Friday, August 24, 2001

Deerfield trustee to bow out

By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — Deerfield Township Trustee Larry Backus is not running for re-election, he announced on Thursday — the filing deadline for all Warren County elective offices.

        Mr. Backus, 61, cited a recent diagnosis of diabetes for his decision.

   For a list of candidates and issues, go to the Warren County Board of Elections' Web site.
        Former trustee and current candidate Joseph Mettey, however, suggested widespread dissatisfaction among residents was a factor. They are fed up with political infighting and increasing gridlock on the roads, he said.

        “These present trustees have not done a thing to keep abreast of the growth,” Mr. Mettey said.

        Richard Bethel is running with Mr. Mettey.

        Mr. Backus, on the other hand, threw his support behind Randy Kuvin, chairman of the township finance committee, as well as Barbara Wilkens Reed, who was appointed trustee less than a year ago.

        Mason is losing two incumbents this year, as Betty Davis and Tom Muennich decided not to run again. Council member Peter Beck and Mayor John McCurley, however, are seeking new four-year terms.

        The Mason race also includes former council member Catherine Steinhauer and fired firefighter John Paquette.

        Issues on the county's Nov. 6 ballot include a 1-mill replacement levy for Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren & Clinton Counties.


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