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Three vie for Wellsville mayoral seat

September 11th, 2009 Posted in Opinion

By Nick Rust

WELLSVILLE- For the first time in 20 years the citizens of Wellsville city will have a new mayor. Mayor Ruth P. Maughan who has held the office will not run for re-election.

Three new candidates, Thomas Bailey, M. Kent Larsen and Dick Wells will battle it out to take Maughan’s place. All three candidates have previously been on the city council and are all long time residents.

According to City Recorder Don Hartle the three key issues facing candidates are managing growth, drawing in more sales tax revenue and improving the water and sewer system.

Bailey, a lifelong resident, said his main priority would be to manage growth and help keep the small town atmosphere of the city. In his three and a half years on the city council Bailey said he has helped improve roads, improve the rodeo grounds and reduce city debt. He also said he has helped work to improve the sewer system by reducing the amount of solids that empty into the Bear River. Bailey comes from a background in education and enjoys serving people.

Larsen and Wells were not immediately available for comment.

In addition to a new mayor, the citizens will elect two new city council members. They will choose from eight candidates in the primary election on Tuesday. The candidates are Kaylene Ames, Kent Bankhead, Ron Case, Mike Eyster, Colin Harrison, Carl Leatham, Brian Pattee and Kevin Tingey.

The primary elections will be held at the LDS church building at 49 W. 200 South on Tuesday. Citizens will be able to vote from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. The top two mayoral candidates and top four council candidates will compete in the general election on Nov. 3.

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