Cumberland Times-News

June 18, 2013

Grim: ‘I want to see things through’

City mayor seeking second term; has no interest in state seat

Greg Larry
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — Mayor Brian Grim made it official Tuesday when he filed the required paperwork to seek a second term as mayor of Cumberland.

“I want to see things through that we have started in the last couple years. We have a number of projects under way and nothing happens overnight,” said Grim.

Grim, 34, is the first to become a candidate for the office, placing him on the ballot for the primary election in June 2014. He was interviewed following the regular meeting of the city council Tuesday at City Hall.

“I want to see these projects through,” said Grim.

Being elected mayor in 2010 was not Grim’s first run for public office. In 2006, he ran an unsuccessful campaign, at age 26, to become a delegate to the Maryland General Assembly for District 1.

The seat Grim ran for is currently held by Republican LeRoy Myers Jr., who recently announced he will not run for another term.

“There has also been a great deal of speculation with the vacancy in the state office with Delegate (LeRoy Myers). I wanted to clear the path and let folks know I’m not running for the seat to open the doors for some others,” said Grim, a Democrat.

A Cumberland native, Grim is a 1997 graduate of Fort Hill High School. He attended Allegany College of Maryland and Frostburg State University and holds a bachelor of arts degrees in both criminal justice and political science and a master’s degree in education.

 “I love the city. I volunteered for years before (running),” said Grim.

Grim was asked what he has enjoyed most about his post as mayor.

“Seeing how decisions made here impact and influence daily lives in the city and how they transform daily lives has really been humbling,” said Grim.

The mayor was asked about the challenges of the position.

“We have focused a lot on citizen’s concerns, and we have to. But what people don’t see is how much we’ve put into fixing the finances of the city. We’ve gone from borrowing just to get through and have transformed things into a budget surplus,” said Grim.

Grim said he is most proud of the repaving of streets.

“That is something citizens can point to and say this has been done in the past couple years. When they drive down Oldtown Road or Henderson Avenue or very soon when they drive down Baltimore Avenue. They can see that there have been changes in the past couple years,” he said.

The city council seats of Nick Scarpelli and Dave Kauffman will also be up for election in 2014.

In other city news, it was announced during the council meeting that the city has received a $250,000 state grant for the demolition of the old Memorial Hospital.

The razing of the former hospital, which is scheduled to begin in the fall, is expected to cost around $3.5 million. The $3 million balance is being obtained through public bond sales, according to officials.

Greg Larry can be contacted at glarry@times-news.com.