Spencer Township trustee seat up for grabs
Voters in Spencer Township will choose a new township trustee in November. The long-time incumbent, Donald Satterfield, did not seek another four-year term. Vying for the position are Bruce Hawkins, a Republican, and Aaron L. Scott, a Democrat. Here are the candidates’ responses to a questionnaire from this newspaper.
Name and residency: Aaron L. Scott, Ramsey
Family: Son, Chase Scott, and daughter, Chloe Scott
Education/Occupation/Political experience: I attended North Harrison Community schools for 12 years and Prosser Vocational School for two years, in which I graduated from both in 1992. I have been co-owner of Scott Auto Sales for 12 years. I have been the owner and operator of Scott Bus Repair for seven years. I have been employed by North Harrison Community School Corp. as a contract bus driver, in which I have owned my own bus for 19 years.
Contact information for voters: [email protected] or 812-267-2435
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? I have lived in Spencer Township my whole life. About five years ago, I took an interest in this position but, with being in business myself, I did not feel right running against an incumbent. Unfortunately, given the circumstances, that opportunity is now available and I feel it is the right time to run. I would love to be given the opportunity to interact with our community of Spencer Township again, just on another level, and to be able to serve them as they see or feel needed.
Why should someone vote for you rather than your opponent (in 100 words or less)? I have two businesses that are both based in Spencer Township, along with me also living here. I am available most all of the time. My phone is never turned off as well. On a daily basis, I travel through a lot of the township to be able to check on things. My schedule is pretty flexible and open to where I can accommodate other people’s schedules and needs.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Spencer Township (in 150 words or less)? We are starting out with a new trustee and three new board members. I plan to work very closely with the advisory board to put my ideas and theirs together to create things that can happen for our community. Between the four of us, we will be accommodating their needs at the best of our abilities. I believe, if we all work together, have an open mind and just listen, we can make great things happen here.
Name and residency: Bruce Hawkins, Depauw
Family: I have been married to Mary J. Simon Hawkins for 28 years. We have two sons, Brandon Hawkins of Corydon and Chase Hawkins, who lives at home.
Education/Occupation/Political experience: High school at Corydon Central. Manager of the Big Blue store for 10 years, sales at Limeberry Lumber. I am currently at Horseshoe Casino, since it opened in 1998. I started as a dealer and am currently now a dual-rate floor manager/floor supervisor. I have no political experience, except a strong belief in the right and duty of every citizen to vote.
Contact information for voters: [email protected], Facebook Bruce Hawkins and 812-613-9647
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? I had considered it before but decided to run for the office when several different people approached me and thought I would be good at the job. The current trustee decided not to run, so I decided to run for the office. I feel like I can do some good for the people of Spencer Township.
Why should someone vote for you rather than your opponent (in 100 words or less)? The only thing that separates us is age and experience. I have a longer work history of dealing with and settling the conflicts people of different ages, economic, racial and social backgrounds. I have handled large sums of other people’s money efficiently. I have been on the cemetery committee for St. Bernard Catholic Church for several years. I know what it takes to maintain cemeteries. I count money for the church and was on the parish council the years of new construction. I was one of the founding members of the Hardship Committee at Caesars, now Horseshoe.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Spencer Township (in 150 words or less)? I will do the job and all its duties as described by the state. I will maintain the public cemeteries. I will be compassionate and fair in the dispersal of the hardship funds. I will maintain any buildings or properties or equipment that belongs to the township. Treat the seniors as fairly as I can and try to help them come up with a solution for gathering together for meals and fellowship. I will make myself available for meetings with people that need the services of the trustee and maintain an office for such meetings. I will keep accurate financial records and maintain transparency of those records.