Boley selected as Dems candidate for Wellsville mayor
WELLSVILLE — Bob Boley does acknowledge family gatherings may be a little awkward through the November general election.
Columbiana County Democratic Party Central Committee’s Wellsville precinct representatives selected Boley to face off against his first cousin Randy Allmon for the village’s mayor seat Tuesday night.
Allmon, who had served as the council president until ascending to the post with the untimely death of Nancy Murray, is the Republican nomination for the post.
Jonna Call and Daniel Winston unanimously picked Boley, who didn’t have any opponents for the post, when they met in Wellsville council chambers.
Other Democrats and even sitting Wellsville councilwoman Karen Dash showed up to observe.
The meeting was led by county party chairman Charley Kidder, who spoke with regret about having to replace Murray, the much beloved former mayor whose term that the general election winner will fill.
He said that calls were made and individuals had expressed interest in filling Murray’s shoes. However, once they heard that Boley, a former Wellsville councilman and finance committee chair, wanted to contend they all dropped out of respect for him. “You are all liked and incredibly well respected,” Kidder said, adding that his lifetime of love and commitment to his community was obvious to the other potential candidates.
Winston, who also heads up the party’s Young Democrats club, was interested in the 1971 Wellsville High School graduate’s vision for the community. “I often came down at lunch and had great conversations with (Murray and the staff) about what this town could look like to his children. I grew up here (myself) and want to raise my children here.” Winston said, adding that two years remains on Murray’s term.
Boley spoke emotional of his own grandchildren and said his goal is to bring more business to Wellsville, creating economic growth and opportunities for them to stay here. “That is how I would start,” he added.
Jonna Call also agreed about Murray’s love for her community: “I hope that you can fill (her) shoes.”
When asked about why he wants to be mayor, Boley explained that he made a career of managing people and wanted to use that leadership experience. “To be successful, you need to be out there with the people.”
According to Kidder, unlike with most elections, this one is slightly different. If Boley would defeat Allmon on Nov. 2, he would immediately occupy the mayor’s job after the county board of elections would certify the results, which he estimates would be in mid-November.