Make your vote count!

By Katie Hilton

Tuesday is your opportunity to vote for city and school candidates, as well as some road and ambulance district candidates.

If you live in Lebanon, you can help choose the next mayor. There are contested races in Wards 2 and 3. Most candidates have stated their positions on top-priority issues, such as the airport expansion, though some are vague.

Of the mayoral candidates, Jamie Goforth is pro-expansion. Bill Wheeler doesn’t take a clear position but appears pro-expansion. Lyle Anderson opposes expansion. John Atkins doesn’t take a clear position. Pick your preference!

Lebanon R-3 School Board incumbents Jason Riggs and Bob O’Neil remain in their posts without opposition, and therefore you won’t see them on your ballot. We appreciate their service to Lebanon schools.

For other issues, check sample ballots on County Clerk Glenda Mott’s website:


Nine months after City Council voted unanimously that City Administrator Chris Heard should determine the cost of displaying the nation’s motto at City Hall, he came through.

Councilwoman Esther Hurney said Heard showed a sample sign celebrating “In God We Trust,” America’s motto. The price -- $85. Presumably, Council told him to place an order.

Certainly, Heard recently has been occupied with airport expansion and other business. Perhaps my two e-mails asking about the forgotten motto, which he never answered, were reminders. Or perhaps his “to-do” list is really, really long.

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Katie Hilton

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