Harrison Township trustee race pits incumbent against newcomer
The Nov. 6 General Election pits the current Harrison Township trustee, Democrat Cecil Trobaugh, who is completing his fifth four-year term, against a political newcomer, Republican Jimmy Mayfield.
Neither candidate had opposition in the May Primary.
Below are the candidates’ responses to a questionnaire from this newspaper.
Name and residency: Cecil Trobaugh, Corydon
Age: (did not answer)
Family: Wife, Dwanna; son, Kevin Trobaugh; daughter, Melissa Trobaugh; grandson, Matthew Key; granddaughter, Carley Chestnut
Education: Graduate of Corydon High School; attended classes at various places to update my insurance training through the years
Occupation: Retired insurance agent
Political experience: 20 years as Harrison Township trustee
Contact information for voters: Cell phone: 812-267-1353
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? I originally ran for the office of trustee to lower insurance rates for the people of Harrison Township. Working with Fred Cammack, then town manager for the Town of Corydon, and advisory board members Maurice Fisher, Geneva Sams and Lester Rhoads, we were able to combine the Harrison Township and Town of Corydon fire departments into one. Insurance rates for Harrison Township residents were lowered from a rate of 9 to 7, resulting in lower premiums for homeowners. We were able to build two new firehouses and purchase several new pieces of equipment, including the county’s first ladder truck.
Why should someone vote for you rather than your opponent (in 100 words or less)? I feel my past experience as trustee is a good reason to vote for me. I have been a member of the Indiana Trustee’s Association for the past 20 years and have attended continuing education classes they have offered.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Harrison Township (in 150 words or less)? Although the creation of the new Harrison Township Fire District means the trustee is no longer responsible for the fire department, there are many other opportunities to help the people in the township. Our office helps upwards of 240 people yearly with Township Assistance funds. Screening applicants to make sure the ones who need help are the ones to get it is a large part of the job now. Finding and maintaining abandoned cemeteries has been a priority of our office also. We’ve had stones in three of our cemeteries (Windell 2, Luther and Breeden Burial Ground) professionally cleaned and repaired and plan to do more in the future. I am available by phone at any time, and there is someone available to receive Township Assistance applications five days per week. I’ve enjoyed my time as Harrison Township trustee and would love to have the opportunity to continue to serve.
Name and residency: Jimmy Mayfield, Harrison Township
Family: Wife, four daughters (24, 21, 19 and 17) and a son (16)
Education: Associate Degree in fire science
Occupation: Deputy chief, Georgetown Township Fire Protection District
Political experience: zero
Contact information for voters: [email protected]
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? I believe the office has become stagnant and it’s time for a change.
Why should someone vote for you rather than your opponent (in 100 words or less)? I believe the person in this office should be flexible and current with today’s needs.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Harrison Township (in 150 words or less)? I will serve the residents of Harrison Township with integrity and honesty.