Citing a sense of urgency to move the city forward, Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said this week he will seek re-election in 2012.
Bruchey is the first candidate to throw his hat in the ring for any city office, although he has not yet filed with the Washington County Board of Elections.
All five city council seats and the office of mayor are up for election in 2012.
As of Thursday afternoon, no one had filed to run for city office, according to Washington County Election Director Kaye Robucci.
Bruchey said he plans to file in the coming week.
The incumbent said he is running for re-election spurred by a desire to create opportunities in the city for citizens, employment, education and entertainment, but especially for economic development.
Spreading that sense of urgency throughout the community, particularly among economic development professionals, is something he said he wants to achieve.
"It's a frustrating urgency, but it is motivating," he said. "It is something that I feel, and I need to get moved over to other people."
Bruchey was elected in 2009.
Prior to winning that election, he was appointed mayor after Richard Trump resigned in February of 2006, citing irreconcilable differences with the council.
Bruchey held a gathering Monday at Always Ron's to announce his candidacy.