(Posted Sept. 24, 2014)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Next year, David Eades will finish his sixth consecutive term as mayor of London. At the Sept. 18 city council meeting, he announced he will not run for a seventh term.
“I’m getting older. I’ve put in a lot of time. It’s time to try and relax a little bit,” he said. Prior to his 24 years as mayor, Eades served a total of 10 years on council, including a stint as council president.
Eades said he announced his intentions now to give potential candidates plenty of time to think about throwing their hats in the ring. His term expires Dec. 31, 2015. The seat will be up for election in the May 5 primary. It comes with a four-year term.
“Anybody who decides to file an application, if they have questions, I’ll tell them anything I can,” said Eades, who encourages Londonites to show interest in their community by getting involved in local government.
The person who next occupies the seat will be in for an education, he added.
“There are no college courses on how to become a mayor. Generally, it’s on-the-job training,” he said. “There’s a lot more work to it than there was 20 years ago—more paperwork and rules and regulations. It’s gotten very cumbersome to get anything done, it seems like.”
While the mayor’s job has its ups and downs, Eades said, it is always interesting.
For more information about circulating petitions and filing an application to appear as a candidate on the May ballot, contact the Madison County Board of Elections at (740) 852-9424. Additional election information can be found at www.electionsonthe.net/oh/madison/.
For more information about London government, visit http://ci.london.oh.us/.