Sunday, August 05, 2001

8 vying for Lebanon Council

By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — Eight people have filed for Lebanon Council seats and two more are considering doing so as Wednesday's deadline looms.

        The four incumbents, Amy Brewer, Jane Davenport, Mark Flick and Mayor James Mills, are seeking re-election.

        Challenging them: Main Street resident Gary Casimir, Lebanon school board member Norm Dreyer, retired electric department employee Jim Hause and history teacher James Norris II.

        Four three-year seats are up for election.

        Two former councilmen, Gil Jarrard and Tom Miller, have taken out petitions but say they have not decided whether they will run.

        “I'm just weighing all the circumstances,” Mr. Miller said. “It doesn't look like it's going to be much fun here for a little bit.”

        Candidates turn in petitions with 50 to 100 signatures to the elections board by 4 p.m. Wednesday.

        City Manager James Patrick's recent indictment likely will color the fall campaign season in the Warren County seat.

        Mr. Hause said one of his top campaign issues will be “accountability — the accountability of the city manager to Council and the accountability of Council to the citizens.”

        Mr. Casimir wants Mr. Patrick put on administrative leave until the courts resolve the charges — four felony counts related to questionable early retirement buyouts taken by two former city employees.

        Said Mr. Dreyer: “I'm not sure he needs to be totally removed, but there needs to be some sort of intervention.”

        Among the incumbents, Mrs. Brewer supports firing him, whereas Mr. Mills, Mr. Flick and Mrs. Davenport voted with the majority of City Council on Monday to delay a decision.


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