Lane wants to be mayor

A longtime Keene city councilor plans to run for mayor.

Kendall W. Lane, a Republican who represents Ward 4, said he will not seek re-election to the council at the end of his term this year, and will instead run for the mayoral seat to be vacated by Philip Dale Pregent.

Pregent announced last week that he will step down at the end of his second term this year.

Lane, 63, is a Keene native who has served on the City Council for a total of 13 years. He is a partner in the Keene law firm of Lane and Lane, and in the 1980s he founded the Keene Downtown Housing Corp., an organization involved in the revitalization of the city’s downtown business district.

Lane has been involved in public service in Keene’s neighborhoods and economic development for 30 years, he said, and he sees Pregent’s decision to retire as an opportunity to make his bid for the mayor’s seat.

The mayor presides over City Council meetings and appoints councilors and members of the community to the city’s more than 20 advisory boards and commissions.

“The most important role of the mayor is bringing people together to work toward the common goal of improving the city,” Lane said.

He served on the steering committee for Keene’s recently developed master plan, a document that is used to guide the city’s budget decisions.

Lane considers his work on the plan his greatest accomplishment on the council, he said.

The filing period for| candidates for city office begins Monday, Aug. 22.

Sarah Trefethen can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1439, or strefethen@keenesentinel.com.