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6 vie for 3 Jackson Township advisory board seats

Voters in Jackson Township will select three candidates from a slate of six during the Nov. 6 General Election to serve on the township advisory board. They are Republicans Rick R. Crecelius, Keith Pinaire and Eric Wise, and Democrats Michael (Mike) Combs, Mike Flock and Jeanne Schilmiller Schroeder, the lone incumbent.
The other current board members are Robert Morris, who is not seeking re-election because his wife, Virginia E. Morris, is running for Jackson Township trustee, and Fred Naegele, who is running for the District 2 seat on the Harrison County Council.
The three advisory board candidates 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 residence: Michael Combs, New Salisbury, resident for 47 years
Age: 75
Family: Married, Alice F. Bowles Combs, 52 years; daughter, Michelle Petty (Tim); son, Mikie Combs (Kristina); grandchildren, Travis, Trayden and Xander
Education: High school graduate, New Albany Senior High School
Occupation: Currently retired: 19-1/2 years International Harvester UAW Local 1336; 8 years Cargo Gas; 8 years sales John Jones GM City, Corydon
Political experience: No elected office; financial secretary for 8 years UAW-CAP Council serving members and retirees of Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, Jefferson and Jennings counties.
Contact information for voters: 812-736-2639 or [email protected]
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? To give a fair and balanced voice to the residents of Jackson Township.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Jackson Township (in 150 words or less)? There are many new things happening in Jackson Township and New Salisbury area that I want to keep residents informed on its progress. An open transparent and informed public is best for all. Keeping up on the business in co-operation with the trustee is a primary responsibility of the advisory board members.
Name and residency: Kenneth Michael Flock, Ramsey
Age: 64
Family: Wife, Dawn Flock; two stepsons and five step-grandchildren; parents, Alice Flock and the late Kenneth A. Flock
Education: North Harrison High School, Purdue University Short Course
Occupation: Full-time farmer and Pioneer Seed dealer
Political experience: None
Contact information for voters: 812-738-9418; [email protected]
Why are you seeking office (in 100 words or less)? As a life-long Hoosier resident of Harrison County, I would like to give back to the community where I live. I would also like to work with other board members from Spencer, Blue River and their respective trustees and the Ramsey (Volunteer) Fire Dept. to maintain good fire protection for our three-township community.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Jackson Township (in 150 words or less)? I will listen to township residents’ concerns and ideas to make honest, sound decisions for Jackson Township.
Name and residency: Jeanne Schilmiller Schroeder. I have lived in New Salisbury for the last 32 years. I was raised on a farm near Elizabeth.
Age: I am 64 years young and enjoying every minute of it!
Family: I am blessed to have been raised as a Schilmiller in Harrison County and married into a wonderful Schroeder family in Harrison County! I have been married to Paul Schroeder, from Bradford, since 1989. We have three outstanding sons: Scott, Eric and Sean. We have two grandchildren: Aaron and Kate, which are a joy, being raised by our daughter-in-law, Christie, and son, Scott.
Education: Attended St. Joseph Elementary School and graduated from Corydon Central High School in 1972 and helped raise a family in New Salisbury.
Occupation: I had been in sales and customer service for over 40 years and now retired for the last two years. I perform volunteer work for St. Joseph’s (Catholic) Church in Corydon and St. Michael’s (Catholic) Church in Bradford. I have been on the board of directors for Harrison County Lifelong Learning for the last four years, currently serving as chairperson.
Political experience: I’ve had the honor of serving as your Jackson Township Advisory Board member for the last four years and will be running for re-election this year.
Contact information for voters: You can always contact me at 1-502-262-1099 or by email at [email protected]
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? I feel that there is more to be done to help out our fellow families in Jackson Township. Our township needs a local person to speak up for them. I will be there when someone needs a voice concerning our township operation.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Jackson Township (in 150 words or less)? I believe that I’ve helped make a difference in keeping local control of our fire district and greatly improving local fire protection services. I have also been instrumental in providing annual park passes and fire/CO2 detectors to those who need them. I will continue to look out for your interests in Jackson Township. Please vote for me, Jeanne Schilmiller Schroeder, this November.
Name and residency: Rick Crecelius, Corydon (photo not submitted)
Age: 59
Family: Wife, Ann Crecelius; daughters, Amanda Ott (Joey) and Rachel Marrapese (Mike); and six grandchildren
Education: North Harrison High School class of 1977; University of Louisville – B.S. in business administration and Master’s in education
Occupation: Owner of Country Aire Mobile Home Park and Green Meadows Estates
Political experience: None
Contact information for voters: 570 Sky Aire Rd NW, Corydon, IN 47112; 812-738-4240; [email protected]
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? Give back to the community by using my experience and education to get the most from the revenue and assets we are given.
If elected, what will you do to serve the residents of Jackson Township (in 150 words or less)? Treat everyone equally and use my business experience to determine outcomes and make decisions that are fair to all parties involved.
Name and residency: Keith W. Pinaire, Ramsey
Age: 59
Family: Spouse, Jenny Pinaire
Education: Bachelor of Science in business, Indiana University
Occupation: Outside sales, Eckart LLC, Corydon
Political experience: No political experience
Contact information for voters: [email protected]
Why are you seeking office (in 100 words or less)? I am seeking office to see where our township tax money is being spent.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Jackson Township (in 150 words or less)? If elected, I will monitor and advise that our township tax money be spent wisely and efficiently.
Name and residency: Eric M. Wise, AICP, Corydon
Age: 52
Family: Kandie S. Wise (wife of 22 years); Eric G. Wise (son) and Arin J. Wise (son); Sue Wise (mother); Nathan Wise (father); Jerry Stiner (father in-law); and Sharon Stiner (mother in-law)
Education: East Carolina University 1988 (Bachelor of Science geography and urban/regional planning)
Occupation: Harrison County Planner (21 years)
Political experience: None
Contact information for voters: Email: [email protected]; phone: 812-734-6836; all messages will be returned
Why are you seeking office (in 100 words or less)? Establishment of the fire territories: This new development has the potential to substantially impact the cost of owning property in the township, and I want to help ensure that cost remains reasonable in the future without jeopardizing the excellent service the current volunteers provide. Also at the time of filing, there was no party representation on the ballot and I felt residents deserved a choice.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Jackson Township (in 150 words or less)? My close to 30 years’ experience as a land-use planner has given me a unique perspective on the operation of local government that other candidates do not possess. This experience, along with several trips to the Statehouse to testify for and against proposed legislation, will benefit the township should past attempts by the state to abolish township government be resumed. Townships fill a gap in services not provided by other branches of government, and local control should not be delegated away by the state.