Council discusses mayoral term decision

Stephen Marcum

By: 
STEVE SMITH SSMITH@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

The issue of the new mayor’s term of office received discussion at Tuesday’s Lebanon City Council meeting.

At its Sept. 25 meeting ,the council appointed Jared Carr to fill the office of mayor vacated when Josh Ray resigned in June. The council had discussed making the appointment run until the next election in April, but voted to have the term run for the remainder of Ray’s unexpired term in April 2020. Councilman James white cast the only no vote.

In citizen comments, Stephen Marcum told the council he was concerned that the council’s action took away citizens’ right to vote for a mayor.

“You really need to think about this 2020 election. It is our right to vote, even though I personally would have voted for Mr. Carr, you are putting him in a very bad position. Instead of showing you want to heal the city,  you are saying, hey, your vote no longer matters, we’re doing this our way.”

Marcum asked the council to consider changing their decision.

 
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