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ASHLAND -- Ashland voters have elected incumbent At-Large candidate Dan Lawson to his first full-term on city council. 

Lawson defeated political newcomer Sandra Bally with 58.29 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results from the Ashland County Board of Elections. 

“Ashland is a great place to live, a great place to work. A great place to raise a family. And it’s an honor for me to serve them in this capacity,” Lawson said.

He joined council in early 2018, when he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Matt Miller after Miller won the mayoral election in Nov. 2017. 

In that time, Lawson highlights “tremendous, new changes” that have happened in Ashland. He cites growth in new jobs, economic growth and a “significant improvement” in the quality of life in Ashland. 

In a pre-election interview, Lawson highlighted a desire to further develop for housing and industry in Ashland and intentions to “solidify and strengthen” the 911 emergency response for the city’s residents. 

“We’ve got a lot of projects in the works right now. I think there are some exciting things coming,” he said following the election. 

Lawson grew up on a farm near Wabash, Indiana. He enrolled at Purdue University to study aeronautical engineering and later transferred to Ashland College (now Ashland University) to prepare for his studies at Ashland Theological Seminary. He earned both his undergraduate and Master’s degree at Ashland College.

Then, he went on to pursue ministry opportunities in Pennsylvania, Indiana and later back to Ashland in 1999 to become a denominational executive for the Brethren Church. 

He says he transitioned to work for Ashland University in 2003 and has held several positions there. 

Lawson is a graduate of Leadership Ashland, member of the board for the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce and for the United Way of Ashland County. He is a volunteer chaplain for the city police department, a former part of the advisory committee for Ashland Theological Seminary and the president and founder of Petros Consulting Services. 

“Thank you for putting your trust in me I’ll do my best to the best of my ability to not let you down,” Lawson said. 

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