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BR trustee incumbent challenged by newcomer

The current Blue River Township trustee, Michael Beyerle, is being challenged in the Nov. 6 General Election by Donna Bary.
Beyerle served as the township trustee from 2002 to 2008 then was elected again in 2014; however, this will be the first time he has run as a Republican, as he switched from the Democrat party last year. He defeated a Republican challenger, Jim Minter, in the May Primary.
Bary was selected in June by the Democrat party to fill the vacancy on the ballot.
Below are the candidates’ responses to a questionnaire from this newspaper.
Name and residency: Donna J. Bary, Depauw
Age: 50
Family: (did not answer)
Education: Graduate of North Harrison High School, associate degree in business
Occupation: Lead statistical clerk at the U.S. Census Bureau
Political experience: I am just beginning to get involved after seeing the state of the national affairs. I have also worked the election polls.
Contact information for voters: I can be contacted by email at [email protected] or by U.S. postal service: P.O. Box 7, Depauw, IN 47115.
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? As a lifelong Depauw resident and the daughter of farmers, I am ready and excited to give back to my community.
Why should someone vote for you rather than your opponent (in 100 words or less)? I understand the significance of being conservative with public funding but want to balance this sensibility with the charitable principles which I live my own life. With my education, I plan to do everything to save the township money, keeping the tax base low and allocate funds to the citizens and organizations that are most in need. I will pursue federal and local grants that continue to go unclaimed and bring Blue River more money to apportion for programming.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Blue River Township (in 150 words or less)? As a cousin to our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, I want to honor my family and my township by bringing Indiana back to its roots of progression and wholesome, charitable values. If elected, no citizen will have to wonder if their elected officials are working for them, keeping residents’ needs and safety in the forefront of their minds as they make decisions. I will also work to keep fire protection fully modernized and equip first responders with adequate funding and supplies.
Name and residency: Michael Beyerle, Depauw
Age: 38
Family: Wife, Jill; sons, Dakota and Aiden; daughters, Ashton, Kendall and Addison
Education: North Harrison High School
Occupation: Parts manager, Jacobi Sales Inc.
Political experience: Current Blue River Township trustee, former North Harrison school board member
Contact information for voters: 812-267-1891; [email protected]
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? I enjoy performing the duties of the trustee. I want to ensure that the township’s future needs are planned for and met. I would like the opportunity to ensure that the new fire territory will provide the services needed for our community. I would like to continue providing for everyone in Blue River Township and our entire community. I enjoy working with other public servants and community leaders providing for the residents in our township. It is truly an honor to be able to give back to our township, and it is humbling to be able to serve as trustee.
Why should someone vote for you rather than your opponent (in 100 words or less)? I’m more qualified, fiscally responsible and a good steward of taxpayer dollars. I set and accomplish goals. I have relationships with county leaders/local business owners that help provide for the residents’ best interests. My record proves I’m able to complete projects that benefit the residents. Blue River Township is the fiscal governing body for the fire territory, thus also responsible for collecting and disbursing tax revenues related to providing fire protection for Jackson and Spencer townships. I understand this responsibility because of the amount of research invested during its establishment. Changing leadership now may be detrimental to all three townships.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Blue River Township (in 150 words or less)? I will continue to be a leader. I will continue to take the trustee’s job personally. I will continue to always hold our residents’ best interests in highest regards. I will continue to analyze the impact decisions will have before they are executed. I will continue to always be available to anyone that has concerns. I will always stand for what is best for Blue River Township. I will continue to work with officials from Jackson and Spencer townships and Ramsey (Volunteer) Fire Dept. to ensure the new fire territory provides the best services according to the plans that were developed during its establishment. I want to work with county officials to ensure that Blue River Township participates in the county’s Everbridge emergency notification system. This system will alert residents of an emergency situation. I will continue to assist residents with any and all issues by using my network of contacts.