4 seek Democratic nod for Jackson Twp. advisory board
Residents in Jackson 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.
Joining incumbents Frederick (Fred) L. Naegele and Michael Schroeder on the ballot are Robert H. Morris and Jeanne Schilmiller Schroeder.
The top three vote getters will be on the General Election ballot in November. Currently, there are no Republican candidates for this position. However, the party has until noon Monday, June 30, to fill the vacancy on the ballot. The three candidates with the most votes in the Nov. 4 election will secure a four-year term on the advisory board.
Below are Morris’, Naegele’s and Jeanne Schroeder’s exact responses to a questionnaire from this newspaper. Michael Schroeder did not respond to the request for a profile.
Name: Robert H. Morris
Contact information for voters: 812-347-2342
Family: Wife, former Virginia Purcell; a son, two daughters and three grandsons
Education/Occupation/Political experience: North Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees ‘ 8 years; Harrison County Council ‘ 2010; 1973 graduate of North Harrison High School; Kroger Co. ‘ 40 years
Why are you seeking the office? (in 100 words or less): I have always liked being involved in my local community, having served on the North Harrison school board and the Harrison County Council. My experience will be helpful when making decisions that will affect the taxpayers of Jackson Township.
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): Keeping the township trustee informed and conferring with other advisory board members on any local concerns the township residents may have. I look forward to working with the township trustee and board members to do what is best for Jackson Township.
Name: Fred Naegele
Address: New Salisbury
Contact information for voters: Home phone 812-347-3044
Family: Spouse, Carol; children, Eric, Kelley and Megan
Education/Occupation/Political experience: Graduate of Corydon Central High School; project supervisor with Indiana Dept. of Transportation; North Harrison school board for eight years and Jackson Township advisory board for four years
Why are you seeking the office? (in 100 words or less): I want to be a part of the process of determining how our tax dollars are spent and utilized in Jackson Township. After serving my first term, I feel I have a good working relationship with other township advisory board members and the township trustee. We have accomplished many things, such as the partial funding of a ladder truck for the Ramsey VFD, reflective street number signs for residents, fire hydrant markers on county roads and two projects for North Harrison Elementary School.
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 main role of the board includes adopting the annual budget, serving as the board of finance and approving township contracts. To accomplish this, I would work together with other advisory board members and the trustee, as well as monitor the revenue and expenditures; I would also need to have knowledge of the trustee’s responsibilities. Having served on the North Harrison school board for two terms, I have gained a great wealth of knowledge in dealing with budgets and the use of funds.
Name: Jeanne Schilmiller Schroeder
Address: New Salisbury
Contact information for voters: 812-366-3201 or [email protected]
Family: Married to Paul Schroeder; one son, Sean; two stepsons, Scott (Christie) and Eric (Sarah); and one grandson
Education/Occupation/Political experience: Attended St. Joseph School and graduated from Corydon Central High School in 1972. I am a sales rep. for Kimball Midwest. I’ve been in sales/service for 25 years plus. This is my first time in running for a political office.
Why are you seeking the office? (in 100 words or less): My work experience in sales/service has required me to be responsive to my customers’ needs. I believe this would be a useful quality to bring to this position. I am interested in improving the quality of life in our local community.
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): I feel that my role as a township advisory board member would be to serve as an advocate for the community. I consider myself a good listener and can act as a sounding board for people’s concerns. I also see this position as providing guidance and oversight to the township trustee. I would provide input as to spending priorities and would be guardian for the township budget. I appreciate your support!