by: Scott McCaulley
The Branson Municipal Candidate Forum today started with four candidates officially running for the Ward III Seat. By the end of the event, it was down to three.
Dr. Ralph LeBlanc announced he was no longer seeking the seat and was putting his support behind fellow candidate Ruth Denham. LeBlanc said during his time speaking before the audience at Branson’s Golden Corral that he and Denham see eye to eye on all most all of the the issues and that he would be supporting Denham.
In a release that came out after the event, LeBlanc said the move was a way to consolidate the conservative vote in the election.
LeBlanc’s Announcement leaves Denham along with current Ward 3 Alderman Julia King and Richard Banks as the candidates actively seeking the seat.
The full release from LeBlanc is below:
Dr. Ralph J. LeBlanc, CEO and founder of The Center of Wellness, LLC, today ended his bid to become Branson Ward III Alderman and provided a full endorsement for the campaign of candidate Ruth Denham.
LeBlanc felt that narrowing a crowded field for the seat was the best decision for the voters of Ward III.
“Political campaigns are a numbers game, and in a crowded field with multiple candidates holding the same values the concern of splitting the vote is very real,” LeBlanc said. “In the interest of consolidating the conservative vote of Ward III behind one candidate, I am happy to offer Ruth Denham my full support. There is a fundamental difference between Ruth and the other candidates left in the race, and I feel that she best represents the values and beliefs of the citizens of the ward. I am not done advocating for the people of Ward III, and I will still speak with their voice about the issues, but in this election I’m asking all of my supporters to fully throw their support behind Ruth.”
Denham added, “I’m grateful for Dr. LeBlanc’s support and I appreciate the campaign he has run up to this point. I bring over 25 years of experience in city government to the table which gives me a unique perspective on the challenges that Branson faces. I’m ready to get to work on day one to tackle those challenges head on. Dr. LeBlanc and I agree that the citizens of Ward III deserve representation that will listen to and speak with their voice. Over the past year the citizens have not felt heard, and as the next Alderman for Ward III I will make sure that changes.”