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ENTERING THE RACE: Mark Pitifer announces bid for Geneva mayor on Facebook

In a two-minute video Wednesday evening, Geneva High School grad Mark Salvatore Pitifer made his bid for mayor in the city he calls home official.

“Im pleased to announce to family, friends and citizens of Geneva that I’m running for election,” he said in the video. Pitifer graduated from Geneva High in 1978. “I’ve been a counselor and coach in this area for the last 35 years,” he continued in the video. “I absolutely love Geneva.”

“That’s why I’m so interested in giving back to this city, that has given me and my family so much,” he added. He said that the city’s diversity is what gives Geneva such an advantage in the region.

Pitifer said he’s a staunch believer in Geneva’s ability to thrive.

Although he’s not actively involved with any political party – Pitifer says that he has accepted the Republican Party’s nomination in the city.

“I believe that being a counselor has prepared me to bring people together from all sides. That’s what I do every day,” he added. “I’m certain with my background, and my connections with people from all different walks of life – I will represent them and give them hope. Everybody will feel like they’re important.”

Watch the video announcement on Facebook below:

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