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4 seek Republican nod in Spencer Township race

4 seek Republican nod in Spencer Township race 4 seek Republican nod in Spencer Township race

Two Republican incumbents, Bruce Hawkins and Ray E. Saylor, and two political newcomers, Justin R. Byerly and Jared S. Goldman, are seeking three spots to be on the Nov. 8 ballot for the Spencer Township Advisory Board. There currently are no Democrat candidates for the advisory board. Below are Byerly, Goldman, Hawkins and Saylor’s responses to a questionnaire sent to them by this newspaper.

Name and residency: Justin R Byerly, Ramsey

4 seek Republican nod in Spencer Township raceFamily: Wife – Jessica Byerly; son – Jarren Byerly

Education: 2006 graduate of North Harrison

Occupation: Vice president JB Lawn Care Inc.

Political experience: Republican party

Contact information for voters: 812-736-2515

Why are you seeking the office (in 150 words or less)? As a taxpayer and homeowner in Spencer Township, I want to be a voice for my neighbors, friends and family and other residents.

If elected, how will you serve the people of Spencer Township (in 150 words or less): If elected, I will ensure tax money is appropriately and evenly spent for our township needs. As a current member of Ramsey Volunteer Fire Dept., public safety is very important to me. I want to make sure that the residents of Spencer Township are provided the best fire protection possible not only now, but in the future.

 

Name and residency: Jared Goldman, Depauw

4 seek Republican nod in Spencer Township raceFamily: Adrienne, wife of 22 years; children Grace (19) and Ethan (18)

Education: 1995 graduate of North Harrison High School, 2 years undergraduate studies at Indiana University Southeast

Occupation: Goldman Lawncare, owner; North Harrison Community Schools, bus driver

Political experience: This is my first time running for public office.

Contact information for voters: Email — [email protected]

Why are you seeking the office (in 150 words or less)? I have been a resident of Spencer Township all my life and feel it is time to serve my community in this capacity. This position will give me the opportunity to represent our distinct and be a part of the decision-making process for Spencer Township. I believe that I can have a positive impact on my community and would welcome the opportunity to represent our township.

If elected, how will you serve the people of Spencer Township (in 150 words or less)? I will be available to listen to their concerns and ideas and work with the other board members and the trustee to improve Spencer Township for our residents.

 

Name and residency: Bruce Hawkins, Depauw

4 seek Republican nod in Spencer Township raceFamily: Married to Mary Simon Hawkins, for 35-plus years. I have 2 sons, Brandon Hawkins of Corydon and Chase Hawkins, at home.

Education: Corydon Central High School and a multitude of life experiences and classes.

Occupation: Manager at Caesars Casino, where I have worked since it opened.

Political experience: I am currently seated on the Spencer Township Advisory Board.

Contact information for voters: [email protected]

Why are you seeking the office (in 150 words or less)? I like serving the people of Spencer Township, directing them towards help if they need it and helping to make decisions that may affect them.

If elected, how will you serve the people of Spencer Township (in 150 words or less): If elected, I will continue to advise the trustee, make sure the money is spent properly and do the best advantage for the citizens of Spencer Township.

 

Name and residency: Ray E. Saylor, Depauw

4 seek Republican nod in Spencer Township raceFamily: Wife, Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor; son, Randy Spieth (Indianapolis); daughter, Kimberly Spieth (Corydon); two grandchildren

Education: New Albany High School, University of Alaska and Indiana University Southeast, Indiana Law Enforcement Academy graduate

Occupation: Deputy marshal (Leavenworth Police Dept.), Crawford County Community School Corp. school resource officer

Political experience: I have served as a member of the Spencer Township Advisory Board for the past eight years.

Contact information for voters: Ray E. Saylor, 5890 Milltown-Frenchtown Road, Depauw, IN 47115; cell — 812-596-1587; email — [email protected]

Why are you seeking office (in 150 words or less)? I am seeking re-election as a Spencer Township Advisory Board member because I believe there needs to accountability and transparency at all levels of government. Township government should be about caring for the people in the most fundamental way. I believe Indiana should place more responsibility and accountability on township trustees and advisory board members to do what is right instead of them getting paid to attend a few meetings a year. If re-elected, I plan to work with leaders to review and revamp the trustees and advisory board positions in Indiana to ensure taxes are used in the most efficient way to provide services and to reduce taxes as appropriate. I encourage everyone to become educated on the role of township trustees and advisory board members and then decide if your tax dollars are being spent efficiently. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.

If elected, how will you serve the people of Spencer Township (in 150 words or less)? If I am re-elected, I will continue to serve as I always have. It is important to me to stand up and do what is right and not necessarily what is popular. Being an elected official means you are to serve those who entrust you to look out for their best interest; sometimes that means addressing difficult issues and doing the job you are elected to do without fear of being judged or not being in the favor of others. I have always stood for what is right and for doing what I believe the people who elected me expect me to do as their representative. It is my hope that the residents of Spencer Township have been satisfied as one of their elected representatives to the Spencer Township Advisory Board. If so, I humbly ask for your vote in May.

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