Thursday, August 09, 2001

Eight vie for four seats in Lebanon

Campaign for council promises to be lively

By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — Voters will choose among four incumbents and four challengers for City Council in November.

        The filing deadline passed Wednesday without two former councilmen — Gil Jarrard and Tom Miller — returning their petitions.

   Lebanon City Council is holding its third special meeting in two weeks at 7 p.m. Friday at the city building.
    Council must take a second vote on setting aside $130,000 to buy 27 N. Mechanic St. before Tuesday. The measure received 4-1 support earlier this week, suggesting it's likely to pass.
        Four people will be elected to four-year terms, which could change the balance of power on the seven-person council.

        The seats are now held by Amy Brewer, Jane Davenport, Mark Flick and Mayor James Mills, all of whom are seeking re-election.

        Mrs. Brewer, a schoolteacher, is council's senior member, having served almost 12 years.

        Mr. Mills is in his eighth year, and Mr. Flick is in his fourth year.

        Mrs. Davenport, a write-in candidate in 1999, was appointed to council in April 2000.

        The other four candidates are making their first run for City Council.

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

        Top election issues in the controversy-plagued Warren County seat are likely to include the recent indictment of City Manager James Patrick and a proposal to add telephone service to the city's telecommunications system.


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