Man running for Lebanon mayor arrested

Man running for Lebanon mayor arrested (Image 1)

A Lebanon political candidate faces legal trouble after being taken into police custody over the weekend.

Lebanon officers discovered David Kievernagel walking down Lebanon Road early Sunday morning after the 42-year-old man reportedly called 911 on himself.

Kievernagel told officers he had just had a vasectomy and had been drinking “a little bit.”

“You probably recognize the name, Kievernagel, I'm the guy running for mayor,” he said.

According to Chief Scott Bowen, Kievernagel refused to receive medical treatment.

“At that point he refused medical treatment and [his] wife and other people there with him stated they would try and take him to the hospital,” he said.

Bowen told Nashville's News 2 Investigates that the political candidate was not charged, however a few hours later police responded to a domestic assault call at the Kievernagel home.

“He refused his wife to leave,” Bowen said. “I think she wanted to leave with her friends and at some point he also held her down.”

Kievernagel was then taken into police custody.

“I would never lay a hand on my wife. I took an oath. I'm a nurse and a fire fighter,” he told arresting officers.

Officers also seized a Mt. Juliet police uniform and hand gun from Kievernagel's home.

He has since been released on bond.

Nashville's News 2 Investigates reached out to Kievernagel following the incident, however by phone he said he has “no comment.”

Kievernagel is the second Lebanon political candidate who has run into trouble with the law in recent weeks.

Richard Rogers was running for city alderman when Nashville's News 2 Investigates learned the 42-year-old had outstanding felony warrants.  

He remains jailed in Cobb County, Georgia.

Both men remain listed as candidates on the ballot.

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