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Moundsville Mayor David Wood Hands MEDC Torch to Daughter

Photo by Alan Olson Moundsville Mayor David Wood, right, takes notes as City Manager Rick Healy speaks during Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Mayor David Wood announced Tuesday that he would step down as the city council’s liaison to the Moundsville Economic Development Council, and the council moved to fill his seat with another Wood: his daughter, Sara.

David Wood said he had served on the development council for around 14 years, and was looking to pull back his role in city affairs. By stepping down from the MEDC, he said he was clearing the way for someone more able to provide new insight and be more active with the council’s affairs.

“I’ve been on there for pretty close to 14 years, and I think it’s time for someone that can be there more consistently than I, and with fresher and newer ideas than I do,” David Wood said Wednesday. “It’s not a reflection of any of the other members, just on me. I’m going to pull back on several things, I think, since I’m not getting any younger.”

After the mayor announced his departure from the development council, near the end of Tuesday evening’s city council meeting, the council unanimously voted to select council member Sara Wood to fill the vacancy. Wood was nominated by Gene Saunders and simultaneously seconded by several other council members.

Sara Wood said the day following the meeting that she was excited to begin her term on the council, but that she had not yet gotten the opportunity to meet with the council and find her footing. However, she has already spent nearly a year on the Arts and Culture Commission in the same capacity, which she felt would be relevant experience.

“I’m looking forward to it; they do a lot of programs and events based around the (West Virginia) Penitentiary, based on bringing individuals into Moundsville, and stimulate the economy,” Wood said. “I have experience doing that with the Arts and Culture commission, so I think I will be able to bring that to the table. It’s always nice to be able to bring a new voice into the mix, so I’m looking forward to bringing my ideas and everything like that.”

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