Dick Robertson

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Lebanon Reporter

City Councilman Dick Robertson on Wednesday filed the paperwork to be named Mayor John Lasley’s successor.

Robertson, an at-large council member and mayor pro tem, is the first of what may be half-a-dozen persons applying to finish Lasley’s term.

As president of the city council, Robertson became mayor pro tem after Lasley died May 2.

Republican precinct committeemen from the 14 Center Township precincts within the city limits will meet at 9 a.m. May 23 to chose Lasley’s successor.

When Lasley was elected in 2007, three of Center Township’s precincts were outside the city limits. Parts or all of those precincts have since been annexed.

The caucus will be in the council chambers of the Municipal Building, 401 S. Meridian St., Lebanon.

Candidates have until 9 a.m. May 20 to file applications at her office in the courthouse, Boone County Clerk Penny Bogan said.

Five other persons have “expressed an interest” in being named mayor, Boone GOP Chairwoman Debbie Ottinger said Wednesday. She declined to identify the potential candidates “until they have made the choice themselves.”

At the caucus, each candidate will have “approximately two minutes to speak,” Ottinger said. A majority of the precinct committeemen attending the meeting is required for election.

If no one wins on the first ballot, the applicant with the fewest votes will be eliminated and the balloting resumed until a winner is chosen, Ottinger said.

Candidates must be a registered Republican and have been a city resident for at least a year, Bogan said.

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