Lawrenceburg Mayor Kelly Mollaun wants a second term in office.
Lawrenceburg Mayor Kelly Mollaun (center) says he will run for re-election this year. File photo.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Lawrenceburg Mayor Kelly Mollaun is running for a second term of what he calls “the greatest small city in America.”
In a letter to citizens this weekend, Mollaun announced that he will run for re-election this year.
“I am committed to continuing what we started three short years ago. I am officially announcing my bid for re-election to remain your Mayor. Let’s see what we can accomplish together in the second term based upon the success we’ve had during the first one,” said Mollaun.
The Republican mayor touts accomplishments of his first three years in office, including more small businesses opening, a new civic park under construction, and the creation of an overdose quick response team.
Mollaun will have a May primary election battle against at least one opponent. Former Democratic city councilman Mike Lawrence announced back in October that he is running for mayor as a Republican.
No other candidates have publicly announced they will seek the mayor’s office next year.
Wednesday, January 9 is the first day that major political party candidates can file a declaration of candidacy for a municipal primary in Indiana. The deadline to file is Friday, February 8.
Read Lawrenceburg Mayor Kelly Mollaun’s full re-election announcement below:
To the citizens of Lawrenceburg,
Three full years have passed since you gave me the wonderful opportunity to become the Mayor of the greatest small city in America. If I sound a little biased, then you would be correct. When I took office in January of 2016 I knew that city council and I had a big job to accomplish. The event center had just opened up in 2014 and was still getting traction to bring events to our downtown. The downtown was in desperate need of foot traffic in order to help our small businesses survive. Many storefront properties were vacant and downtown activity was at a minimal. Revitalization was nothing but a thought and a dream in order to bring back the downtown atmosphere that we all grew up with so many years ago. Council and I had committed to each other that we would be an administration of action and not just words. Let's fast forward to today and take a look at what we currently see happening within our city.
• Many small businesses / restaurants are open and thriving with potential new businesses / restaurants approaching us on a weekly basis
• Fiber is in the final phases of completion which will offer our community something that only larger cities currently enjoy
• A new civic park to enhance the quality of life for our community and its residents will be completed in 2019
• We started one of the first QRT (Quick Response Teams) in the state to help survivors and families after an overdose event. We are now being utilized as a model.
• We are leading a substance abuse addiction initiative that is identifying the gaps that we have within the community and uniting local efforts.
• We have adjusted the budget and more importantly monitored spending to make sure we continue to provide the same services to our community without sacrificing the growth of our cash and investments, in light of decreasing gaming revenues.
• Our property tax revenues have increased due to the construction of several new homes in the downtown area over the last 3 years.
• We have applied for numerous state and federal grant opportunities. We have been awarded over $1.5mm dollars in grants over the last 3 years. This hasn't been done by any previous administration.
I am committed to continuing what we started 3 short years ago. I am officially announcing my bid for re-election to remain your Mayor. Let's see what we can accomplish together in the second term based upon the success we've had during the first one.