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Goreham Will Not Seek Re-election as Mayor

by on February 06, 2017 7:58 PM

After two terms in office, State College's first elected female mayor won't be seeking a third.

Mayor Elizabeth Goreham announced at Monday night's borough council meeting that she will not be running for re-election this year.

"I’ve decided not to run again for mayor," Goreham said. "This is my 20th year in public office [and it has been] the center of my life. My bucket list has grown to monumental proportions. It’s time for me to take time off and be a private citizen in this wonderful town. I have deeply enjoyed and still deeply enjoy being an elected representative of State College, first as a borough council member and then as mayor."

Goreham, a Democrat, was first elected in 2009 after the death of Bill Welch, who held the position for 15 years. (Felicia Lewis, a former council member, was appointed interim mayor for the period between Welch's death that September and Goreham's inauguration in January 2010.) She was re-elected in 2013, defeating Republican challenger Ron Madrid.

Prior to her election as mayor, Goreham served as a member of borough council for 12 years.

"It has been my privilege to meet many wonderful people who live in our town, participate in the celebrations of their accomplishments, interact with Penn State university students and administrators... meet people from other countries, participate in community events," said Goreham, who moved to State College in 1993 with her husband, Jack Matson. "You and I, the community, have accomplished a lot together."

No potential candidates had yet announced their intention to run for mayor. Nomination petitions for elected positions in Pennsylvania can be circulated and filed between Feb. 14 and March 7. The primary election is May 16.

"The mayor experiences the love, respect and hopes that citizens, alumni and surrounding neighbors have for State College," Goreham said. "It is a great privilege and I wholeheartedly recommend the position to anyone who’s willing to commit considerable time to it."

She plans to still be active in the community.

"Don’t count me out," Goreham said. "State College is my home and I plan to be an active citizen of the borough and my neighborhood."




Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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