Brian Marl kicked off his mayoral campaign at Stone Arch Arts & Events Thursday night.
In front of a gather of supporters that included farmers, family, business owners, teachers, politicians and friends, Marl promised an engaged mayoral campaign and outlined a platform of public safety, financial stewardship, economic development and accessibility.
Marl, currently serving his second term on city council, explained to the crowd why he wants to be mayor.
“I am really passionate about this community. I think I have the right ideas, the right vision, experience and passion to make it happen,” Marl said. “Most of you know that I really love this community.
I was born here. I was raised here. I went to school here. I continue to live here. I serve on city council here. This community and its future are personal to me.”
Marl said that he believes Saline can face and overcome the challenges and obstacles it faces.
“I believe that by working together, if we all sacrifice and all contribute something, that Saline's best days are ahead of us,” Marl said.
Thursday’s event showed a diverse cross section of support.
Warren Rentschler explained why he was support Marl for mayor.
“He was president of our church for five years and he did a great job,” said Rentschler, who once owned what is now the Rentschler Farm Museum.
Cheryl Hoeft has known Marl since he was in Pooh Corner as a five-year-old. Over the years, she has worked with him on several community projects, including Weber-Blaess School activities.
“He has the connections and the wisdom to provide what Saline needs. He’s been here is whole life and understands the community,” Hoeft said.
Alicia Ping, former city council member and current county commissioner, explained her support.
“Brian is so passionate about everything he does, especially for the city. He's thoughtful with everything he does,” said Ping. “You always know where you stand with Brian. He doesn't sugarcoat anything. He tells you like it is. You have to respect someone who gets involved and doesn't sit on the fence.”
To date, Marl is the person to announce a run for mayor. Current Mayor against Mark Ouimet.
Former city council member he was considering a run for Mayor. Current city council member David Rhoads has also considered running.