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Town elections: Corydon, New Amsterdam

Town elections: Corydon, New Amsterdam
Town elections: Corydon, New Amsterdam
John D. Kintner Sr.

Residents in several towns will have the opportunity to vote Tuesday, Nov. 3, for town council members and clerk-treasurer positions. Questionnaires were recently sent to candidates. Today, we begin publishing their profiles. Answers to the questions are printed as submitted by the candidates. This week, we feature contested candidates in Corydon and New Amsterdam. Corydon: There are two candidates each in three of the town’s five wards. Residents will vote for candidates in all five wards. In Ward 3, Independent John D. Kintner, who currently serves on the town council and is the board president/town manager, is being challenged by Republican Susan (Mac) McGuffey. In Ward 4, Independent Mark L. Parks, who is completing his first four-year term on the council, faces challenger Republican Sean R. Davis. And in Ward 5, Independent Judy L. Kennedy, who has served on the council since late 1991, is opposed by Democrat Chris Mattingly. Independent Eva Lois North will be the new Ward 1 representative being vacated by Fred Cammack, and Independent Roger L. McGraw, who had no opposition, will retain his Ward 2 seat. Independent Treggie Miller King will remain clerk-treasurer after no one else filed to run for the position. New Amsterdam: Four candidates are vying for the three council seats. They are Republican incumbents Regina F. Glass and Lee McCullum, Democrat incumbent Charles (Andy) Shaffer and Republican Patrick Thompson. McCullum did not respond to the questionnaire. Republican Melissa D. Shaffer will remain as clerk-treasurer; she was not challenged.
Corydon Ward 3
Name: John D. Kintner Sr.
Age: 67
Contact information for voters: 812-738-7085 (home); 812-738-3958 (work)
Family: Wife, Pat; 2 children, John D. Jr. and Pamela D. Smith; 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson
Education/Occupation/Political Experience: Corydon Central High School; 2 years trade school; business owner for over 30 years; and a member of the town council for 8-1/2 years, being president for 7 months
Why are you seeking the office (no more than 100 words)?: I have lived and worked in this town all of my life. I had a successful business for over 30 years, so I know how to use money in a wise manner with the experience I have. I would continue to use the taxpayers’ money in a way to keep up the infrastructure and improve the town.
What do you see as the town’s three main areas of concern in the next five years (no more than 100 words)?: Getting and keeping business downtown. Trying to get buildings and facades in good order and up to date. Upgrading the town hall and continuing to improve services.
How would you address those concerns (no more than 200 words)?: To work with building owners, merchants and Main Street to get rent at a reasonable rate so any business can make a profit and still provide a good service. Try to get someone to purchase and operate the right kind of business. Try to accommodate outdoor dining but keeping in compliance with the American Disabilities Act. To work with Main Street, owners, developers and the council to possibly get grants for upkeep on their buildings. Get computers upgraded for better service to our customers, a website for more information to customers, visitors and the public. To keep up with utilities for continued service and to make sure we could keep up with future expansion and still keep rates as low as possible.
Name: Susan (Mac) McGuffey
Age: 50
Contact information for voters: [email protected]; 812-267-6166
Family: Two children, Katrina and Cody
Education/Occupation/Political Experience: High school education, Corydon schools. Multiple occupations: current property management, theme-ing, engineering artist, carpenter, Weber Group Inc., Louisville-based company. Past owner of Mac’s Deli on the Square in Corydon. 18 years of hospitality and restaurant management. Several valued certifications through previous employers. Active in community. Voter. Taxpayer. No political training.
Why are you seeking the office (no more than 100 words)?: After almost 40 years, I do believe that it is time for the Town of Corydon, employees, residents and business owners to know they have a voice, active body and experience partner on our town council. I have great concern on the future of our town and have a great understanding after much research in the past 10 years of what is needed to reassure a brighter future for our families.
What do you see as the town’s three main areas of concern in the next five years (no more than 100 words)?: 1) Public safety and security. 2) Living and building conditions in area. 3) Being proactive with monies, not waiting to cross that bridge.
How would you address those concerns (no more than 200 words)?: 1) Will be ready to work hard and listen to law enforcement on needs, helping with them getting updated with equipment and pay so they are able to maintain public safety for a growing community. 2) Willing to work hard with state and county government on safe housing issues and implement a strong building ordinance. Work with natural resources on flood plain issues. There needs to be a more defined approach for new business owners and also existing owners on improvements. 3) Be proactive with monies; solve citizens’ concerns, not wait until the problem arises, unlike what I have seen with the current board. This alone will save money. I want to build bridges, not wait to see if it can be crossed.
Corydon Ward 4
Name: Sean R. Davis
Age: 52
Contact information for voters: Email: [email protected]; Facebook page: Friends of Sean Davis. Folks can also send me their ideas or town concerns to P.O. Box 201, Corydon, IN 47112
Family: I was born and raised here in Indiana. My wife, Penni, and I have been married 31 years. We have two kids; our daughter, Kaila, is 35, and our son, Nate, is 26. We have 4 grandkids, ages 14, 4 and identical twin grandsons who are 2-1/2.
Education/Occupation/Political Experience: I attended Chabot Community College. I have a full-time job as a senior performance consultant, where I design and deliver leadership, communication and technology training for HDR, a large architectural, engineering and consulting firm; I work from an office in my home. I volunteer in several local organizations, and I pastor a small church here in Corydon. I have no prior political experience. In fact, I don’t particularly care for politics, but I do get excited when a community works together to accomplish great things.
Why are you seeking the office (no more than 100 words)?: Since moving to Corydon, I’ve attended most of our council meetings. My grandpa always said, “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain, and, if you won’t like the way things are being done, do something about it.” I can see a lot of potential in our community, and I believe if we can get some fresh, visionary ideas on the town council, Corydon has a bright future ahead.
What do you see as the town’s three main areas of concern in the next five years (no more than 100 words)?: Revitalization: Sprucing up storefronts, curb appeal and development of green spaces. The council must communicate with property owners, encouraging them to do their part in maintaining building codes and keep properties neat and presentable. Annexation: Planning and acting on future growth of our town should be a high priority. There are currently several areas in our community who already benefit from the town’s infrastructure services but are not paying for those services. Youth leadership: I would like to see Corydon get involved in building our youth programs, encouraging our young adults to participate in local government and community projects.
How would you address those concerns (no more than 200 words)?: Revitalization: Develop an incentive program to encourage new businesses to move downtown. Whether a short-term tax incentive or rate-reduction benefit to encourage participation should be investigated. Target higher-end retail boutique businesses that enhance the charm of Corydon, keeping the quaint look and feel while promoting growth. Annexation: Financial impact study and strategic planning allows us to develop a strategy that will increase our tax base, allowing us to invest in our development as a stronger community. Considering water, sewer, garbage, police, fire, electric, schools and roads, we must minimize the cost to the existing and new residents resulting in a positive financial impact to our community while continually working with our residents and the county to grow our town in a thoughtful and responsible way. Youth leadership: What kind of investment are we making in our future leaders? Are we actively recruiting these innovative young thinkers to attend college and return home to be a part of our community in a rich and lasting way? Internships and job shadowing might facilitate this plan. We should invest in our future leaders. Allow them to participate in our town meetings and let them see that their input and ideas matter.
Name: Mark L. Parks
Age: 57
Contact information for voters: 812-738-2066
Family: Wife of 36 years, Susie Parks; two children, Nicholas Parks and Holly Parks; one grandchild
Education/Occupation/Political Experience: Graduated from Corydon Central High School in 1976; purchasing agent at Eckart LLC and a 30-year employee; completing first term on Corydon Town Council
Why are you seeking the office (no more than 100 words)?: I have lived and worked in Corydon all my life and would not want to live anywhere else. I have enjoyed serving the Town of Corydon as the Ward 4 councilman for the last four years and want to continue to do so. I am committed to maintaining a balanced budget, keeping utility rates low and maintaining good infrastructure.
What do you see as the town’s three main areas of concern in the next five years (no more than 100 words)?: Growth of downtown; repair and upkeep of downtown buildings and building facades; bringing more visitors into downtown.
How would you address those concerns (no more than 200 words)?: It is important for building owners, merchants, Main Street and town council members to work together to bring businesses into the downtown area. This would not only benefit local residents, but also draw visitors into town. Local investors, developers and grants could be pursued in order to repair and improve the appearance of buildings and building facades. Again, this could be a collective effort of building owners, merchants, Main Street and other interested individuals. In addition to local businesses drawing visitors into downtown, planned events and festivals would bring in visitors. Advertising could be used to promote the historical importance of Corydon.
Corydon Ward 5
Name: Judy L. Kennedy
Age: 75
Contact information for voters: 5th Ward for Corydon; phone 812-738-4561; 823 Highland Ave.
Family: Jack and Evelyn (stepsister) Windell of Corydon
Education/Occupation/Political Experience: Graduated from Corydon Central High School in 1957; retired from Namasco Steel; elected to town council when Floyd Byerly retired. I also am a member of the Corydon Church of Christ.
Why are you seeking the office (no more than 100 words)?: I feel I have the experience due to being a member of the council for an extended time. It is an honor serving the citizens of Corydon, and I hope they will put their trust in me again.
What do you see as the town’s three main areas of concern in the next five years (no more than 100 words)?: Finding a way to keep new business who come to our town but end up leaving due to high rent. Building up the tourism. Look forward to a development at the Keller property beneficial to the town and Harrison County.
How would you address those concerns (no more than 200 words)?: Continue working with Main Street and other organizations who are interested in seeing the town grow and be a place people want to visit because of all its history. Also, with the bicentennial approaching in 2016 and since we are Indiana’s first state capital, we can expect more tourism.
Name: Chris Mattingly
Age: 58
Contact information for voters: P.O. Box 915, 812-267-4610
Family: Wife, Anita; son, Shaun; daughter, Roxanne
Education/Occupation/Political Experience: Corydon Central High School 1975; have been a business owner and currently work for Card Payment Solutions; I have no political experience.
Why are you seeking the office (no more than 100 words)?: I feel that it is time for some fresh ears on the town board. I am going into this open minded and willing to look at new and fresh ideas.
What do you see as the town’s three main areas of concern in the next five years (no more than 100 words)?: Town growth, expanded tourist growth and small business survival.
How would you address those concerns (no more than 200 words)?: We need to take a serious look at annexation and use our undeveloped areas to better downtown. We need to help in promoting many new downtown events; these events will drive more tourists and will help support and maintain our downtown businesses.
New Amsterdam At Large
Name: Regina F. Glass
Age: 46
Contact information for voters: Cell phone 812-572-1397 or email [email protected]
Family: Parents, Michael and Ruth Watson; husband, Bobby Glass; and three children, Felicia, Bobbie Marie and Aaron Glass
Education/Occupation/Political Experience: Attended Heth-Washington Elementary, Corydon Central High School, Sullivan University with a bachelor’s degree in professional accounting and business administration
Why are you seeking the office (no more than 100 words)?: Many years I have been a part of New Amsterdam. My great-great-grandparents Chad and Edith Coffman and Nanny Windell, my great-grandparents Maynard and Fern Coffman, and my dad and his mom all lived here for many years. I spent much of my young life growing up and playing here, as I lived only 2 miles away and was visiting grandparents Maynard and Fern Coffman. I like the town and people here and want to use my respect for this town, knowledge of the town, education and experience as current council member to continue to make improvements to New Amsterdam.
What do you see as the town’s three main areas of concern in the next five years (no more than 100 words)?: Some problems that I see currently in our town is the drainage when the river waters come over our banks and into our town and the erosion of our river banks. I would like to work on having more recreational fun benefits for the people in our town.
How would you address those concerns (no more than 200 words)?: Since I have been on the town council, we have worked on making improvements to our drainage problem. This is quite an expensive project, so I plan to continue with this project. I also feel there are some other ideas that need to be addressed with the erosion of our banks along the Ohio River. This is always a concern because no one wants to lose their land. I feel this town is close (knit), and we have celebrated many holidays and things together. We have a church in our town that has events and includes all who live here. I still feel there are many more ways we could expand on what we have already done. I would like the opportunity to try.
Name: Charles (Andy) Shaffer
Age: 47
Contact information for voters: New Amsterdam
Family: Wife, Melissa; 2 kids, C.D. and Sarah
Education/Occupation/Political Experience: Graduate of Corydon Central; 2 years Prosser Vocational School of Technology; council member 15+ years
Why are you seeking the office (no more than 100 words)?: To help in bringing the town back from its downward spiral. In the past 4 years, the population has decreased and a business has closed. Town’s assets are stagnant.
What do you see as the town’s three main areas of concern in the next five years (no more than 100 words)?: Fix the drainage issues. Refocus on where the town could prosper (tourism and recreation). The riverboat revenue is, by far, the main income for the town. Be more wise on monies spent.
How would you address those concerns (no more than 200 words)?: Hire a licensed engineer to draw up an entire drainage plan that is not a burden to property owners but an asset to the town and property owners. Check for grants that may assist in preserving and exhibiting the town’s long history. Include the community in their input and not just town residents (many property owners live outside the town limits).
Name: Patrick Thompson
Age: 65
Contact information for voters: 812-732-4701
Family: Spouse, Marlene Thompson
Education/Occupation/Political Experience: 1968 Flaherty, Ky., H.S. grad; 1993 Elizabethtown, Ky., State Vocational Technical School, major: appliance repair graduate; Lackland Air Force Base and Langley Air Force Base fuel specialist, honorable discharge 1977; political experience is as a voter of conservative Christian values with an interest in the local, state and federal issues of our town and nation.
Why are you seeking the office (no more than 100 words)?: My wife and I are blessed to call ourselves residents of New Amsterdam. We did a renovation/remodel of a home property we bought here in October 2008. It is an honor to know the residents of this town and surrounding Harrison County. Over 65 years, I have acquired common-sense, hard-working experience in many areas, including being raised on a Kentucky tobacco farm, 19 years grain mill work, construction, maintenance repair and utility truck delivery to cities across the U.S. and Canada. I will gladly use ability God has given me to serve our neighbors, friends and residents of this town.
What do you see as the town’s three main areas of concern in the next five years (no more than 100 words)?: 1. Assisting other council members in the duties of this office. 2. Achieving goals that bring improvement to the town. 3. Cost-effective expenditures for the town in projects and issues that arise, especially with an eye toward safety and maintenance.
How would you address those concerns (no more than 200 words)?: 1. By being active in the town meetings and diligently working through the details of these concerns that will present themselves with a fair and balanced concern for all of the town’s citizens.

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