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Meet the Candidates 2012

Meet the Candidates 2012

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A Special Section ofThe Lebanon Democratand Mt. Juliet News
Wilson CountyGeneral Election
 
2 2012 Wilson County Election
PROVEN LEADERSHIP
Paid for by the committee to elect Philip Craighead, Mayor; Royce Belcher, Treasurer 
Follow me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/philip.craighead 
   R  e  -   E   l  e  c   t
PhilipCRAIGHEAD
FOR MAYOR
The
Right Choice 
for Lebanon
www.CraigheadforMayor.com
Let’s Build Something Special! 
By Supporting
• Multi-Purpose Event Center• Revitalize our City Square• Expansion of Trails & Parks• Start a Recycle Program• Pennies for Progress
(sales tax referendum) 
1) Address Flooding Issues2) Repair Streets & Sidewalks
4 YEARS OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS on aTIGHTLY CONTROLLED BUDGET during theworst economy in decadesAGGRESSIVE JOBS RECRUITERTIGHT BUDGET CONTROLIMMEDIATE FLOOD RESPONSE MAY 2010LEADERSHIP THROUGH COMMUNITYINVOLVEMENTSECURED OVER $4 MILLION IN ASSETSFOR EMERGENCY RESPONSEEQUIPMENT, AT NO COST TO THE CITYMore info at www.CraigheadforMayor.com
We hope you enjoy getting to know themajority o candidates seeking election torespective public ofces in Wilson County inthe Nov. 6 general election.Our goal with the “Voter’s Guide” is toallow voters to see how each candidatereplied to the same question related to theofce he or she seeks to occupy. We wantto oer voters a chance to read a directcomparison between the candidates.Granted, 200 words is not a lot o space,but it does give voters the opportunity to seehow well the candidates can express his orher thoughts, ideas and goals in the ewestwords possible.Not everyone chose to respond, and thereasons why are as varied as the candidatesthemselves. However, those who happento see one o the candidates who didn’tparticipate, ask him or her the question orhis or her race and fnd out what they say.Throughout both the primary and generalelection season, we have tried to providevoters with as muchinormation as possibleabout the candidates. Wehave held orums anddebates or each local racewith one remaining. The Mt. Juliet News will play host toa orum Monday at 6 p.m. atMt. Juliet City Hall.We urge each and everyvoter to become inormedabout the issues acing ourcounty, state and nationbeore heading to the pollseither now until Nov. 1 or onElection Day on Nov. 6.Being inormed helps tohold those who are electedaccountable once he orshe takes ofce, which is supposed to beour job as citizens – to hold public ofcersaccountable and responsible.Anyone with thoughts or questions aboutelection coverage may contact me at 615-444-3952, ext. 13 or jelkins@lebanondemocrat.comBest Regards,
 Jared Felkins, Director of Conten
Philip Craighead, 57
for City of Lebanon Mayor
413 Oil Springs, Lebanon
Family: 
Wife Darlene; Son Zach; Daughter Carissa;Grandchildren - Madison, Xavier, Miles;Parents - Billy and Marie Craighead; Sister - Phyllis
Political experience: 
Mayor - City of Lebanon; Four Years as Mayor
What makes me the best candidate or the ofce o Mayor: 
Life will always afford a person opportunities where they are able to build relationships;where they are able to learn lessons, which will prepare them for their next steps in life; andgive someone the ability to serve their community, their friends and those they have yet tomeet.Due to one of the worst economies this nation has seen in decades, tough decisions hadto be made to insure Lebanon’s nancial future during the past four years. Being able to drawfrom my past relationships and business experiences, has aided me in leading our city.To think outside the norm to gain results and accomplish goals, has been a trademark ofthis administration. To maintain the same or better services, with less, is due to the abilityto look at problems in a different light. For more details, please join us at my website (www.CraigheadforMayor.com).As the economy improves, we need to be prepared to move forward with plans to improveLebanon. My support of local businesses and developers has already resulted in many jobs. Ienjoy my role as mayor and I know I’m the Right Choice for Lebanon Today.
 Dear Readers:
 
2012
 
2012 Wilson County Election • 3
Robert J. “Bob” O’Brien, 67
for City of Lebanon Mayor
115 Geers Drive, Lebanon, TN 37087
Family: 
Wife: Patricia (just celebrated our 48thanniversary); two daughters, both married, Ann Marieand Kelly; four grandchildren: Alison, A J, Emma,Madison; Aunt Florence Kenney; our Boston Terrier, Becca
Occupation/Employer: 
Retired after 45-plus years asbusiness executive; Instructor of Economics at CumberlandUniversity and Nashville State Community College.
Political Experience: 
Four years as a Township Trustee (City Council member); Chairman,Zoning Board of Appeals, Chairman, Planning Commission.
What makes you the best candidate or the ofce or which you are seeking? 
With 45 years of proven business experience and education, I can lead Lebanon into its nextchapter because I have the fortitude and proven management skills that include: leadership, aproven ability to build focused management teams, scal discipline and a willingness to listen.I have another unique qualication. Seven years ago, my wife and I made a very consciousdecision to move back to Lebanon to live out our lives. Before then, I had the benet of havinglived in many different communities throughout America.As a result, I have encountered many different viewpoints on many topics, which hascreated in me a true “open mind” to new ideas. Most importantly, however, my experienceshave given me the ability to see all sides of an issue before making a decision.In addition, I have no ties to any special interest groups that might exist in Lebanon. I canremain impartial and be guided only by what is in the best interest of you, the citizens of Lebanon.The mayor is the position that provides the leadership and consensus building to move a cityforward. I am the best candidate for Mayor of Lebanon because I have these demonstrated abilities.
Richard Moses, 37
for County Commission District 2
1706 Cape York Ct. (Willoughby Station subdivision)
Family: 
Married, two teenage children, two rescued Dachshunds
Occupation/Employer: 
Network Engineer with consulting rm in Brentwood
Political Experience: 
Never held political ofce. Ran for City Commissioner in 2010.
What makes you the best candidate or the ofce or which you are seeking? 
I believe that the upcoming election is one of the most important ones in our lifetime,from the federal all the way down to our local levels of government. Wilson County is alsoat a crossroads in terms of future growth and progress. As Commissioner, I believe I will beable to use my strong conservative values to bring a common sense approach to the needsof both my district and the county as a whole. I will bring a sense of teamwork and unityto the Commission in working to nd the solutions that will allow us to continue to growand prosper as a community while providing the groundwork for a strong future. I will alsobe able to utilize my experience as a consultant to be able to bring different people andmindsets together and nd common solutions that will help the county as a whole.
ELECT
★★
 
LANNY JEWELL
 
★★
CITY COUNCIL-WARD 1
WARD 1 - BORN HERE - LIVE HERE - WORK HEREI WILL BE HERE FOR YOU!
444-6561 or lcjewell@bellsouth.net
Paid for by Lanny Jewell Candidate Ward 1.
Lanny Clay Jewell, 50
For Lebanon Alderman Ward 1
229 West Forrest Ave.
Family: 
Son of Bobby and Sammie Jewell. Single with nochildren of my own, but devoted uncle to four beautifulnieces, one adorable great-niece and one great-nephew.
Occupation: 
Owner of Jewell Signs. I have owned andoperated my business since 1989, but it has been afamily business, started by my father, in the early 60s.
Political experience: 
I have attended the city council meetings for years. I have been activein helping past Ward 1 council members when they were seeking ofce. I was appointedto the sign ordinance committee to help tailor a new sign ordinance for Lebanon. I havealways had a natural interest in city government since my dad served 12 years as Ward 1Councilman and 1 term as City Mayor.
What makes you the best candidate or the ofce or which you are seeking? 
As a lifelong resident of Ward 1, I have a vested interest in the decisions that the CityCouncil makes and how they affect us. I have shared many hours discussing with ourpast councilmen, many events and problems as they have occurred over the years. I haveadmired their devotion and dedication to this great city. Now I feel that it is the time forme to step up to the plate and carry on and strive to ll their big shoes as diligently asthey have. My goal is to make our Ward the best that it can be for those of us who call ithome. As I have said through my campaign, I was born here, I live here, and I work here andthey can always count on me to be here for them. I believe that this city deserves an openminded representative who will use good common sense when making decisions that affectall our day-to-day lives. I want the citizens of Ward 1 to believe in an open and honestgovernment and I will take that stand for them.

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