GLENVILLE - Two terms are enough for the woman who was elected the youngest female municipal chief executive in the state in 2009.
Glenville Mayor Tashua Allman-Duval has withdrawn from consideration for a third term. The 25-year-old was on the ballot for a third term, as mayor, but has withdrawn her name from consideration.
"I am ready to start a new chapter in my life," she said.
In 2009, Allman-Duval became the youngest female municipal chief executive in the state. The then-21-year-old -fresh out of college and running as a write-in candidate was elected by a single vote. Following a two-year term, Allman-Duval was unopposed for a second term.
Allman-Duval was married almost a year ago. Her husband, Karl Duval works in Walker, (Wood County), which makes for a long commute. Allman-Duval said the uncertainty of staying in Glenville for another two years solidified her decision to not seek re-election.
"If I were going to be elected, I wanted to serve out my term," she said. "My husband and I have been talking about moving, and knowing there was a possibility of being elected and then moving and leaving during the term - if I run and I am elected I want to serve my full term."
"We are leaning toward heading that way," she added. "I am hoping to come back to the Parkersburg area to be closer to my family."
Allman-Duval is a Parkersburg High graduate (2005) and is looking to get back to the area. She's the daughter of Bill Allman of Davisville and the late Tina Allman.
Allman-Duval graduated from Glenville State College in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in history with a concentration in political science and minors in Spanish and global studies. She was employed at the college as an academic coordinator.
Allman-Duval is not ruling out another run at political office down the road.
"Maybe," she said.
Allman-Duval's name will still appear on the ballot, but she has submitted a letter indicating her withdrawal from the election. Glenville is home to about 1,500 residents. The mayor is a part-time position that pays a $1,000 monthly stipend. City Council member Dennis Fitzpatrick is running against Becky Baldwin, a write-in candidate. Municipal elections in Glenville are June 11.
Allman-Duval labeled her experience as mayor as "life-changing."
"I learned so much about myself, and how to deal with people, and all the people I met," she said. "I am not from Glenville. I have no family there, but I consider it a place very special to me. "