Former Kokomo city council at-large candidate Jim Brannon says he’s comfortable with his decision to withdraw his request for a recount. Brannon was edged out by incumbent Mike Karickhoff by only 5 votes last month.
Brannon’s decision to call-off his recount request came after Mayor-elect Greg Goodnight offered him the job of city controller. Brannon says there was only a slim chance that a recount would have overturned the results, and he decided it wasn’t worth the expense.
Brannon is a CPA and owns Fast Lane Foods stores in Kokomo and in Windfall. To clear his plate for his new job as a city department head, Brannon says he’s selling one store and putting another in the care of his daughter. Brannon says there is noticeable excitement about the coming Goodnight administration. He says Goodnight has the bipartisan support necessary to help him avoid the polarization that often marked outgoing mayor Matt McKillip’s administration.
Brannon says he’s looking forward to trying to balance Kokomo’s finances as city controller. He says his first agenda item is to work with Goodnight to address the rising costs of health care for city employees.