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Gahan, Moore Win Southern Indiana Mayorships

Two mayoral races in southern Indiana were also decided Tuesday night.

In New Albany, Democratic candidate Jeff Gahan bested three opponents, one Republican, one Libertarian and one independent. The mayor’s office had been vacated by Democrat Doug England, who sought a seat on the city council.

In Jeffersonville, incumbent Democrat Tom Galligan lost his seat to GOP challenger Mike Moore. Moore is a county commissioner.

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Baylor Planning To Run For New Albany Council, Will Face Mayor England, Incumbent Gonder, Others

On his blog Monday, Roger Baylor announced that he plans to run for one of the three at-large seats on the New Albany council.

Baylor is co-owner of the New Albanian Brewing Company. He’s also outspoken on southern Indiana issues, often speaking in opposition to the current Ohio River Bridges Project. Baylor writes a column for the New Albany News and Tribune. The column will go on hiatus after this Thursday as Baylor seeks office.

Baylor will be one of several Democrats running. He’ll face:

Shirley Baird, Brad Bell, Garretson Lane, Doug England, John Gonder, Captain Frank Road and Patty Walker.

Gonder is the incumbent. England is the mayor, who recently announced that he planned to leave office. At the time, England said he wanted to spend more time with his family. When asked whether he was done with politics, he said no.

“Oh no I won’t be out of politics,” he said. “I won’t be out of politics. I’ll be doing a lot of helping and a lot of un-helping.”

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New Albany Mayor England Announces Retirement, Endorses Stumler

New Albany Mayor Doug England will not run for re-election.

England was mayor for two terms in the 1990s and was elected to another term four years ago. He announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election this year in order to spend more time with his family.

England has often clashed with members of the city council, and he alluded to his frustrations trying to balance the budget in his announcement. The mayor says he’ll spend the rest of his time in office eliminating the city’s deficit. He hopes to do that by pulling about $2 million out of the city’s rainy day fund.

“We have cut everywhere we can and there telling us we need to keep cutting,” he says. “The only way I can cut and balance the budget is to cut firehouses and lay off firemen. I’ll never do that.”

After the announcement, England told reporters he will remain active in the city.

“Oh no I won’t be out of politics. I won’t be out of politics. I’ll be doing a lot of helping and a lot of un-helping,” he said.

England is supporting businessman, economic development commission member, and fellow Democrat Irv Stumler in this year’s mayor’s race.

Stumler says he wants to run an issues-oriented campaign. One of the issues he’s concerned with is the Ohio River Bridges Project. He says he supports current efforts to make the project smaller and less expensive, but thinks they should go further.

“I would kind of like to, say, hold off on the downtown bridge. Maybe redo part of Spaghetti Junction to make it more drivable, less problems,” he says. “I just don’t know if we should burden ourselves with that much money. It probably, for sure, in the future will be needed. But maybe we should build it and pay for it when it’s needed.”

Stumler is the first candidate to formally launch his campaign, but other candidates from both parties are expected to file to run soon. The filing period began Wednesday.