“In 2019 as I was sworn into office I knew this would be the end to an incredible tenure as Mayor of our community,” she said. “I am honored and humbled by the outpouring of support and love from so many in our community and many friends I have made along the way.”
Brewer said her “desire was quite simple...to make a positive difference, to be a leader who listened and who could be a part of the decision making to foster a caring and prosperous community. I have not shied away from controversy and forged ahead when things were tough. Thank You Lebanon from the bottom of my heart!”
Shope, who spearheaded Ohio’s first, and currently only, enforceable ordinance outlawing abortion within the city limits of Lebanon, is stepping down at the end of his term.
Doug Shope has opted not to run for re-election on Lebanon City Council after serving one term. FILE
In a statement, Shope said, “In 2017, due to an absence of viable, truly conservative candidates, I was urged by friends and family members to run for Lebanon City Council in order to maintain the conservative values within our city which make it such a charming & welcoming community. After much thoughtful consideration & prayer, I felt compelled to run and to serve faithfully, if elected. At that time, I informed those who had sought me out to run that, barring some drastic change of direction, this would be my only term.”
Shope said his commitment to a single term gave him the freedom to speak and act on council with a singular focus of doing what was best for the citizens of Lebanon, without consideration of how it might affect chances of re-election.
“I had to smile, when a few people accused council members of self-promotion and electioneering, because I knew all along that I would not be seeking re-election,” Shope said. “However, it wasn’t prudent for me to make it public at that time.”
He said he has been honored to serve on council.
“Even in times of disagreement, there was thoughtful consideration and cordial understanding,” Shope said.
According to the Warren County Board of Elections, 19 people took out petitions with 12 submitting valid petitions.