Stewart decides not to run for 2nd term

Friday, February 18, 2011

Lewisburg Councilman Quinn Brandon Stewart has decided to bow out gracefully at the end of her first term on the City Council ending in May.

Stewart's decision was announced Tuesday night just before a special called meeting of the council and nearly two days before the deadline to file candidate petitions.

In doing so, she's stepping away from a four-man race for what's now an open seat.

However, her reasons are more domestic than political.

"I'm going to buy a house," Stewart said in City Hall. "It's out of my Ward.

"I'm not going to move before my term is up," she said. "I've outgrown my house."

Stewart married after her election nearly four years ago and the couple had their first child this winter.

"I want a house with enough yard for a kid to play," she said. The Stewarts are in the bargaining stage for their next house.

Now, it would appear that the May 3 ballot lineup in Ward 1 would include Jeff Henson of Belfast Street, Mike Tankersley of Creekside Drive, Robert Christoph of Oak Street and the Rev. Steve Thomas of East Commerce Street.

In the 5th Ward, Jeffery Payne is challenging Councilman Robin Minor.

The deadline to file petitions to the Marshall County Election Commission to be named on the prepared ballot was noon Thursday.

One week later is the deadline to withdraw so a name would not be on the ballot.