Saxonburg mayor: Don't re-elect me
Saxonburg Mayor Jody Pflueger announced on Friday that she is dropping her bid for re-election.
She recently married and said she is buying a house in Buffalo Township with her husband, Carl Eichenlaub.
“A great house just kind of came to us over the last week,” she said. “It wouldn't be fair for me to ask any resident to vote for me when we would be leaving in the spring.”
Her name will still appear on the Nov. 5 ballots, which are already printed, said the Butler County Bureau of Elections.
Pflueger said she and herhusband tried to find a home in Saxonburg. She said they had been talking about moving for about a year and began looking for a house six months ago.
Pflueger said pulling out of the race about two weeks before the election wasn't an easy decision.
“I gave four years of my life to something that really mattered to me,” she said.
Pflueger, 48, was elected mayor in 2009. She was the first woman to win the seat and the first Democrat to do so in more than 30 years.
She will serve the remainder of her term through Dec. 31.
Pflueger's opponent in the mayoral race, borough Councilwoman Pamela Bauman, said she was surprised when she heard the news.
“I didn't have a clue,” she said. “I wish her the very best.”
Councilwoman Carol Neubert said Pflueger did well as mayor.
“I think she did the best that she could,” she said. “It's a tough job.”
Pflueger said she is proud of her time in office, particularly her accomplishments with the police department.
Not long after she took office, Pflueger reinstated the title of police chief and a few months later recommended current Chief Joe Beachem for the job.
“I can sleep at night knowing I thought like a citizen and not a politician during my time in office,” Pflueger said.
Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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