April 16, 2014 | 09:48 AM
Residents in Franklin Township who select a Democrat ballot in the May 6 Primary Election will find four candidates seeking three bids to be on the General Election ballot for the township trustee advisory board positions.
In addition to incumbents Harold Scott, Charles D. (Charlie) Sell and Dale E. (Chip) White is David Brengman.
The top three vote getters will be on the General Election ballot in November. They will join Republican candidate William A. Rowett for this position. The three candidates with the most votes in the Nov. 4 election will secure a four-year term on the advisory board.
Below are Brengman's and Sell's exact responses to a questionnaire from this newspaper. Scott and White declined to complete a profile questionnaire.
Name: David Brengman
Contact information for voters: David.Brengman@Duke-Energy.com
Family: Wife, Claudia Brengman; grown children Tyler Brengman, Erin Walk
Education/Occupation/Political experience: 1978 Lanesville High School graduate; U.S. Army Reserves; lineman for Duke Energy
Why are you seeking the office? (in 100 words or less): I feel as a person who has lived the majority of his life in this community that I have a grasp of issues facing an area that is growing while still maintaining rural values. Also, after being involved with the LVFD (Lanesville Volunteer Fire Dept.) for over 30 years, I understand the demands placed on the department and its members. The township trustee's job is ever increasing to meet the needs in all areas of the community to assist with those needs.
What do you see as the main role of the township trustee advisory board member? How would you accomplish that role? (in 200 words or less): The member is to assist the township trustee with the financial budget for the township, also to advise on matters involving other aspects such as the fire department, poor relief, etc. It should also be as a listening post to the needs of the community. This community is ever growing with the addition of the industrial park, and we must assess the needs to facilitate this proposed venture.
Name: Charles (Charlie) D. Sell
Charles (Charlie) D. Sell
Contact information for voters: 812-989-8391
Family: wife, Judy; son, David; daughter, Amanda (Fern)
Education/Occupation/Political experience: B.S. Business from IUS; MBA from Bellarmine University; retired from PMUSA in 2000. Have completed term on advisory board of the late Bill Hussung.
Why are you seeking the office? (in 100 words or less): Continue efforts to maintain top-notch fire department and controlling township to keep taxes in check.
What do you see as the main role of the township trustee advisory board member? How would you accomplish that role? (in 200 words or less): Set township budget annually. Trustee provides prior year activities and suggests current needs. Board reviews, amends if necessary, and approves. Board is active in providing for fire protection for Franklin Township. We have recently added additional reflective surface to all fire equipment to enhance safety of our volunteers, especially when making one of their frequent runs on Interstate 64. To provide a voice and response to citizens at the local level. We're better served to address community needs that county government cannot.