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Morgan Township trustee challenged by newcomer

Democrat Fred Uhl, who has been the Morgan Township trustee the past 22 years, is being challenged in the Nov. 6 General Election by Republican Debra Ray, who is running for political office for the first time.
Neither candidate had opposition in the May Primary.
Below is Uhl’s responses to a questionnaire from this newspaper; Ray did not respond.
Name and residency: Fred Uhl, Palmyra
Age: (did not answer)
Family: Married 44 years to Debbie Uhl; two sons, Nathan and Greg Uhl (Nathan married to Jennifer Uhl; Greg married to Sarah Uhl); four grandchildren, Evan, Lainey, Griffin and Teagan
Education: 1971 graduate of North Harrison High School; attended Indiana University Southeast
Occupation: Farmer
Political experience: Township trustee for 22 years; before that, served on township advisory board
Contact information for voters: Home phone: 812-364-6874; cell phone: 812-267-1806; email: [email protected]
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? I feel a sense of public service, and being trustee is my way of best serving the community. I’ve been the Morgan Township trustee since 1996 and in that time the advisory board and I have done so much, not only fulfilling the duties of helping the underprivileged and settling property disputes, but also implementing positive changes in the community, like creating the park pass and adding lighting at Buffalo Trace. It’s gratifying to see our funding being used responsibly in a way that benefits everyone and makes the township better.
Why should someone vote for you rather than your opponent (in 100 words or less)? I’ve been the township trustee for more than 20 years, and I feel I’ve done a good job. People throughout the community know and trust me to be fair in making decisions, and I’ve proven to be fiscally responsible with the budget and mindful of where and how we allocate funding. The advisory board and I have always worked well together; we’ve had great people on the board since the beginning, and positive relationships on both sides of the party line have allowed us to do a lot of good in the township and keep the tax rate low.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Morgan Township (in 150 words or less)? I’d like to continue the projects the advisory board and I have already started; we’ve just purchased township marker signage for the major roads, and we’ll keep restoring stones in the many abandoned cemeteries around the township. Several of these cemeteries don’t have a perpetual fund, and I think it’s important to help maintain their upkeep out of respect for the families. These projects make the township look better and serve everyone. My main objective as trustee is to help make the community a place we can be proud of and continue to build good relationships with those I work with and for so we can all benefit. I’ve always treated all people the same, and I think everyone can see that. The people of Morgan Township trust me, and I hope they’ll trust me to serve for another four years.

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