Tribune-Courier News Editor
Benton City Councilman Glen Brewer will not seek another term in office.
Brewer said he has withdrawn from the November ballot because he intends to move out of the city limits after the race.
“I’m 65 years old. My political career is at an end. I still plan to remain active in the Democratic Party,” Brewer said.
Brewer said he has been on the City Council for 6 years. He also ran for sheriff in 1998.
“Some of the things we saw improved while I was on the City Council were the sewage treatment plant, the water department, some streets, zoning changes and traffic lights in the city,” Brewer said.
During his tenure, Brewer considered himself a check to mayoral power.
“I never considered him to be an antagonist,” said Mayor Steve Cary. “He was very vocal, and involved in the community. While on the council, we accomplished a lot together. He’s done his best for the community. I can’t say anything negative, all of his service was positive.”
He added his public profile, owning an automotive shop on Main Street, made him accessible to his constituency.
“If there was a problem, people could speak to me face to face,” Brewer said.
Another point of pride Brewer found during his terms in office was enacting a code enforcement ordinance. He said this was one of the first ordinances that compelled residents to maintain their property. Still, he remains frustrated that he could not do more for the community.
“I’ve enjoyed my tenure, but in Benton, we, as a City Council, remain mostly an advisory board,” Brewer said. “We don’t have any real authority because the mayor will overrule anything that we do.”
Brewer will serve out his remaining term ending in December. He said he has filed papers to withdraw from the ballot.
Tim York, Marshall County clerk, said only six candidates, five Democrats and one Republican remain on the ballot for the six City Council seats.
Lynn Zellen, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office, said these six candidates are the only ones who can run for the seat while representing their respective political parties. Independent candidates may still enter the race by filing to run no later than Aug. 14. Write-in candidates may declare their intent to run by Oct. 26.
“I appreciate the job he’s done,” Benton Mayor Steve Cary said.
Martin Johnson, Benton city attorney, said Brewer made a significant contribution to the city during his tenure.