Eric Bartels is running for mayor of the City of Latrobe in the Nov. 2 general election.
A Republican and current five-year city council member, Bartels will seek to replace Mayor Rosie Wolford in the upcoming municipal election. Wolford told council in January she does not plan on running for a third term.
Bartels said he is “excited to offer his service to the city in her place.”
“Mayor Wolford has done well for Latrobe and it is (my) hope to continue the progress she has made to keep Latrobe a welcoming city that families will enjoy living in and in which businesses will be able to successfully operate,” he said.
While not a native to the area, Bartels has lived in Latrobe for 13 years with his wife, Melissa, a 1992 graduate of Greater Latrobe Senior High School. She currently works at Latrobe Elementary School.
Bartels has two sons, Nolan, a ninth-grader, and Simon, a seventh-grader, who both attend Greater Latrobe schools.
Barters grew up in Hobart, Indiana — part of the Chicago metropolitan area. He graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
A social studies teacher at Norwin High School, Bartels also teaches as an adjunct professor at St. Vincent College. He is a member of Greensburg Alliance Church.
Bartels is currently serving in his second term as a city council member, first elected in 2015.
He said that council has “worked well together, including with (City Manager) Michael Gray and the various department heads who are passionate about keeping the ‘Neighborhood’ beautiful and living up to its accolades such as one of the top 20 most liveable cities in the U.S.”
During his time so far on council, Bartels has served on the public works and student showcase committees, as well as the Adams Memorial Library board.
He was also tabbed as deputy mayor in January.
Wolford has served eight years as mayor, and 10 additional years on council.