|Wed, Dec 11, 2013 04:08 AM
|Issue of November 27, 2013
October 03, 2012 | 08:33 AM
Harrison County District 2 will have a new commissioner come Jan. 1. That's because the incumbent, Carl (Buck) Mathes, a Democrat, was defeated in the primary. The Democrat candidate is Scott Hussung, and the Republican candidate is Kenneth R. Saulman. The terms of office of county commissioner are four years on a staggered basis. This year, in addition to the District 2 seat, the District 1 seat will also be on the ballot. The District 3 seat will be up in 2014. The position is elected to a four-year term by the voters in the entire county and is not restricted to term limits. Questionnaires were sent to both District 2 candidates. Below are their responses.
D-Scott Hussung (click for larger version)
Residency: New Middletown
Family: Parents, Bill and Hilda; brother, Brad; sister Tammy; best friend, Sue Stroud
School and year graduated: Lanesville Junior-Senior High School, 1976
Additional education: Ivy Tech 2 years, heating and air conditioning
Occupation: Member of Laborers Union Local 795, currently working for Gohmann Asphalt & Construction
Previous political experience: None. I'm the kind of person if it's right, it is; if it's wrong, it is. I won't play the middle; I'll do the best for the county.
What qualifies you for the office (in 100 words or less)? I'm fair, honest, trustworthy. I think the county needs new people in office with new ideas and thoughts, that listen to what the people have to say. Good-ole boys need to be a thing of the past.
There's been discussion about building a county-owned boat ramp. Do you support this endeavor? Why or why not (in 100 words or less)? I am not going to say yes or no; this is an open-ended question. There is several proposals on the table with a lot of money difference between them. I need to have more information on this.
Dedicated space for the county highway department is also an issue. What, if anything, would be your solution (in 150 words or less)? I don't know what you mean by solution. I think the highway department does an excellent job. I think we are doing some widening jobs that can wait a while. We need to concentrate on what we have now as far as repairs and upkeep. This is an never-ending job. I think we need to update our facilities. We need more room for new equipment to be stored. It's time for a change. The county is growing; we need to also.
Contact information for voters: 2440 3rd St., New Middletown, IN 47160
Kenneth R. Saulman
R-Kenneth R. Saulman (click for larger version)
Family: Married 51 years to Naomi Albin Saulman, 2 children and four grandchildren
School and year graduated: Corydon Central High School, 1960
Previous political experience: Harrison Twp. Trustee 16 years, Harrison County Council 16 years and county commissioner 4 years
What qualifies you for the office (in 100 words or less)? I have 20 years of past experience in county government (4 as commissioner and 16 on the council), much of it from before we had riverboat money. I understand how important it is to watch how tax and boat money is being spent, and spend it wisely. I also have experience co-owning a small business with 85 employees, managing large groups of people, supervising work crews and negotiation contracts. These are all important skills that are useful as a commissioner. I am retired and will be a full-time commissioner.
There's been discussion about building a county-owned boat ramp. Do you support this endeavor? Why or why not (in 100 words or less)? Yes, I support the building of a county-owned boat ramp. I am not in favor of spending a large amount of money to accomplish this. The boat ramp needs to be built where there is an easy access.
Dedicated space for the county highway department is also an issue. What, if anything, would be your solution (in 150 words or less)? There are serious problems with the existing highway garage that must be addressed. There isn't enough room. There's no place to store salt for winter weather. The roof leaks, and there are ventilation issues. The current building is built near sinkholes and has water run-off problems. These are problems that need to be fixed. Some of the fixes are easy. Others are quite complex. All of them should be addressed in a way that is mindful of their cost to taxpayers. Other questions should also be asked. Is there a better location for the highway garage? The existing property is in the industrial park and could be used for economic development. Should the county have smaller regional garages instead of one big one, saving gas and travel time? I don't support spending $700,000 to buy the property adjacent to the existing garage. It's too costly and has sinkhole issues.
Contact information for voters: 2730 Pleasure Ridge Road SE, Corydon, IN 47112 or 267-2336