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Advisory board to have new look

Advisory board to have new look
Advisory board to have new look
Kathy Goldman, Democrat

Spencer Township voters will elect three members to the township trustee advisory board. There are five candidates seeking three positions: Republicans Annissa Kellum-Reas, Ray E. Saylor and Belinda Smith and Democrats Kathy Goldman and Phyllis (Smith) Patterson. The top three vote-getters will serve a four-year term.
Two of the current board members — Edward Sieg and Bob Smith — decided not to seek another term, while the paperwork by the Harrison County Democrat chairman, Jim Kincaid, wasn’t submitted in time to add Susie Flock Weigle to the ballot. Weigle was serving as an advisory board member to complete the unexpired term of her father, Kenneth Flock.
Here are the candidates’ responses to a questionnaire from this newspaper.
Name and residency: Kathy Goldman, Depauw
Family: Married to James Goldman; three children, two stepchildren and eight grandchildren
Education/Occupation/Political experience: Associate Degree of Science with a major in accounting and minors in business management and marketing; U.S. Army with an honorable discharge; 32 years experience in the accounting field; currently working for Walsh Construction on the Big Four Bridge Project in Louisville, Ky.; eight years North Harrison school board member
Contact information for voters: 812-267-6511
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? I feel that my experience and knowledge of budgets would be of value and assistance in securing a strong financial future for our township.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Spencer Township (in 150 words or less)? I will represent our township to the best of my abilities by working with the advisory board and trustee; will attend each board meeting with an open mind, listening to the views of others. What’s best for the people of Spencer Township will always be my first concern.
Name and residency: Annissa Kellum-Reas, Depauw
Family: Husband, Glenn Reas, married 23 years; daughter Olivia, 14, eighth-grader at North Harrison Middle School
Education/Occupation/Political experience: North Harrison graduate; attended IUS; completed intro to basic tax course at Spencerian College; owner Kellum Imprints & Trophies; served as vice and precinct committeeman for North Spencer for 20 years; North Spencer election poll worker for 20 years
Contact information for voters: [email protected]; 812-347-3547
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? I was raised in a home that taught me early on the importance of our right to vote. My parents were very involved in Harrison County politics and got me involved at an early age. I am proud I inherited their spirit. I was asked by neighbors and family members to run for office. I felt that was an honor I should uphold. I am interested in seeing that Spencer Township residents receive all the benefits they should be getting.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Spencer Township (in 150 words or less)? I plan to work well with and stay in constant contact with the newly-elected trustee and other advisory board members. I plan to stay updated with the yearly budget for the township. I intend to stay current on any plans that are in store for Spencer Township. I want the people of Spencer Township to feel they do not need to be hesitant to voice concerns they have or to ask questions. I want everyone to think their opinion is important and should be heard. My chief priority is to be an honest voice for the residents of Spencer Township.
Name and residency: Phyllis Smith Patterson, Depauw
Family: Daughters Jaime Brown (David), Jacqlynn Hamilton (Bobby); three incredible grandchildren
Education/Occupation/Political experience: Graduated 1969 North Central High School; graduated 1983 Edison Community College; retired from customer service and public relation fields; was employed by Montgomery County Commissioners and worked on campaigns for many government officials
Contact information for voters: [email protected]
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? I have lived the better part of my life in Spencer Township, and I believe that the citizens of Spencer Township deserve to be served and represented in the very best way possible. I want to offer my abilities toward that goal.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Spencer Township (in 150 words or less)? I pledge: 1) to represent the interests of the citizens of Spencer Township by making their voices heard; 2) to see that the budget is utilized to better benefit the people of Spencer Township; 3) to encourage transparency; 4) to keep the citizens more informed; 5) to encourage more citizen involvement; 6) to work toward re-energizing the community center and reactivating the senior citizen lunch program.
Name and residency: Ray Saylor, Depauw
Family: Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor (wife of 18 years); son, Randy Spieth; daughter, Kimberly Yackle (Jeremy); granddaughter, Kara Jo Yackle
Education/Occupation/Political experience: New Albany High School; University of Alaska, studied juvenile law; Ivy Tech Vocational College: Emergency Medical Technician; law enforcement: Indiana Law Enforcement Academy; employed as chief marshal of Milltown Police Dept.; candidate Harrison County Sheriff and Harrison County Coroner
Contact information for voters: 812-572-7152
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? I bring a set of skills that will create an atmosphere of team cooperation and respect among the trustee, advisory board and residents of Spencer Township. The trustee’s duties and decisions directly affect the township residents more so than any other elected position; therefore, the advisory board must work with the trustee to insure there is transparency within the office, assist the trustee in developing a clear vision for the township and be fiscally responsible to the taxpayers. All financial records and minutes of public meetings must be easily accessible to the public.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Spencer Township (in 150 words or less)? My primary goal will be to learn from the wisdom of the current trustee and advisory board, be open-minded, listen to my constituents and work with the new trustee and advisory board to do what is right for the residents. I will advocate to create a vision for the township by reviewing current services and programs and do all I can to make sure the services and programs are what’s appropriate and necessary; will work with the other advisory board members and trustee to develop a budget that meets the needs of the township, reallocating and cutting funding when appropriate; will work to seek public-private funding for township projects; will help develop a website and other social-media resources to provide access to information, financial reports, minutes, services and programs; will work to create a partnership so everyone has equal opportunity to have input and to share their thoughts and ideas.
Name and residency: Belinda Smith, Depauw
Family: Spouse Allen R. Smith, married for 26 years; children Harvey (Tracy), Nicole, Sean (Jamie); and six wonderful grandchildren
Education/Occupation/Political experience: 1979 graduate of Hanover Central High School in Cedar Lake, Ind.; work at Corydon Chiropractic Rehab & Wellness Center; 2014 advisory board candidate
Contact information for voters: 812-267-3505; [email protected]
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? I have been a resident of Spencer Township for 26 years and would greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve our community. I would love to see our senior citizen program back at our community center and also see our center used more for community events. As a farmer’s wife, I have come to love this community and would like to see it grow and be united.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Spencer Township (in 150 words or less)? If elected, I will use my position to be the voice for the people of Spencer Township. I will do my best to make sure our trustee keeps the community’s best interest in mind when making decisions. I will make myself available to the community for any concerns or issues they may have and do my best to follow through until it is resolved.