Youngest Mayor Leaving Office

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Updated: 6/06/2013 10:00 A.M.

One of the youngest mayors in West Virginia's history is leaving office.

Although election officials say her name is on the ballot for the city's June 11th election, Glenville Mayor Tashua Allman-Duval says she won't seek a third term.

She had just graduated from Glenville State College when was elected by just one vote in 2009 as a write-in candidate.

At the time, she was just 21 years old.

She won a second term two years ago with no opposition.

Allman-Duval told the Parkersburg News and Sentinel she and her husband, who works in Wood County, have discussed moving-and, if she won a third term, she would want to complete it.

She's a Parkersburg native who graduated from PHS.

The Glenville City Recorder's office says current council member Dennis Fitzpatrick and Write-In Becky Baldwin are also on the ballot in next Tuesday's election.

June 16, 2009:
This is the weekend in June Glenville hosts the West Virginia Folk Festival. And the community is getting the town ready.

Tashua Allman, a recent graduate of Glenville State College is among those helping the town spruce up. But while she's a volunteer, she's also just two weeks away from becoming mayor of this town of roughly 1500.

"With a young face comes a lot of energy and new ideas, and a lot of enthusiasm," Allman said Tuesday. "I do have a little bit of experience from being student body president, and I serve on the college's board of governors."

When it comes an interest in politics, Tashua, a Parkersburg native, took after her grandparents. She got involved in Young Democrats groups both in college, and at Parkersburg High School. As for the town's residents, the attitude appears to be: give her a chance.

"I think she'll be a wonderful asset to our community," said Jim Bailey, one of the volunteers getting ready for the festival. "She's got good ideas, and she's certainly a leader."

"It's all in what they do," says resident Eddie Keible. "You can't judge them until they do their job."

Even for being the chief executive of a small community, Allman knows she's going to face challenges. But she, too, believes the town is behind her.

"I have a lot ahead of me, and it's going to be a lot of work," Allman says. "But everyone has been really helpful, and the current mayor to help and mentor me. So, I'm really excited."

Allman, who was elected to a two-year term, prevailed by one vote in last Tuesday's election, in which two of the candidates, including Allman herself, were write-ins.

But in the canvass of that election, taken Monday night, that one-vote margin held up. The results are to be certified Wednesday.

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