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Former mayor set to run again
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MONROE - Former Mayor Bill Ross said Monday he plans to run for the office he gave up almost four years ago.

Ross told The Times he plans to take out nomination papers today in his bid to once again become mayor in April's election.

"I miss it," Ross said of the job.

When he decided not to seek another term in 2006, Ross said it was because he was "burned out."

"I was running on fumes," he said.

After being out of office for a few years, he said he's excited at the idea of serving again.

"I'm re-energized," he said. "I'm jazzed up to go."

Ross, who first was elected mayor in 1994, said the city faces economic issues which he wants to help solve. He said there were several reasons why he wanted to run for mayor, but didn't want to give details.

"I've had a lot of people encouraging me to run," he said.

Candidates can begin collecting signatures today. Twenty are needed to be placed on the April 6 ballot. Nomination papers must be returned to City Hall by Jan. 5.

Monroe Mayor Ron Marsh hasn't announced if he plans to seek another term as mayor. Marsh first was elected in April 2006.

Marsh was not available for comment when contacted Monday.

Alderman Keith Ingwell served on the Common Council, and was elected council president, while Ross was mayor.

"Bill was a mayor that had a relaxed attitude. He kept the city on an even keel and had employees and department heads do their jobs," he said.

Besides the mayoral position, Monroe Common Council seats held by aldermen Neal Hunter, Mark Coplien, Charles Koch, Thurston Hanson and Kent Kallembach also are up for election, as are all 31 Green County Board supervisor positions.