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4 vie to represent Republicans

4 vie to represent Republicans
4 vie to represent Republicans
Sherry Brown (click for larger version)

Four Republicans ‘ Sherry Brown, Doug Harkness, Marion Wallace and incumbent Jim Heitkemper ‘ are vying for the opportunity to be their party’s candidates in the November General Election for Harrison County Council at-large seats. The top three vote-getters will face the top three Democrat vote-getters (those six candidates were profiled last week). Voters countywide then will decide who the three at-large council members will be for the next four years. Besides the three at-large members, the council is comprised of one representative for each of the county’s four districts. District seats will be up for election in 2014. This year, council members earn an annual salary of $11,638.
Name: Sherry Brown
Address: 3130 Lake Road SE, Corydon, IN 47112
Contact information for voters: [email protected]
Family: Husband, Randy; daughter, Sharon Thompson; sons, Isaac and Shane
Education/Occupation/Political experience: 1984 graduate of South Central High School, Circuit Court Clerk 2005 to 2012
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? To add my conservative input to council decisions. My experience as an office holder gives me a perspective that none of the other council members have.
As the controller of the county’s purse strings, the council determines how the money is spent and whether projects are funded. If you served on the council, 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 (in 150 words or less)? If I were a councilmember, spending money would not be my decision alone. I would just be a member, giving my opinion and input. Discussion would be most important. No decision should be made spur-of-the-moment, without hearing all points of view. A project that I would like to see funded more is record preservation. In the past five years, Indiana counties have lost records to flood, fire and tornado. I would like to see more of our records microfilmed and scanned and kept off site.
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Name: Doug Harkness
Address: 3195 W. Bradford Road NE, Palmyra, IN 47164
Contact information for voters: e-mail [email protected] or 812-596-4212
Family: Wife, Michelle, and six children from 6 months to 17 years
Education/Occupation/Political experience: Western High School graduate (Louisville), currently work in maintenance for Harrison County Government, started Corydon Glass in 2005 and sold in 2011, from 1991 to 2005 was a regional maintenance manager for Trimac Transportation where I ran a diesel maintenance shop and commercial tank wash.
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? After starting the maintenance job with Harrison County in April of 2011, I realized that our county government lacks accountability and oversight. It is run in a reactive manner which wastes taxpayer dollars and causes a huge liability for lawsuits. With the business, maintenance and construction experience that I bring to the table, I hope to be proactive on issues brought before the council and hold responsible parties accountable.
As the controller of the county’s purse strings, the council determines how the money is spent and whether projects are funded. If you served on the council, 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 (in 150 words or less)? I would work closely with the department heads and commissioners and do the homework necessary to familiarize myself with the project or request that is to be funded. The Harrison County taxpayers deserve to have representation that will look at each request for funding and make an informed decision based on need and benefit to the majority of the people we serve. I will not give in to pressure from my own political party or any other. I have seen too many behind-the-scenes scenarios in the county go bad because the ‘good ole boy’ system rules this government, and I hope to change it.
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Name: Jim Heitkemper
Address: 8383 Morgans Lane Elizabeth, IN 47117
Contact information for voters: 969-2123 or e-mail [email protected]
Family: Spouse, Sara; seven grown children be-tween us: Elizabeth, Michael, William, Sarah, Joy, Christian and Micah; and nine grandchildren.
Education/Occupation/Political experience: Farmer and home improvement contractor, 1975 graduate of Floyd Central High School (Dad’s farm was a stone’s toss into Floyd County southeast of Lanesville) and took some short courses pertaining to investing, finance and leadership
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? To continue my hard efforts I’ve been doing all along, including responsible spending, maintaining a systematic control of the county council’s budget and to work as a team with the commissioners and the other party to do what’s right for the county. I’ll be a team player, listening to and working with good ideas from the other party and my own. I’ll work with them and, if I have a problem, we can sit down and debate in a professional manner.
As the controller of the county’s purse strings, the council determines how the money is spent and whether projects are funded. If you served on the council, 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 (in 150 words or less)? As a councilmember, I hear a request for a project and try to determine whether it is viable to spend the money or if it makes sense to spend the money for the project. Gary Davis taught me this three-step method for determining whether to fund a project or not: Is it a good idea for Harrison County? That’s the most important question. Second, can we afford it? And finally, what will the lasting effects of the project be for everyone? One such project that has ‘yes’ answers to all three questions was the Corydon west interchange project. I pushed hard for that, and it would be good for the future generations. I could see a lot of good coming from that.
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Name: Marion (M.E.) Wallace
Address: 2821 Crescent Hill Drive, Corydon, IN 47112
Contact information for voters: 738-0309 or P.O. Box 171, New Salisbury, IN 47161
Family: Wife, Jean
Education/Occupation/Political experience: Bachelor’s degree in re-source management, Harrison County Veterans Services Officer, have run for council twice unsuccessfully, Republican ticket
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? I feel the diversity of my military background of 24 years and successful veterans program in Harrison County for nine years shows I am a person with the ability, insight and direction to be the councilman who would help lead the county to a standard of government for the whole county, not just some interest groups. I’ll encourage sound financial management from all de-partments for the best re-sults for the people of Harrison County. I have the interest of the people of Harrison County. I serve or have served on advisory boards serving Harrison County and gained experience and training to help prepare me for this position.
As the controller of the county’s purse strings, the council determines how the money is spent and whether projects are funded. If you served on the council, 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 (in 150 words or less)? I will have a standard scoring system to use on most all requests that would indicate the need and most effect to the county. I’ve used such a system before to determine the best use of limited funds. But, my greatest indicator would be voters’ opinion; there is a lot of experience in our county to listen to. With all this information, I would then decide how to vote on a request, regardless of my own wants or desires. In my opinion, there should be two more county sheriff dep-uties to effectively cover the Harrison County area and better protect and provide coverage for our citizens. My duties as your county councilman would be to make Harrison County government work for all of us. I have developed experience and skills to seek creative solutions and to fight against irresponsible spending by anyone. I will set proper priorities for the allocation and expenditure of county funds.

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