Incumbent Lawrence mayor Dean Jessup falls to challenger

LAWRENCE, Ind (WISH) – Lawrence’s incumbent mayor was defeated Tuesday night by an opponent who leaned heavily on public safety message.

It was an exciting night in Lawrence for republicans as Steve Collier is set to become the city’s seventh mayor. It was a busy, packed room at his election party, as supporters waited for results.
He’s only been in politics for four years. In 2011, he was elected to Lawrence city council.

He ran on the platform of cutting government spending, public safety and working with fire and police. While some thought this might be a tight race, over the past few weeks in Collier’s mind it was never in doubt.

“I’d be lying to you if I told you I was surprised,” Lawrence Mayor-elect Collier said. “We’ve been working very hard. Out in the neighborhoods, knocking on the doors. I felt good for the past four or five weeks that we were getting to a lot of people.”

It wasn’t as exciting across town for incumbent Dean Jessup, and the democrats. He was elected four years ago, but isn’t going to be able to hold onto his seat.

The media wasn’t allowed inside Jessup’s headquarters, but he tells us while the results weren’t going his way, he got a lot of love and support from those inside. Even though it appears he has lost, Jessup says he wouldn’t have done anything different.

“I’m very proud of what we did,” Jessup said. “We did everything above board, we spoke the truth. We spoke a positive message.”

As for what Jessup is going to do, he’s not sure. He was a private investigator before running for mayor.

Collier will take office in January. As for his seat in the 5th district, the republicans won that, and will hold onto it as well.

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