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Posted on Thu, Mar 1, 2012 : 11:15 a.m.

Council Member Brian Marl announces bid for Saline mayor

By Lisa Allmendinger

With current Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell exploring a run for state representative, two-term Council Member Brain Marl announced Thursday morning he has tossed his hat in the race to become Saline’s next mayor.

Marl was first elected to the City Council in 2008 and was chosen as mayor pro-tem in 2011.

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Brian Marl, left, listens during a City Council meeting. Former Council Member Glenn Law is on the right.

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“I am running for mayor because I am committed to moving Saline forward,” he said in a press release.

Marl has served on the Saline Area Schools Historic Preservation Foundation, the Evangelical Homes of Michigan board of directors, the Saline Area Senior Center Executive Board, and is congregational president of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Saline.

A Saline Area School graduate, he’s worked as a legislative aide since 2005.

“Brian is one of the most committed, energetic public servants I have ever had the pleasure of working with," retired Saline Police Chief Paul Bunten was quoted saying in the release. "He understands how vital public safety is to our community, and I am 100 percent confident in his ability to lead our city.”

The election is Nov. 6.

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Thu, Mar 1, 2012 : 11:12 p.m.

The city needs people with new and innovative ideas to turn Saline around. I hope Marl can actually be "independent" and not get sucked in the usual same ol song and dance politics in Saline!

April Scarlett

Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 1:50 p.m.

Yes definitely. I think Brian has an energized outlook, and will do well to see all sides of any given situation.

April Scarlett

Thu, Mar 1, 2012 : 10:55 p.m.

I am so excited to hear the announcement of Brian Marl running for Mayor in Saline. He is certainly passionate about public service and his home community of Saline. I feel confident he will be attentive to the concerns of ALL Saline residents. This is awesome news!