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Lebanon voters elect Craighead city mayor

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Farmer congratulated Craighead on his successful campaign and said “I have urged those who supported me in my campaign to join with me in working with Phillip Craighead for a better Lebanon.”

Farmer, who retains his seat on the city council, said the city is facing a number of challenges and specifically noted the city’s current revenue struggle.

He said he will work with Craighead and members of the council to help resolve these issues.

This election featured a very high voter turnout, the highest ever in a Lebanon city election.

The higher turnout is in part accounted for by the fact that this was the first city election to be set on the same schedule with a presidential race.

Also adding to the volume of voters for the city election was the fact that the presidential election itself drew what apparently were record numbers of voters.

In fact the early voting broke all previous records for turnout in Lebanon, with over twice as many voters casting their ballots early as had done so in previous elections.

In a hard fought race, both candidates touted their experience as well as the change they could bring to city hall.

Craighead pointed to his experience as a business owner, saying that his skills managing construction crews meant he could also manage city workers effectively.

He also pointed out that being able to think outside the box and come up with creative solutions to problems would benefit the city.

Meanwhile, Farmer pointed out the fact that he had been on city council for the past five years and spent three of that as Mayor Pro Tem, saying that his experience and knowledge of city government meant he could have hit the ground running.

In his campaign Farmer said, “I believe that my governmental experience will allow me to recognize the challenges that government faces and to make government more open and accountable. Make it responsive to the day to day needs of our citizens yet be able to hold costs down of that government.”

Craighead had the support of current city Mayor Don Fox, while Farmer enjoyed the support of city council members Kevin Huddleston and Alex Buhler, both of whom ran unopposed for their city council seats.

Craighead pointed out that selling his services as a contractor created skills that would help him to recruit businesses and jobs for Lebanon.

Farmer said he felt having already established a working relationship with the council would benefit his administration.            Staff Writer Connie Esh may be contacted at cewrites@wilsonpost.com

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