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Brady, Murray seek city commission seats

Register • Jul 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

It could be back to the future for Sandusky City Commission when votes are counted Nov. 5. 

Two former city commissioners — Dennis Murray Jr. and Dick Brady — confirmed Monday they both intend to be candidates for city commissioner this fall. 

“I enjoy public service,” said Murray, a former commissioner and ex officio mayor. “I believe I can have a positive impact.”

Brady said he also believes the time is right. 

“We’re at a watershed moment in our history,” Brady said. 

The seats currently held by commissioners Pervis Brown, John Hamilton and Diedre Cole are in play in the November election. 

Cole said she intends run for re-election, and she welcomed news of Murray and Brady’s candidacies. 

“We need change on commission,” said Cole, who has previously expressed frustration with the current majority coalition — commissioners Jeff Smith, Julie Farrar, Keith Grohe, Brown and Hamilton — and their inability to be more decisive. 

“There are important decisions that must be made, and that’s not happening with the current makeup on commission,” Cole said.

Ask your questions and get answers live on 'Between the Lines' with guest Dennis Murray Jr. at 1 p.m. Thursday. 

Brown is term-limited, so he will not be on the ballot. It’s not clear if Hamilton will run for re-election, but several others are circulating candidate petitions. 

The deadline to file petitions is Aug. 7.

Brady praised Murray’s decision to run. 

“The real story is the other guy who’s getting in the race,” he said. 

The two men don’t intend to run as a team. 

“I could not be more pleased that Dennis is in,” Brady said. “But his candidacy is not tied to mine in any way.” 

Murray was elected commissioner in 2005 and served until late 2008, when he was forced to resign his commission seat after being elected state representative. He served two terms in Columbus. 

Brady was appointed to an open city commissioner seat in 2011, and he served for one year. He opted to run for county commissioner as an independent last year, rather than seek a full term on city commission. He was defeated in a four-man race by incumbent county commissioner Tom Ferrell. 

Brady said he sees much potential in the city, and he doesn’t believe city commission is taking advantage of the opportunities. 

“You’ve heard. I’ve heard it. People are always asking, ‘Why isn’t the city what it has the potential to be?’” he said. “Everywhere you look you can see promise, but in too many places in Sandusky, you see blight.”

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