by Lisa Tome
If the Town of Rising Sun was electing a mayor next week, more than likely Travis Marion would not be on the ballot.
"Doubtful. Right now I'm not committed to running for another term. I will decide in the summer time. This (what the mayor says is harassment) isn't chasing me out. Rising Sun has good things on the cusp," said Marion.
The mayor thinks he's being stalked by resident Shawn Keene.
Last week, Keene announced he will run for mayor in this fall's town election.
Marion held up photos allegedly posted on social media by Keene last week during the public town meeting and asked the cameraman to zoom in. "It's photos of the side of my house and directions to my home," said the mayor.
Keene spoke up during public comment. He has a laundry list of complaints about the town. "I'm not hiding behind a keyboard," said Keene. He said board members ignored emails from him. He also said the police department does use "retaliation". He said there have been increased police patrols by his house. He also said he gets no cooperation from the town administrator. Regarding the town meeting videotapes he said "I can't listen to 30 minutes of babble."
Keene, Mayor Marion, Commissioners Warnick and Authenreath live in the same subdivision. He said that both the mayor and Warnick run a stop sign in the development.
Keene also brought up the mayor's hot tub, which Marion says is padlocked and was permitted.
On Friday, Keene said he was taking photos of the mayor's dog. "I'm actually not chronicling the activities of board members at all," said Keene. In fact, he said he sent photos of the unattended dog to animal control and PETA.
He also said he has photos of the mayor driving. "The town is good at defaming those that do not comply to their rule. He (the mayor) is not the only person who does not stop there...I have asked for police enforcement of that stop sign and so far, nothing," said Keene.
He also said he installed cameras at his home after there were "increased police patrols" at his house.
He also said Commissioner Warnick looks inside his house with binoculars. "I have heard many stories of retaliation, threats, intimidation and Calvin showing up to people's homes who comment on social media. The fear (of retaliation) is very real," said Keene.
The mayor is considering legal action against Keene. "I'm looking into my options. In all honesty, as a public official you sign up for disagreement and ridicule. But you don't sign up for people to enter your private life and monitor your driving. "It's frustrating. It makes me feel like I have to be on guard," said Marion. "Your home is your private time...It's all about approach. Come to me in a calm manner. Mr. Keene does not have a calm demeanor.
"Last night he was fired up and left. Please just cease and desist monitor my home and my driving," said Marion. "Tracking your every move is not normal to me."