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Updated: City Clerk To Run For Mayor of Trenton

Current City Clerk Kyle Stack has announced she will run against incumbent Gerald Brown for mayor of Trenton.

Trenton City Clerk Kyle Stack has announced that she would be stepping down from her position and entering the city's mayoral race.

Stack said she wanted to move forward in her life and running for mayor was the next step for her.

"I want to move the city forward and right now I think there needs to be some changes," Stack said. "There are some things that I think need to be looked at."

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But Brown said he would consider running for mayor if “there were not a candidate that, in my opinion, did not have the commitment or the community’s best interest in mind in their attempt to getting elected to the position.”

Brown filed his petition to run for mayor at the beginning of the week. He said he does not intend to withdraw from the race.

In a statement Brown made to Patch he said "has not been comfortable with the possibility of someone sitting back and turning their petition(s) in at the last minute."

He added that a preferred candidate would be someone that is open and forthright about their decision to run for mayor.

"I'm just going to run my campaign in a way that is best for Trenton," Brown said. "I'll just let the people decide."

Brown added he plans to campaign as hard as ever for the position and does not plan to pull any punches.

"If I am successful I will be working in this capacity with the same intensity as I have for the last ten years,' Brown said. "I will treat this as a full-time position. I can't do this job part time."

"If my service was preferred by people, than they wont be disappointed if I'm elected for another four-year term," Brown said.

Brown began serving the city as a police officer nearly 40 years ago. He spent 29 years in the Trenton Police Department and retired as police chief in 1999.

He was elected mayor in 2001.

The mayor’s position won’t be the only city title up for grabs in November. There will also be elections for clerk, assessor, treasurer and three seats on the city council. The three council seats are for four-year terms. The remaining council seats won’t be up for grabs until 2013.

Deputy Clerk Trish Gearhart announced she would be running for the office of the City Clerk to replace Stack. Gearhart has been a city employee for 19 years and has served as deputy clerk for 15 of those years.

Gearhart said being elected to city clerk would be a smooth transition for the people of Trenton because she is already a certified municipal clerk by the International Clerks Association.

The filing deadline for the mayoral race is May 10, 2011.

Check back for more information on this story as it becomes available.

Kelly Grignon April 22, 2011 at 04:22 PM
So glad she finally put her name in the mix officially! She has the ability to bring great changes the city needs.
Lisa Plasky April 25, 2011 at 04:30 AM
Agreed!
Lisa Plasky April 25, 2011 at 04:49 AM
Brown stated that “a preferred candidate would be someone that is open and fourthright [sic] about their decision to run for mayor” yet in February he announced he was not going to be running again, then changed his mind just last week? Could his reasoning that he "has not been comfortable with the possibility of someone sitting back and turning their petition(s) in at the last minute" possibly mean he is not comfortable with the notion of a WOMAN becoming mayor? I know several people who have experienced direct negative effects of Brown’s ineptitiude and his refusal to investigate claims made by residents. Stack’s comments that “there needs to be some changes" and “there are some things that I think need to be looked at" are right on!
Brooke A. April 26, 2011 at 02:47 PM
I can not wait to get out there and vote for Kyle Stack!
Brooke A. April 26, 2011 at 02:49 PM
Very insightful. :)
Margie Kidon May 22, 2011 at 10:41 PM
Im so glad Kyle Stack is running for mayor she gets my vote and support best news in Trenton in a long long time :)

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