4 seek 3 Dem advisory board spots on ballot
Democrat voters in Harrison Township will select three candidates from a slate of four in the May 8 Primary to advance to the Nov. 6 General Election in hopes of being elected to the township advisory board. They are Steve Haggard, Sue King, Benjamin K. Mathes and Chuck Schroeder.
Mathes currently serves on the board, completing the term of his grandmother, Geneva Sams, who died three years ago after winning another four-year term in November 2014.
Currently, there is just one Republican candidate for the Harrison Township Advisory board position; that is incumbent Lester K. Rhoads. (Maurice Fisher, also a Republican, who also currently serves on the board, is not seeking re-election.) However, the Republican party has until noon June 30 to select two other candidates to run in the General Election.
Below are the Democrat candidates’ responses to a questionnaire from this newspaper. Mathes did not participate.
Name and residency: Steve Haggard, Corydon
Family: Wife, Terri; 3 children; 8 grandchildren
Education: High school, 2 years college
Occupation: Farmer, auctioneer
Political experience: Previous county council, county commissioner
Contact information for voters: [email protected]
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? Was born and raised in Harrison County. I am semi-retired. I feel like my knowledge I have of the county since serving as councilman and commissioner would be a benefit in this position. The county is basically a business and the day-to-day running of the county includes budgets and planning, which I have experience in both.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Harrison Township (in 150 words or less)? I have always been very community minded, and giving back to the community is something I believe in. I will attend the meetings and help make whatever decisions necessary to assist the people of Harrison Township.
Name and residency: Reba Sue King (Sue King on the ballot), Harrison Township, Harrison South Precinct
Family: Daughter of Milton and Emily Henry (deceased); children, Elizabeth Haake of Reno, Nev., Amy Chundzinski of Austin, Texas, and David Haake of Corydon
Education: Clarksville High School (Clarksville, Tenn.) 1968; B.A., Indiana University – Bloomington, history and English, 1972; M.A., Indiana University – Bloomington, English, 1973
Occupation: Adult outreach coordinator for Harrison County Public Library
Political experience: South Harrison school board
Contact information for voters: 812-968-4699
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? Harrison County has been my home for nearly 45 years. My children were born here and have become hard-working, honest and successful adults. The influence of their birthplace and the welcoming, caring and nurturing people that live here is a big part of their success. It is time for me to give back to the community in whatever small way I can. I need to be involved in local government to ensure that my neighbors’ needs and interests are being acknowledged.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Harrison Township (in 150 words or less)? If elected, I will be an advocate for public service. I will listen with confidentiality to my fellow Harrison Township residents’ concerns and desires and work to resolve any problems as best as I can in my position. I will work to resolve conflicts and seek the best solution available.
Name and residency: Chuck Schroeder, Corydon
Family: I am the proud father of two wonderful daughters, Roxanne at Purdue and Sarah at IU.
Education: I graduated in ’82 from North Harrison and later earned a business degree from IUS.
Occupation: I am currently a bookkeeper at Blue River Services.
Political experience: (did not answer)
Contact information for voters: (did not answer)
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? Having lived in Harrison County all my life, with the last 30 years in Corydon, I would like to give back to it in any way I can.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Harrison Township (in 150 words or less)? If elected, I promise to do whatever that is asked of me, and do it to the fullest of my abilities.