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ROWELL: Glad this year’s elections are over with results in

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By Larry Rowell

As of late, I haven’t run into anyone over the age of 21 who enthusiastically informed me that they were thrilled with this year’s campaign ads, which began back in January.
“I just love these ads, believe every one of them, and I made up my mind who to vote for while watching these commercials,” said no one ever.
Dear hearts, it’s been a long year and thankfully, after last night, negative TV campaign ads will cease at least for a year. After that, we’ll have candidates squaring off for governor, and president and the vicious cycle begins anew.
Also, I’m hoping that the hundreds of yard and other campaign signs will come down in short order because the elections are over and we don’t want to see them any longer.
As I write this on Monday night, I think about the Liberty mayor’s race and those 10 candidates who ran for city council.
It’s my prayer that God’s will be done and the people who will act in the best interest of the city have been elected.
There are formidable challenges facing the city of Liberty, including the downtown revitalization and finding the funds to redo the sewer plant, which is badly in need of an upgrade.
Liberty is too fine a town to let go into ruin and possibly with the new college coming in, there will be new businesses open downtown.
And though Mayor Steve Sweeney still has about two months left in office, his legacy is secure in what he’s been able to accomplish during his 16-year reign.
Most notably is Sweeney’s leadership in acquiring the new water plant which provides quality tap water to city residents.
I love drinking the tap water and I’ve often told the mayor that Liberty should do as Louisville has done, in bottling the tap water and selling it.
Additionally, Sweeney’s teaming up with Judge-Executive Ronald Wright to birth the dream of a new college will benefit generations of Casey Countians in the future.
Young people and older, non-traditional students will be able to get a first class education at home and save on room and board.
While I’ve had my differences with his honor the mayor over the past six years, I’ve found him to be a straight shooter who believed in open and honest government.
If Steve Sweeney’s had a fault, it’s his overt love for the town that he’s called home for the majority of his life. He at times erred on the side of his heart for wanting the best for this city, and he never apologized for that.
I also need to state that I hold the same high regard for Ronald Wright and the way he conducted himself in office.
While the judge was never overly fond of the local press, he nonetheless believed in honest and open government. He and I got on just fine.
But I think the thing I admired most about the judge was, and still is, his good old, down-home common sense way of running the county.
Common sense many times will far outweigh education and degrees and Wright has a Ph.D in making good decisions based on what he felt was right.
Judge, you will be missed.
Let’s all hope and pray that the new fiscal court judge and magistrates will follow the same example and run county government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
May God continue to bless Liberty and Casey County. It’s a great place to live and work.