By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Nov. 14, 2012 — Carter County is buzzing with a sense of hopeful expectation after last week’s election, which saw City Council seats up for grabs in both Olive Hill and Grayson.
Four incumbents and two newcomers won the six seats in Olive Hill. The final vote tally was as follows:
Kenny Fankell (334), Enoch Hicks (328), Jerry Callihan (315), Angela Johnson (305), Allen Stapleton (282), Glenn Meade (280), Debbie Baker Harman (257), Gayle Smith (238) and Linda Lowe (234).
Political newcomer and newly-elected Council member Glenn Meade wasted no time outlining the platform for his term.
“It is time to sit down with the city’s budget and go through it line-by-line,” he said. “Our Council has only passed general budgets in the past few years, allowing the mayor wide authority to work out the details. That practice has led to our citizens being left out of the decision-making process.”
“Specifically, my first job will be to get a specific line item budget from our administration and bring light how our city has been spending the taxpayer’s money.”
Incumbent Kenny Fankell was the leading vote getter among the Council winners. Despite his success at the polls, however, he still feels that city government has a lot of work to do to regain community support.
“We have to regain the confidence of the people. There have been a lot of questions about what’s going on at City Hall. We don’t have all the answers yet, but I know there’s the feeling that certain people have been hiding things,” Fankell said. “There’s a feeling of mistrust in the community toward city government. We have to earn that trust back.”
All six incumbents retained their seats in the Grayson City Council election. Nine persons were candidates.
The final vote tally was:
Pam Nash (582), Duane Suttles (522), Pearl Crum (506), Juanita Kennedy (479), Jack Harper (477), Terry Stamper (443), Phillip Cooper (362), Curtis LeMaster (353), and Dustin Howard (319).
Mayor George Steele expressed deep appreciation of the current Council’s efforts in governing the city.
“When you look outside and see the road repairs and other improvements around Grayson, that’s all the Council’s doing. They are the ones that deserve the credit,” Steele said.
Newly-elected Council members for both cities will begin their new terms on Jan. 1, 2013.
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