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Hancock mayor will face challenger

December 28, 1998|By SCOTT BUTKI

HANCOCK - Hancock Mayor Daniel Murphy will face a challenger in the town's January election, and six candidates are running for two open seats on the Hancock Town Council.

Roland Lanehart Sr., 50, who owns Roland's Garage & Used Cars, is challenging Murphy in the Jan. 25 election.

Lanehart said Monday he has the support of some former Hancock mayors but refused to name them.

"Mr. Murphy, as a mayor, is a very nice gentleman. But it is time to get off our rumps and do something for the community," he said.

Murphy, 46, had no comment on Lanehart's entry into the race.

The mayor's job pays $800 a year and council members are paid $600 a year.

Incumbent Glorious Sagle is running against Robert Forshaw, Roy "Randy" Pittman, David D. Smith, William Mills and Jerry L. Ward for the two council seats.

Councilwoman Debra Wheeler, 45, is not seeking re-election after serving one four-year term.

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The council requires more time then she can give the job right now, Wheeler said. She needs to devote more time to her company, Wheeler's Optical Inc., she said.

The terms of councilmen W. Gregory Yost and Darwin Mills will expire in February 2001.

Murphy, a self-employed veterinarian, has served one two-year term as mayor after serving one four-year council term.

Murphy said that during his election campaign, he will remind voters that he has accomplished what he set out to do as mayor, particularly finishing some major projects. Those projects include improvements to the town's water and sewer services, he said.

Lanehart said he believes it is time for Hancock to have a mayor who will do more to help small businesses. Too many small businesses in the town have closed in recent years, he said.

Lanehart said he filed to run for mayor in the 1996 elections but later dropped out of the race.

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