Township trustee challenged by newcomer
The Harrison Township Trustee, Cecil Trobaugh, a Democrat, is being challenged by political newcomer Donna Payne, a Republican.
The candidates responded to a questionnaire they received from this newspaper. Below are their responses.
Name and residency: Cecil Trobaugh, Corydon
Family: Wife, Dwanna, retired; two children; two grandchildren
Education/Occupation/Political experience: Corydon High School; University of Louisville two years; insurance business over 40 years; have been trustee last 12 years
Contact information for voters: 812-267-1353
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? Fire department still needs improvement work or full-time department; taking care of cemeteries; more township assistance needed.
Why should someone vote for you rather than your opponent (in 100 words or less)? I think in the past, I’ve proven I get the job done. Fire department in Harrison Township will be the main object with new fire houses plus new equipment and training of firemen.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Harrison Township (in 150 words or less)? One of the few trustees that runs a full-time office.
Name and residency: Donna Payne, Corydon
Family: William Payne, husband, 21 years retired U.S. Navy; 1 son, Joshua Cullins; 3 stepchildren, Todd Payne, Amanda Payne and Matthew Kuffler
Education/Occupation/Political experience: Graduated from North Harrison High School in 1984; has worked as a cosmetologist, warehouse associate, home health educator through Floyd County Child Protection Services and assists people with disabilities to find and maintain employment. After 9/11, a lot of grants was cut and I was laid off from New Vision Enterprises in 2003. Unsure of what to do and drawing unemployment, I started my own business in 2004. Career opportunities Unlimited LLC assists people with disabilities, blind and vision impaired and the ticket to work program in obtaining and maintaining employment in the community.
Contact information for voters: 812-736-9222, P.O. Box 233, Corydon, IN 47112
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? It would be a great honor to serve the residents with the opportunity to assist the people in the community that I was born and raised in. I feel we all should assist in the community in which we live.
Why should someone vote for you rather than your opponent (in 100 words or less)? My goal is to go beyond the clients’ basic needs. I would like to make improvement and growth as in referring clients to the Employment Training Center and/or assign clients to community services to give back to our community. Real progress can be made in helping everyone become a contributing member of our township.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Harrison Township (in 150 words or less)? The primary function is to provide township assistance to the less fortunate in our community. This is accomplished through an extensive application and communication process. We also need to continue to assist clients by referring them to employment training centers and community service opportunities. My goal is to go beyond the clients’ basic needs.