Franklin Township Trustee race
Republican David Hussung, the current Franklin Township trustee, is being challenged by Democrat Tim Bridages. Below are their responses to a questionnaire sent by this newspaper.
Name: Tim Bridges
Family: I was born and raised and worked in this community all my life. I am 62 years old and have been married for 39 years (Rhonda). I have three sons and four grandchildren and one on the way.
Education/Occupation/Political experience: I have B.S. and M.S. degrees from Indiana University Southeast plus an Elementary and Secondary Principals license. I was a teacher and principal for Lanesville Community Schools for 36 years and an elementary principal for Crawford County Schools for one year. I coached various sports at Lanesville for 20-plus years. I have driven a school bus 19 years.
Contact information for voters: [email protected]; 812-736-9350
Why are you seeking the office (100 words or less)? The people of Franklin Township are my extended family and have been very good to me and my family my entire life. I retired from teaching this past spring so I felt like I needed a way to continue to serve.
As township trustee, what will be your No. 1 priority in 2023 (150 words or less)? As trustee, I will work for the people of Franklin Township, maintaining records, working with the advisory board, the fire department, doing whatever I can to serve the people. We have some new businesses that have come into the community and possible new housing starts. It is very exciting time for our township, and I am ready to work to make all these things a positive step forward for the people of our community.
Name: David C. Hussung
Family: Son of Marvin and Imogene Walther Hussung; sisters Lisa Freeman and Mary Ann Hall.
Education/Occupation/Political experience: 1977 graduate of Lanesville High School, bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University Southeast; director of Marketing & Events for the Harrison County Parks Dept.; current trustee of Franklin Township. I was also Trustee/Assessor from 1991 to 1998.
Contact information for voters: 812-572-3975, [email protected]
Why are you seeking the office (100 words or less)? I’ve always been interested in helping and serving the community. It’s very important to me, and I feel called to it. Besides being trustee, I was an active member of the Lanesville Jaycees for many years and am an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where I have served as youth director, school board member, elder and Sunday school teacher. I want to continue to make a difference for our community in any way I can. Being township trustee has been very rewarding, as I can help people.
As township trustee, what will be your No. 1 priority in 2023 (150 words or less)? My top priority is supporting the fire department, and that will continue to be the case if I am fortunate enough to be re-elected. I also want to continue helping the people of Franklin Township in other ways, such as providing township assistance, sometimes called poor relief. Even during the pandemic, many people in our community did not utilize township assistance, perhaps out of pride, but I have tried to find other ways to help those in need such as making donations to the food pantry at St. Mary’s by buying them a new refrigerator. I want to continue to provide park Super Passes. Around 200 families in Franklin Township use this program, funded by riverboat money, to get free access to and discounts at the county parks. I love serving as your trustee and hope you will give me the honor of continuing to serve the community I love.