3 seek Democrat bid in council race
The Democrat ballots for the May 6 Primary Election will include three candidates for the District 1 seat of the Harrison County council.
Glenn V. Arms, Rodney D. Elliott and Kyle S. Nix hope to win their party’s nomination to challenge Phil Smith, the Republican incumbent, in the November General Election.
Below are the candidates’ exact responses to a questionnaire from this newspaper. Arms did not respond to the questionnaire or phone calls placed to his residence.
Name: Rodney D. Elliott
Contact information for voters: 812-267-2013
Family: Wife, Patty, and two children, Sadie, 10, and RJ, 7
Education/Occupation/Political experience: Crawford County Junior-Senior High School graduate, Class of 1994; Wyoming Tech graduate. I work for National Water Service.
Why are you seeking the office? (in 100 words or less): My wife and I, along with our 2 young children, own a farm in Harrison County in Spencer Township. I feel like I would be an asset to the community because I am interested in the financial accountability and the future of our community.
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): If elected, I will do my very best to help the people of this county. I, along with my co-council members, will take everything into consideration on all decisions. If any new projects come to the council, I will take all information into consideration and be willing to listen to all to try and make the best decision for the people of Harrison County. As a father of 2 young children, I am, of course, concerned about education, employment and the growth of our county for our future generations.
Name: Kyle S. Nix
Contact information for voters: [email protected]
Family: Glenn Steven Nix (father), Moira Nix (mother), Clayton Nix (brother), Ashley Hall-Nix (sister-in-law)
Education/Occupation/Political experience: North Harrison High School (2003), Purdue University (2007), Bachelor of Science in animal science and 2 minors in agriculture economics. I operate/manage the family excavation business, S&M Nix Enterprises, and have been employed there full time since May of 2007.
Why are you seeking the office? (in 100 words or less): I want to have a voice and feel like what I say can make a difference. I have a very practical, ‘common sense’ approach to the way I look at issues and am not afraid to ask questions or do the research it takes to get answers on issues facing our county. By being able to help start, manage and grow a small business in some of the worst economic times in our country’s history, I know I am qualified for a county council position and want to help our community.
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 approached about funding projects, a few key questions come to mind: How many people will the project affect? What impacts will it have on the people/area? What is the urgency of the project? Will it help preserve the rich history of our county? What economic impact will it have on us? The money that the council is in charge of is all of ours, so the way it is dispersed affects, or needs to benefit, us as a whole. Infrastructure, education and community enrichment are things that have an impact on each and every one of us. That makes projects pertaining to these issues very important to me. The greater the number of people affected by a project or its urgency should give it greater priority. The riverboat has been a great blessing for our county’s funding of projects; however, since the longevity of its stay is unpredictable, I think that its revenues are better suited for one-time expenses and unexpected costs/projects. It’s nice to have the money generated by the riverboat, but its unpredictability should make us cautious with our dependency on it.