ST. CLAIRSVILLE-Former Belmont County Commissioner and local attorney and businessman Mark Thomas responded today to calls from the public to run for the Belmont County Commissioners' seat currently held by Chuck Probst, who is seeking a seat on the Martins Ferry City Board of Education.
"I have received many calls from local residents, friends, other elected officials and County staff asking me to run for the commissioners' seat next year," said Thomas. "I am seriously exploring the possibility of running and want to reassure everyone I will make a decision in the coming weeks. I truly appreciate everyone's concern about the direction of the current Board of Commissioners and peoples' calls for a change in direction and asking me to help provide new and more effective leadership. I am flattered with these calls for my candidacy."
Thomas held the commissioners' seat for eight years serving from 2001 to 2009. He also owned the Thomas Law firm until April 2011 when he merged with the law firm of Phillips Gardill Kaiser & Altmeyer. He has also been an owner and partner in Ye Olde Alpha restaurant and is currently the Village Solicitor for the Village of Bridgeport. Thomas also serves as the Government Liaison for the St. Clairsville Chamber of Commerce, often writing local news articles of issues relevant to local residents.
"I enjoyed my two terms in office as a commissioner and would welcome the opportunity to once again serve Belmont Countians as their commissioner," Thomas said. "I want to foster the spirit of transparent and effective communications with our residents, elected officials and department heads. I also want to expand on our job creation and business development opportunities while working in the best interest of the citizens of Belmont County."