Two file to run for Fourth Ward

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Two men have filed petitions with the Marshall County Election Commission to be named on the ballot as candidates for the 4th Ward seat on Lewisburg's City Council since the incumbent has indicated he's not running for re-election.

The latest to make an announcement is the Rev. Leland T. Carden of Midway Street, who's a retired minister of the United Methodist Church. He faces Ronald McRady of Second Avenue, a retired state employee whose career was mostly with the Department of Corrections.

Councilman Phil Sanders has announced that, after 12 years on the Council, he will step aside. Sanders is also chairman of the Lewisburg Electric System Board of Directors.

Lewisburg's election is May 5. The deadline for candidates' petitions to be named on the ballot is Feb. 19.

The last day to register to vote in the city election is April 6. Early voting starts April 15.

Mayor Bob Phillips has announced that after 12 years in office, he's decided to step down. Retired educator Barbara Woods and former Lewisburg Housing Authority Executive Director Jerry Freeman have filed petitions to be in the race to succeed Phillips.

Councilmen Odie Whitehead Jr. and Hershel Davis have declared their candidacies to run for re-election.

Like other ministers in the United Methodist Church, Rev. Carden has accepted assignments in a variety of locations, but he's decided to stay in Lewisburg.

"Having made the decision to retire here," Cardin said, "I felt the need to be more involved in community affairs.

"With encouragement from friends and associates in the community, I have been urged to consider the possibility of running for public office as a means of serving our chosen hometown," he said in a prepared statement.

"I believe I can offer a broad and unique blend of corporate, governmental, administrative, religious and social services experience to the City Council," he said.