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Franklin Township trustee challenged by former trustee

Democrat John (Bill) Lyskowinski, who has been the Franklin Township trustee since 1999, is being challenged in the Nov. 6 General Election by Republican David Hussung, who served two terms, from 1991 to 1998, as township trustee.
Neither candidate had opposition in the May Primary.
Below are the candidates’ responses to a questionnaire from this newspaper.
Name and residency: Bill Lyskowinski, Lanesville
Age: 77
Family: Wife, Janice (married 53 years); daughter, Jill Kiesler; daughter, Jeri Lyskowinski; two grandchildren, Brayden and Briann Kiesler; two great-grandsons, Braxten and Raiden
Education: 200 hours continuing education on assessing — Level II Assessor; 1958 graduate Lanesville High School
Occupation: Franklin Township trustee (Harrison County) 1999 to present; retired but work part-time for the Harrison County assessor.
Political experience: 20 years as Franklin Township trustee
Contact information for voters: [email protected]; phone: 812-952-2682; mobile: 812-972-8784
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? Same as when I ran for office in 1999: to serve the people of Franklin Township in a professional manner, although, when I took office in 1999, we were still doing this real estate and personal property assessing. So now, our biggest responsibilities are poor relief, fence-line disputes, weed lawns such as keeping grass cut and the fire department.
Why should someone vote for you rather than your opponent (in 100 words or less)? With almost 20 years of experience doing the duties of the township trustee, I think that I am more qualified and well known to perform the duties of trustee.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Franklin Township (in 150 words or less)? Since I am elected by the voters of Franklin Township, including Lanesville, it is my duty to adhere to the voters’ wishes when a crisis arises and a decision needs to be made. Although some people in the township and town may not agree with these decisions, it shall be the wish of the voters that I am representing. To abide by their wishes. I will continue to serve the people in this manner as long as I hold the office of Franklin Township trustee (Harrison County).
Name and residency: David C. Hussung, Lanesville
Age: 59
Family: Single
Education: 1977 graduate Lanesville High School; 1982 B.S. Accounting, Indiana University Southeast
Occupation: Events & Promotions director, Harrison County Parks Dept.
Political experience: 1991 to 1998 Franklin Township trustee
Contact information for voters: [email protected]; 812-572-3975
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? I am proud to say that I live in Franklin Township. We have a fantastic school system as well as a top-notch fire department. Having served previously as the township trustee, I understand the job. I am seeking the office so that I may serve the people of Franklin Township and continue making it a great place to live.
Why should someone vote for you rather than your opponent (in 100 words or less)? I am conservative, committed to my community and believe in treating everyone with respect. I believe in providing good stewardship of public funds. I am an active member and former youth director at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lanesville. I was very active in the Lanesville Jaycees, serving many local offices, including president three terms, as well as holding many state offices within the Indiana Jaycees.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Franklin Township (in 150 words or less)? If elected, I pledge to work with the Lanesville Volunteer Fire Dept. to help fulfill their needs while keeping the tax rate as low as possible for the taxpayer. I will always be available to talk with and listen to the thoughts and needs of my constituents and will fulfill my duties in a fair and honest way.

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