LEBANON JUNCTION - When the candidate filing deadline for Lebanon Junction City Council passed in August it appeared to be an uncontested race.
Exactly six candidates had signed up to run for the council’s six seats.
That was until Terry Stovall recently filed to run as a write-in candidate.
Stovall admitted he’s never served in public office, but he has been committed to public service.
In addition to lending a hand to the local Dare to Care food bank whenever he can, Stovall sits on the Lebanon Junction Parks Committee.
Asked why he wanted to run for city council, the 49-year-old said he simply felt called to serve.
“I feel if I’m going to live in the city I should do something to help improve it,” he said.
Stovall said he would like to see more businesses in Lebanon Junction, namely a grocery store.
The write-in candidate said bringing in more business would translate to much needed jobs in Lebanon Junction.
“I would like to see the city move forward,” he said, adding that people should vote for him because he’s a positive thinker and a problem solver.
Stovall’s name won’t appear on the ballot, but voters can fill in his name on election day.
A write-in candidate’s name must be written legibly and must be spelled correctly to be counted.
Formal candidates for Lebanon Junction City Council:
Larry Douglas Dangerfield --A local contractor is hoping to build upon his two terms on the Lebanon Junction City Council.
Dangerfield, who has served on several committees and boards in addition to being on the council, said local residents should support his reelection because he’s dedicated to the city.
“I am there for the sole purpose of helping keep our city growing and being kept in a manner to ensure our children a place to grow up,” he said.
Dangerfield, 59, said the three most important issues in the council race are: health and safety, management and public events.
Dangerfield said he would continue to work with the city’s water works department and push for grant funding to improve the city’s water and sewer system.
He said it’s also important to him that the city maintain its level of qualified police officers and firemen.
With regard to management, Dangerfield said it’s important to seek growth opportunities and development, adding that he would continue to keep an eye on the city’s finances.
Dangerfield said he would like to see more community events in Lebanon Junction, as well as greater public involvement.
“We now have a spray park, our city park, ball park and community center. We need to use them,” he said.
As far as leadership goes, Dangerfield said his definition of leadership is having the capability to move forward with challenges and making the right decisions even when they’re not popular.
“It may not please everyone, but in the end if it betters the town for the most part it’s worth it.”
Billy “Ozzie” Maraman -- having served on the council since 1995, Maraman said he’ll do what it takes to make Lebanon Junction “a great, safe place to live” if reelected.
The retired Lebanon Junction Elementary custodian summed up the three most important issues in the race with three words: water, sewer and business.
Maraman, 61, said Lebanon Junction Water Works is moving in the right direction, though he felt the city could use more waterlines.
The incumbent said the issue most important to him is bringing new businesses and jobs to Lebanon Junction.
“We need more business in Lebanon Junction,” Maraman said. “That’s the biggest problem we have.”
In giving his definition of leadership and explaining how he would provide that leadership if reelected Maraman said stressed the importance of engaging the community.
“I enjoy talking to people about how the city council works,” he said. “I would like to see more people coming to the meetings and running for council. Working together for the future.”
Steve Masden -- a former Lebanon Junction mayor with five years on the council under his belt, Masden is hoping to hold onto his seat come election day.
Masden, who is a retired CSX railroad car inspector, served two years as mayor in the mid-1990s before he was elected to his first term on the council.
Now in his second full term on the council, the 65-year-old said his record spoke for itself and he hoped voters would support his reelection.
“I tell the voters of Lebanon Junction, know me and know I will try and do what is best for our city,” Masden said.
The most important issues to Masden with regard to the council race: creating jobs, improving infrastructure and supporting the city.
“We have railroad, interstate, highway, Louisville Water supply and natural gas. I think we are in a good position to add good paying jobs in Lebanon Junction,” Masden said.
Masden said the city’s sidewalks could be better maintained, adding that as a member of the city’s parks board he felt city’s parks system required more attention.
In stating his idea of leadership and how he would provide that if reelected, the seventh generation Lebanon Junction resident shared his family’s deep roots and his love of the community.
“My definition of a leader is someone who will stand up and make tough decisions when they are not always the most popular,” he said.
“Having grown up in Lebanon Junction and knowing its past, I know I want to be a leader for growth in jobs and services to our citizens.”
Mary “Allie” Phillips-- will finish out her first term on the council at the end of the year and she’s hoping to be sworn in for a second term in January.
The retiree said she’s enjoyed serving on the council and she asked that voters support her in the upcoming general election.
“I’m interested in what’s best for Lebanon Junction, first, last and always.”
Phillips said the three most important issues in the city council race deal primarily with economic development.
The incumbent said attracting new businesses and maintaining the city’s current businesses are paramount, adding that the growth of the city is also an important issue.
“I feel if we all work together we can accomplish all three goals, but only if we work together,” Phillips said.
Phillips said that while a great leader listens and makes decisions based on facts, it’s important a leader be principled.
“A leader to me is someone who stands by their convictions, even if these convictions aren’t always the same for everyone,” she said.
Tim Sanders -- after 20 years of service Lebanon Junction City Council’s senior member isn’t throwing in the towel anytime soon.
Tim Sanders, 54, is hoping to return to the council in January after folks go to the polls on Nov. 6.
Sanders, who has been a pressroom manager with Publishers Printing for nearly three decades, said he’s committed to Lebanon Junction and asked for voters’ support.
“I would hope my proven track record for doing what is right for the city would help the people and voters know what I stand for,” Sanders said.
Sanders said it’s critical the city continue to foster progress, adding that he would work to keep Lebanon Junction up-to-date, growing and improving.
Of what he considered the most important issues in the race, Sanders said it was vital the city work with businesses to see them grown and prosper, while doing everything it could to bring in new businesses.
Additionally, Sanders said it’s important the council maintain the quality services that make Lebanon Junction residents proud to call the city home.
He also said the city must build upon those services in order to attract new businesses.
“In order to see growth in our city we must show new companies we can provide the resources they need to make their business work,” Sanders said.
“Quality roads, water supply and sewers, fire and police protection, all these must be kept up to the highest level to attract new businesses to our area.”
With regard to leadership, Sanders said it’s about doing what’s best for Lebanon Junction.
“Over the past 20 years I have done what I felt was best for our city and hope my actions as a city council member for all these years has proven that.”
Mark E Shumaker -- although he has never held elected office, office, the 65-year-old said he’s running for city council because it’s time for some change.
Aside from write-in candidate Terry Stovall, Shumaker is the only candidate for Lebanon Junction City Council who is not an incumbent.
The retiree said the most important issues in the race deal with water and infrastructure.
“The drinking water needs to improve and we need better waterlines for better fire fighting,” he said.
Shumaker also said the city should host two open forums a year to give Lebanon Junction citizens the opportunity to address the council, giving council members the chance to hear what residents have to say.
Shumaker said being a good listener defines a leader, adding that if elected he would talk with local residents and hear what they want for the city.