing today that I will not be seeking re-election as Mayor of the City of St. Marys.  It has been a great honor to serve the citizens of St. Marys for these past twelve years and thank you for supporting me in the many endeavors to guide the City of St. Marys into the 21st century.  During my time as mayor, the city has seen many successes including: refurbishing and updating the electrical grid, new water plant, U.S. 33 pedestrian bridge, new municipal building, Ohio Army National Guard Monument, Miami and Erie Canal Treatment Train, installing new automated hardware and software to better serve and inform our citizens, splash pad, new municipal pool house, and many more that could not be completed due to time and funding. I want to thank the city workforce for their dedication in making St. Marys a great place in which to live and work. I will stand ready to support and lend a helping hand to the next St. Marys mayor.   

On Friday in a Facebook posting Joe Hurlburt turned in his petition to fill the empty spot.

It’s OFFICIAL. I’m submitting my petition to put my name on the ballot to run for the office of Mayor for the City of St. Marys.

Hurlburt is a native of St. Marys and a St. Marys Memorial and University of Toledo graduate. Several years ago he retired from the City of St. Marys after many years of service. Hurlburt is a well-known sports announcer…for many years he did color on WKKI of Roughriders football, racing at Limaland on WTLW-TV 44 and most recently the voice of the Roughriders on Rider Nation sports. Hurlburt als was a Job Developer at Capabilities,