|Rogers drops out of Ward 1 race|
|Wednesday, September 26, 2012|
By SABRINA GARRETT
With the Aug. 23 candidate withdrawal deadline passed, Richard Rogers, candidate for Lebanon City Council Ward 1, respectfully requested Tuesday that he not be considered for the position on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Rogers said he is not qualified at this time to represent the city of Lebanon as a council member and wishes his opponent, Lanny Jewell, the best.
“The city deserves the best, and right now I cannot provide that,” Rogers said, adding that he made the decision based on some past legal issues he was recently made aware of. “Anything less would not be proper because I love our city.”
When Rogers originally filed his petition on July 18, he hoped that being elected would give him an opportunity to “do something good for our city and not have any inter-fighting in City Council.”
“When I first ran for this position, I wanted to help bring jobs into the city of Lebanon,” he said.
Rogers said that he would like to see Jewell “get in there and be Lanny Jewell.
“He has lived here his entire life. I’d like to see him get in there and be his own man and represent the city to the best of his ability. I wish him, the Mayor and all of the Lebanon City Council, the best in their endeavors this year.”
The announcement came as a shock to Jewell, who was at work at his business, Jewell Sign Company, when we received the news of Rogers’ request.
“All I know is that I am going to get off work here in a little bit and go door to door, working on my campaign like I have been doing,” Jewell said. “I’m just going to continue pushing on to help Ward 1.”