CUMBERLAND, Md. (May 22, 2000)—Lee Fiedler, retired president of Kelly-Springfield Tire Co., now has a new executive office as mayor of the tire maker´s former headquarters town.
Mr. Fiedler was elected mayor of Cumberland May 16 by a three-to-one margin over opponent Ronald E. Hampton Jr. The vote was 3,198 to 1,047.
Mr. Fiedler said lowering tax rates and promoting economic development will be his priorities as mayor.
"Any of the rubber companies who want to come here, I´ll work with them personally," he said. Goodyear, Kelly-Springfield´s parent firm, has moved Kelly from its home in Cumberland to Goodyear headquarters in Akron.
One of the biggest issues in the Cumberland election was whether to lift a 10-year-old ban on fluoridating the water supply. Mr. Hampton ran as the anti-fluoridation candidate, whereas Mr. Fiedler said he would abide by the majority vote.
The repeal of the ban passed with 61 percent of the vote, but fluoridation opponents said they would continue their fight in court. "It´s a done thing," Mr. Fiedler said. "It passed, and we´ll put it in. Of course, you can stall anything two or three years by taking it to court."