Republicans Choose Brandt For Dearborn County Council
By Mike Perleberg
(Undated) – Dillsboro’s chief of police has been chosen to fill a vacancy on Dearborn County Council.
District 3 County Councilman Maynard Barrett died June 5 at age 75 after a battle with cancer. Barrett, a Republican, was in the final year of a four-year term on council and had won a Republican primary election in May.
Dearborn County Republican precinct committee members caucused Saturday morning, June 28 and voted for Ryan Brandt to fill the empty council seat and take his predecessor’s name on the ballot in the November general election.
“Maynard Barrett was a great councilman. He was a person of character who dutifully served the people of Dearborn County and his community well,” Dearborn County Republican Party Chairwoman Lynn Deddens said in a press release. “He will be missed. However, we have to move forward and today we have elected a hard working young man to carry on the work of County Council.”
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According to a county party news release, new councilman Brandt is a native of Dillsboro. He is a veteran of the Marine Corps, a small business owner and currently serves as the Chief of Police for the Dillsboro Police Department. He and his wife Lindsay have two daughters.
“As a small businessman, I know how important it is to spend the taxpayers money wisely and keep taxes low so that people can use their hard earned money on how they see fit, not how government sees fit,” Brandt said.