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Mayor Scoda: I Won't Seek Another Term

The four-term mayor, and borough treasure, said he won't run for office again.

Phoenixville Mayor Leo Scoda will step down at the conclusion of his fourth term in office, he announced at Tuesday’s borough council meeting, according to the Times Herald.

Scoda, who served on borough council for eight years and spent 35 years teaching in the Phoenixville Area School District before his initial mayoral election, said he’s looking forward to spending time with his grandchildren and traveling abroad.

According to council president Richard Kirkner, Scoda was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the new borough hall that will open in the spring and bolstering the Phoenixville police force; the latter of which mitigated some of the drug and crime problems that were a drag on the borough’s growth.

“It’s been an interesting experience [and] I have one year to go,” Scoda said. “One thing I really enjoyed is being out in the public.”

The public enjoyed having him.

In the words of councilmen David Gautreau, who told the paper that, contrary to rumors, he has no plans to pursue the office, “Somebody once said, ‘Voting against Leo is like voting against Santa Claus.”

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Ike January 10, 2013 at 04:14 PM
What will we do without Leo? Dont go Leo!!!!
1 January 12, 2013 at 01:17 AM
This is for the best. Scoda is a nice man and I truly hope he enjoys his retirement but he hasn't really done much as far as actual governing in many years. In small towns like this, the mayor's main role is to over see the police department and we need someone who will actually ask questions and hold these guys accountable instead of just rubber stamping their requests.

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