Eighteen-year-old Dylan Liddle says his determination will make up for his age and experience.
Dylan Liddle, 18, says he will run for Mayor of Lawrenceburg this year. Photo provided.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - A Lawrenceburg High School student says he is going to run for mayor.
Dylan Liddle is 18-years-old and has yet to receive his high school diploma. But he believes he can lead the city.
“I understand that there is a concern regarding how young I am. But with the amount of determination that I have, we will create a new vision for the future,” Liddle tells Eagle Country 99.3.
Liddle will run as an independent candidate for mayor this year. Not running as a Republican or Democrat means he won’t have to battle in a crowded mayoral primary election in May.
His platform includes monitoring all outgoing financial expenses by the city, bringing more jobs and a port to town, and listening to and advocating for the people of Lawrenceburg. He also wants to see renovations made to Lawrenceburg High School.
“My loyalty to the people of Lawrenceburg is unwavering and I know, that we, as a city will be successful. I am running on my record of loyalty, trust worthiness, and most importantly my vision for the future, please consider voting for me.”
Liddle is the sixth candidate to announce a run for Lawrenceburg mayor. Dennis Carr and Aaron Cook are running for the Democratic nomination. The Republican primary will include incumbent mayor Kelly Mollaun, Mike Lawrence, and Steve Linkmeyer.
Indiana candidates have until noon on Friday, February 8 to file with their county clerk to run in a political party primary election.
Read Liddle’s full campaign announcement below:
Hello and a warm welcome. I, Dylan Liddle, am pleased and honored to announce my candidacy as Mayor of Lawrenceburg in the 2019 election. To begin, I would like to tell you my plans when elected as your Mayor.
First, I will personally take a look into all outgoing financial expenditures that the city gives out each and every year. I will work hard to bring more events to Lawrenceburg so that the city will gain more financial capital. Bringing more events to the city will help the businesses in our area thrive. We need more than the one night a week “Music on the River” as we recently spent six million dollars on a new civic park equipped with a new outdoor stage. The one night a week local talent is great but we need more on the weekends. Due to our decreasing river boat revenue, this is essential to the success and survival of the city.
Secondly, I will be fighting very hard to bring more jobs to Lawrenceburg by bringing the Fourth Port of Indiana landing right here in the greatest small city in America. I will aggressively work to land a contract with the Fourth Port to hire through our local labor union first. By increasing new jobs, we can reduce the unemployment rate. Along with new businesses and the redevelopment of downtown and on the hill, no part of Lawrenceburg will be forgotten.
Third, I will listen to the people of the city of Lawrenceburg and communicate their needs before those from outside our city. Being Mayor, the most important role should be, to be an advocate for the people of the city. I will look out for both our youth and our seniors. I have lived in Lawrenceburg my entire life and as great as our city is, we have flaws. Being a child and growing up without either parent due to drug addiction has been hard, but those hardships have given me the strength to lead. Lawrenceburg has a drug epidemic. We are the twelfth worst county in the State of Indiana with drug related overdose deaths. None of my opponents have looked at this problem. We need to be here for all, not the few and powerful. Any foundation of any thriving community like ours should include education, the arts, and many businesses, big and small.
Lawrenceburg High School is due for many renovations. I will soon be a graduate of LHS earning dual college credits. I have witnessed the needs of our schools and our community alike. I have seen the decay and the need for renovations such as ceiling tiles falling in, broken sinks, wallpaper that has not been replaced since the 1970s, etc. Our children's needs for proper education and a safe environment should be our first and foremost priority.
I understand that there is a concern regarding how young I am. But with the amount of determination that I have, we will create a new vision for the future. My loyalty to the people of Lawrenceburg is unwavering and I know, that we, as a city will be successful. I am running on my record of loyalty, trust worthiness, and most importantly my vision for the future, please consider voting for me.
Follow our Facebook page or feel free to contact me on my cell at 812-655-1877 if you would like more information on my campaign or have any questions.