Former commissioner challenges incumbent
The current Harrison County commissioner for District 1, Republican Charlie Crawford, is being challenged by former county commissioner James Goldman, a Democrat. Voters in the entire county will select their candidate. Below are the candidates’ responses to a questionnaire from this newspaper.
Name: Charlie Crawford
Family: Wife Janie, married 60 years. Daughter Debbie is a principal in the South Bend, Ind., school system. Daughter Judy has a preschool in LaPorte, Ind. We have four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Education/Occupation/Political experience: Currently serving as District 1 Commissioner since 2017. Served two years as Morgan Township trustee adviser. United States Air Force veteran of four years. Supervisor/project manager at Bethlehem Steel with 36 years of construction management experience. Studied surveying at PNC and civil engineering at ICS. Retired project engineer/senior construction/supervisor/project manager at Bethlehem Steel with 36 years of construction management experience.
Contact information for voters: 812-946-1425, [email protected]
Why are you seeking the office (100 words or less)? I believe in serving our community and listening to people. I enjoy helping others and solving their problems. That’s why I’ve volunteered for the Lions Club for 40+ years and helped organize 11 clubs across our area, why I volunteer in my church, why I served on the Pal-Wow committee, why I was a Habitat for Humanity charter member and why I’ve served 20 years on the Harrison County Plan Commission. I knocked on over 4,000 doors campaigning four years ago and almost that many so far this year. I am conservative and strongly support our police and first responders.
What will be your No. 1 priority in 2021 as a commissioner (150 words or less)? As commissioner, I think being able to respond to the unexpected is even more important than setting out long-term plans. A year ago, we could not have predicted that a disease from China would spread across the entire world and spread havoc. Instead, it is important to have the knowledge and experience to adapt to changing circumstances and the wisdom to prepare for the unexpected. I think my 36 years in construction management, project engineering and leadership have given me the ability to adapt to changing conditions and be ready for whatever unexpected events may come. I have supported our police and first responders and will continue to do so. My highest priority will be unchanged from when I first ran four years ago: to perform the duties of this office to the best of my ability.
Name: James Goldman
Family: Married Betty Atkins from Marengo in 1971. Together, we have two children, Jaime Rennirt (Rance) of Georgetown, who has four children, and Jared Goldman (Adrienne) of Depauw, who has two children. I lost Betty to cancer in 2002. In 2005, I married the former Kathy Mott of Palmyra, who has three children, Christian, Travis and Hope.
Education/Occupation/Political experience: Graduated from North Central High School in 1965. Dairy farmer now retired. Commissioner 2000-2012.
Contact information for voters: 812-267-2738
Why are you seeking the office (100 words or less)? While serving in the U..S Navy in Vietnam, I came to realize the importance of giving back to this great country. I believe that I will bring to the board of commissioners a voice of experience and cooperation with other elected officials. I have the time to fully commit myself to being a commissioner who will work hard to bring forth the best results on issues that come before us. I will also make sure that citizens are informed of important issues that affect their lives.
What will be your No. 1 priority in 2021 as a commissioner (150 words or less)? My first priority, if elected, will be to build a strong working relationship with other elected officials. The commissioners and county council must show respect towards each other and work as a team to achieve the best possible outcome on all issues we are charged with addressing. I will always do the research necessary to make for the best possible outcome. I am concerned about the absence of affordable high-speed internet to our rural community. The contract with Mainstream was quoted by county officials as “county wide” internet service. That has not happened. The lack of high-speed internet service for our schoolchildren has been an insurmountable issue for many families. I will look into this and seek ways to expand high-speed internet in our county.