In Providence, councilman becomes mayor

Ron Liechty is moving up. He has been serving for the last six years as a member of the Providence City Council but in Tuesday’s municipal election Liechty was elected as mayor of Providence. Liechty defeated Lance Campbell by a vote of 804 to 492.Liechty is expressing appreciation to all those who supported his campaign and he says he looks forward to the next four years. “I’m quite excited about it,” Liechty said after the race. “With the 13 years I’ve put in I bring real value to the city.”Liechty also thanked his opponent for running a quality campaign. “I’ve known Lance for many years and I want to thank him for a positive campaign. There were no digs or false information and I want to wish him the best of luck.”Liechty pledges to make some differences in the way the Mayor’s office responds to citizens. “We can make some changes and make things better for the city,” he said. “I want an open door policy and I’m excited about the opportunity to interact and hear from the citizens.”Meanwhile current Providence Mayor Randy Simmons, who chose not to seek a second term, says Liechty’s council seat will soon be available. “When Ron is sworn in his seat will be vacant,” Simmons explains. “The city will then advertise for applicants to fill that seat. People can apply and the council will select the council member openly, not in an executive session,” Simmons says. Liechty’s council seat has two years remaining on its term.There was 28% voter turnout in Providence and the race for the two council seats was close. Incumbents Dale Astle and Kathy Baker led all voters most of the night until the final precinct was tallied, lifting Don Calderwood into second place and unseating Baker. “I appreciate all those who supported me during my re-election,” Astle said Tuesday night at the Providence City offices after all the votes were counted. “Even those who didn’t vote for me, I pledge to represent them. I look forward to the next four years and pledge responsiveness and objectivity in city government.”

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