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Craighead vetoes term limits resolution

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By ZACK OWENSBYThe Wilson Post

Even though he didn’t get a vote Tuesday night, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead got the last word by vetoing the term limit resolution Thursday.

The resolution to apply 2-term limits to the mayor position and 3-year limits for councilors, later amended to 2-terms for councilors also, passed by a 4-2 vote Tuesday night.

Although Craighead voiced his disapproval of the motion in the city council meeting, only Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath and Ward 4 Councilor Joe Hayes voted against it. The mayor did not vote and is only allowed to in the case of a tie.

But that didn’t stop Craighead from killing the resolution.

It was originally proposed by Ward 5 Councilor Haywood Barry.

In a release Thursday, Craighead said that while he respected the opposing position, “my position is that the voters are the ultimate term limiters.

“The voters of Lebanon are well-informed, civic-minded people; capable of choosing the direction of the city and representation,” he added.

The issue is scheduled to be revisited at the next Regular City Council Meeting on Feb. 16.

Staff Writer Zack Owensby may be contacted at

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