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6 vie for 3 advisory board seats in Spencer

Voters in Spencer Township will select three candidates from a slate of six during the Nov. 6 General Election to serve on the township advisory board.
Name and residency: Tim Davis, Ramsey
Age: 47
Family: Kristi, wife; Shelby, daughter; Riley, daughter; Nancy Davis, mother (Kermit Conrad, fiancé); Brent Davis, father
Education: Graduated from North Harrison 1989; completed two years at Indiana University Southeast
Occupation: Ford Motor Co., vehicle assembly technician
Political experience: First time running for office
Contact information for voters: 1-502-836-4814; [email protected]
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? I was raised in Spencer Township. As my life has evolved and I now have a family of my own, I would like to become more involved with my township. I believe it is important to give back to the community that I have called home for many years. I have served on several boards where I have worked with the other members to make executive decisions. Keeping an open mind and listening to all the facts is crucial to the survival and continued improvement of our township.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Spencer Township (in 150 words or less)? If I am elected, I promise to work side by side with our township trustee and the other board members to ensure that out township continues to improve and move forward. I will be available to the community to listen and answer questions or concerns that you may have. I strongly believe that a trustee needs our support and guidance to make the decisions that are important to our community. Your voices will be heard.
Name and residency: Lindsey Hornickel, Ramsey
Age: 23
Family: Susan Flock Weigle and Lynn Hornickel
Education: Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in telecommunications from Indiana University — Bloomington
Occupation: Program specialist with Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana
Political experience: Lifelong volunteer for the local and state Democratic Party, delegate to the State Democratic Convention
Contact information for voters: Email: [email protected]
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? Southern Indiana used to be full of neighbors. Neighbors who took care of one another. Neighbors that looked out for the well-being of others as best they could. Since I was a child, there has been a major push from the idea of being neighborly. We’re all secular, looking out for ourselves. I chose to run for office to use my own miniscule voice to help improve the lives of my fellow Hoosiers, in whatever small ways I can. I would love to help us all be neighbors again.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Spencer Township (in 150 words or less)? Though a small position, I would use my job on the township advisory board to restore the overall idea of charity to Spencer Township. I don’t mean giving handouts to people who don’t deserve them, but rather keeping the livelihood and quality of life of my friends and neighbors in the forefront of my mind when advising on decision-making. Remembering all the good public schools have done for the members of our community, and ensuring those schools have enough funding to sustain their imperative work. Doing what we can as a township to guarantee that the inhabitants have every chance for success and happiness in a country built on opportunity. It is in everyone’s best interest to give those in serious need solid footing on which to become contributors. Spencer Township is only as good as its residents, and those residents deserve the most fulfilling lives possible.
Name and residency: Michael Loudon, Depauw
Age: 68
Family: I am married to Maureen Robinson and have been for 41 years. We have two children, Brian Loudon, who lives on the old family farm near me, and Kate Loudon, who is a nurse in Illinois. We have two grandsons, Soleil (6) and Maddux (3), who live with Brian and his wife, Paisley Rew. I spent summers on the farm with my grandparents, Charles Julius (Judy) and Lelah Loudon, as well as my uncle and aunts, Arnold and Anna French and Abbey Loudon. My son moved from Brooklyn, N.Y., to help me renovate the farm that belonged to my parents, Carman (CJ) and Margherita Loudon.
Education: I graduated from Washington High School in Washington, Ind., completed my undergraduate degree at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., and finished my M.A. and Ph.D. at the State University of New York in Buffalo, N.Y. Since moving to Harrison County, I have learned about grazing from the Purdue’s County Extension, its 2015 Master Cattleman program, field days and pasture walks; the Harrison County Natural Resources Conservation Service and Soil and Water Conservation personnel have also assisted me in learning the science of conservation and renovation of the farm.
Occupation: I retired as professor of English at Eastern Illinois University in 2014 after 30 years, where I also taught courses in philosophy and Africana Studies. Although I loved teaching, I could not both farm and continue an academic life. With the farm having been in the family since 1813, to sell it without even trying to keep it would simply be wrong. With my son’s help, a year of mentoring from Robert and Roy Harmon and advice from neighbors Dale and Nina Rothrock, we raise beef cattle.
Political experience: I have never run for elected, political office, but I have served Eastern Illinois University as department director of Undergraduate Studies, on University Task Forces for Undergraduate and Graduate Education and on a University task force for cultural diversity. I served as interim director of African American Studies for two years and as faculty adviser for the African Student Association for six years. For my former community of Charleston, Ill., I served on the Community Task Force for a community center and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity. Currently, I am serving my first terms on the Board of Directors for the George Rogers Clark Land Trust and the Harrison County Cattlemen’s Association.
Contact information for voters: Voters may reach me at 812-734-1598 or 1-217-549-1543 or by email: [email protected]
Why are you seeking the office? I am running for the Spencer Township Advisory Board because I wish to serve the voters with integrity and compassion in return for the many ways in which Harrison County residents have assisted me in renovating the old family farm. Township board members must use allocated tax resources fairly and wisely and be accountable at all times to the township voters and listen to their concerns, and they should work closely with the township trustee to ensure that township residents have access to health and community services. They should serve without self-interest.
If elected, what will you do to serve the people of Spencer Township? If elected, I will attend township board meetings and confer regularly with the township trustee, and I will attend county commission and council meetings whenever possible to be sure Spencer Township voters have a voice at the county level of government. I will review the township annual budget carefully and monitor its uses diligently; I will work to have fair tax rates for township funds and property tax levies; and I will carefully monitor township debt, contracts, bonds and warrants. I will evaluate the salaries of township officers and employees, working with other board members to be sure they are fair and in accordance with their duties. I believe in open and accessible township governance, and, if elected, I will provide board proceedings to any voter in Spencer Township who requests it by compiling an email list to send copies of those proceedings to township voters who subscribe to it.
Name and residency: Ray E. Saylor, Depauw
Age: 62
Family: Wife, Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor; son, Randy Spieth; daughter, Kimberly Yackle; two grandchildren
Education: High school diploma; attended the University of Alaska; graduate of Indiana Law Enforcement Academy; Indiana Dept. of Homeland Security certified fire investigator
Occupation: Chief marshal Milltown Police Dept.
Political experience: Elected to Spencer Township Advisory Board in 2014; Harrison County sheriff candidate; Harrison County coroner candidate
Contact information for voters: email: [email protected]
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? During the past four years, I’ve been honored to serve each township resident, especially senior citizens, veterans and those with disabilities or special needs. Being a member of the township advisory board permits me to represent people at the local level, helping those who might otherwise be forgotten or fall through the cracks. During the past four years, tough decisions had to be made regarding fire protection. I believe, through the process of healthy debates and compromise, the advisory board and trustee were able to bring fire protection into the 21st century by providing reasonable funding to our volunteer firefighters.
If elected, what will you do to serve the residents of Spencer Township (in 150 words or less)? I will continue to work, assist and support the residents in any way possible. There are times when good people need a helping hand and don’t have the resources or information to resolve an issue that comes up unexpectedly. As a township advisory board member, working in cooperation with the trustee, we can often help people who might not receive assistance they so desperately need. This position is all about helping your neighbor and being good stewards of their tax money. It also requires a working knowledge of duties and responsibilities of the office. During the past four years, I’ve gained that knowledge and an understanding of the position of advisory board member. Experience does matter, and, if re-elected, I will continue to serve the residents in a professional and respectful manner, always putting their interest first.
Name and residency: Belinda Smith, Depauw
Age: 57
Family: Parents, Charles and Lois Endris; husband, Allen Smith; children, Harvey Smith (Tracy), Nicole Plucinik (Jon) and Sean Smith (Jamie); grandchildren, Gabriel Smith, Cloe Watkins, Keelie Robinson, Nickolas Smith, Karsyn Smith, Madison Smith and Sophia Smith
Education: High school graduate
Occupation: Old Capitol United Methodist Church administrative assistant
Political experience: Spencer Township Advisory Board
Contact information for voters: email: [email protected]; 812-267-3505
Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? I love the citizens of Spencer Township and would like the opportunity to continue being the voice for the people.
If elected, what will you do to serve the residents of Spencer Township (in 150 words or less)? Since 2013, I was actively involved in saving the senior center in Frenchtown and realized the need to continue my involvement of Spencer Township as advisory board member. The next four years, I would love to see more citizens involved and encourage anyone to call or email me with any questions you may have.