Political newcomers seek D-2 seat
With Harrison County Commissioner Kenneth (Kenny) Saulman not seeking re-election for the District 2 seat, two political newcomers are vying to take his seat. Candidates are Democrat Richard Gettelfinger and Republican Nelson Stepro. Voters in the entire county will select their candidate. Below are the candidates’ responses to a questionnaire from this newspaper.
Name: Richard L. Gettelfinger
Family: Married to Sandy for over 49 years; three children and 18 grandchildren
Education/Occupation/Political experience: Bachelor of Science, Indiana University Southeast, concentration in business administration and accounting; master HVAC, licensed manufactured home installer; certified Energy Star home builder; business owner for over 30 years
Why are you seeking the office (100 words or less)? Wow! I get excited when I think that as commissioner I will have the opportunity to make Harrison County better for everyone. I am anxious to implement my Coffee with the Commissioner program. This program will feature a live interactive Facebook presentation that will allow listeners a chance to ask questions as I highlight what is going on in the community. When possible, I intend to open our store and invite the public periodically so you will have the opportunity to discuss what’s on your mind. I will do this as I care about what you think. Working for you!
What will be your No. 1 priority in 2021 as a commissioner (150 words or less)? In marriage, family, business and in community, trust is what keeps a relationship strong. My priority as commissioner will be to restore that trust in our local government. For the past four years, I have witnessed the deterioration of the relationship between the commissioners and the council and, more importantly, between the commissioners and landowners. I do not believe this is beneficial for our community. Whether it be economic development, zoning, road improvements, etc., we will all do better moving forward as a team as we meet our challenges and capitalize on our opportunities. As commissioner, I will never agree to a process that ignores landowners’ rights, i.e. Watson Road connector project. I will treat everyone with respect. My main interest as commissioner is to be the best public servant possible, not a servant of any political party. Stand with me as I work for you.
Name: Nelson Stepro
Family: I have been married to my wife Rena for 36 years. We have two grown sons (Coy and Taylor), two daughters-in-law (Amber and Bree ) and two grandchildren (Addison and Hagan).
Education/Occupation/Political experience: I am a graduate of Corydon Central High School class of 1976; founder and co-owner of Stepro’s Garage Corydon, Ind. This is my first time running for a political office.
Why are you seeking the office (100 words or less)? I am not running to push any agenda or project. I am not running to be somebody or to get something. I believe in old-fashioned public service. I love this county and want to make it an even better place. If elected, my intention is to look at each matter brought before the commissioners and make decisions based on the facts being presented.
What will be your No. 1 priority in 2021 as a commissioner (150 words or less)? I think the main priority for 2021 is going to revolve around trying to get all of the work that needs to be performed done on a very reduced budget. This has become necessary due to the decline in tax and casino revenue brought on by the pandemic.