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5 candidates on ballot for HT advisory board

In the Nov. 6 General Election, voters in Harrison Township will select three candidates from a slate of five to serve on the township advisory board. They are Republicans Frank Ordner and Lester K. Rhoads, the lone incumbent on the ballot, and Democrats Steve Haggard, Sue King and Chuck Schroeder.
Haggard, King and Schroeder were the top vote-getters on the Democrat ticket in the May Primary, edging out Benjamin Mathes, who is completing the term of his grandmother, Geneva Sams, who died three years ago after winning another term in November 2014.
The other current board member, Republican Maurice Fisher, decided not to seek re-election.
Ordner was selected by the Republican party during a caucus in June to fill a vacancy on the ballot.
The three with the most votes, regardless of party affiliation, will serve a four-year term.
Below are the candidates’ responses to a questionnaire from this newspaper.
Name and residency: Steve Haggard, Corydon
Age: (did not answer)
Family: Wife, Terri; three children; eight grandchildren
Education: High school, two 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)? I 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 ballot), Harrison Township
Age: 67
Family: Daughter of Milton and Emily Henry (deceased); children, Elizabeth Haake of Reno, Nev., Amy Chudzinski of Austin, Texas, and David Haake of Corydon
Education: Clarksville (Tenn.) High School, 1968; B.A., Indiana University – Bloomington, history and English, 1972; M.A., Indiana University – Bloomington, English, 1973
Occupation: Adult outreach coordinator, Harrison County Public Library
Political experience: South Harrison Community School Corp. 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
Age: (did not answer)
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.
Name and residency: Frank Ordner, Corydon
Age: 68
Family: Wife, Theresia; sons, Frankie, Bobby and John; daughter, Maggie
Education: B.A., University of Evansville; M.S., Indiana University
Occupation: Business owner, Ordner Insurance; retired from South Harrison Community School Corp. in 2005 after 32 years
Political experience: None
Contact information for voters: 812-968-0769
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? My goal is to see that the township office continues to be run in such a manner as to serve the residents of Harrison Township.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Harrison Township (in 150 words or less)? To advise the township trustee and to see that the township budget is spent to aid the residents of Harrison Township.
Name and residency: Lester K. Rhoads, Corydon
Age: 69
Family: Spouse, Rhonda; children, Danette Rhoads and Derrick Delaney
Education: High school and attended IUS
Occupation: Retired
Political experience: 12 years on Harrison Township advisory board
Contact information for voters: 812-738-1162
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? To continue being a good steward of taxpayer dollars. And continue to see that the cemeteries of Harrison Township are maintained properly.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Harrison Township (in 150 words or less)? I will be ready to listen for suggestions on how to provide more help for those that have fallen on hard times and to guide them to other agencies for long-term relief if needed. Also, since the new fire board oversees the Harrison Township Fire Dept. and not the trustee office, hopefully we will be in position to do more to serve all citizens of Harrison Township.

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