This story originally ran in the Times Argus on Jan. 25, 2012.
MONTPELIER — Political blogger John Odum announced this week that he intends to run for city clerk.
Odum said he hadn't really considered running for elected office until a couple of people asked him to think about running.
After considering it for a couple of days, he said, he decided to go for it. The incumbent, Charlotte Hoyt, is retiring after having worked in City Hall for 39 years.
Odum has been the publisher of the left-wing Green Mountain Daily blog, which he founded six years ago.
If elected, he said, he plans to leave his role at the blog, as well as his position as news editor for The Bridge.
Even if Odum doesn't win the election, he said, now is a good time for him to step back from the Green Mountain Daily.
The blog, Odum said, makes his life very "dynamic," and now that he's approaching 44 years old, he's looking for things in his life to mellow a bit.
His platform for running for city clerk is based on his database programming skills - namely Microsoft SQL Server.
He said he can bring some efficiency to the city clerk's office and perhaps save taxpayers some money.
The notion of running the city's elections also appeals to him, he said.
Odum is married to Cary Brown. They have two sons, Tucker and Zane.
Hoyt took on the role of city clerk/treasurer on April 24, 1991. Starting this year, however, the city clerk and treasurer positions will be split into two jobs, with the treasurer moving into the finance department.
Last year, the city's charter was changed to make the treasurer an appointed, rather than an elected, position.