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Barington readies for re-election to Ward 3 council seat

With a dozen years of experience under his belt, Mitchell City Councilman Marty Barington is hoping to serve at least three more. Barington told The Daily Republic on Wednesday of his intentions to run for re-election. And after conferring with f...

Ward 3 candidate Marty Barington during the debate last week at Mitchell Technical Institute. (Matt Gade/Republic)
Ward 3 Mitchell City Councilman Marty Barington during a debate at Mitchell Technical Institute. (Matt Gade/Republic)

With a dozen years of experience under his belt, Mitchell City Councilman Marty Barington is hoping to serve at least three more.

Barington told The Daily Republic on Wednesday of his intentions to run for re-election. And after conferring with family and hearing support from constituents in the northeastern ward, the longtime councilman hopes to make good use of his vast experience on the council.

"I've been hearing some good support from some of the people in my ward, and of course the support at home was obviously a positive, too," Barington said.

The popular councilman last sought re-election in 2015, when he won 77 percent of the vote.

Barington, 46, has plenty of priorities he'd like to see fulfilled if re-elected to another three-year term. The lifelong Mitchell resident has infrastructure improvements and a possible addition of an indoor sports complex on his mind for the upcoming term, among other items. And Barington knows his historical knowledge of Lake Mitchell will prove valuable as the city prepares to improve water quality at the reservoir.

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"I'll be honest with you, if somebody else gets thrown into the mix in the bottom of the ninth like it is now, their head will be spinning and they won't know where to go," Barington said.

Barington was first elected in 2006. Along with Councilman Jeff Smith, Barington is one of two members currently on the eight-person board to serve 12 uninterrupted years on the council.

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