• Brian Freiberger

2 women in Olivet’s mayoral election


Mayor candidate Laura Barlond-Maas.

Mayor candidate Debra Maxwell

Olivet will hold a mayoral election on Nov. 7, featuring two established Olivet residents who are no strangers to the local government. Debra Maxwell, and former mayor from (2001-2005) Laura Barlond-Maas are the two candidates for mayor for a 2017-2019 term.

As a part of the election process, Olivet College and Olivet Community Schools are co-sponsoring a “City of Olivet Candidates Forum” where the community may meet with

the Candidates on Oct. 26 from 7-9 p.m. at the Olivet Community Schools Auditorium, located at 255 First St.

This is the first time since 2005 that Olivet will have a different mayor. Barlond-Maas was the predecessor to current mayor Gary Peterson, who was elected in 2005, and decided not to run for another term.

This isn’t the first time Barlond-Maas and Maxwell have campaigned against each other. In the 2001 election Barlond-Maas was elected over Maxwell.