Posted: 5:33 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2013
IN OTHER WARREN COUNTY RACES
Other Warren County races for city, townships and villages are shaping up with incumbents who were on the fence now jumping on board for the November elections.
Mason Mayor David Nichols picked up petitions for city council on Tuesday. Nichols said he has wrestled with the decision to run again, but finally decided to go for it after much soul searching. He has a family member in another state who has serious health issues so he has been juggling his responsibilities, he said.
“If I were using my position as a part-time position this would have been a super easy decision,” he said. “On council, just on economic development, I’m involved in that to the equivalent of a full-time-plus job. That’s my goal, that’s my passion … I don’t believe in doing something unless you give it 110 percent.”
Mason council incumbents Char Pelfrey, Rich Cox and Don Prince have all filed their petitions, as has former councilman Tony Bradburn. Prince and Cox said earlier this summer they were on the fence as well.
In Lebanon, Mayor Amy Brewer and council members Charlene Mehaffie-Flick and Councilman Jeff Monroe’s wife Wendy have all filed petitions. Councilman Jim Norris picked up petitions on June 13 but has yet to file. Monroe cannot run for re-election because he now sits on the Warren County Board of Elections.
His wife says she wants to continue her husband’s tradition on council.
“The Lebanon City Council right now has a really good working relationship. They don’t always agree on issues, but they have a good working relationship and I wanted to make sure that continued,” she said. “We love Lebanon and are really invested in the community and I didn’t want to see somebody else get on and undo some of the work that has been done.”
She didn’t reference any other candidates, but Stephen Kaiser is the only other potential council candidate who pulled petitions on May 15 but has not yet filed.
The petition deadline for the Nov. 5 election is Aug. 7.