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LEBANON, Ind. (November 4, 2015) – Matt Gentry, 26, is the new mayor-elect of Lebanon, and he won by a landslide.

The Republican defeated Democratic opponent Michele Thomas, earning 65 percent of the votes.

Gentry registered as a mayoral candidate on February 6, the last day possible to register as a candidate.

Gentry beat the incumbent Republican Mayor Harold Lewis in the GOP primary.

Gentry says his main focus for Lebanon is economic development and community growth.

Gentry also says he will increase transparency at city hall. In his plan, he outlines a program that would mandate all Lebanon city meetings are streamed live online, archived, and that every meeting also allows for community dialogue on matters before the city council before votes are cast.

Gentry grew up in Boone County, and he graduated from Purdue in 2012. After graduating, he served as a legislative staff person in the Indiana House of Representatives. Gentry worked closely with Lebanon’s State Representative Tim Brown, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. He’s worked as a political consultant for Mark It Red since April 2014, and he has served as a County Councilman for Boone County since January of this year.