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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mayor of Glasgow

Glasgow City Councilman Dick Doty won the city’s mayoral race Tuesday, defeating incumbent Mayor Rhonda Trautman.

Doty earned 2,343 votes, or 57 percent, to Trautman’s 1,788 and 43 percent.

Doty watched vote totals come in via a Glasgow Electric Plant Board television broadcast from WCLU Radio at his home, where he was joined by friends and family.

“I’m extremely excited and very honored that the people have put their confidence in me,” he said when the result was known. “I’m ready to get to work.”

Trautman, while obviously disappointed in the outcome, expressed appreciation “for all who supported me and have supported me over the last four years.”

Trautman said she doesn’t know whether she would consider seeking the mayor’s position in the future.

“There’s other opportunities out there and I will be looking at those,” she said. “Again, I’m just very happy for the support that I received.”

Trautman plans to remain involved locally.  

“I don’t see myself stepping out of that completely,” she said. “So I will be here and working with the community.”   

Among the first things Doty plans to do when he takes office in January is tto create a comprehensive plan for the community.

“First, we need to, again as we said after the primary, we’ve got to put behind those things that continue to divide us,” he said. “We’ve got to come back together as a community and move forward. Get those issues put to bed so that leaders can lead.”

Doty said he enjoyed the experience of running for the office.

“I think it’s been a great campaign,” he said. “You’ve seen I’ve had a great team here who has been doing a tremendous amount of work.

“It’s been a positive campaign. I’m thankful it stayed that way the whole time. We put in a whole of hard work, but she did as well,  so I think it’s been good in both respects.”

Doty said there will be changes once he takes office.

“We’ve got to get some good strong leadership from the mayor’s office down and throughout the (Glasgow Police Department),” he said.

Meanwhile, nine Glasgow City Council incumbents will serve another two-year term: Joe Trigg, Shelia Oliver, Stacy Norman Hammer, James “Happy” Neal, Freddie Norris, Wendell Honeycutt, Marlin Witcher, Karalee Pelham Oldenkamp and Brad Groce.

Joining them on the city council in January will be newcomers John “Jake” Dickinson, Ben Bucher and Chasity Veach-Lowery.


Glasgow, is the largest city in Scotland, and the third largest in the United Kingdom (after London and Birmingham). Historically part ofLanarkshire, it is now one of the 32 Council Areas of Scotland. It is situated on the River Clyde in the country's West Central Lowlands. Inhabitants of the city are often referred to as Glaswegians.
Glasgow grew from a small rural settlement on the River Clyde to become the largest seaport in Britain. Expanding from the medievalbishopric and royal burgh, and the later establishment of the University of Glasgow in the 15th century, it became a major centre of the Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century. From the 18th century the city also grew as one of Great Britain's main hubs of transatlantic trade with North America and the West Indies.
With the onset of the Industrial Revolution, the population and economy of Glasgow and the surrounding region expanded rapidly to become one of the world's pre-eminent centres of chemicals, textiles and engineering; most notably in the shipbuilding and marine engineeringindustry, which produced many innovative and famous vessels. Glasgow was the "Second City of the British Empire" for much of the Victorian eraand Edwardian period, although many cities argue the title was theirs.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries Glasgow grew in population, reaching a peak of 1,128,473 in 1939. Comprehensive urban renewalprojects in the 1960s, resulting in large-scale relocation of people to new towns and peripheral suburbs, followed by successive boundary changes, reduced the population of the City of Glasgow council area to 599,650 with 1,209,143 people living in the Greater Glasgow urban area. The entire region surrounding the conurbation covers about 2.3 million people, 41% of Scotland's population. At the 2011 census, Glasgow had a population density of 8,790/sq mi (3,390/km2), the highest of any Scottish city.
Glasgow hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Glasgow is also well known in the sporting world for the football rivalry of the Old Firmbetween Celtic and Rangers. Glasgow is also known for Glasgow patter, a distinct dialect that is noted for being difficult to understand for most.

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