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Burton announces Ward 2 candidacy

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Fred Anthony Burton Sr. has announced his candidacy for re-election to the Lebanon City Council for Ward 2.

He is a graduate of Wilson County High School; Tyler Barber College, Master Barber; Tennessee State University, B.S. in business administration; and was in the United States Army for six years, serving 13 months in Korea, Honorable Discharge.

"When I was elected to represent Ward 2, I hit the ground running to improve the conditions of the residents' daily lives. As far as Ward 2, there are a lot of good things coming to Ward 2 in the next term," he said. "As a part of my qualifications and accomplishments, I have devoted my entire personal and professional life trying to make life better for the residents of the 2nd Ward and all of Lebanon, Tennessee."

In a release announcing his candidacy, Burton listed his first-year accomplishments as follows:

  • Initiated a draining project for the 2nd Ward

  • Six crack houses were removed

  • Briskin Lane, Market Street, McGregor Street, Sycamore East and West and East Spring Street were all paved

  • Initiated a street light replacement

  • Requested a traffic study for intersection on Bluebird Road and CL Manier Street for proposed traffic light

  • Two trees removed on Hartsville Pike for safety issues

  • Sent proposal to the Lebanon Housing Authority for central heat and air and washer and dryer hookups

  • Had abandoned water tank on Rome Pike removed

He listed also listed other accomplishments:

  • Railroad crossing on West Main and 231 South repaired

  • 2015 and 2016 - $105 savings for the residents on their gas and water utility bill during the extremely cold month of February

  • $500,000 rehabilitation grant for home remodeling

  • Co-sponsored legislation for the opening of Legends Drive Exit to 231 South & 70 bypass. This will give the 2nd Ward another outlet.

  • New salary upgrade for city employees

  • Passed legislation for preserving East Spring Street for Historic District

  • Security upgrades at the Lebanon Housing Authority

As for future growth, Burton noted Lebanon's population has increased by 6,000, plus 2,440 apartment units and approved plans for 800 to 900 single family homes.

"Our major objective is to modify our thoroughfare plan to be aggressive in moving these new residents and supplying them with fire, police and environmental engineers.

"The 2nd Ward has a lot of senior citizens, and we must continue to address their needs so they can maintain their quality of life within their homes as they age," he said.

Burton currently serves on the following boards: Lebanon Airport Commission, Greater Nashville Regional Council, 911 Board of Wilson County, vice president of Wilson County Civic League, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and he is a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and the Jus Blues Music Foundation. He is a former member of the United Way of Wilson County.

Describing himself as "today's leader with tomorrow's vision," Burton concluded, "Remember, it's not about me; it's all about you, and you deserve quality representation. Early Voting dates are Wednesday, Oct. 17 through Thursday, Nov. 3. Election date is Nov. 8, so please vote for Councilman Fred A. Burton, your councilman for Ward 2."

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