|Tue, Sep 16, 2014 03:29 AM
|Issue of September 10, 2014
March 26, 2014 | 09:13 AM
The Republican ballots for the May 6 Primary Election will include two candidates for the District 4 seat of the Harrison County council.
Ralph Sherman of Laconia, who is completing his fifth term as a county councilman, is being challenged by Sam Day of Elizabeth, who is making his first bid for office.
There are no candidates at this time on the Democrat ballot for this position. However, the party has until noon Monday, June 30, to fill the vacancy on the ballot.
Below are the candidates' exact responses to a questionnaire from this newspaper.
Name: Sam Day
Sam Day (click for larger version)
Contact information for voters: 812-969-2883, firstname.lastname@example.org
Family: Peggy Kron Day, wife; Steven Day (Christa), son; Fielding and Jacob Day, grandsons; Addie Day, granddaughter
Education/Occupation/Political experience: South Central High School graduate (1974); regional sales manager for Midwest Transit Equipment
Why are you seeking the office? (in 100 words or less): I am seeking the District 4 council position to serve and give back to our community. I want to see the county continue to grow and increase support for economic development. I also want to assist the county to make financially responsible decisions.
As the controller of the county's purse strings, the council determines how the money is spent and whether projects are funded. How would you decide how the money is spent? Are there any projects not being funded that you would like to see money go toward? Do you think the county's General Fund should be subsidized with riverboat money? (Keep answer to 200 words or less): When a request is submitted, I will take time to review the request, seek additional information if necessary, ask if there is more than one option, review accounting and budget, consider worst-case scenario, along with the projected outcome, and make the decision that will best serve the county. I will consider funding projects that are fiscally responsible for the community. The county's General Fund should not be subsidized with riverboat money because it may not always be available. Some riverboat money should be saved while some should be spent on projects that will leverage economic development.
Name: Ralph Sherman
Ralph Sherman (click for larger version)
Contact information for voters: 812-737-2886
Family: Wife, Barbara; 4 children; 9 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren
Education/Occupation/Political experience: Graduated from Laconia High School, 1957; retired farmer; eight years Heth Township trustee; 20 years county council
Why are you seeking the office? (in 100 words or less): I like to be involved in county affairs, whether small or large, serving on the Economic Development board and keeping up with new projects and preparing the budget; listening to public opinions and try to make good decisions.
As the controller of the county's purse strings, the council determines how the money is spent and whether projects are funded. How would you decide how the money is spent? Are there any projects not being funded that you would like to see money go toward? Do you think the county's General Fund should be subsidized with riverboat money? (Keep answer to 200 words or less): I think we need a new road connecting Highway 135 to State Highway 337, high-speed Internet for all of Harrison County, also a new show arena for 4-H. The General Fund should be subsidized with riverboat money but no more than it is at present time.