David Nohe has been Vienna's mayor for 14 years. Now, the mayor is about to add the title "senator" to his name. With just days before this year's legislative session begins, he's been struggling just to get an office in Charleston, a result of the current turmoil over the senate leadership. But he is planning to work to get legislation passed, including one measure filling loopholes in the state's sexual predator law, something relating to an incident Vienna police faced.
"We had a problem with a sexual predator," the mayor recalls, "and we couldn't arrest the man who was nearby a school, talking to children. And I think that's something that will be closed this year."
An issue talked about a lot relating to Parkersburg's budget issues, is the long-discussed Home Rule change.
"I'm being asked that question a lot: how much they'll move on Home Rule, I don't know," said Nohe. "But I think they'll listen to some of the limited Home Rule exceptions we might be able to get."
And then, there's the matter of Nohe remaining as Vienna's mayor while serving in the legislature. He does say that, with the legislature in recess most Fridays, he should be able to return to his city in time for its bi-monthly city council meetings.
"We have senators who literally, during the legislature, go to Florida. They take off in the middle of the week and come back Sunday night. If they can make it to Florida, I can make it to Vienna two-three times a week."
Nohe's current term as mayor runs to the end of 2012.
This year's legislative session begins next Wednesday, January 12th.