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Your primary responsibility, get out and vote keep an eye on the News and Tribune in September for information on the survey for the Nov. 3 election. We believe the Voters Guide is one he best step you can take as of the best ways you can learn a voter is to be as about the candidates in the May 5 informed as possible primary. We also have been pubbefore casting a ballot. The lishing staff-produced previews News and Tribune is again for key contested races — mayor, here to help. council and clerk — and will conIn the coming pages of tinue to do so before Election Day. the 2015 Primary Election Inside, you’ll also find the Voters Guide, you’ll find information you need to know on responses from candidates an important referendum on the in municipal races in Clark shea ballot for all Floyd County voters and Floyd counties. — a plan to spend about $80 milThere are no county- or lion to renovate or replace schools state-level races this year. News and The questionnaire reTribune editor by the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. sponses are verbatim from Our staff-produced preview articles the candidates. There was no editing done, only a spell-check by editors. The can be found by searching for “election” at newsandtribune.com. Today, a responses were collected via an online PDF of this publication will be linked survey, and the same method will be there as well. used for the November Municipal We hope you take some time over Election. Advancing candidates should
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Mayor ............................ page 4 Clerk .............................. page 5 Council District 2 ........... page 5 Council District At-Large ........... ................................. pages 6, 8 Council District 5 ......... page 10 Council District 1 ......... page 11 Council District 3 ......... page 12 Council District 4 ......... page 12 Council District 6 ......... page
the next few days and read what the candidates have to say on these pages — in their words. Now that you’ve got the Voters Guide in your hands, you’re ready to go to the polls. Happy voting. — Editor Shea Van Hoy can be reached via email at shea.vanhoy@newsandtri bune.com or by phone at 812-206-2130. Follow him on Twitter at: @SheaVan Hoy
Mayor .......................... page 14 Council District At-Large ........... .............................. pages 15-16 Council District 3 ......... page 17 Clerk ............................ page 17 Council District 4 ......... page 17 Council District 5 ......... page 18 Council District 6 ......... page 19
Town Judge ................. page 20 Council District 1 ......... page 20 Council District At-Large ........... ............................. pages 21-22 Council District 2 ......... page 22 Council District 3 ......... page 23 Council District 5 ......... page 23 Council District 4 ......... page
Mayor .......................... page 25 Council District At-Large ........... ..................................... page 26 Clerk ............................ page 27 Council District 1 ......... page 27 Council District 2 ......... page 28 Council District 3 ......... page 28 Council District 4 ......... page 29
Council District 1 ......... page 29
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mayor William 'Bill' Meiners
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? See below
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? Today you look around Jeffersonville and can’t help but see the progress we’ve made. Our city is on the move. We’ve accomplished so much in three years, but our job isn’t done.
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville mayor AGE: 62 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: This is the first time I am running for office. FAMILY: Not married OCCUPATION: Owner of Meiners Engineering which does engineering on a contractual and consulting basis in the civil, structural, and mechanical fields. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I have no experience being a politician. To be william 'Bill' honest I am not sure I would be good at it because I am a very ethical, forthright and meiners commonsense person. I have 35 years of practical professional business experience. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): www.CFLSR.com and www.MeinersEngineering.com
WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? See below WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Many of the current and past set of politicians have misled the public in regards to Jeffersonville’s combined sewer overflow problem. They are still misleading and confusing the public in regards to the EPA mandate, the EPA, The Interceptor, and how to fix the combined sewer overflow problem and satisfy the EPA. The current agreement that Jeffersonville has with the EPA is to install an interceptor (which is just a code word for huge pipe to collect Jeffersonville’s storm water and pipe it to the wastewater treatment plant) and a water conveyance system (which is a code word for a canal or huge pipes to pipe the water away from the treatment plant)
SEE MEINERS, PAGE 34
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville mayor AGE: 53 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I am a current at large city council member and past president of the city council. I DENNIS JULIUS have also been president of the Redevelopment Commission. FAMILY: I have a wife, Vicki, we’ve been married for X years. I have three children, my daughter Kelsey, my son Chris and my late son Morgan. OCCUPATION: I am co-owner of Walnut Ridge Nursery and 300 Spring. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I have served on the Redevelopment commission, Jeffersonville Main street, Bridgepoint Good Will
Industries, Solid Waste board, Finance committee and others. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): www. julius4mayor.com WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I have a passion for this community and years of experience giving back and serving the people of Jeffersonville. I love this city, and I’d be humbled and honored to have the vote of anyone that cares about the future of Jeffersonville. I have four years of experience on the city council as an at-large member and past president. I own two local businesses and know what it takes to get the job done for the people of Jeffersonville, first as customers and now as constituents. I expect a certain level of professionalism and integrity in my business, expectations that I will bring to the mayor’s office.
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville mayor AGE: 50 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Jeffersonville Mayor 2012-present; Clark County Commissioner 2007-2011 FAMILY: Three children OCCUPATION: Mayor of Jeffersonville Mike Moore RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I’m a former small businessman having owned and operated Jerry’s Family Restaurant for nearly 30 years. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): www.imformikemoore.com
WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? My commitment to a pro-growth agenda that has helped Jeffersonville recover from a recession by attracting more than 3,000 new jobs while streamlining government so we have ended each of the last three years with a budget surplus. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The most pressing issue facing our community is to continue to attract new jobs and grow Jeffersonville’s economy. To succeed as a community, we must continue to improve the quality of life for everyone. Companies are attracted to communities that are a good place to live, work and do business. We must continue our commitment to streamlining government and cut wasteful spending. Implementing cost savings that will ensure that our city government is leaner and more efficient.
SEE MOORE, PAGE 35
WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I hope people vote for me because we need to change the way things are going. I don’t think the current administration has done a good job of providing leadership that benefit ALL the people of Jeffersonville, and instead had been a exercise in theatrics. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? We have a lot of things going for us, new bridges, $10 million in undeveloped property, Veteran’s Parkway and River Ridge. However these benefits will become detriments if we don’t get ahead of the growth and keep our spending under control. While the building has just been finished for the new
walking bridge and the Ohio River Bridges project nears next years completion, We have seen no plan on how to handle the traffic in the east end. I will put a plan together to handle the issue, that includes improvement of the intersection that crosses Highway 62 over to Utica Sellersburg Rd. We have a new marina being built, but only after the project was designed and came in at 3 times the budgeted amount. Even Big Four Station has been made more extravagant than originally planned. These projects are great, but we can’t keep spot developing. We have to begin to lead this city in the direction we can afford and that benefit everyone”
SEE JULIUS, PAGE 43 • Democratic candidate Louis Hancock for Jeffersonville mayor did not respond to the News and Tribune candidate questionnaire
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clerk Vicki Conlin
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville clerk AGE: 63 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Presently serving 4 year term as Jeffersonville City Clerk, 8 years Jeffersonville City Council, 2 year term Clark County Council, 1 term as Jeffersonville Township Assessor FAMILY: Married to Dave Roy OCCUPATION: Jeffersonville City Clerk vicki conlin RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Legislative Committee Indiana Municipal League of Clerk Treasure, Legislative Committee Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Board of Directors Wellstone Regional Hospital, Board Secretary, Board of Directors Clark County Youth Shelter YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville clerk AGE: 61 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: 4 years on the Jeffersonville City Council, 32 years on the Jeffersonville Fire Dept. FAMILY: Life long resident of Jeffersonville; Have a son and 2 daughters; 6 Grandchildren OCCUPATION: Firefighter for 32 years dennis frantz RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: 4 years on the Jeffersonville City Council, 2 Years on the Jeffersonville Board of Public Works YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): Facebook Dennis “Denny” Frantz for City Clerk WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? Want to make government as open as possible
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I am a life long resident of Jeffersonville, I love this City and I love Public Service WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I got the experience, I am honest and I am a hard worker
WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I want to help people to understand government and what it does
WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Continue to make Government and Government Records more accessible
WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The Clerks office is to keep records and make them available to the public Handle it by making sure that request are quickly taken care of
WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Yes I agree with Open Records, and transparency. As Clerk I strive to re-broadcast the Council Meetings on Facebook and YouTube within 48 hour period.. Minutes, Ordinances, Resolutions, Claims, Contracts, are scanned in Public Documents and are accessible to the Public on the City of Jeff webpage. I welcome anyone calling the Clerk’s Office if they have any questions or need help.
WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? That to me is the purpose of this office. To accomplish that, I would make sure that all employees, and myself that this is the reason we are here
Council district 2 Ed 'Ed Z' Zastawny
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville council AGE: 47 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: ed zastawny Ran for Clark County Council in 1998 and lost. Ran for Jeffersonville City Council in 1999 and lost. Won City Council District 2 in 2003, 2007, and 2011. FAMILY: I have been married to Abbie Long Zastawny for 20 years and we have 2 sons: Ethan, who is a sophomore at JHS and Brennan who is in
8th grade at Parkview. I was originally born and raised in Northern Ohio near Cleveland. I moved to Jeffersovnille in 1992 for work where I met my wife Abbie (librarian at Parkview Middle School). After marriage we decided to stay in Jeffersonville to start and raise our family. OCCUPATION: I have worked in the property and casualty insurance industry my whole life. Most of my career I have work as a Commercial Field Underwriter and safety inspector. Currently I am employed as a Sr. Business Development Manager for MAPFRE Insurance responsible for the states of KY and Southern Indiana. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I have now proudly served Jeffersonville as an elected
city councilman for 12 years. During my time on Council I have served on appointments to Redevelopment, Planning & Zoning, Solid Waste, served as President of the council twice, V.P. of the council 4 times and has served as President of the Parks Authority for 3 years. During my time on Redevelopment, City Council, & Jeff Park Authority I have been involved with: 1) Managing the falls landing area which included working with Buckhead, Kingfish, & Rocky’s leases and sales. 2) Creating a private/public partnership with Sun Properties that saved and renovated the Quadrangle 3) Moving Jeffersonville City Hall out of the County Building to its current location in the
center of the Quadrangle. 4) Purchasing the old Eastlawn Elementary School and establishing a lease between Redevelopment and the Community Action of Southern Indiana (CASI) for local services. 5) Supported infrastructure improvements and tax abatements as incentives for private investments to occur on our side of Veteran’s Parkway. 6) Supported the transition for Police and Fire employment to be managed via Merit boards instead of Mayoral control. 7) Was on the contract negotiation teams and at times was lead negotiator for various fire and police contract negotiations and arbitration.
SEE ZASTAWNY, PAGE 35
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council DISTRICT at-large Steve Cooley
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville council photo not AGE: 44 available POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Member of City of Jeffersonville Parks Advisory Coaches Board in 2009-2010. FAMILY: Wife Heather, Two daughters, Makenzi 15, Bentley 4 OCCUPATION: Teacher at Jeffersonville High School, AP U.S. History, Government, Economics. Head Football Coach Clarksville High School RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: As a leader of young people for over 20 years in education, I believe my experiences in teaching and coaching, solving problems, dealing with parents, community leaders in a positive manner will be vital to the job. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): n/a WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I am running for City Council to fairly and equitably represent All The People of Jeffersonville, All The Time, residents and business owners alike, and ensure that everyone’s voice, individually and collectively, will always be heard in an open, honest and straightforward approach to local community governance. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I am familiar with all of the operations and departments of the City of Jeffersonville, I know the inner working of our city government, the systems in place and the procedures that need to be followed. I believe by diligently working together for the common good, great things can be accomplished.
SEE COOLEY, PAGE 56
Charles 'Tony' Wadsworth
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville council AGE: 68 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Currently, Jeffersonville City Council - District 3. Recently, I served as a poll worker in the November 2014 election.” FAMILY: Two Stepdaughters / Mom Deceased OCCUPATION: Retired Attorney (Corporation Practice) - Retired from Humana charles 'tony' Inc. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: My law career experience overall is broad- wadsworth based, and it includes support for business operations, human resources, sales, marketing, contract development and negotiation, product development, litigation management. A record of success in generating professional teamwork, understanding the practical, interpersonal, and legal aspects of issues. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): n/a
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville council AGE: 43 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Served as President of the Whispering Oaks II Homeowners Association for the last 5 years and have served on the Pool and Clubhouse Committee as President one and Vice President twice. I was in the first class of the Jeffersonville Neighborhood Leadership Institute. stan martin FAMILY: I am blessed to be married to my High School Sweetheart for the last 20 years. We have a daughter that is 11 and a son that is three. OCCUPATION: I am a Sales Engineer for ControlTouch Systems. We work on projects that range from Airport Baggage Handling to Wastewater. In the past 4 years I have reviewed the specifications of over 70 water / wastewater projects. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Served for a year and a half with the 198th Military Police Battalion and deployed to North Carolina for hurricane Floyd relief. At that time it was one of the largest natural disasters in US history. As a teenager, I completed my Boy Scout service projects assisting the Lake Dreamland Fire Department in Louisville. This gave me insight as to how a fire department operates and what it takes to do their job. With my current employment, I have had the opportunity to review wastewater projects across the region. In know the process and I know what works. I have a unique insight as to the costs associated with these projects and what an be done to reduce it. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE):N/A
SEE MARTIN, PAGE 38
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville council AGE: 24 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Jeffersonville City Council (2012-Present), Political Director, Clark Co. GOP (2012-Present), Campaign Manager, Jamey Noel for Sheriff (2014) FAMILY: Son of Todd and Cindy Owen, Older Brother to Nick Owen. Not married. OCCUPATION: Marketing Director/EMT, New Chapel EMS matt owen RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: President, Clark Co. Sheriff Merit Board, Member of the Jeffersonville Board of Public Works (2015), Member of the Clark Co. 911 Operations Board (2014-Present), Graduate of the Indiana Leadership Forum, Class of 2014, Chairman, Young Republicans of Clark County (2014-Present), Indiana’s Best & Brightest Young Republican Leaders, Honoree (2014, Indian Federation of Young Republicans), Jeffersonville Parks & Recreation President (2012), Jeffersonville Parks & Recreation Vice President (2013, 2014), Member of the Jeff Main Street Downtown Development Committee, Financial Secretary/Board Member, New Chapel United Methodist Church YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): www.ElectMattOwen.com
WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? Personally, I am a versatile, proactive and creative individual with diverse experience and knowledge and a demonstrated capacity for team play and leadership. Further, I am only interested in public service.
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I am running for the same reason I ran before: To give a fresh voice in our city government. Growing up in Jeff, I always remember hearing many of my friends and colleagues saying that they couldn’t wait to get away from our hometown. As city leaders, it is our responsibility to work toward making Jeffersonville not only a better place to work and live, but also a better place for members of the next generation who are looking for a place to start families of their own. This is the key to sustainability for any community. I think we have come a long way in that regard over the last four years. Jeffersonville is moving in a very positive direction, and I am running to help continue that progress.
SEE WADSWORTH, PAGE 51
SEE OWEN, PAGE 41
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? Simply, to serve the people of Jeffersonville
WHAT IS THE RAY WILKEY WAY? RESPONSIBLE BUDGETING AND USE OF TIF SPENDING. ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP WITH TEAMWORK AND COMMUNICATION.
YOU IN MIND — AS A CONCERNED CITIZEN.
ABOUT RAY WILKEY: I’m running for City Council District 4 as a passioniate citizen of the community and looking out for the greater good of my friends and neighbors of Jeffersonville. I’ve lived here for 15 years, and I believe unity and teambuilding are the foundations to Jeffersonville’s success. I’m not only an active citizen of our community, but I have a strong background in budgeting and wastewater and stormwater treatment / collection systems.
I hope to enhance the safety of our community with the improvement of roadways and sidewalks and ensure all future developments include sidewalks in their plans. I hope you agree the Ray Wilkey way is what Jeffersonville needs for ongoing success.
DISTRICT 4 DEMOCRAT 812-282-4028 Ray.email@example.com www.raywilkey.com
Make your voice heard. Vote the Ray Wilkey way. Paid for by Ray Wilkey for City Council.
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COUNCIL DISTRICT AT-LARGE CONTINUED Steven J. Webb
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville council AGE: 52 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Jeffersonville City Councilman 6th District-January 2015-present FAMILY: Elizabeth Webb-spouse, Savannah Webb-daughter, Ross Webb-Son OCCUPATION: Chief Operating and Financial Officer, Owner, Admirals Anchor Marina 1987-present steven j. webb RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Have successfully managed all aspects of multimillion dollar marine sales, service and marina business for over 24 years. Increased overall sales revenue and implemented diverse product lines resulting in a continuously growing national and international customer base. Annual winner of Customer Satisfaction Award by Brunswick Marine 8 out of 10 years. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): Stevenjwebb4@gmail.com WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I am a lifelong resident of Jeffersonville, Indiana, and co-owner of a family business in Jeffersonville established in 1973. I am raising my family here and care greatly about the community I and my family belong to. I have a vested interest in Jeffersonville. I want my children to grow up in the same safe, prosperous and close community I did. I want Jeffesonville to have a prosperous future. I care about our community and I believe the Jeffesonville City Council needs experienced local business people to keep Jeffersonville on the most prosperous path. Smart business decisions for Jeffersonville bring more jobs to the community.
Ronald 'Ron' Ellis
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville council AGE: 73 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I served two terms as District II Councilman before redistricting. I served on the Jeffersonville Plan Commission. I served four years as the Jeffersonville Street Commissioner. FAMILY: I am married to my lovely wife Alfreda and together we have a combined family Ronald 'Ron' of ten children, twenty six grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. I am the oldest Ellis of sixteen children and my siblings have numerous children. The majority of my family live in Jeffersonville. OCCUPATION: I am retired from the Pillsbury Company. I now serve as Pastor of Saint James United Methodist Church, where I consider serving there a calling to serve, not an occupation. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I was elected as Chairman of Indiana Street Commissioners Association and chosen as Street Commissioner of the year. I represent the County Commissioners as chairman of Clark County Community Corrections Advisory Board. I am a political appointee to the Community Action Southern Indiana Board. I was appointed by Governor O’Bannon to the Indiana Clean Manufacturing Board.” YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I am running for this office because I want to make sure that the citizens of Jeffersonville has a Councilman that will represent the needs of the people.
SEE ELLIS, PAGE 56
SEE WEBB, PAGE 39
Nathan Samuel Joshua Rodriquez
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville council AGE: 40 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: This is my first time running for political office. I’ve been on the following boards/committees and organizations: YMCA Annual Giving Campaign, The Terrace of Park Place Neighborhood Assoc. (Founding member, Chairman, Vice Chairman, Sec, Treasurer, Planning Director), Founder of Ladybug’s Landing Community Garden, Jeffersonville Neighborhood joshua Leadership Institute (1st class), Jeffersonville Neighborhood Leadership Alliance rodriquez (Founding member, Chairman, Vice Chairman), Jeffersonville Planning Commission (Chairman, Vice Chairman), Board of Zoning Appeals BZA (Chairman, Vice Chairman), The Jeffersonville Arts Commission, Clark County Youth Coalition (CCYC), Jeffersonville City Pride, Jeffersonville Pedestrian and Bike Plan, Steamboat Days Committee. FAMILY: I am married to Meredith Clipp-Rodriquez with 3 children; Enrique (20), Isabella (9), and Lola (7). OCCUPATION: 20+ years in Healthcare and continuing education towards a NP (Nurse Practitioner) license. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I have been recognized as a Rotary Gold Leaf recipient and Southern Indiana Business Source’s Top 20 under 40. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I’m running for City Council At-Large because I believe that the city is in desperate need of honest
SEE RODRIQUEZ, PAGE 37
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville council AGE: 50 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I formerly served on the Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission from 1999 - 2007. And am currently a City Councilman from 2007 through present. FAMILY: Married to Kimberly Samuel, celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary this nathan August. Two grown/married children. Tyler Samuel - Heidi; Bo Bryant - Alexis. samuel OCCUPATION: Chief Executive Officer for Childplace, Inc. - Over the last four decades, Childplace has witnessed significant changes in the needs of children and families. To address the struggle’s of today’s at-risk youth, Childplace provides focused interventions and specialized treatment for children and families, and during the last 40 years the constant has been the desire to provide a place of hope and healing for children and families. Our mission states, “Childplace exists to serve children at risk by meeting their needs and equipping them for life in a spirit of Christian love.” RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I have served and currently serve on a number of local, State and National Boards - National Association Christian Child and Family Services; Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy; LifeSpan Resources; Member Jeffersonville Rotary Club since 1995; Leadership Southern Indiana - class of ‘98. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A
SEE SAMUEL, PAGE 55 • Democratic candidates Larry S. Jordan Jr. and Brian Smith for Jeffersonville County Council At-Large did not respond to the News and Tribune candidate questionnaire
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council district 5 Lisa Gill
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville council AGE: 48 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Current Council President, Current Chair of Finance Committee, Current Vice President of Planning and Zoning, Current liaison to Drainage Board and former member, Parks Authority Member FAMILY: Happily married to Steve Gill for 25 years and counting. Daughter Kaitlin Gill; Parents are John and Joan Noel; Siblings: Chris Noel, Francis Noel, Barbara Lisa Gill Chapman, Jamey Noel, and Leon Noel OCCUPATION: Former Care Giver to my mother who just recently passed away. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Board of Public Works YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I am seeking re-election because District 5 needs someone that knows who they work for, will stand with them and fight for what is best for them, is totally dedicated to being fiscal responsible, values integrity and communicates and works with everyone to ensure what is best for Jeffersonville is getting done. That person is me.
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville council AGE: 39 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: District 3 Jeffersonville City Council 2004 through 2011; President Jeffersonville City Council 2007 FAMILY: Married for 18 years to wife Kristan; two children (Keigan & Kyley) OCCUPATION: Digital Sales & Marketing Director at Clark County Auto Auction RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Former two term City Council member. Lifelong Jeffersonville resident YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? Our city is growing rapidly with great opportunities on the horizon. It is crucial that we elect council members that can combine vision, experience, knowledge, and common sense. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? Presently there are areas of concern in City government where my leadership and communication abilities would lend itself to better outcomes for our citizens. After serving eight years with two very different Mayors while on the City Council, I haven’t and will never allow personal interests or petty disagreement jeopardize what is best for Jeffersonville.
SEE GILL, PAGE 58
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Jeffersonville City Clerk Paid by Committee to Elect Vicki Conlin Jeff City Clerk Vicki Conlin Treasurer
SEE FETZ, PAGE 53
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Building Our Future Together!
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council district 1 Becka Christensen
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville council AGE: 54 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Greater Clark County School Board Of Trustees 20082012 FAMILY: Husband Dan Christensen, married 39 years; Daughter Jamie Chevalier OCCUPATION: Owner of Affairs Of The Heart Florist in downtown Jeffersonville for becka 23 years. christensen RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Resided in downtown over 50 years 23 year member of The Downtown Merchants Association, 23 year member Jeffersonville Main Street Member of The Jeffersonville 4th of July Parade Committee, Founding Member and active in The Franklin Commons Neighborhood Association, Past Neighborhood Advisor to the Clark County Youth Shelter, Past Vice President of The Rose Hill Elementary P.T.O, Troop Leader for Girl Scout Troop 89 Past member of City Pride, Past member of Jeff Optimist Club, Past committee member Clark County Empty Stocking Fund, Charter Member of Kiwanis International YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): Becka christensen for city council WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? This has always been something I wanted to pursue one day and with the retirement of the current city councilman it seemed the time was right to continue the progress in the first district. My civic experience and commitment to revitalizing the downtown all seems to fit at this time in my life.
SEE CHRISTENSEN, PAGE 57
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville council AGE: 39 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: This is my first time running for a political office. I have experience working with various local and state wide agencies including INDOT, Indiana Landmarks, Jeff Main Street, Ohio River Greenway as well as departments within our local government. FAMILY: I am the youngest of three children. We are the product of a marriage that Kate miller is 57 years strong. I am married to the love of my life and hope to match the longevity in marriage that my parents have enjoyed! OCCUPATION: From loan officer to healthcare underwriter, I have worked in the area of Finance throughout my adult career. After finishing a second Master’s degree, I was invited to stay on with the university and teach. Teaching quickly turned into creating Finance and IT course content for a couple of local universities. I thoroughly enjoy seeing others learn by breaking down complicated concepts into simple steps. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I have more than twenty years’ experience working with people from all backgrounds. Can’t was never an option in my family. You would find a way no matter the difficulties that you might encounter. My experience working with my neighborhood group slowly grew into an opportunity to work with neighborhoods city wide. It was those core family values that allowed me to work with anyone no matter our differences and reap the benefits of getting results through a consensus. After all, we are more alike than we all might think. I also bring to the table a work history that has allowed me the opportunity to work with everyone from Fortune 500 companies to universities. I have been fortunate to go from working on budgets to working on lesson plans and college curriculum. I love to learn new processes and ways to find common sense solutions. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): www.katemiller4jeff.com
SEE MILLER, PAGE 36
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville council AGE: 67 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I’ve served 20 years on the Jeffersonville City Council; 3 years as Clark County Commissioner, and multiple terms as Precinct Committee person. As Council person, I’ve served on numerous boards and commissions for the City of Jeffersonville, including Board of Public Works & Safety, Redevelopment john perkins Commission, Sewer Board, Plan Commission, and Urban Enterprise Zone. As Commissioner, I served on the County Redevelopment, Drainage, and Solid Waste Boards. FAMILY: Brother Ron Perkins and sister-in-law, Nancy. OCCUPATION: I am a retired middle school teacher of government, economics, and U.S. history, and was owner of Falls Cities Boiler & Machine, Inc., until selling the business in 2007. I also considered my position on the City Council as more than a part-time job. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: My education and community involvement have helped contribute to my understanding and sense of community. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Government & Economics from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Master’s in Education, and post-graduate work in Administration and Finance from IU Southeast. I’ve been involved with the community in a variety of ways over the years. I currently serve on the Board of the Falls of the Ohio Foundation; and I am a member of the Jeffersonville Rotary Club, IU Alumni Association, Eagles, Moose, and Sons of the American Legion. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A
SEE PERKINS, PAGE 39
Dustin T. White, Esq.
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville council AGE: 44 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I have never held a publicly elected office. I am the Precinct Chair for Jeffersonville Precinct 3 and have been active in the Democratic Party since my return to Jeffersonville in 2001. I have volunteered for various campaigns on the local, state and national level. Most notably, field work for Congressman Baron Hill, Governor Joe Kernan’s campaign dustin t. white to succeed Gov. Frank O’Bannon and President Barack Obama’s Campaign for Change. I worked as Political Director for Jill Long Thompson’s campaign for Governor. In 2008, I was National Delegate to the DNC National Convention for then-Senator Barack Obama. FAMILY: Parents: Father Alvin White, Step-Mother Annie White and Billy Sue Smith, Step-Father Bob Smith. Siblings: Michael Collins, Tara (White) Evans, Krystal White and Heather White. OCCUPATION: Attorney and Adjunct Professor of Law and Ethics RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: “I have worked in various government positions, which have given me a unique perspective in my approach to complicated issues/problems. My past work experience includes: Legal Advisor for the Republic of Hungary during its transition from communism to a market-based economy; Assistant Mayor of Jeffersonville, Jeffersonville Director of Redevelop; Regional Director for the Indiana Department of Commerce, School of Business Chair for ITT Online and part-time Lead Faculty Chair for the University of Phoenix-Louisville Campus.
SEE DUSTIN WHITE, PAGE 50
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council district 3 Callie Jahn
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville council AGE: 21 POLITICAL PARTY Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE As someone who has never sought political office I will be bringing a fresh perspective to government. callie jahn FAMILY I was raised in a supportive household that emphasized hard work and selfreliance. Growing up, my parents instilled the value of a dollar and the importance of honesty and integrity. These values are what I will bring with me to the city council. OCCUPATION Director of Communications, World Trade Center-Kentucky RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE In my position at World Trade Center-Kentucky, I have first-hand experience engaging with companies to help them expand and create more jobs for our area. Jeffersonville is at a critical point of growth with new bridges being built and the River Ridge Commerce Center expanding. We need a City Council representative who knows what it takes to attract businesses to the city and who will oppose taxes that will hurt our residents and job creators. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): www.callieforcouncil.com
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville council AGE: 58 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I’m in my second term on Clark County Council. (President 2009) President of Solid Waste (Recycling ). Vice Chair of 4H Extension. Vice President of County Redevelopment. Past board member County Planning and Zoning. “ kevin vissing FAMILY: Son’s Brandon and (Kyle Deceased) Stepsons Ryan and Nathan Todaro. OCCUPATION: Service Department Tech @ Vectren Energy RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Past business owner Perkfection Coffee, Cafe downtown Jeffersonville. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): kevinvissing.com WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? Will bring experiences leadership to move Jeffersonville forward. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? My background as a problem solver, and I bring diversity with my blue collar background on a white collar council.
SEE JAHN, PAGE 58
SEE VISSING, PAGE 36
council district 4 Scottie Maples
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville council AGE: 31 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Union Township Trustee Advisory Board FAMILY: Morgan Maples, wife; Lucy, daughter; Emilee, step-daughter; Ryann, step daughter OCCUPATION: Detective and Public Information Officer for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office scottie maples RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Elected and served on the Union Township Trustee Advisory Board prior to moving to Jeffersonville. In that capacity, I worked on budgeting to fund relief efforts for the poor as well as community events. I also currently assist the Clark County Sheriff’s Office managing a substantial annual budget. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): scottiemaples.com WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? As a resident of Jeffersonville I want to see my community strive to be the best city it possibly can. I feel like I have the necessary work ethic and common sense to make logical decisions for the citizens of Jeffersonville.
SEE MAPLES, PAGE 54
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville council AGE: 48 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None. Even though I have never been elected to office, my career has allowed me to work closely with City Governments throughout several states. FAMILY: Parents: Don and Frances Wilkey; Daughter: Tarren Wilkey; Grandson: ray wilkey Brantley Sparks; Girlfriend: Cindy Ebling OCCUPATION: Engineered Sales RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Strong background in budgeting, water/wastewater, stormwater, and collection system. My work allows me to work closely with design engineers and Utilities to wok through their complex problems and solve their problems. My experience working with Utilities and City government gives me insight into the current issues facing Jeffersonville. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): www.raywilkey.com
SEE WILKEY, PAGE 60 • Democratic candidate Albert J. Fraizer Jr. for Jeffersonville County Council District 4 did not respond to the News and Tribune candidate questionnaire
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council district 6 Scott Hawkins
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville council AGE: 43 photo not POLITICAL PARTY: Republican available POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: This is my first attempt to run for public office- though I have been active in the political process. Most recently, I have managed two successful campaigns for county offices in 2010 and 2014. FAMILY: I have been married to Kimberly (Sanders) for nearly 22 years and we have two sons: Grant, who is a sophomore at JHS and Nikolas (Lex) who is in 7th grade at Parkview. My family planted its roots in Jeffersonville more than 5 generations ago, so the list of extended family I have in the area is extensive. Fortunately, my immediate family all still call Jeffersonville home: Mother, Jeanie Lindsey; Step-father, Cliff Lindsey; Brother, Bryan Lindsey; and Grandmother Mary Snelling. OCCUPATION: I have been a teacher at Jeffersonville High School for 19 years. During those years, I have taught a wide variety of subjects, with a focus on US Government and AP European History. During my tenure as a teacher, I have gotten to coach a wide variety of sports from the 7th grade to varsity levels. I have also held positions within the school system to work with the administration to better the teacher-administration relationship. Currently, I am chairperson of our teacher bargaining unit. My wife and I are owners of Tranz4mationz Salon, along with our partners, Brandy and Russ Corby. We started operations in 2001 and have enjoyed 14 successful years of business. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: As a teacher, coach, or business owner, my experiences are all centered on the same thing- solving problems. From the individual (getting a student to understand why we have the Electoral College) to the communal (negotiating labor’s share of $70,000,000 in school funding), every day I problem solve to achieve shared goals.
SEE HAWKINS, PAGE 41
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville council AGE: 56 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I have no official Political experience. My experience has come terri hicks from working with Business associations, Chambers, and the JNLA. I have also worked extensively with the Crystal Springs HOA. FAMILY: I am married to a wonderful man Arlen Hicks, collectively we have two great children our daughter Sabree and her husband Joe who have our oldest two grandchildren Lexi 15 and Christian 14. Our son David and his wife Heather who have our younger two grandchildren Issabella 6 and Madison 22 months. We also have two
Yorkies and two Toy Poodles, so we have quite an amazing group. OCCUPATION: My husband and two others started an Industrial Distributorship in Louisville in 1979. Since then we have become the sole owners of the corporation. We are a full line Industrial Distributor selling everything from the front door to the back. Our customer base covers Louisville, and Southern Indiana and surrounding area. Our employees have been with us so long that they too have become family.” RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: In working with the different organizations that I have, it has taught me that the main component for any office be it Gov’t or other is being able to work as a team as well as independently to get things done. I have been able to do that on multiple occasions. One of the most important fights I have fought since being in Jeffersonville was getting an emergency exit for Crystal Springs through River Ridge.
Dawn R. Elston
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Jeffersonville council AGE: 56 POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I have not been elected to public office. However, I was appointed as the attorney for the Jeffersonville City Council and the attorney for the Clark County Board of Health. I served Clark County as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and as Chief Public Defender totaling nearly two decades. FAMILY: I am the proud mother of two sons, Jason, age 23 and Jordan, age 22 who dawn r. elston were raised here in Jeffersonville. I was born and raised in Madison, Indiana, but I chose Jeff as my home in January, 1987. I met my former husband here, whose family is from Sellersburg, and we were married in St. Augustine Catholic Church in 1989. We have worked together to provide a loving and supportive environment for our two sons, and we both want our sons to build their lives in Jeffersonville. OCCUPATION: I have been a licensed Indiana attorney effective January 20, 1984. I have been practicing law in Jeffersonville and Southern Indiana since January, 1987. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: My prior legal and law enforcement experience include: Deputy Indiana Attorney General, FBI Special Agent, Clark County Deputy Prosecutor, and Jeffersonville City Council Attorney. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): www.dawnelstonlaw.com WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I decided to run for a council seat because I want to be involved in the rapid growth of the city. It is time for me to serve the city that has provided so much to me and my family. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? My ties to and belief in this community are strong. My legal background would be desirable and beneficial to the council and the City of Jeffersonville.
SEE ELSTON, PAGE 40
I had been told that River Ridge would never allow that. They would never allow any residential traffic on their property for any reason. After being shut into Crystal Springs three times in two due to weather and a auto accident I contacted Councilwoman Lisa Gill, Councilman Dennis Julius and Councilman Nathan Samuel and told them what was going on in district 6. I explained what we had been told, within a day we had a meeting setup with Jerry Acy and Paul Wheatley at River Ridge. When I explained that it was a very big concern for Public Safety they immediately asked what they could do to help. So, between them and Dan Cristiani within a short amount of time we had our Emergency Exit. And even though Mayor Moore tried to say it was for Emergency Vehicles only after we proved to him that was not the case. Our gate was opened each time the roads were bad this year. Neighbors Working Together Get Things Done.
Thanks River Ridge YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? To continue the work I have started through JNLA. To help the city to grow through neighborhoods working together, to wok hard to support and to find ways to fund our Police and Fire and EMS they are so very important to our growing community. At the rate we are growing if we don’t take care of them and help them grow we could see some real issues come our way. And to see The 10st/Hwy 62 corridor grow. We have a lot going on in the downtown sector but we need to see the East end bridge part of 62 come alive to capture some of the tax dollars that are going to be crossing that bridge and we can with the right kind of growth.
SEE HICKS, PAGE 59
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mayor Kevin W. Zurschmiede
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: New Albany mayor AGE: 52 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I am currently serving my 9th year as City Council Member At-Large. FAMILY: I am a lifelong resident of New Albany. My wife Beverly and I have two children and 1 granddaughter. OCCUPATION: I am a licensed Real Estate Broker in Indiana, as well as a kevin w. Licensed Contractor in New Albany. zurschmiede RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I currently serve on the New Albany City Council as a Member At-Large. I’m in my 9th year of service. I am a member of the board of directors of the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County. I currently serve as Chairman of the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County Small Business Revolving Loan Fund. I have previously served on the New Albany Storm Water Advisory Board, The New Albany Redevelopment Commission, The New Albany Sewer Board, and The New Albany Planning Commission. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): WWW.KZ4NA.ORG WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I am seeking the top job of New Albany because I truly care about our great city and its citizens. My passion to improve our city started many years ago. I have served on numerous boards and commissions giving me insight into our needs and inefficiencies. I see so much room for improvement. Our City is littered with numerous eyesores! We must clean up and organize our community in order for it to be at its best. No one wants to live in a filthy blighted city. As Mayor I will work diligently with everyone to improve our cities appeal, and regain the status we enjoyed when I was growing up here.
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: New Albany mayor AGE: 52 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I served on the New Albany City Council for eight years, and was elected Council President four times. For the past three and a half years, I have been honored to serve as Mayor of New Albany. FAMILY: My wife, Susie, and I have been married for 28 years. Susie is an Elemenjeff gahan tary School Principal in the NAFCS system. We are the proud parents of three daughters: Abby - a NAFCS teacher, Juliet - 16, and Mackenzie - 14. OCCUPATION: Mayor, City of New Albany RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I am a lifelong resident of the city of New Albany. I graduated from New Albany High School. I graduated from Indiana University Southeast and earned my living for over 20 years in New Albany’s veneer industry. I am fortunate as my hometown industry has afforded me the opportunity for personal and professional growth which has allowed me the chance to serve publicly. I am also a lifelong member of OLPH church. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): GahanForMayor.com
WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I have lived and worked in New Albany my entire life, which has given me a very strong commitment to our city. I am a proven business owner and entrepreneur. This experience will pay great dividends for digging us out of the financial hole we are in. Our city owes over 124 Million dollars.
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I am seeking re-election as Mayor so that we may continue to improve our public services while we keep our budgets in balance. We have balanced the budget for 3 years and we are on track to do the same in 2015. That is the first time that has happened in over a decade. Since taking office, we have battled years of previous neglect, and by doing so, we now have improved parks, revitalized neighborhoods, restored training facilities, and replaced flood pumps which protect our city from disaster after years of poor maintenance. We have paid off millions of dollars in sewer utility debt, and improved our waste water department by reducing overflows and removing measurable amounts of ground water from the system. These infrastructure improvements and capital projects were long overdue. More still needs to be done to keep our city competitive and attractive if we want our children to call New Albany home.
SEE ZURSCHMIEDE, PAGE 57
SEE GAHAN, PAGE 44
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: New Albany mayor AGE: 56 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: City Controller; Director of Redevelopment; Director of Economic Development david white FAMILY: My family has been in this community for five generations, serving New Albany-Floyd County by: • Creating and gifted Ashley’s Bibleland at Northside Christian Church, where my parents were founding members • Serving within Harvest Homecoming, Inc. for over 30 years • Serving at the Ed Endres Boys & Girls Club I have been married to Beth Fischer White for 33
years. Beth has worked in the Physical Therapy Department for the NA-FC School Corporation for 25 years. We have four children - Ashley (deceased); Haley - Marketing Specialist at Floyd Memorial Hospital; Andrew - Criminal Justice Major at IUS; and, Ethan - United States Army OCCUPATION: 35 years as an entrepreneur, business owner and senior executive RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: At age 27, I founded the first of three businesses, Ashley Lithographing and Company. Within ten years, Ashley was the 13th largest commercial printing and fulfillment company in the region, with over 70 associates and over $7 million dollars in annual sales. Over a 35-year career, my business travels have blessed me with a global perspective on life and business. This exposure, and my executive skill and leadership have helped grow thousands of
jobs and millions of dollars in revenue. I am prepared to forge public-private partnerships to create revenue to enhance the city’s landscape just as I did in 2005 when serving as Director of Economic Development. I reached out to business partners and delivered Cannon Acres, Purdue Technology Park and the 80+ acres off Durgee Road for an advanced manufacturing park. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): www. davidwhiteformayor.com WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I believe our city is in trouble, as evidenced by the controversy, debt and exclusion that surrounds it. What greater form of POVERTY can a community have than this? We need a mayor who has created jobs, has real life experience in building businesses, and whose number one priority is to serve ALL of the people
in New Albany. I want to create an “economic engine” for New Albany to reach its full potential. My plan, Advance New Albany 2016, will reinvent, rebuild and re-brand for a renewed New Albany. I have real passion for helping people and doing what is right. My dream is to make New Albany exceptional and prosperous - not merely in our time, but for generations. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. I say, let’s do something different for a different outcome. No candidate for mayor in my lifetime has had my experiences to bring to bear in the office.
SEE DAVID WHITE, PAGE 30
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COUNCIL DISTRICT AT-LARGE David C. Barksdale
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: New Albany council AGE: 61 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None FAMILY: Born and raised in New Albany to Eldon and Betty Barksdale, I am married to the former Debbie Schueler for 38 years. Together we have two married adult children: D.J. and his wife Katie, and Carrie and her husband Cole; and three david c. grandchildren: Eli, Emma and Roy David, with another on the way. barksdale I am a 1971 graduate of New Albany High School and a 1975 graduate of Indiana University Southeast with Bachelor and Master degrees in Elementary Education. I attend St. Mary’s Church, where my wife is a member, and we also attend St. Marks UCC, where I am a member. OCCUPATION: I am a retired, public school educator of 36 years from the West Clark Community School Corporation and have been retired almost four years now. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I have been involved in numerous civic and historical volunteer organizations over the past 30 years, all of which I feel have benefited New Albany. Some have included: founding member of New Albany/Floyd County Habitat for Humanity; former St. Marks Church council member; founding member of the Friends of Culbertson Mansion; member of the City of New Albany’s Historic Preservation Commission; and a former board member and treasurer of the New Albany Fire Museum. My present involvement includes: State of Indiana appointed Floyd County Historian; St. Marks Church archives committee member; Floyd County Historical Society president; member of the City of New Albany’s Tree Board; and board member of both Develop New Albany and Keep New Albany Clean & Green. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): https://www.facebook.com/db4nacc
SEE BARKSDALE, PAGE 37
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: New Albany council AGE: 48 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I have assisted many political campaigns and advised some in office but have neither sought nor held political office to date. FAMILY: My wife Jessica and I have been married 19 years. We have four children: Clair, Harry, Elias and Nolan — sixth generation Floyd County residents! My mother is Lil Knable; my father, the late Alfred Knable, Sr. I am the middle of five al knable siblings. OCCUPATION: Physician and a Managing Partner of Associates in Dermatology RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Military Experience: Four years of active duty with the U.S. Air Force, obtaining the rank of Major, honorably discharged. Community Involvment: President of the NAFC Education Foundation; member of the Horseshoe Foundation Grants Committee; volunteering with Salvation Army, Rauch Center, VA Hospital, U of L Medical School, Silver Hills Historical Society. Business: as a managing partner of a large private medical practice I have years of experience (balancing multi-million dollar annual budgets, providing jobs for 70-plus individuals at multiple sites in Indiana and Kentucky) in a challenging, ever-changing environment with much government oversight. Professional: Current active staff at Floyd Memorial Hospital, Past-President of the Kentucky Dermatology Association, Past member of the American Academy of Dermatology Ethics and Judicial Committees YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): Facebook: Al Knable for NA City Council WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I believe I can help make New Albany a happier, healthier and more desirable place to live.
SEE KNABLE, PAGE 61
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: New Albany council AGE: 64 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Currently serving my first term on the City Council. Also have served on the Planning Commission and as Liaison to the Board of Develop New Albany for over three years. I have recently been assigned to the Urban Enterprise Zone. shirley baird Previously I was a regular attendee to the City Council meetings since 2004. FAMILY: Married to James Baird, four children, 15 grandchildren. OCCUPATION: Employed by Norton Healthcare in the billing department until my upcoming retirement, April 10. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I have been a member of Develop New Albany for 10 years, as well as The Democratic Women’s Caucus, served as Secretary and Vice President. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): Shirley Baird for City Council at Large on Facebook WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I have more to do to contribute to the betterment of New Albany WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I have experience and will have more time to devote to this office. I also have a great desire to serve.
SEE BAIRD, PAGE 45
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: New Albany council AGE: 37 photo not POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat available POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Brad ran for City Council At Large 4 years ago. He is also an appointed member of the New Albany Human Rights Commission. FAMILY: Brad is a lifelong resident of the New Albany Floyd County area, with most of his family living here as well. He and his husband, Jeremy, were the very first legally married same sex couple in Floyd County on June 26th of 2014. Brad and Jeremy are also the proud parents of their 5 year old daughter Maliyah, whom they adopted in 2013. OCCUPATION: Brad currently works for Alpha Media Group in Louisville, which is a cluster of radio station. He is Traffic Director for 2 stations, Network Coordinator for all 5 stations and is also an On-Air Radio Disc Jockey for one of the stations. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: As a frequent attendee of the council meetings, Brad is very aware of the day to day dealings of the City Council. He has successfully lobbied issues to the council, addressed the council in meetings and will hit the ground running when elected. No time will be wasted on learning how things work. We will get to work from the very first day. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): www.facebook.com/bradbellforcitycouncil
SEE BELL, PAGE 54
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council district at-large continued James E. Garner, Sr.
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: New Albany council AGE: 51 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: City of New Albany Mayor 2004-2007; City of New Albany Council 2000-20003 FAMILY: Married to Debbie; 3 children - Rebecca, James Jr. and David OCCUPATION: Large Loss Specialist, CSAA Insurance Group james e. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I have been both the Mayor and City Council member and understand how the city government operates. In addition my garner, sr. professional life has been in management, ownership and customer service which will allow me to bring my experiences to making the best possible decisions. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I am running for City Council to ensure New Albany continues to be a great place to live. I am passionate about serving our community and being a good citizen for the community. My family has served this community over 90 years. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I am the best person for this office based on my government and private sector experience.
SEE GARNER, PAGE 47
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: New Albany council AGE: 61 POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Completing two terms on City Council as Councilman at Large, served one year as Council president. FAMILY: Married to Ruthanne Wolfe, two step children, and four grandchildren OCCUPATION: Buyer for QRS Recycling. My wife and I have a business owning, john gonder managing, and leasing a large, historic, commercial building in Louisville. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Member of the Plan Commission from 2001 till election to the City Council in 2007. A founding board member, in 1989, of Trash Force, which functioned as the city’s recycling program for four years, until curbside recycling began. Currently, Council representative on: Horseshoe Foundation Board, Redevelopment Commission, and Tree Board. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): Blog: Gonder for New Albany at Large; and Gonder for New Albany at Large on Facebook WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I have enjoyed my time on the Council so far, and believe I have an important voice to bring to the shaping of our city’s future.
SEE GONDER, PAGE 44
Hannegan Beardsley Roseberry
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: New Albany council AGE: 28 photo not POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat available POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Though my direct political experience is limited within city politics, my involvement within the community has been vast and engaging. I have volunteered for city cleanup projects, local events like the Easter Egg hunt, and for the historic society at Culbertson Mansion. FAMILY: I have two young sons named Austin, 4, and Alec, 2. I have been in a relationship with their awesome mother Aimee for 5 years. I grew up in New Albany under the guidance of my loving parents Mark and Janie. My brother Andrew is currently working for a Non-Profit in New York. OCCUPATION: I am an Office Manager for Tecta America full time and a web developer for Orange Label Group part time. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I served in the United States Marine Corps for four years which provided me with valuable leadership and teamwork skills. As a local small business owner, I am aware of what it takes to be motivated, analytical, and personable. These skills have helped me pursue a successful career and will allow me to be prepared for the rigors and responsibilities that are expected of a Council position. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): www.Keelerforcouncil.com WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I’m running for City Council At Large because I believe the city is in need of honest leadership, fiscal accountability, and a new relationship with voters. We need representatives who are interested in serving the residents and committed to doing what is good for the community. We need people in office that are more interested in representing their constituents rather than personal, political advancement or gain.
SEE KEELER, PAGE 52
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: New Albany council AGE: 37 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: This is my first foray into politics as a candidate, and it has been a tremendous honor meeting with fellow citizens, gathering input, and sharing my goals for helping New Albany to claim its place in the region as a leader in culture, commerce, and community. I was raised here in New Albany in hannegan a politically active family; my parents were terrific examples of civic involvement. If elected, I would be a third generation City Council member, proudly following in beardsley the footsteps of my mother, Debbie Heazlitt, and my grandfather, Wayne Sharp. roseberry My mother was the first woman to run for mayor of New Albany in the 1990’s, and my father, Stephen Beardsley is a lawyer and the former prosecutor for New Albany. Both have been terrific examples of how hard work, perseverance, and looking out for the underdogs can be the best way to give back to your community, an example I strive to follow each and every day as a high school teacher, mother of three, and currently, as a candidate. FAMILY: I met my husband, Jason, 19 years ago when we were both undergraduates at Ball State University. We are proud owners of a historic home on Spring Street in New Albany, where we are raising our three boys, Beardsley, Buerk, and Brooks. OCCUPATION: I am a high school teacher at Community Montessori Public Charter School, where I teach a variety of subjects, including language arts and theatre. I lead the teen suicide prevention group, and founded the theatre and choral programs.
SEE ROSEBERRY, PAGE 46 • Republican candidate Bob Hornung for New Albany City Council District AtLarge did not respond to the News and Tribune candidate questionnaire
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COUNCIL DISTRICT 3 D.M. Bagshaw
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: New Albany council AGE: 63 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Ran for Mayor 2011 FAMILY: Wife-Sharon ,4 adult children, 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren OCCUPATION: Contractor RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Worked in other campaigns including my own YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): None
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I want to make a difference and change the direction of our city WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I have a passion for our city and want to make it a better community through implementing conservative principles
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: New Albany council AGE: 53 POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Served on Board of Zoning APPEALS 2003-2011. City Council 2012-present. FAMILY: My family has lived in Floyd County for five generations. OCCUPATION: College Professor greg phipps RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Leadership experience in the community, the university and my parish. Active member of the East Spring Street Neighborhood Association. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): www.facebook.com/phippsnewalbany WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? When I ran for election four years ago, my motto was “it’s time for change” and during the past three years significant changes have been made in New Albany. While significant changes have been made, there is a lot of room for more progress. I’m running for re-election, because I believe my work is not complete and we need to sustain the progress and development that’s vital to our city’s future.
SEE BAGSHAW, PAGE 57
SEE PHIPPS, PAGE 48
CLERK Vicki Glotzbach
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: New Albany clerk AGE: 49 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I have served as New Albany City Clerk for the past four years. FAMILY: David, husband, Kendra, daughter and Darby, son OCCUPATION: New Albany City Clerk vicki RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I served the past four years as city clerk. I glotzbach also served two years as deputy city clerk. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): Vick Glotzbach for city clerk on Facebook WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I want to serve my community WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? Experience
SEE GLOTZBACH, PAGE 55 • Democratic candidate Dan Coffey for New Albany City Council District 1 did not respond to the News and Tribune candidate questionnaire. Coffey is running unopposed. • Republican candidate Irv Stumler and Democratic candidate Bob Caesar for New Albany City Council District 2 did not respond to the News and Tribune candidate questionnaire.
COUNCIL DISTRICT 4 Pat McLaughlin
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: New Albany council AGE: 58 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: 8 years New Albany City Council; 3 years City Council President FAMILY: Wife: Deanna; Children: Cameron 26, Adam, 24, Brandon 22, Logan 11 OCCUPATION: Employed: Clariant Inc. for 34 years. Quality Control Technician; pat Safety/Environmental Tech; Research and Development Tech. mclaughlin RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Numerous committee memberships dealing with city functions and processes. Working in the chemical business in a technical and safety capacity for many years has instilled many helpful attributes such as attention to detail, compliance to safety regulations, and cooperation with numerous departments for making the many products we produce in a high quality and expeditious manner.” YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? To help with and facilitate growth in New Albany so that when this solitude generations will still be an option for quality employment and to live and stay in New Albany. We are on this path now but it takes time to reach the goals we set for ourselves and the community. These goals are now in sight and can be achieved.
SEE MCLAUGHLIN, PAGE 52 • Republican candidate Ross Heinz for New Albany City Council District 4 did not respond to the News and Tribune candidate questionnaire
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COUNCIL DISTRICT 5 Danita Burks
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: New Albany council AGE: 52 photo not POLITICAL PARTY: Republican available POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Current president of the Floyd County Republican Women Club FAMILY: Married to Steve Burks 28 years, three sons Simeon, Steven, & Seth. Daughter in law Brandie Bush Burks OCCUPATION: Director of Kids First Childcare Ministry and NAFCS bus driver RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I oversee a budget for Kids First, I lead 30 employees, I have over 18 years experience in leadership with womens’ groups. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I am running for this office to have a voice in our community, and watch this great city go forward. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? No response. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? One of the pressing issues is the out of control spending, being able to ask the question what is a need and what is a want and then coming up with a 5 year spending plan a 10 year spending plan. Another issue is being able to attract businesses that bring in jobs, working together with new vision, new voices this could be done. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Yes, Local government could be more accessible by providing a website to navigate around to be more user friendly. Having an open door policy, having an opportunity for the public to ask questions or give concerns. Elected officials should be assessable to his or her constituents.
Diane McCartin Benedetti
SEE BURKS, PAGE 54
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: New Albany council AGE: 51 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I started my political involvement diane in 2002 as the Mayoral apmccartin pointee on the Board of Zoning benedetti Appeals. I was then elected to District 5 City Council in 2007 and re-elected again in 2011. During my tenure on the City Council I served on: Redevelopment Commission, Horseshoe Foundation Board of Directors, President of City Council, Advisor for the
6.7 million HUD Grant for the revitalization effort of the SEJ neighborhood; As former Council President I implemented the current policy whereby Council Chamber receive official minutes from board sanctioned committees and commissions. FAMILY: Married to Michael and we share 3 children and 5 grandchildren together. OCCUPATION: Previously assisted in managing husband’s company. Since then I have been engaged in various capacities of public service. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Southern Indiana Arts Council Vice Chair; Horseshoe Foundation Board of Directors; St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities; Salvation Army; Team leader for Habitat for Humanity; Graduate of Southern Indiana Leadership 2014; Attended numerous conferences with Indiana Associations of Cities and Towns
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: New Albany council AGE: 24 photo not POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic Party available POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Indiana Democratic Party 2008, 2010; Freedom Indiana 2013-2014 FAMILY: I married my longtime sweetheart this past summer, and we have 3 dogs together. OCCUPATION: I have a career in consulting while furthering my educational pursuits. It is imperative to expand your horizons so you do not remain complacent with the status quo. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I served my country in the in the United States Air Force; worked with multiple political organizations on a national, statewide, and local level to better all levels of our community; and majored in Accounting and Business while in college. Each of these attributes have defined me as an individual and will make me an exemplary candidate for the New Albany City Council. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): www.DustinCollins.org WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I am running for office because I believe the City of New Albany deserves a fresh perspective on the City Council. I am ready, willing, and able to bring that outlook. While the City of New Albany has made leaps and bounds in recent years, I still see room for improvement-especially in the fifth district. You, the citizen, deserve to have a voice. I am ready to serve you and to be your voice on the Council. I am running because I believe there are many things that can be done better. These issues range from attendance at council meetings, voting for projects that benefit our families and children in the future, to ensuring the street department has the funds it needs to fill potholes and repave roads. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? My military service; advocacy work; and background in accounting, finance, and management make me the best candidate for this office. In the military, I learned three core values this city so richly deserves: Integrity First, Service before Self, and Excellence in all We Do. These values, coupled with my work on community and advocacy campaigns, have set a level of dedication to service that only I could bring to this position. They have opened my ears and mind to listen to every idea instead of solely sticking to my own.
SEE COLLINS, PAGE 42
YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? To continue being proactive for the betterment of the citizens in the 5th District and all residents of the City of New Albany. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? As I previously expressed my proven experience in serving the City of New Albany with dedication, integrity, and profound trust I am prepared to continue that service. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT?
Continue to champion the development of Slate Run Road, Charlestown Road corridors. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Yes, Explore the possibility of a Q & A format in District 5.
SEE BENEDETTI, PAGE 53 • Republican candidate Tonye Rutherford for New Albany City Council District 5 did not respond to the News and Tribune candidate questionnaire
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COUNCIL DISTRICT 6 Larry Belcher
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: New Albany council AGE: 56 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: President of Windsor place homeowners association Louisville FAMILY: Wife, two sons OCCUPATION: Inside Sales Rep for On-highway truck and Bus division at Whayne larry belcher Supply Co. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: 15 years of retail management 5 years of outside sales experience and 9 years experience of retail customer service representative. 1 year inside sales 10 years experience Boy scout adult leader (Woodbdge) and youth training 6 years of High School officiating and volunteer work for Desales High School YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): Facebook Larry Belcher for 6th District City Council Seat WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I care about what is happening in the city and my district and want to get involved WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? Conservative about our city’s spending, caring bout programs and needs of our young and mature citizens and mature about making good decisions for the citizens of New Albany, what matters in New Albany matters to me and my neighbors.
Noah John Stanford McCourt
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: New Albany council AGE: 21 photo not POLITICAL PARTY: Republican available POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I’ve always been very involved in the politics within my community. The minute I turned 18 I had applied to be an election judge. I’ve always done odds and ends work with the republican party. At 18 I made an unsuccessful attempt for County Party Chair. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to help recharter the Floyd county Young Republicans group. I was elected to be their Vice chair and I’m really excited to work with our Chairman Georgetown clerk/Treasurer Garrod Seiveking. He’s a young Republican doing great things in Georgetown and I’d like to do the same in New Albany. FAMILY: My parents actually walked out when I was really young and I spent a lot of my life jumping around in the foster care system. A few years back I returned to the area to be reunified with my family. My paternal grandparents are in Lexington, Kentucky and my maternal side is deeply rooted in this area. My sisters all live around the Jeffersonville area, I have an older brother Sergeant Justin Boling is an Afghanistan veteran and works with USMC Public relations out of Fort Meade in Maryland. We don’t really get a long but you always have that one sibling rivalry in every family and the bond usually ends up stronger for it. OCCUPATION: I’ve always worked in social services specifically with individuals with developmental disabilities. At one point I did a lot of mentoring/counseling for the Autism society of MN. Mental health awareness has always been a very big issue that I’ve worked on. I know from talking with Commissioner Seabrook that Floyd county is working on some projects to improve their mental health system.
SEE MCCOURT, PAGE 45
SEE BELCHER, PAGE 52
Cliff Staten Nick Vaughn
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: New Albany council AGE: 17 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Jamie Smith for State House (Florida); Ron Grooms for State Senate FAMILY: Dr. David Vaughn III - father; Paula Williams - mother; Shanda Vaughn - stepmother; Haley Vaughn, Xzavier Vaughn, Oliver Vaughn, and Ella Williams nick vaughn siblings OCCUPATION: Student RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Bill author for the Kentucky Youth Assembly and the Kentucky United Nations Assembly. Created the original idea/original framework for Indiana Senate Bill 259 (STEM Education) YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): www.electnickvaughn.org
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: New Albany council AGE: 61 POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic Party POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Member of the New Albany Human Rights Commission FAMILY: My wife, Shannon, is the Director of Housing at the University of Louisville. We have 4 children: Josh, Ryan, and Anna Staten and Glenn Kennedy. OCCUPATION: I am a Professor of Political Science and International Studies at cliff staten Indiana University Southeast where I teach advanced courses on International Political Economy, Latin American Politics, US Foreign Policy, and Terrorism. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I served 12 years as Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Indiana University Southeast. I was President of the local little league for 4 years and served on its board for 7 years. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): Facebook - Dr. Cliff Staten for New Albany City Council
WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? Because I am energetic, passionate, and can bring a new perspective (youth) to the city of New Albany. Who better than a young person to help manage policies that would encourage young people to stay in New Albany.
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? Elections are about the future. Think about New Albany 5 years from now… now picture it 10 years from now… how about 20? How do you picture New Albany in the future? How would you like to picture New Albany in the future? To me, the future starts with our young people; it starts with our children and our grandchildren. How do we picture their New Albany? I ask this question because I grew up in a small town. When I was growing up, local and state leaders did not fully consider what I am asking you to think about, they did not plan for the future, and they did not lay the groundwork to create new opportunities to retain and attract younger people. They did not create a place where young people wanted to live and raise their families. They did not develop an environment where young people could build a successful career of which they could be proud. As a result many of my generation were forced to seek opportunities elsewhere. So I ask you again, how do you picture the future of New Albany?
SEE N. VAUGHN, PAGE 49
SEE STATEN, PAGE 47
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? Because I am a concerned citizen with a deep passion for New Albany. I love the potential our city holds.
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TOWN JUDGE Tony Singleton
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Clarksville town judge AGE: 36 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Jeffersonville Township Board (2011-Present); ClarkFloyd Counties Convention and Tourism Bureau Board of Manager (2012-Present); Clarksville City-Town Study Committee Co-chair (2012-2013); Clarksville Board of Zoning Appeals (2007-2010); Clarksville Plan Commission (2007-2010) FAMILY: I am married to Jacque (Wright) Singleton, Ph.D. and the proud father of tony singleton Andrew, Aidan, Sophie, and Cecilia. OCCUPATION: I am a law clerk with Vissing and Grannan in Jeffersonville. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Education: Juris Doctor candidate, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law (Degree anticipated in 2016); Master of Business Administration, Indiana Wesleyan University (2007); Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy & Political Science, Indiana University Southeast (2002); Providence High School (Class of 1996) Related Experience: Administrator, Sellersburg Town Court Alcohol Education Program (2007-2010); Senior Field Coordinator, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2006); Media Intern, Indiana House of Representatives (2001) YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tony-Singleton-for-ClarksvilleTown-Court-Judge/
James 'Jimmie' Guilfoyle
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Clarksville town judge AGE: 28 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: On January 1, 2015, I was appointed to serve as the Clarksville Town Court Judge. FAMILY: I am married to my best friend, Casey. Casey is a registered nurse and she works at Norton’s Hospital. My parents are Charles and Carol Guilfoyle. They live in Clarksville, and my father grew up in Clarksville. My father graduated from JAMES 'JIMMIE' Clarksville High School in 1968, and has practiced law in Clark County since 1983. My mother works at Clark Memorial Hospital in the Cardiac Catheterization GUILFOYLE Department. My brother’s name is Rob Guilfoyle, and he lives in Florida with his Wife Elizabeth Jenkins Guilfoyle and works as an IT developer and designer. OCCUPATION: I am the sitting Judge for the Clarksville Town Court and a practicing attorney in Indiana and Kentucky. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Prior to attending law school I worked as an Investigator for the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office and as a clerk for my father’s law firm. During law school I worked for the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel and the Louisville Legal Aid Society. After graduation I served as an attorney to the Federal Bankruptcy Judge, Hon. Basil H. Lorch, III for the Southern District of Indiana. I now serve as the Clarksville Town Court Judge and am licensed and currently practicing law in Indiana and Kentucky.
SEE SINGLETON, PAGE 60
SEE GUILFOYLE, PAGE 60
COUNCIL DISTRICT 1 Tim Hauber
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Clarksville council AGE: 59 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: 4 years on the Clarksville Town Council FAMILY: Wife of 40 years, Peggy (Duerr) Hauber; 4 married children: Kristin Drummond (J.R.) children Peyton 9, Riley 6, Dru 3; Erin Bledsoe (Doug) children Cheyenne 17, Emeri 7; Lee Hauber (Angi [Day] ) children Luke 3, Lucy 10 mos.; tim hauber Brooke Lannan (Eric) children Carter 9, Pete 6 OCCUPATION: Carpenter, Vice President of H and H Home Improvement Inc., Clarksville RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Head Softball Coach at Clarksville High School 17 yrs. (retired); Former chairman of Board of Elders, 1st Church of God, New Albany YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? To make Clarksville a better place. I felt like we needed people of character and values making decisions in Town. This election is about that as well. If you look closely at the two parties and their designates I think you will see a difference in the devoted lifelong residents of Clarksville and the self seeking appointees from the previous council. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I feel like I have proved my honesty and trustworthiness to the community at large and think that’s what the people want.
SEE HAUBER, PAGE 56
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Clarksville council AGE: 55 photo not POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat available POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Past F.O.P. Lodge #144 President and Board Member of ten or so years. Had active part in negotiating contracts with Town of Clarksville. I currently sit on for my second year the Common Construction Wage Board for The Town of Clarksville. In early 90’s I was a candidate for Clarksville Town Council, Primary Election. FAMILY: Single; Three sons, Joshua Johnson and Joseph Johnson (both adults) and Chance Johnson, 7 years old. One daughter per se, fore I’ve been with her since she took her first breath, Nico Burk 9 years old. OCCUPATION: Food and Beverage Manager for Indiana Downs. Retired Clarksville Police Officer of 21 plus years. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Went to St. Anthony Parish Elementary School; Was in the last class of freshman at MT. ST. Francis Seminary in Floyd Knobs; Graduated from Our Lady of Providence High School in 1978 YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A
SEE JOHNSON, PAGE 48 • Democratic candidate Glenn Schneider for Clarksville Council Distrcit 1 did not respond to the News and Tribune candidate questionnaire.
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COUNCIL DISTRICT AT-LARGE Marvin Eugene Bostock Jr.
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Clarksville council AGE: 55 photo not POLITICAL PARTY: Republican available POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I have never held nor run for political office but did serve 24 years with the Clarksville Police Department where I became familiar with many aspects of our Town Government. FAMILY: I have been married for 36 years to Kim Knode Bostock from Iowa Falls, Iowa. We have two children, Chris (Bo) and Lindsay, and three grandchildren. My father is Marvin E. Bostock Sr. (deceased), my mother is Jean Bostock, and Alicia Bostock is my stepmother. I have four brothers, Scott Bostock (deceased), Shawn Bostock and Thom and Nathan Fetz. I have two sisters, Debby Bostock Bauer and Suzy Bostock Hinson. OCCUPATION: I am currently employed by Transvalue, Inc., a logistics company out of Miami, Florida working in management since 2007. Prior to that I Retired from the Clarksville P.D. in 2006 as a Captain after serving 24 years. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: During my time with the CPD I worked alongside many of the Departments in the Town. I was also elected to represent, along with other members, the FOP negotiating team on several occasions dealing with the Town Council. This experience allowed me the opportunity to learn on the job about the various aspects of a working Town. Being a small business entrepreneur for the last 15 plus years has given me a firm grasp on successful business practices. From making and keeping budgets, to recognizing the importance of customer service, and regularly dealing with the different branches of government. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): firstname.lastname@example.org
SEE BOSTOCK, PAGE 40
Office you are seeking: Clarksville council Age: 58 Political party: Democrat Political experience: Served 16 years on Clarksville’s town council from January 1996-December 2011. david fisher While serving on the town council, my responsibilities were as follows: I was both president and vice president of the planning commission, served as the Thunder coordinator for 14 years. I also served on the technical review board, wastewater board, and on the redevelopment commission. A part of my duties on town council was to over see the police departments budget, equipment needs and served as their liaison. For many years I also served on the town insurance committee to insure quality insurance for the town, at the most reasonable cost.” Family: I have been married to Mary Lu Spitzna-
gel for 38 years. I have 3 daughters, Amy Brown (Jason), Jessica Wethington (Brian), Erin Holdaway (Brian). I also have 3 grandchildren, Kegan Brown (9), Hunter Wethington (13), Hayley (11). Occupation: I'm a territory manager for corken steel products company. Related pertinent experience: I have a vast knowledge in construction, building, hvac, geothermal hvac, metal roofing, the list is endless. I have participated in union negotiations for both the police and fire department. I have sat in on many town budget meetings. Your website (if applicable): None Why are you running for this office? I believe the town of Clarksville’s council needs more people with leadership skills, knowledge, and abilities to turn clarksville back into a place I like to call home. What makes you the best candidate for this office? I have 16 years of knowledge, experience and necessary skills. I can help in assisting the department
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Clarksville council AGE: 50 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I am currently serving my first term on the Clarksville Town Council. I am one of two At-Large councilman. FAMILY: Married Tammy Fetter, Son Paul OCCUPATION: General Manager Clark County Auto Auction paul fetter RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: As a member of the Clarksville Town Council, I am the Street Department liaison, Vice- President of redevelopment and on the insurance committee. In the private sector, I have overseen the daily operations of a successful family owned business for over thirty years. This is a debt free business with 92 full and part time employees, achieving $75 million in business annually.” YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? There are two items I ran on, and attempted to initiate several times during my first term, but was unsuccessful in accomplishing; Town Manager and district voting. I would like to bring these two items to reality in 2016. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? This would probably best answered by my constituents and business acquaintances, but my answer would be, my stability and my abilities in: business management and oversight, negotiations, problem resolution and arbitration, logistics, public relations and the methodology in keeping a positive public image.
SEE FETTER, PAGE 43
heads in the day to day operation of this town. What is the most pressing issue facing this office and how would you propose handling it? In my opinion the most pressing issue is the way our sewer bills have gone up, and continue to go up. If you compare your sewer bill now to four years ago, you'll see my concern. I also don’t agree with the town paying for their part time elected officials medical/dental/vision insurance, just to name a few. These savings alone could be the 1 million dollars this town needs to keep your sewer bills affordable. Would you move to make government more accessible and open to the public? If so, how would you accomplish that? Yes I would. I would make available before each meeting a copy of the old ordinance and the new ordinance before the council vote.
Example being: The copy of the old salary ordinance and a copy of the new salary ordinance so the citizens can see the increase. I would do this on all ordinance, giving the citizens of Clarksville a copy of the old, and the new. I would also be in favor of an open forum to listen to the citizens comments and concerns on a Saturday morning, at a different location each month. Do you believe the town should hire a town manager? Why or why not? If yes, what method should the town use to fill the position? Absolutely not. An overwhelming majority of the people I have spoke with in the last 2 years do not want the town to waste $250,000.00 on a town manager. The town of Clarksville is blessed with qualified and capable department heads, who know the workings of the town better then anyone. Lets take the $250,000.00 and give pay raises to our hard working employees.
SEE FISHER, PAGE 59
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council district at-large continued Michael ‘Mike’ Mustain
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Clarksville council AGE: 58 photo not POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat available POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None FAMILY: Married for 38 years to the former Tamara Yenawine of Clarksville. We have two daughters: Lyndsay Mustain Coombs married to Tim Coombs of Clarksville and Merideth Mustain DeBurger (Clarksville) married to James Mark DeBurger of Jeffersonville and four grand-children. OCCUPATION: My wife and I own Mustain’s All-Risk Insurance currently located at 1416 Eastern Boulevard in Clarksville. We started our agency in 1993 in Sellersburg and moved to Clarksville shortly after that. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Long time Clarksville business owner. Former deacon at the Northside church of Christ, Jeffersonville. Organization and management skills. I have worked in the Insurance and Financial service industry since 1978. During part of those years (10 years) I worked as Safety Director and Transportation Manager for Sysco Louisville Food Services. While there I was responsible for employee, facilities and fleet safety. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A
SEE MUSTAIN, PAGE 33 • Democratic candidate Karen Henderson for Clarksville Council AtLarge did not respond to the News and Tribune candidate questionnaire.
David 'Dave' Ross
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Clarksville council AGE: 60 photo not POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat available POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Political Experience, None FAMILY: I have been married for 38 years to Charlene Cox Ross, better known as “”Sis””. If you, your children or even grandchildren attended St. Anthony’s School during the 80’s or 90’s you might have had the opportunity to have Sis as your bus driver or classroom assistant. Sis now transports students to and from school for the Clarksville Community School System. Our son, Kevin, works for the Federal Government and lives in Georgia with his wife, Jessica and our granddaughter Chelsea. Our daughter, Brandi Dreher, is a Kindergarten teacher for the Clarksville Community School System. Her husband Jason is a Heat and Frost Insulator and member of Local 51. They have given us 3 grandsons, Jakob, Lukas, and Easton. Member St. Anthony’s of Clarksville; Attended St. Anthony’s School 1961-1969; Clarksville High School Class of 1973; Graduate of Vincennes University; Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Graduate; APCO Certified Emergency Telecommunication Operator; Former Instructor (Criminal Justice Program) IVY Tech, Sellersburg A complete bio is available on line at www.clarksvilletowncouncil.com OCCUPATION: Emergency Telecommunication and Data Entry Operator. I also severed the community as a police officer for 31 years.
SEE ROSS, PAGE 38
council district district 2 Dee Shelton Jr.
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Clarksville council AGE: 38 photo not POLITICAL PARTY: Republican available POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Clarksville Little League Board Member and Coach for several years. FAMILY: Wife: Danielle Shelton; Children: Dee Shelton III and Kane Shelton OCCUPATION: Roll Forming Corp. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: N/A YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): Facebook Website: Elect Dee Shelton for Clarksville Town Council WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I have deep roots in our community. I graduated from Clarksville High, have lived here most of my life and chose to raise my family here. I feel a sense of obligation to our community. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I feel that I have the ability to take in information and make the best and honest decisions for our community. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? There are so many pressing issues, you just can not pick one in my opinion.
SEE SHELTON, PAGE 53
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Clarksville council AGE: 66 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: “From 2007 to through 2010, I served as a member of the Clarksville School Board where I helped lead the school corporation through some of the most trying financial times it has ever known. Today we have a stronger school corporation that is better equipped to meet the challenges of the future. john gilkey From 2012 to the present I have served on the Clarksville Town Council as the District 2 representative where I helped bring major change in department heads such as the Police, Street and Redevelopment departments. I have had oversight responsibility for the town’s construction of a new wastewater plant and have been able to help lower the proposed monthly user fee from $65 to around $35,” FAMILY: I have lived in Clarksville since 1971 with my wife, Virginia Schilmiller Gilkey. We have three children: David, who is married to Elizabeth Griswald, Chuck our middle son who works for P&L Marketing and Chris, our youngest who you may have met in the meat department of the Clarksville Kroger store. OCCUPATION: I am retired from the Southern Indiana, Clark-Floyd Counties Convention and Tourism Bureau where I served as Director of Communications. I started with the Bureau in January of 2006. Prior to that I was employed for 37 years by The Evening News where I held the positions of reporter, city editor, managing editor, senior editor and vice president of Internet and information services.
SEE GILKEY, PAGE 31
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COUNCIL district 5 Rick Barr
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Clarksville council AGE: 61 photo not POLITICAL PARTY: Republican available POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None FAMILY: Married 32 years. Three adult children. Mark, Josh and Lindsey OCCUPATION: Business owner. Big Frog Custom Tee shirts and More, Lily Pad Promotions and Digital Expressions. Prior to business owner, Corporate, regional and district level management in the solid waste industry and regional and corporate manger in geotechnical and consulting engineering. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Financial experience in managing budgets in excess of 250 million. Have designed highways, wastewater plants, very knowledgeable of environmental laws and have worked with IDEM and other State and local agencies. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? With the construction of the new bridges and the growth of River Ridge, Clarksville needs leadership that can look towards the future. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? My financial knowledge and that of the enter works of the town.
COUNCIL district 3 David Worrall
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Clarksville council AGE: 51 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None FAMILY: Single OCCUPATION: Machinist RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Business owner for 30 years. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A
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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I’ve been lifelong resident of this town felt like I could contribute positive ideas to this town. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I’ll let others decide if I’m the best candidate for this job. Have ran a business for the past thirty years with hard work and dedication.
SEE WORRALL, PAGE 34 • Democratic candidate Bob McEwen for Clarksville Council District 3 did not respond to the News and Tribune candidate questionnaire.
SEE BARR, PAGE 32
Aaron 'A.D.' Stonecipher
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Clarksville council AGE: 36 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: In 2010, I was appointed to manage a tax-fraud hotline, which reported to the GOP caucus of a county council in Madison County, IL. My research helped trigger a federal investigation, which ultimately found guilty the former county treasurer of operating a rigged, tax-lien auction for several years. aaron 'a.d.' In 2014, I was elected to serve in Clarksville as the President of the Plum Run stonecipher Homeowner’s Association. In March of this year, I was elected to an additional term after reducing insurance premiums by 30% and balancing the budget. FAMILY: I am the descendent of Heinrich Stonecipher, a veteran of the American Revolution, who came to homestead Clark County in 1804 and who remains buried in Corydon. My household includes Amanda, wife of 8 years; Ada Jane, daughter, age 5. OCCUPATION: Co-Owner and Managing Member of “Chapter 6 Music Productions, LLC” (13 years), as well as Interim Manager at “The Paul W. Ogle Cultural & Community Center” at Indiana University Southeast (1 year). RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I hold 13 years of budgeting experience as a financial officer and business owner, and I hold multiple certificates in contract law as a former Realtor and insurance agent. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): www.electStoney.org
SEE STONECIPHER, PAGE 32 • Republican candidate Daniel Bamforth and Democratic candidate Charles N. King for Clarksville Council District 5 did not respond to the News and Tribune candidate questionnaire.
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council district 4 Jennifer Voignier
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Clarksville council AGE: 47 photo not POLITICAL PARTY: Republican available POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I have helped with previous candidates campaigns including: Jean Leising, Republican member of the Indiana Senate; Jerry Voignier, past Clarksville Town Councilmember; Michael E. “Mike” Sodrel served as the United States Representative; Kelly Harrod, Clark County Sheriff’s race. FAMILY: I am a single mother of three children; Alexandria, a Ball State Graduate, Ashleigh a senior in high school and Andrew a freshman. OCCUPATION: I have been an employee of the West Clark Community Schools Transportation Department for 9 years. I currently drive a bus route, train incoming driver’s, and aid the Assistant Superintendent of Operations in every day duties. I also am an Independent Demonstrator for Stampin’ Up!, a direct sales company. I have been self employed for thirteen years. For three consecutive years, I earned top sales awards. My experience with Stampin’ Up! has given me the opportunity to teach for the Clarksville Parks Department for the past six years. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: My educational background is in criminology. My year internship at the Clark County Prosecutors Office brings insight to interdepartmental government procedures. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? First and foremost, it is my civil duty. Year 2020 is just around the corner and many businesses and corporations have aspirations in place that will allow our community to excel, I want to be in office to help them to succeed in our town. I believe in leading by example, thus I want my children to learn and provide our future with their minds as my parents have done for me. It is time for a change on our council and I feel I am the best woman for the job. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I feel that I am a cautious decision maker. I am one to review, ask questions and then weigh the options. I feel that I would give our town a new perspective of leadership and guidance.
SEE VOIGNIER, PAGE 59
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Clarksville council AGE: 64 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: darrell None rayborn FAMILY: Married, Four children six grandchildren OCCUPATION: Clarksville police officer set to retire in June 2015 RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: None YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): electdarrell email@example.com WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE?
I am running for this office in hopes to keep the Town of Clarksville growing in the right way and making it so we will attracted people to come and live in this area. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I feel the experience that I have from working as a Police officer for 34 years for the Town I have the ability to listen and act on the thing that need to be done. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? At this time as being new to this area is learning what the people of Clarksville want and do the job as I learn to the best of my ability I feel one of the areas that needs to be looked at is
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Clarksville council AGE: 49 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: 1996-2008 Clarksville Town Councilman; President Planning and Zoning; Representative for Clarksville on Clark County Solid Waste Board; Precinct Committeeman District 4, Jeff 40; Past President Clark County Young Democrats” kelly conn FAMILY: Fiance - Teri Taylor; Parents - Margie & Ralph Conn; Siblings - Kevin Conn, Keith Conn, Kathy Conn OCCUPATION: Self Employed in Home Modifications and Construction: including painting, tile, decks, fences, etc. Former Owner of Conn’s Photography Lab and Studio. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Jeffersonville Jaycees - Outstanding Young American Award, 1997 Business First - Top 40 Under 40, 1998; Indiana University Southeast - Alumni Award of Excellence, 1999; Town of Clarksville - Community Service Award, 2007; Premier Home Care - Recognition for Perfect Attendance & Customer Service, 2011, 2012 and 2013; President Planning and Zoning Board - Town of Clarksville Board Member - Clark County Solid Waste Board; Precinct Committeeman - District 4, Precinct 40; President - Clark County Young Democrats; Volunteer - Junior Achievement; Board Member - Indiana University Southeast Alumni Vice President, Sergeant at Arms & Athletic Chairman - Tau Kappa Epsilon social fraternity YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? Clarksville faces great change in the near future. I believe I can put government interests back into the hands of the people. My past experience in government and business make me the ideal candidate. I want to help our citizens make Clarksville the pride of Clark County.
SEE CONN, PAGE 50 • Democratic candidate David A. Disponett for Clarksville Council District 4 did not respond to the News and Tribune candidate questionnaire.
the district voting, and trying to fill some of the empty building there are in the town with new Business. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Again being new I would need to see how the Town Council work from the inside and go from there. As I said I will be retiring in June so I would be able to meet with the public more often. The doors would be open. DO YOU BELIEVE THE TOWN SHOULD HIRE A TOWN MANAGER? WHY OR WHY NOT? IF YES, WHAT METHOD SHOULD THE TOWN USE TO FILL THE POSITION? I cant say yes or no at this time but will be willing to
listen to both sides on this matter. DO YOU BELIEVE RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO VOTE IN THE COUNCIL RACES FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF DISTRICTS OTHER THAN THEIR OWN? WHY OR WHY NOT? I believe that this should be up to the residents of Clarksville and they should be able to make that decision. HOW DO YOU EXPECT THE COMPLETION OF THE OHIO RIVER BRIDGES PROJECT TO AFFECT THE TOWN’S BUSINESSES? WILL CLARKSVILLE NEED TO ATTRACT NEW TYPES OF BUSINESSES TO KEEP ITS TAX BASE STRONG? I don’t have an answer on this at this time.
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MAYOR Bob Hall
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Charlestown mayor AGE: 58 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I have had the wonderful opportunity of serving as Mayor of the great city of Charlestown for 12 years. During this time I have had the responsibility to oversee many positive changes and projects. I have also been heavily involved in the betterment of the schools and strongly believe education is bob hall the path to a better quality of life. I have worked on many boards and government projects that developed networks that serve our city. FAMILY: I have a very supportive family, my wife Virginia, four kids and 6 grandkids that are the joy of our lives. OCCUPATION: Mayor of Charlestown RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: 12 years of being Mayor of the great city of Charlestown. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? At this time the need for proven leadership has never been greater for the City of Charlestown. I feel I have proven that I can offer that leadership.
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Charlestown mayor AGE: 56 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None FAMILY: Father of three grown children. Jennifer Shepherd, Jeff Shepherd Jr., and Alex Shepherd. Two Grandkids, Mikayla and Aiden. OCCUPATION: Retired Charlestown Police / Clark County 911 Radio Communica- jeff shepherd tions Officer. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I worked for the City of Charlestown Police Department as a Reserve Police Officer for 12 years also while working Full Time as a Radio Communications Officer. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? Quiet frankly there are more areas in town that need attention than the current Mayor’s three special projects that we see during Christmas time or during Founders Day. Now these areas are nice for the holidays and festivals but they only last for awhile. We have other parts of this city that needs attention also.
WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Charlestown experienced rapid growth in the 1940’s due to the development of the ammunition plant which the community was unprepared for. We were the company town. The plant closed which saddled the community with many problems that resulted from the rapid growth and subsequent loss of the plant. With the rapid growth of River Ridge and the East End bridge, Charlestown is back into a growth period like the early 1940’s except we have had time to prepare.
WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? First off, I have lived here almost 50 years since my Mother brought me from Harlan County, Kentucky. I graduated from Charlestown High School , stayed here after graduating, was lucky enough to find a job here that I made a career out of, and raised a family with my ex wife, who all graduated from CHS and still live and work here. As far as the other candidates, I don’t think they can say that. I’ve seen how the city has been ran from the inside looking out, not just from the outside looking in like most of the citizens of this city. So I have a better knowledge of what goes on during the daily operation of this city. I also know how some of the citizens in this city have been treated by the current Mayor, and I want to change that. I want the Mayors Office, to have an Open Door Policy, where if a citizen has an issue or complaint, to have a chance to be seen or heard. After all, the Mayor is the one who is voted in by the people to represent them and to try to run the city efficiently and be fiscally responsible during his term.
SEE HALL, PAGE 51
SEE SHEPHERD, PAGE 49
WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? The citizens have seen the many improvements in my time as mayor and know that I can do the job.
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Charlestown mayor AGE: 58 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Never held a political office. But I have managed companies and ladon as many as 500 employees thornhill FAMILY: I have two sons and one daughter and seven grandchildren OCCUPATION: I am a retired pipeline construction manager as well as a senior tie in engineer RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I have been in IUOE local 181 for 39 years and retired from them. I am a third generation cross country Pipeliner. I started as a laborer then heavy equipment operator. Then after 10 years I got into
the management part. I was a Foreman. Then a Superintendent then a construction district manager. After taking college courses I became a construction civil engineer and the Vice President of a west Texas pipeline company. I have worked in every state in the continental United states. Also in England I was the safety manager over the 48” game pipeline and worked in Algeria North Africa. Also I have worked in France Spain Mexico and Morocco. I am also a United States Army Veteran. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): Ladonfor mayor.com WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I am running for several different reason. The main is for the people and our town to have a voice and not be scared their home will be taken from them. The Brown water we have is a disgrace and our
mayor charges us for the brown water and will not try to fix the problem properly also solvency of our budget has not been balanced in several years. Also we have no civic activities or buildings for our young or elderly to be involved in any sports after high school. Our city pool was sold so now we are in debt for a sprinkler park that does not bring enough revenue to pay the large monthly loan payments or the utilities. The infrastructure of our town has been patched for several decades and needs immediate attention. We have no voice and we are only allowed three minutes to speak at the monthly council meetings and rarely get any answers. We need grants to rebuild our town and the homes and the infrastructure along with the police station has mold and no disability acts facilities in the building. We need marketing of our businesses we have and market as many businesses to make
Charlestown a viable city and a community we can all be proud of. The list goes on and on and I have a lot more details on my website and solutions to the problems. As an engineer myself and some help from other people I have worked with have come up with a solution to the water problem without using chemicals or replacing all the line and at minimal cost to the tax payers and not raise the taxes. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I have supervised over 500 men and women and kept track of my cost and budget and expenditures. I also was born and raised and graduated high school in Charlestown.
SEE THORNHILL, PAGE 42
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COUNCIL DISTRICT AT-LARGE Dan James
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Charlestown council AGE: 39 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None FAMILY: Wife Kerri, son Ethan, daughter Maci OCCUPATION: Co-owner of National Distributors (trucking company) RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Financial management, leadership, YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): NA
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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? To better represent Charlestown citizens WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? Better able to find ways to work with people as compared to simply being opposition. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The most pressing issue in Charlestown is the projected growth of the city. We need a comprehensive vision and plan to accommodate that growth. We need to look at everything to make sure we are ready. This includes but is not limited to utilities, infrastructure and planning WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Government needs to be as accessible and transparent as possible. The city seems to be reasonably so. Meeting minutes are posted online and easy to find. I am not sure what the best answer would be. But with the ease of communication we have today with social media it should be easier than ever. I would just be concerned with getting lost in that particular echo chamber so it would need to be done intelligently.
SEE E. VAUGHN, PAGE 61
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Charlestown council AGE: 53 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I started my working years in 1978 with the Charlestown City scott johns Ambulance service, I was sworn in as a Charleston Reserve Police Officer in 1981. I enlisted in the United States Army Military Police Corps on 12 February 1982 and ended my tour of service in 15 November 1986. I was sworn in as an Officer with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office on 9 February 1987 to present. I have never ran for political office but feel that every job i have had gives me a tremendous working knowledge of both city and County Government.” FAMILY: I am engaged to Beth Knigge and have five children and four grandchildren.
OCCUPATION: Police Officer with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I have spent a life time communicating with people from all walks of life. I feel that communicating with the citizens I serve is the key component to being a Councilman. If we all work together it will make Charlestown better than it allready is. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I have been interested in running for council for several yeas. I have been unable to do so due to my work schedule. I now have an assignment at the Sheriff’s Office that will give me the oppritunity to dedicate the time neccesary to be a Councilman that can be effectiv to the citizens I serve. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE?
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Charlestown council AGE: 61 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Elected in 2011 to the office of Charlestown City Councilman at Large and continue to served the citizens to the present date. FAMILY: Wife: Donna, Son: Dustin OCCUPATION: President of James Construction Company, Inc., a general condan james tracting firm which has been in business for 35 years that specializes in light industrial, commercial and residential construction projects in Southern Indiana and the Louisville area. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Served the Citizens of Charlestown since 2012 as it’s City Councilman at Large. Appointed to the River Ridge Development Authority, the former Indiana Army Ammunition Plant Reuse Authority, in 2000 and served for 7 years on the Board. During that time I served as President of the Board of Directors in 2002 and 2003. In December of 2007 I was appointed Interim Executive Director of the River Ridge Commerce Center and served in that capacity until the new Executive Director was retained by the Board. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? To continue to serve the citizens and give them a voice in the decision making process. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? My 35 years as a successful business owner in the general contracting field and my ability to work with architects, engineers and a multitude of subcontractors to develop, design and build facilities has given me the experience and knowledge to deal with the current and future issues facing our community. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Revitalization of the Pleasant Ridge Area, By moving forward with the Steering Committee set up
SEE JAMES, PAGE 51
My love and proven commitment to the citizens I serve and have served my entire life. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? I feel that all issues are pressing. I will educate myself on all issues to the best of my ability. I will then meet with the other members of the council and after discussion come to a solution that is best for all citizens of Charlestown. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? “I feel that it is accessible, I think that all Board and Council meetings are posted a City Hall and placed in the leader of which every citizen receives for free. If elected I will have a Face Book Page so that all
citizens can express their issues, comments and concerns along with a message box they can use to talk with me in Private. IF ELECTED, HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE REVITALIZING THE PLEASANT RIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD, IF AT ALL? I will handle all issues the same. Educate myself as thoroughly as possible, Communicate with the citizens them meet with the other Council members and after discussion come up with a solution that is best for every boby. WHERE DO YOU SEE THE CITY’S PLACE IN SOUTHERN INDIANA AND DO YOU SEE THAT CHANGING IN THE COMING YEARS? We will not only be Christmas Town we will be Fun Town. We won’t have a mall but we will be a place that you can come to with you family to relax and have fun.
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clerk Donna S. Coomer
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I love my community, and I am proud to be a part of the positive change that has taken place and want to continue working to move Charlestown forward.
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I am a candidate for the office of Clerk-Treasurer, because I view the role of Clerk-Treasurer differently than the present office holder and I don’t believe that the citizens of Charlestown are being served as the job description of the position intends. The office should be used to serve the public, rather than the Mayor.
SEE COOMER, PAGE 48
SEE SAWYER, PAGE 53
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Charlestown clerk AGE: 57 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Current Clerk Treasurer for the City of Charlestown FAMILY: -Dan Gregory, - Children, Amy Spann (Travis) Michael Doss (Krista) Joshua Gregory (Celia) 5 wonderful grandchildren - Lennox, Ellis, Emiline, Eila and Trenton. OCCUPATION: Clerk Treasurer for the City of Charlestown, Bus Driver for Greater donna s. Clark county Schools coomer RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Ball State University continued education on Local Government and Public Service. Indiana League of Municipal Clerk Treasurer’s Institute, Indiana State Board of Accounts School, Indiana Association of Cities & Towns School, International Institute of Municipal Clerks and Indiana State Board of Accounts. I have obtained the Indiana Accredited Municipal Clerk (IAMC) designation from the ILMCT also served as District Director, Trainer and Mentor of the Indiana League of Municipal Clerk Treasure’s covering fifteen counties. 39 years accounting and office management. Co-founder of Charlestown Beautification. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Charlestown clerk AGE: 50 photo not POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat available POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I do not have any prior political experience, but rather public servant experience. I have served the community in many facets over the years. For 12 years, I volunteered my time as a Reserve Officer on the Charlestown Police Department. I have coached local youth sports teams, and have served many other local civic and church organizations throughout the years. I also served as Trustee Chair at the First United Methodist Church in Charlestown for 8 years FAMILY: Wife Jo Ann ( Knoebel )Sawyer I have 3 kids my son Josh Sawyer and his wife Alicia Brewer Sawyer and two daughters Jessica (14) and Jenna (10) OCCUPATION: I am self employed, I own Sawyers Bait Shop in Charlestown. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Business Owner for 11 years and manager of our family business for 25 years. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A
council district 1 David M. Broughton
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Charlestown council AGE: 54 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None FAMILY: My wife is Denise R. Broughton and she is the manager at Vision First in New Albany. We’ve been married for 7 years and have 3 children and one grandchild with one on the way! david m. OCCUPATION: I am the Director of Purchasing/Materials Management for the broughton Kentuckiana Medical Center in Clarksville, Indiana. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I have 29 years of managerial experience in the fields of Manufacturing and Healthcare. I have worked for small privately owned companies, as well as a Fortune 500 company. I have experience with meeting budgets, as well as having worked successfully through a couple of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy proceedings. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I am a lifelong resident of Charlestown, and am looking for an opportunity to give back to my community. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? Having lived here all of my life, I have watched our town evolve, and feel I have the business experience and insight to help us continue to prosper and grow.
SEE BROUGHTON, PAGE 58
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Charlestown council AGE: 65 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None. FAMILY: Married to my wife Susie since 1971; two children, Allison and B.D. III; three grandsons; I am one of 9 children, my parents were Ben and Mary Ledbetter; I have five brothers, Larry, Chuck, Tom, Joe, and Jim and two sisters, Benita and ben ledbetter Gretchen, our sister Mary Lou is deceased. OCCUPATION: Educational administrator RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I have served in leadership positions throughout my life. These experiences include teaching, coaching, education administration, offices in community service organizations to include serving as president of the Clark County Youth Shelter Board, the North Clark Healthcare Foundation Board, and the Charlestown Lions Club. Also, I represented District 12 on the Board of the Indiana Association of School Principals for two three year terms. I was District 12 Principal of the Year in 2006 YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A
SEE LEDBETTER, PAGE 33 • Republican candidate Fred W. Krenke and Democratic candidate Jeff D. Aaron for Charlestown Council District 1 did not respond to the News and Tribune candidate questionnaire.
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council district 2 George Roberts
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Charlestown council AGE: 59 photo not POLITICAL PARTY: Republican available POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I have run for this office twice before. Have been on the Board of Public Works for seven years. FAMILY: Wife Pamela, kids Andrea Sexton, husband David, Shannon Elder/Ben, George(Bubby)/Whitney, Amanda Boyd/Josh& 10 grand kids. OCCUPATION: Retired route salesman for Rainbo bread/ Sara Lee. Drive school bus now for Greater Clark. Help wife run MVP Sports. High school baseball coach at New Washington. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Board of Public Works YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): Lookiehete313@gmail.com WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? For a better Charlestown. A lot is coming our way in the years to come WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? Work with other people well
SEE ROBERTS, PAGE 55 • Democratic candidate Robert Kendrick for Charlestown Council District 2 did not respond to the News and Tribune candidate questionnaire.
Tina Gabbard Barnes
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Charlestown council AGE: 51 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: This is my first attempt to hold public office: I am a citizen not a politician. FAMILY: I have two daughters, Brooke and Kasie Barnes. I also, have two granddaughters, Taylor and Kenzie. tina gabbard OCCUPATION: I have over 30 years experience in Medical Insurance Billing. I am barnes currently employed with Floyd Memorial Medical Group. RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I graduated from Ivy Tech with honors, and hold a degree in Accounting. I live in Pleasant Ridge, and know first-hand what it is like to live in fear of city government taking away my home. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I am running because I want to help heal the division in our city. I want to ensure our city government is fair and inclusive to all persons and neighborhoods. I want to prevent the city from taking private property to resale to for-profit developers. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I have spent months researching city records and recognize far too much waste and misguided spending.
SEE BARNES, PAGE 46
council district 3 Ted Little
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Charlestown council AGE: 67 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Two Years Charlestown City Council; Two Years Charlestown Redevelopment Commission FAMILY: Wife - Patricia Norman Little; Two Sons - Brian and Jeremy; Daughter TED LITTLE Andrea Rowlett” OCCUPATION: Material Handling Management, Sales and Services (45 years) - Retired RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Charlestown Beautification Committee - Active Volunteer and 8 year co-chairperson (Founders Day Festival, Christmas Activities Chairperson); Church Leadership - Sunday School Teacher; General Contractor for construction of the home in which I have lived for 20 years (7800 County Road 403, Charlestown) YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? Working to make this city all it can be has been a commitment of mine for years.
SEE LITTLE, PAGE 49 • Republican candidate R. Scott McKechnie for Charlestown Council District 3 did not respond to the News and Tribune candidate questionnaire.
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Charlestown council AGE: 42 POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I served on the City’s first Redevelopment Commission. Over the past 18 years I have attended hundreds of City Council meetings. I own a business in Clark County (Kopp’s Lakes), and know first-hand the importance of a DONNA ENNIS good relationship between a city and private businesses. FAMILY: Married for 17 years to Jim Ennis, Three Step Children: April, Amy, and Jacob OCCUPATION: Director of Operations for Midwest Environmental Management Services, LLC RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I have 21 years of private sector experience working in the water, wastewater, and construction industry, including 11 years in management. My areas of expertise include: financial analysis; development and management of multimillion dollar budgets; human resources, including all aspects of the hiring process, workman’s compensation, and other employee issues; grant writing and administration; capital project planning, financing, and project management; and marketing. I have also worked with various Indiana governmental agencies, including the State Board of Accounts, the Dept. of Environmental Management, the Utility Regulatory Commission, and the Office of Energy Development. In addition to my professional experience, I have served on the Charlestown Redevelopment Commission, the Board of Directors of the North Clark Hospital Foundation, and as Chairperson of the Clark County Election Board.
SEE ENNIS, PAGE 55
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OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Charlestown council photo not AGE: 45 available POLITICAL PARTY: Republican POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: N/A FAMILY: Wife of 20 years, Son Brady 16, Son Dalton 12, Son Boomer 7 OCCUPATION: Teacher at Charlestown Middle School RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Involved in the city of Charlestown in many aspects. Baseball coach at Charlestown High School for 8 years. Coach and Board Member of Charlestown Little League, Coach and Board Member of Charlestown Youth Basketball and Member of Charlestown Sports Council. Musician for North Charlestown Church of God YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A
OFFICE YOU ARE SEEKING: Sellersburg council AGE: 39 POLITICAL PARTY: Republican martina POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: webster Precinct committeewoman, state delegate, campaign chair, assessor candidate, Clark County plan commission, Sellersburg parks and recreation board FAMILY: Husband, Steve, 6 year old son, 5 year old daughter OCCUPATION: Realtor RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Being on local boards has helped prepare me to work with others to improve our communities. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): www. martinawebster.com
council district 4 WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I would like to be involved in decisions that will shape the future of Charlestown. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I am the best candidate because I am in touch with the citizens of Charlestown. I was born and raised in Charlestown and I will help to make decisions for what is best for the people of Charlestown and not make my decisions based on a political platform. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The current city council does not work together for the betterment of Charlestown. There are too many personal agendas on the council that hinder the growth and productivity of this great town. Charlestown will be facing a great opportunity with the completion of the east end bridge and with the
right council Charlestown can become a community that will be the envy of the state. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? I think that all governments, city up to federal, should have transparency. Any member of the community should be able to have access to documentation and records of the governments activities. I think that people should be allowed to attend any meeting that pertains to the community they belong. IF ELECTED, HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE REVITALIZING THE PLEASANT RIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD, IF AT ALL? I think that revitalization of the Pleasant Ridge Neighborhood is an important issue. I think it is important to get all players involved together to
address the hardships of the neighborhood. With the right people in place we could develop a plan to meet the needs of the neighborhood and the surrounding communities. WHERE DO YOU SEE THE CITY’S PLACE IN SOUTHERN INDIANA AND DO YOU SEE THAT CHANGING IN THE COMING YEARS? I feel that people in southern Indiana see Charlestown as a second or third tier city. I believe that with the completion of the east end bridge and the proper visionaries in place, Charlestown can become the benchmark for all other communities in Southern Indiana. • Democratic candidate Ruth Ann Rawlings for Charlestown Council District 4 did not respond to the News and Tribune candidate questionnaire.
COUNCIL DISTRICT 1 WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I think Sellersburg is the best town in Clark County. I would like to help keep it that way! WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I stand by the federal & state constitutions. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The most pressing issue facing Sellersburg will be how to intelligently handle our growth. We are a growing community, and we must find ways to balance the good parts of a small community with the growth that is coming. How can we change, but keep the small town feel? WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU
ACCOMPLISH THAT? Overall, Sellersburg does a great job with transparency. I attend town council meetings and enjoy listening to them debate topics in front of the crowd. Some of the other local boards & councils try very hard to keep out unwanted opinions; I have never felt that vibe from the Sellersburg Town Council. I would like to see more of the public attend meetings and become involved, they are welcome! I welcome opinions from the public on how the town could do better. THE TOWN APPEARS POISED FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THE NEAR FUTURE. WHAT ARE SOME CONSIDERATIONS YOU FEEL ARE IMPORTANT TO MINIMIZE GROWING PAINS? I think the town council needs to work closer with the county plan commission. Discussions about growth, the timing of it, and the effects need to be considered when approving large subdivisions. While we all want to encourage growth, what
does it mean for the schools and other essential services? Currently, much of the growth is in Sellersburg, but not actually inside town limits. Without annexation, the council doesn’t have much control over minimizing growing pains; they only the ability for discussions with others who do have that power. WOULD YOU SUPPORT A BIG-BOX RETAILER MOVING INTO SELLERSBURG? WHY OR WHY NOT? My support would probably depend on the name of the big-box retailer.
SEE WEBSTER, PAGE 54 • Republican candidate Joe Ledbetter for Sellersburg Council District 1 did not respond to the News and Tribune candidate questionnaire.
ELECTIONS The following candidates did not respond to the News and Tribune candidate questionnaire • Republican candidate Brandon Schiller and Democratic candidate Bob Leuthart for Clarksville Clerk Treasurer. • Republican candidate Michelle D. Miller and Democratic candidates David L. Kinder and Bruce A. Walker for Sellersburg Clerk Treasurer. • Republican candidate Paul J. Rhoades and Democratic candidate Philippe Keith Coats for Sellersburg Council At-Large. • Republican candidate Gregory "Greg" Ferree and Democratic candidate James H. Lamaster for Sellersburg Council District 2. • Republican candidates Michael N. "Mike" Lockhart and Doug Reiter, and Democratic candidate Brad J. Amos for Sellersburg Council District 3. • Republican candidate William Conlin and Democratic candidate Terry Langford for Sellersburg Council District 4. • Patty Deark Love for Utica Clerk Treasurer. Love is currently running unopposed. • Democratic candidates James "Jimmy" Carter, Henry "Hank" Dorman, Shelly Gaither, Angela Jackson, J. Steve Long and Martha Bruner Whetsell for Utica Town Board. • Democratic candidate Mindi Brewer-Holmes for Borden Clerk Treasurer. BrewerHolmes is currently running unopposed. • Democratic candidates Paul Brewer, Rudy Cook and Ruth L. Spears for Borden Town Board.
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As a kid growing up in the west end, I didn’t know the difference between poverty and prosperity; I just wanted to play and have fun. As I’ve grown in skill and wisdom, there’s one thing for certain: no person working 40 hours a week should live in poverty. We are responsible for creating a better economic future for those who follow. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? You are not being delivered a quality product and service at the best price, and you have been forgotten, except during the election cycle, and I need your help to change this. Here are a few truths about unwise decisions by the Gahan administration over the last three years: • New Albany has $89 million dollars of bonded debt • TIFs are being misused and can cause harm to taxpayers and future generations • Deficiencies were found by the State Board of Accounts in three recent audits: “We noted several deficiencies by the city of New Albany regarding internal control systems related to financial transactions and reporting.” • 64% of our citizens live below the national poverty level • 6,000 of our students receive free or reduced lunches • A lack of transparency around the appointment, hiring and firing practices • No major employer has joined our community in over ten years • Toyota chose Clark County over New Albany • Pillsbury, Indatus and six other major employers have left New Albany • Main Street re-design cost taxpayers over $3 million dollars • New Albany Little League left the city HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? My business plan, Advance New Albany 2016, will reinvent, rebuild and re-brand for a renewed New Albany. Together you and I can create an “economic engine” that will provide a better future for those who follow us. The plan includes: 1) We must create a culture and environment that is conducive for success, and we must treat others as we want to be treated. I will restore the trust that our citizens and public servants deserve and need.
2) We will unify, grow a budget surplus, create career-worthy high-paying jobs and achieve exceptionalism. 3) We will start including ALL citizens and provide them with complete communication and transparency. 4) We will stop improper spending. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Yes, and here are a few ideas: • I would establish a Customer Service team, so citizens can access accurate information in a timely manner. Remember, our taxpayers are CUSTOMERS! • I would have a bi-monthly “State of the City,” so citizens can participate with an interactive Q&A session. • I would post all activities and projects publicly via social media and our city’s website, so our citizens can watch the progress and cost from beginning to completion. • I currently give my personal cell phone number out on my website and on my business card as a candidate for mayor. If elected, I will continue to do so. The citizens entrust their tax dollars to those of us they elect to represent them. They MUST have access to the mayor and department heads in a timely manner for the information they want and need. TAX-INCREMENT FINANCING IS BEING USED TO SUPPORT SEVERAL PROJECTS IN NEW ALBANY LIKE ROAD IMPROVEMENTS AND NEW PARKS. DO YOU SUPPORT HOW TIF FUNDS ARE BEING UTILIZED? WHY OR WHY NOT? I am not against TIFs, but I am against their improper use. TIFs are being misused and can cause harm to taxpayers and future generations. This administration uses TIFs for anything and everything. In the Tribune this month, the administration stated that we have more projects in the works than we have TIF dollars ... As a city, we have over $89 million dollars in bonded debt and that has New Albany in a negative debt-to-equity ratio (or upside down). The Gahan administration is speculating 25 years into the future that current citizens and their children will be able to pay back these debts. For instance, we’re asked to sustain a swimming pool for over 25 years that’s only open 70 days a year, with daily entry fees that most in our community can’t afford? There is no way a swimming pool qualifies
as economic growth. HOW WOULD YOU APPROACH MAKING DOWNTOWN NEW ALBANY SAFER IN TERMS OF THE STREET NETWORK? All we need to do is look at the Main Street design issues that hinder businesses and public safety as an example for why we must tread carefully. The Gahan administration has wasted millions on bumpers, speed tables, curbs that were not thought out or executed correctly. Fire trucks are having trouble turning onto Main Street - in what world is this acceptable? Now, additional traffic is being diverted to Spring Street based on this poor design. After a calming period, I would bring together residents, public servants (fire, police, ambulances, street department) and business professionals to have additional discussions and achieve areas of consensus using real facts and honest discourse. Over the last 30 days, I have navigated the downtown streets in a semi-tractor trailer and sat with a Spring Street resident to monitor traffic. I am confident there is a consensus solution that will occur when people are included, when communication is open and honest without an agenda and trust is present. WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO BRING MORE JOBS AND BUSINESSES TO NEW ALBANY? Advance New Albany 2016 is my comprehensive business plan and holds the blueprints to the economic engine I will create. I will sell and market New Albany like no other mayor has done before - letting investors know that New Albany is “open for business.” We should be spending our resources on developing industrial, technology, and commerce parks, so when Toyota wants to locate in our region, or Samtec, Inc. wants to expand locally, we are prepared for their needs. No swimming pool has ever put food on a family’s table or improved the economic standard of a family. As a business-minded mayor, I will create revenue by forging public-private-partnerships. New Albany is only 149 square miles and is the 2nd smallest county in Indiana. I want to redefine the downtown in a 28 square block to prepare for the following: 1. Building 3 24-story buildings that are LEED certified to create revenue and jobs. These will be comprised of: apartments; office space for hightechnology, corporate headquarters, and digital manufacturing/R&D; a hotel/conference center; a new city government center 2. Complete the Scribner Place project off of Pearl Street, including a marina below the amphitheater.
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RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: Presently serve on the Clarksville Plan Commission. Presently serve on the Board of Directors of the Arts Council of Southern Indiana, presently serve as a member of the Clark County Solid Waste District Board of Directors, From 2007 to through 2010, I served as a member of the Clarksville School Board where I helped lead the school corporation through some of the most trying financial times it has ever known. Today we have a stronger school corporation that is better equipped to meet the challenges of the future. I have served on the Ivy Tech School of Business Advisory Board at the Sellersburg Campus. Served as treasurer of the Clarksville High School Holding Corporation during the renovations of the Clarksville High and the Greenacres Elementary Schools. Participated as a member of the Clarksville High and Middle School Public Law 221 School Improvement Committees making recommendations on enhancements to curriculum and teaching practices. Served on the Charles A. Prosser School of Technology Board of Advisors and presently serve on the Graphic Arts and Computer Technology Advisory Councils. I also served on the school’s Public Law 221 School Improvement Committee. Served as a member of the Board of Aviation Commissioners of Clark County for a 4-year term from 1995 to 1999. During that time I led the effort to complete the board’s first-ever strategic planning initiative and led a successful effort to have a Sellersburg Volunteer Fire Department sub-station built on the airport property. Graduated in 2000 from the Leadership Southern Indiana program. I am also a 2001 graduate of Leadership Louisville and a 2002 graduate of the Bingham Fellow program of Leadership Louisville. I have also completed the Regional Connections, Focus Southern Indiana, and Focus Louisville programs to develop my leadership skills and to get a better understanding of our region as a whole. Chaired two advisory study commissions to help Clark County government computerize the courthouse. Both commissions made formal recommendations of how to proceed, and many of the recommendations were implemented. Led an initiative of the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce for the transfer of land at
the former Charlestown Army Ammunition Plant to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for the creation of a state park. That effort led to the creation of the Charlestown State Park. I produced a video on the proposal and made the formal presentation to the Natural Resources Study Committee asking that the state acquire the land and build the park. Chaired the River Ridge Resort Committee that has worked with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to help develop the master plan for the Charlestown State Park. Served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Clarksville Riverfront Foundation which assists the Department of Natural Resources with the operation and maintenance of the Falls of the Ohio State Park, Interpretive Center, and George Rogers Clark Home Site State Park. Participated as a member of the Board of Directors of Clarksville Sister Cities Association. I accompanied the Association to Bewdley, England, in 2000 and to La Garenne-Colombes, France, in 2004 at my own expense and served as a member of the official delegations discussing Sister Cities relationships. The Association has already made it possible for annual visits of Clarksville and Providence High School students to La Garenne-Colombes, a suburb of Paris, France, and has hosted inbound visits of their students. I still sit on the Association’s board of directors. Co-Chaired the Jeffersonville Floodwall Art Committee along with Barbara Donahue, working to create a photo-realistic historic art display on Jeffersonville’s floodwall. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): www. electgilkey.com WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I have worked diligently to keep Clarksville moving in a positive direction. We have a new police chief, a new street commissioner and a new redevelopment director, all of whom have brought long needed pride and professionalism to the town. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? My experience in covering government for 37 years with the local newspaper has given me an insight into government and its effective operation that few possess. I have seen what works and what does not. In addition my graduation from the Leadership Southern Indiana, Leadership Louisville and the Leadership Louisville gradu-
ate program, the Bingham Fellows, has given me leadership skills that I can bring to Clarksville to help meet today’s challenges. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Clarksville has reached the point in its growth where we need more full-time governance. We are simply too big to rely solely upon a part-time town council. I supported letting the people of Clarksville make the decision in a public process on the city-town issue. A committee I named in 2012 as Council President consisted of highly-qualified and respected people in our community. They came back with the recommendation to remain a town but to hire a Town Manager. That committee’s recommendation to proceed with seeking a candidate for the Town Manager position was killed by a majority faction of the council which summarily voted to stop the process, I believe, because they feared having someone with a degree in municipal administration in a position of control in Clarksville. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? As council president in 2012 I implemented a period of public comment at the beginning of every town council meeting. I still believe we need to go further and I would require that the contexts of all board packets, with the exclusion of confidential, personal or otherwise private materials, be made available online days before a council meeting so that the public can be made aware of what is going to happen at a meeting. I would also like to start a quarterly publication for residents to keep them up to date on what is happening within Clarksville and of future plans. DO YOU BELIEVE THE TOWN SHOULD HIRE A TOWN MANAGER? WHY OR WHY NOT? IF YES, WHAT METHOD SHOULD THE TOWN USE TO FILL THE POSITION? “Clarksville has become a very successful and progressive community. So much so that it has exceeded the ability of a part-time town council to govern it effectively. As a result we have a lack of centralized control, deferring instead to the various council members who have responsibility
over different departments. A town manager will be formally trained and degreed in municipal administration and will be in a better position to implement board policy on a day to day basis. The council still maintains responsibility for policy but can rely upon a professional to carry out that policy in compliance with local ordinances as well as state and federal laws. I believe the study committee that was created by the council in 2013 and worked through 2014 should be reinstated to bring forward a number of candidates from which the town council can select the individual with whom it wishes to work as a team.” DO YOU BELIEVE RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO VOTE IN THE COUNCIL RACES FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF DISTRICTS OTHER THAN THEIR OWN? WHY OR WHY NOT? When I ran for the town council in 2011, I spent a lot of time going door-to-door talking to residents. An overwhelming concern on their part was that they did not have a council representative who was over their district. I heard time and again that people want district voting. The response was overwhelming. Their position, and I agree with them, was that a representative responsible to their town district would be better in tune with and more responsive to their concerns. I would place the matter into public discussion and consider implementing district voting if elected.
HOW DO YOU EXPECT THE COMPLETION OF THE OHIO RIVER BRIDGES PROJECT TO AFFECT THE TOWN’S BUSINESSES? WILL CLARKSVILLE NEED TO ATTRACT NEW TYPES OF BUSINESSES TO KEEP ITS TAX BASE STRONG? I have serious reservations about the negative impact of Ohio River Bridge tolls on Clarksville. Our community is so heavily vested in retail stores that any downturn in business that could occur as a result of bridge tolls could have a profound impact on the economic viability of our community. I have encouraged expansion of the town’s business base to include more professional, manufacture, education and other non-retail business so as to broaden our economic foundation and make us less susceptible to economic depression by outside influences such as bridge tolls.
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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? Clarksville has a rich history and a potentially bright future, assuming we stay competitive. I see room for the Town Council to operate with more transparency for the taxpayer and with more sensitivity to the business owner. I pledge to manage the taxpayer’s funds as efficiently as possible, while making necessary investments to prepare for Clarksville’s growth. I believe in the words of Ronald Reagan when he said, “Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it, because it stands on the shoulders of that generation.” WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I come with no baggage, no strings attached, and a pair of fresh eyes. My decade of entrepreneurship has taught me how to build a bipartisan coalition, in order to achieve the best return on investment. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? “Our most pressing issue is Clarksville’s style of executive government. If I asked you to buy stock in a $17 Million company that was run by a council of seven, part-time employees, all of which were not required to have business experience or certificates of study, you would rightly be hesitant to invest. Clarksville is that company. As of 2012, the ICMA Municipal Handbook reported that 53% of municipalities between populations of 5,000-250,000 have switched to a council-and-manager form of government. By hiring a professional, fulltime, Town Manager, with a degree in public
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WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? There are several issues facing Clarksville but I believe the most pressing issue is the managing of the TIFF district expenditure. I would propose that and independent oversight committee of seven or nine people be formed and report quarterly to the council of the revenues and proposed expenditure of the TIFF. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE
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administration, we will emulate many successful corporations, which operate with a CEO and a Board of Directors. To offset the additional cost of $60-$80 in salary, a Town Manager will be able to seek additional grant funding for departments, while also flagging any redundant spending across departments. Ultimately, a Town Manager can implement the vision of the Town Council and provide a separation of executive and legislative powers. He or she will enable department heads to spend more time on their employees and less time on budget spreadsheets. Finally, a Town Manager will be able to take the politics out of hiring by enabling department heads to implement a standardized hiring policy.” WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? I support publishing video recordings of all council meetings and work sessions. I also support greater online disclosure of TIF District finances, complete with info-graphs to raise public awareness. “Every dime online.” DO YOU BELIEVE THE TOWN SHOULD HIRE A TOWN MANAGER? WHY OR WHY NOT? IF YES, WHAT METHOD SHOULD THE TOWN USE TO FILL THE POSITION? As previously stated, the establishment of a Town Manager is of top priority. A professional recruiter would assist the town council in posting the position and attracting qualified candidates. Preferred candidates would hold a degree in public administration. A selection committee, made up of both council members and department heads, would select three finalists based upon phone interviews. The three finalists would make in-person visits to
PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Absolutely. I would like to see all town council and work sessions recorder or CC broadcast and made available on the Internet. Publish weekly all upcoming meeting schedules and times that the town will have. Do you believe the town should hire a town manager? Why or why not? If yes, what method should the town use to fill the position? I do believe the Town of Clarksville should hire a town manager. As the town grows, full time leadership in town operations is needed to manage the day-to-day operations efficiently and effectively. I was part of the steering committee to determine
Clarksville in order to be interviewed by the council and all department heads. Department heads would then take an advisory vote for the town council’s consideration. The Town Council would then make the hire, and invest their executive authority in the new Town Manager. The Town Manager would serve at the pleasure of the Town Council. Such a relationship will provide greater accountability and flexibility over the traditional office of a mayor. DO YOU BELIEVE RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO VOTE IN THE COUNCIL RACES FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF DISTRICTS OTHER THAN THEIR OWN? WHY OR WHY NOT? “No taxation without district representation.” Why should the opposite side of town dictate to you who will represent your neighborhood? The Town Council should revert back to its long-held tradition of having both at-large and district representatives. Currently, all district representatives can potentially win their district, yet lose the election. Restoring district voting will end the current practice of incumbent protectionism. It will encourage more new faces to file for candidacy, regardless of income and popularity. It will provide the voters with more diversity of perspective, as well as a greater choice at the ballot box.” HOW DO YOU EXPECT THE COMPLETION OF THE OHIO RIVER BRIDGES PROJECT TO AFFECT THE TOWN’S BUSINESSES? WILL CLARKSVILLE NEED TO ATTRACT NEW TYPES OF BUSINESSES TO KEEP ITS TAX BASE STRONG? “In the long-term, I believe the bridges project will benefit our town’s commercial districts. Clarksville’s greatest asset will be its strategic location in the heart of the metro area. As a greater connected
if Clarksville should remain a Town of become a City. It was unanimous by the committee that we should remain a Town but retain a Town Manager. It is the most popular form of municipal government in the United States. A recommend a search committee be formed consisting of four town council members, two school board members and one towns person from each district. Hiring a professional Manager should be based solely on professional qualifications. Do you believe residents of the town should be allowed to vote in the council races for representatives of districts other than their own? Why or why not? I strongly stand behind district voting. This results
metro grows into a hub for both transportation and culture, we can anticipate significant growth in eastern Jeffersonville and in Prospect, KY. Clarksville’s commercial districts will have many new customers within just minutes of an interstate drive. However, in the short-term, business owners may be challenged. Advertising dollars will need to be retargeted in a way that will encourage Kentuckians to overcome the mental hurdle of a toll (est. $2-$4 round-trip for registered transponders). Municipalities and businesses should be lobbying the bridges’ authority to provide transponders for free, along with an introductory period of free tolling. For its part, the council’s most powerful tool in attracting builders and business owners is with either TIF districts or tax abatements. I tend to favor the latter, as I generally support the use of TIF districts as more of a budgetary tool for infrastructure investments, rather than as a hopeful catalyst for economic growth. In either case, these tools must be utilized by the town council and the redevelopment commission in way that is specific, strategic, and transparent, with a defined timeline. Immigrating families who come for jobs will likely want to live in Clarksville, with its lower taxes, school choice, and active parks department, all while having easy access to Louisville’s downtown amenities. As a result, while I generally trust the free-market over government intervention, I do recognize that government can play a limited role in revitalizing residential districts. First, Indiana’s “Unsafe Building Law” (IC 36-7-9) gives municipalities the powers of eminent domain, which should be used sparingly to address abandoned properties. Second, attracting the next generation of homeowners requires good schools, and we can deliver: I support the use of future TIF dollars to invest in technology for Renaissance Academy and Clarksville Schools.
in proper representation of the voters and district voting keeps the playing field even and minimizes stacking in party favoritism. How do you expect the completion of the Ohio River Bridges Project to affect the town’s businesses? Will Clarksville need to attract new types of businesses to keep its tax base strong? The Ohio River Bridges project (along with River Ridge) will result in a growth in businesses and population growth (and thus tax base). I believe our challenge will be to manage the growth and concentrate on development and improvements in our infrastructure to accommodate the growth.
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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I enjoy public service. Everyone says that but I am currently working with the public serving our customers, (Community). I enjoy problem solving, organizing and team management. I believe Clarksville is uniquely positioned geographically and economically to leverage our proximity to a major metropolitan area. I believe I have the leadership skills and organization to help move Clarksville forward. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I seek to restore communication between the community and those elected to serve. Everyone should know their voice is heard and seriously considered. Citizens elect people to represent them, how can one represent without listening. New ideas, fresh approach, I am a problem solver and willing to work together as a team: building a bridge between opposing viewpoints. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? “Clarksville has many of the same issues other communities are facing. For example: public perception of our police and elected leaders, safety of our citizens, drugs in our schools and neighborhoods, budget constraints and cuts, clean water, good paying jobs, and homelessness. Additionally, we face in the near future bridge tolls which will impact our lives in so many ways. Anything we do, if it involves crossing the river will have an additional cost to consider. These issues must be addressed in a reasonable and practical way which will assure our citizens a safe environment in which to raise their family and an expectation that their elected officials hear them
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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? To be active in the growth of Charlestown WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I believe in the politics of progress and not the politics of the personal agenda WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU
and understand their concerns. I also believe we must improve our infrastructure and our business community which, in turn, will attract good paying jobs, provide a sustainable tax base and continue the growth of our community.” WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Yes, I believe it is the responsibility of government to be open and accessible. I believe I am uniquely positioned to do just that. I have an office at the corner of Eastern Boulevard and Lewis and Clark Parkway that is open and accessible every day of the week and 2 hours on Saturdays. I have customers, friends and the general public stopping in daily; so I am personally accessible almost every day of the week. I am about a 3-4 minute drive from the Town Hall and will make myself available there as well. I will personally seek to hear the voice of Clarksville and consider their opinions and ideas. The job of a councilman, I believe, is to listen to the community, consider what is being said and then pursue whatever action is best for all of Clarksville. While not every idea that is presented will make it to the table, I will seriously consider and give value to what is said: I believe that in doing this; I will have a better understanding of what the citizens of Clarksville want. DO YOU BELIEVE THE TOWN SHOULD HIRE A TOWN MANAGER? WHY OR WHY NOT? IF YES, WHAT METHOD SHOULD THE TOWN USE TO FILL THE POSITION? “If it is determined that a town manager is needed and the expense of having one is justified then I would support this issue. I do believe we have good people who are heading our various departments and are doing a very good job. I am impressed with the level of commitment and dedication I have seen so far in meeting with them. Adding another layer of bureaucracy and the expense it involves might
PROPOSE HANDLING IT? To make sure Charlestown is pro-active in its growth as Clark County and Southern Indiana grows and to make sure that all people of my district and my city benefit from this growth; I will handle it by being factual, tactful, and positive about what Charlestown needs to do to grow its tax base. I will listen to all sides of any issue and then make the best decision that benefits the most people in my district and in Charlestown. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOM-
well be in the best interest of Clarksville, I believe we must consider the cost and value to the town. If we do hire a town manager, I believe, there should be standards of conduct, measurable goals and minimum requirements set out. If it is right, let’s do it, but do it right! How, and the process of seeking a qualified individual is something that would not be set by me alone but by agreement between the council members. I would seek a bipartisan panel who would first agree on what the duties and responsibilities will be, what qualifications, education and experience we are looking for in a town manager, then solicit only qualified candidates who meet the agreed upon criteria.” DO YOU BELIEVE RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO VOTE IN THE COUNCIL RACES FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF DISTRICTS OTHER THAN THEIR OWN? WHY OR WHY NOT? “I would have no problem supporting and voting in favor of district voting and would seek to bring it to the table sooner rather than later. If we did switch to district voting, I believe, each council member should always work in favor of the entire town and seek the best interest of the town as a whole while focusing additionally on the district which voted that council member in as their representative. I believe each district is unique and should be represented by one who knows their neighborhood. That said, I have always wondered why I should have a voice in who represents a different district than I reside in. Another example might be: why should I have a vote in who is a State Representative for Madison or Scottsburg when I live in Clarksville. Again, let me say, I believe it is extremely important that each council member seek the best for our town regardless of which district voted him or her in as their council person.” HOW DO YOU EXPECT THE COMPLETION
PLISH THAT? Make government more accessible; be as accessible personally as possible; utilize positive social media to get the facts out and to provide a forum for the citizens of Charlestown IF ELECTED, HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE REVITALIZING THE PLEASANT RIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD, IF AT ALL? Make sure everyone has the facts and by not using scare tactics or personal agendas to do this; let the facts speak for themselves. WHERE DO YOU SEE THE CITY'S PLACE IN
OF THE OHIO RIVER BRIDGES PROJECT TO AFFECT THE TOWN’S BUSINESSES? WILL CLARKSVILLE NEED TO ATTRACT NEW TYPES OF BUSINESSES TO KEEP ITS TAX BASE STRONG? “The bridges project is a definite game changer. The days of “free” travel across the river to shop and dine will be gone with the implementation of tolls. This will affect our community in many challenging ways. There will be a decline in Kentucky residents shopping and dining in Clarksville (and southern Indiana in general) and there will be fewer who will elect to pay the toll to travel from Clarksville to Louisville to shop and dine. There is also the personal economic effect it will have on our residents. Our cost of living here will increase every time we cross the bridges. I believe Clarksville will have to adjust to (as we have always done) this new world which has been cast upon us, businesses and citizens alike. Clarksville businesses will see some south of the river business decline but may see more southern Indiana residents dining and shopping at “home”. I do think there will be somewhat of an overall decline. Clarksville businesses will have to make adjustments to accommodate this new dynamic in their clientele. Residents too will have to make choices, some hard choices and some not so. Clarksville will have to attract more businesses, we will have to seek different attractions, different reasons to “afford” our neighbors to the south to spend the money to cross the river and our southern Indiana neighbors to not bypass us and pay the tolls. We will need to seek business development in ways as yet never before tried. Develop dynamic shopping districts which will attract customers, office and professional business. Clarksville is already the “hub” of southern Indiana, we need to be frugal with the opportunity and challenge these tolls present. We must never forget, even with the tolls, we are the closest “suburb” to downtown Louisville. There is a great value to be explored in the Clarksville business districts.”
SOUTHERN INDIANA AND DO YOU SEE THAT CHANGING IN THE COMING YEARS? With the bridges nearing completion and with River Ridge becoming a destination for companies and manufacturing, it is imperative that Charlestown become proactive in its approach to improving the quality of life for its citizens. Charlestown could be come a destination for a new population that will arrive in the area with the economic growth that is starting to surround Charlestown, but we can not meet those new demands by waiting around for it to happen. We can control our own destiny if we choose.
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The simple, direct, and least expensive way to fix the combined sewer overflow problem as determined by an “Independent Engineering Review” and conducted by myself pro bono, as a service to Jeffersonville, is not to install an interceptor and water conveyance system but to install a separate storm sewer system. Sewer separation consists of cutting off the storm water from entering the combined sewer and installing relatively small diameter pipes to quickly pipe the storm water to the existing outfalls to the river. The Independent Engineering Review found that intelligently being selective in installing the new storm sewer piping, plus making some strategic sewer infrastructure changes would economically and efficiently eliminate the combined sewer overflows and would be significantly less expensive than Jeffersonville’s current long-term-control-plan. The Long-Term-Proposed-Plan calls for capturing all the storm water, piping it the wastewater treatment plant for processing. And the next phase would be piping or building a canal to get it to the river. Common sense says this is hugely expensive and the independent engineering review done by Meiners Engineering confirms this. The end result is that Jeffersonville ends up with a much much bigger combined sewer, instead of eliminating the problem. Politicians make the issue confusing to the public by saying that Jeffersonville has to fulfill the EPA mandate. Current politicians are telling the public that the EPA is mandating Jeffersonville to install an interceptor and water conveyance system. This is a half-truth. The Interceptor and canal option was Jeffersonville’s plan. The EPA just agreed that Jeffersonville’s plan would be acceptable. The EPA’s main concern is eliminating sewage overflows to the river. The current EPA mandate has no consequences if Jeffersonville eliminates its’ sewer overflows.
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WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Trying to run this town on the budget that has been set without going over and raising taxes to make up for it . WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT
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Thus eliminating the sewer overflows by sewer separation eliminates the source of the EPA fines and makes void the current EPA mandate. A significant reason Mike Moore got elected was that the majority of Jeffersonville residents had the common sense to believe that the cost of the canal project was underestimated and the benefits over estimated. I believe that Jeffersonville voters got it correct. I believe Jeffersonville dodged a bullet. I also believe that Jeffersonville voters, if informed with the above information, will have the common sense to know that a competent storm water sewer separation method will be way less expensive than installing huge pipes, and piping the storm water to and from the wastewater treatment plant. Not only is this also common sense, the Independent Engineering Review confirms this by getting into the actual details. Why are the current city council members, the sewer board, and the mayor resistant and dragging their feet? I believe the bottom line is politics. Some politicians still secretly want the canal and the Long-TermControl-Plan is a step in that direction. For some I believe that it is a conflict of interest situation where politicians have personal and financial relationships in the engineering firm that has, is, and will continue to profit immensely from the current plan. Also none of the politicians are engineers and just trust what Jacobi Toombs and Lanz tells them. Some of the problem also might be due to incompetent engineers not understanding or knowing how to economically separate out a storm sewer from the combined sewer to efficiently eliminate sewage overflows. Just for added information, while the politicians are saying that they are working on solving the sewer overflow problems, practically all the money spent so far has gone for the canal project, such as buying millions of dollars worth of properties, tons of money on the engineering for evaluating which Interceptor Plan would be most advantageous, and miscellaneous projects. Practically zero dollars on evaluating
any common sense sewer separation methods. The result of which is, that from all the dollars already spent, Jeffersonville has only reduced its’ sewage overflows by a very small percentage. If the above money would have been spent on a quality sewer separation plan, Jeffersonville would have been well on its way to completing the project by now. The bottom line is the canal project completely hi-jacked Jeffersonville from eliminating sewage overflows in an efficient and cost effective manner. What makes you the best candidate? What makes me qualified to say the above? I have over 35 year of successful engineering experience. I am an inventor. I was awarded a US patent, which I successfully sold to drilling company in the oil business. At Purdue in engineering school, for what was considered a tough finals test (a basic large required class with over 100 students) dealing with motion, acceleration, statics, dynamics, forces, and machine design, the average score was 70. I was one of three students that scored 100 percent plus 5 extra points for the bonus question. Thus it could be said that for 100 engineering problems that engineers should be able to solve, the average engineer would be able to solve only 70 of them, while I have the ability and capability of solving all of them. So while it appears to me that other engineers are being unethical, it is possible that the problem falls in the 30 percent category and that they just don’t know how to find the solution. My US patent number is 6,412,576 and is titled “Methods and Apparatus for Subterranean Drilling Utilizing a Top Drive.” I only mention the above out of response to those who oppose me and are trying to discredit me by attacking my credibility as an engineer.”
and how would you propose handling it? Wasting untold millions of dollars trying to capture, contaminate, uncontaminated, and pipe large volumes of storm water. Six different engineers would likely come up with 6 different sewer separation solutions. Some would work and some may not, some would be expensive and possibly cost prohibitive, and some would be efficient and economical. What is needed is a quality engineer getting into the details, guiding the process, and coming up with a quality economical plan. Getting off the current path can save the city untold millions of dollars. Nevertheless, my first preference would be for the current politicians to utilize honest competent engineering to design and implement a quality efficient sewer separation plan. Would you move to make government more accessible and open to the public? If so how would you accomplish that? I am a big believer in the importance of being ethical and honest. This includes being accessible and open to the public.
WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? What is the most pressing issue facing this office
WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING C DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED?
MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Would try and make it transparent to the people, maybe hand out packets of the issues the council is working on so the people could have the same information we do before or during town board meetings.
Not sure about that, have been looking into the good and the bad with a town manager . So cant give a yes or no answer on that.
all live in the same area.
DO YOU BELIEVE THE TOWN SHOULD HIRE A TOWN MANAGER? WHY OR WHY NOT? IF YES, WHAT METHOD SHOULD THE TOWN USE TO FILL THE POSITION?
DO YOU BELIEVE RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO VOTE IN THe COUNCIL RACES FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF DISTRICTS OTHER THAN THEIR OWN? WHY OR WHY NOT? I’m for district voting. I believe the people of the representatives district should decide the best candidate for their needs and wants because they
8 i ( w n s t a e 9 1 S A t 1 d p 1 o i AS MAYOR, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR PLAN t FOR ENSURING THE CITY COMPLIES WITH c THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED 1 SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES? p 1 See above m WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/ r OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSON- m VILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE 1 1 EAST END? Using common sense, being friendly to businesses and visitors. Making quality decisions. Getting sewer rates back to normal.
In general for its intended purpose, but could vary depending on specific situations.
HOW DO YOU EXPECT THE COMPLETION OF THE OHIO RIVER BRIDGES PROJECT TO AFFECT THE TOWN’S BUSINESSES? WILL CLARKSVILLE NEED TO ATTRACT NEW TYPES OF BUSINESSES TO KEEP ITS TAX BASE STRONG? If there is a toll put on the bridge not sure if it would help our businesses or not. We always need to try and attract new businesses to keep people working and keep its tax base strong.
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8) Championing safer pedestrian travel in Jeff by increase sidewalk requirements in development plans (Planning & Zoning), creation of sidewalk master plan with Redevelopment to connect sidewalk gaps and needs throughout the city, created the sidewalk fund so that new commercial developments can’t avoid their pedestrian responsibilities, and spearheaded the addition of sidewalks on Charlestown Pike from TJ elementary to Rivervalley. 9) Renovation and update of Vissing Park 10) Private/public partnership with Clark County Soccer Association (CCSA) to build the Whoehrle Athletic Complex for Soccer & Football that included the construction of the lighted turf field. 11) Jeffersonville annexation to eliminate city/county donut holes, and strengthen the city financially, and politically by bring in new blood to city leadership. 12) Agreed to EPA mandate to reduce sewer overflows into Ohio River and reduce flooding. Which included expansion of existing sewer plant, construction of a new sewer plant in RiverRidge, and other capacity increasing and quality control measures. 13) Supported the Hamburg Pike Road improvement project - Widening and sidewalks 14) Worked with One Southern Indiana, Redevelopment, and RiverRidge for infrastructure improvements, rezonings, tax abatements, and site plan approvals for many new and existing businesses in Jeffersonville. 15) Supported the Big 4 Park creation and construction 16) Supported the Riverfront improvement
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WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? It’s important that city officials are connected with residents. That’s why my administration established the Office of Community Outreach with an emphasis on interaction with citizens and neighborhood leaders. Since taking office, I’ve walked neighborhoods and held neighborhood meetings to hear from residents. I will remain accessible to the residents of Jeff. AS MAYOR, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR PLAN FOR ENSURING THE
project (Marina) 17) Supported the construction on the new Street Department building 18) Supported the construction of the new Fire Station headquarters, supported the addition of two additional fire stations and supported various equipment and training improvement for our fire department. 19) Supported the construction of the new Police Headquarters and police technology improvements such as in-car laptops and supporter of cameras (car & body). 20) Supported the creation, expansion and managing of Riverstage and regional riverfront events. 21) Involved in negotiations with various entities for proper funding of J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter 22) Supported and helped set up the city’s first Purchase Order System and various credit card ordinances to better manage city spending 23) Supported legislation to adopt tougher sex offender ordinance to keep convicted predators out of our parks. 24) Supported changes in our zoning codes to limit and carefully specify where adult businesses and other possible negative commercial uses (ie methadone clinic) could locate within city 25) Sponsored the ordinance that eliminated city council members from receiving state retirement benefits YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): Facebook Ed Zastawny WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? To make Jeffersonville a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
CITY COMPLIES WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES? We need to make every reasonable effort to comply with the EPA mandate within the existing sewer rate structure even if this means considering more cost effective plans or even requesting additional time to comply with the mandate. The existing sewer rates were adopted by the prior administration and city council. Nevertheless, I do not support any further increases in sewer rates and will veto any rate increases. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE
WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I am willing to work in good faith with all parities (private or public) to improve Jeffersonville but I am also willing to fight and speak up when I disagree. I am committed to studying the issues at hand and making the best long term decisions for Jeffersonville.
I supported and agreed to the EPA mandate to reduce sewer overflows into Ohio River and reduce flooding. We have a plan in place with the EPA and we need to flow through and continue with this agreement to the best of our ability. I do not support any additional sewer rate increases to complete the EPA mandate.
WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Making good long term investments and decisions for Jeffersonville’s future. Jeffersonville population is growing and we are financially strong. We need to plan for our growth and invest in projects and infrastructure to maximize Jeffersonville’s quality of life.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE EAST END? I have worked with One Southern Indiana, Redevelopment, River Ridge and private developers for infrastructure improvements, rezonings, tax abatements, and site plan approvals for many new and existing businesses in Jeffersonville. I have also supported the Big 4 Park construction and supported the Riverfront improvement project (Marina). These positive actions and projects need to continue and will encourage growth both downtown and on the east end.
WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? As an elected official we work for the people. I am approachable and open to meeting with and talking to all of my constituents on any city issue. That does not mean we will always agree on issues but it does mean I will listen to my constituents and they will always have access to my phone and email to express their opinion and share there concerns. AS A COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CITY’S BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS IN DEALING WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES?
EAST END? Jeffersonville is very fortunate. Our city is enjoying unprecedented growth and development. In three short years, over 3,000 new jobs have come to Jeff. We watched new businesses arrive like Amazon, BriovaRX and American Fuji Seal. Meanwhile, existing businesses have invested over $50 million. Everywhere you look there’s development such as near the Big Four Bridge with several new restaurants. A new marina is now under construction in our downtown. On Veterans Parkway, Boombozz Pizza and Culver’s are open and a new Menards will soon cut a ribbon. There’s no question that growth and development brings challenges. I am confident we will meet those challenges.
WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? TIF dollars should be used to increase assessed values (property taxes), increase private investment and increase job creation first. Secondly TIF dollars should be spent to “”redevelop”” properties that the private sector avoids or is not will to invest in (contaminated, flood prone, poorer areas). In my opinion Jeffersonville has spent too many TIF dollars over the years on governmental projects with little payback (taxes, jobs or private investment) to the taxpayers.
In fact, we are in the process of updating the city’s comprehensive plan to look at where we want Jeff to be in the next 10 or 20 years. We are conducting public meetings and workshops to solicit public input and involvement in the process of updating the plan. We are also improving our existing infrastructure. In 2016, we will begin the widening of 10th Street to make it commuter friendly. My administration is working with state officials to improve the intersection of Highway 62 and Utica-Sellersburg Road such as the installation of a turning light and a deceleration turning lane onto Utica-Sellersburg Road. WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR
TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? Tax increment financing or TIF is a tool we should use to help attract new development and growth in our community. When my administration came into office, several of the city’s TIFs balances were staggering low. I am happy to report that three years later the TIFs are stronger than ever. Without the use of TIFs much of the recent development in our city would have not occurred including the Big Four Bridge, Big Four Station, Allison Brook Park, the new Marina, the expansion of Duffy’s Landing, and the widening of Hamburg Pike. All of these projects were paid for with TIF dollars without incurring additional debt. The TIF funds make it possible for us fund many important projects that help our city grow and attract new businesses.
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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I am running for office because I must! I am not a politician. I am a planner and goal setter and I love Jeffersonville. I started this journey more than seven months ago. I talked to more than a dozen people in and around Jeffersonville in order to educate myself on the pros and cons involved with seeking a public office. I have worked with the people of Jeffersonville as a neighborhood leader and throughout that time, I was able to get to know a lot of people from all areas of Jeffersonville. I also was able to learn a lot about myself and what I truly enjoy doing. I know local government can sometimes be difficult to work with and I believe elected officials are meant to make that process easier. I have a mind, heart, and hands meant for service. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I am a problem solver with a heart for our community. On a professional level, I have worked in Finance in one form or another throughout my career. My mind has been trained to manage risk and be fiscally responsible. I am the best candidate for this office because I look at issues as they relate to the city as a whole, and I have the ability to identify the root cause and locate solutions. The economic disparity seen in this city is very upsetting. I believe this is the direct result of years of tunnel vision. Tunnel vision has led us to a city full of incomplete projects. We have become a city reactive in nature and not very proactive. I do not work in this manner, I believe projects like sewers, sidewalks, and streets may not be very pretty to look at but as a taxpayer, it is imperative that all are in working order. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PRO-
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WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? “Meeting the EPA mandates, with diminishing funds in our sewer department. Lack of street lights in newly annexed areas. Redevelopment funds not increasing tax base as
POSE HANDLING IT? From the standpoint of a resident of Jeffersonville, there seems to be several pressing issues for Jeffersonville. I believe the solution for all of those issues is taking the politics out of local government. We need to prioritize issues within the city and appropriately budget for each. We have an extremely outdated sewer system that cannot handle our waste water. We should have a plan in place to correct our current course and keep us in compliant with the EPA mandate and the Clean Water Act. We have Police and Fire Departments that are understaffed based on the size of our city. I think we can get ahead of some crime within our city by creating a sense of identity within neighborhoods. Neighborhoods are suddenly seen as investments and those investments pay off with property owners who take neighborhood pride to a new level. When we open our eyes to what is going on around us then we force criminals to take notice and that neighborhood is no longer an easy target. These issues are complicated but we are tasked with solving complicated issues by tackling them head on. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Yes, local government should be more accessible to the public. I have spent a good deal of the past eight years or so at city meetings. This is not possible for everyone to do and attendance should not be mandatory in order to get information. I have felt many times that issues were not even on my radar until after an ordinance was passed. I think elected officials should host town halls. It allows residents to get information from the source. It is an easy solution and transparency in government is a must. AS A COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CITY’S BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS IN DEALING WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS AND
RELATED ISSUES? First, I think it is irresponsible that this issue has been passed from administration to administration with little to no progress. Our city signed a consent decree with the EPA 6 years ago with that the knowledge that the city could be fined daily if we did not take responsibility and drastically lessen the amount of overflow dumped into the Ohio River. The fluctuating cost of the current plan needs to be finalized and the project should get underway. We are not the only city along the Ohio to have to deal with this issue. Towns like Louisville and Evansville have plans in place and progress is being made. I would open up dialogue between these cities and encourage an environment where we could share solutions. The plan for Jeffersonville needs to address the issue and bring our city into compliance with The Clean Water Act while being fiscally responsible. More often than not the best way to accomplish this goal is by completing the project in phases. The planning of this project should work in tandem with public meetings where options are presented and costs are weighed. We must build a consensus with the residents of Jeffersonville and proceed finding an efficient and cost effective solution. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/ OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE EAST END? Downtown is the front door to the rest of the City. Planned growth should take into consideration the environment in which it is occurring. I would like to see the continuation of Spring St. North through the Claysburg Neighborhood. I think it is the cities responsibility to encourage and foster that growth. I was once told that business owners and residents alike should look at the Louisville area of Norton Commons as an example for growth downtown. I could not disagree more. Norton Commons is a replica, and Downtown Jeffersonville is an original. Small, locally owned businesses have the potential to thrive downtown with the increased traffic due to
designed to do.”
A place residents could walk to.
WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Our city government is very accessible, and televised. I would like to move the meetings occasionally to outer areas such as Crystal springs club house, and other places to interest new citizens into local government.
AS A COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CITY’S BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS IN DEALING WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES? First we need go after those who are not paying on time. We have a higher percentage of past due customers than the state average. We must stop wasting funds on engineering. Stay the
the opening of the walking bridge. We have begun to set the stage for success. We should continue and increase the footprint that is beginning to take shape. East End growth will only increase with the added accessibility that will occur by the completion of the East End Bridge. I have attended many of the comprehensive planning sessions for the city and expressed concerns for proper zoning in this area. We are developing another gateway to the city, and we should be building with that thought in mind. I believe we should also prepare for a surge in population in this area as more businesses move into the area. I do not believe that we have seen a quarter of the potential growth that will be coming to this area. I would like to buffer that transition from residential and commercial with a green space that encourages people to linger. I would encourage business developments to mitigate the added blacktop and impenetrable surfaces with green roofs to reduce storm water runoff. WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? Revenue from TIF districts should be spent mainly on infrastructure projects. Streets, sidewalks, and sewers may not be popular ticket items but they are necessary and can be indicative of a community’s priority. Completing these projects has a ripple effect on quality of life. TIF’s can be an excellent tool used to complete projects without increasing the cities indebtedness, but we must not complete projects for projects sake. We should be increasing our attractiveness to private investors who share the same philosophy of responsible development and then allow those investors a chance to bid and build. I am against the process of eminent domain and believe each developer should be vetted to make sure city contracts are not unfairly going to those who might be more politically connected than others. I think we should approach city business as I approach my personal endeavors with honesty and integrity.
course and complete those projects that will satisfy EPA.
cannot grow. We need tax base, not more parks.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE EAST END? Our main roads are substandard. I will utilize all matching funds available to rebuild Holmans Lane, Allison Lane, 10th Street, Salem Noble. Without great infrastructure, our community
WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? The should stay within their specific district most of the time. Once the initial bonds are paid off, the TIF should be closed out, instead of using it for a slush fund. I believe TIF can be great if used properly.
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ings. I am excited to continue to work through the 20+ neighborhood associations and the JNLA.
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AS A COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CITY’S BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS IN DEALING WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES? Jeffersonville has submitted to the EPA a CSO Long-Term Control Plan that outlines the work that must take place during the next 15 years in order to comply with the consent decree. It is estimated that the City of Jeffersonville will spend between $90 million and $120 million on waste and storm water projects to comply with the Clean Water Act by reducing CSOs. We must work with the EPA mandate while striving to lower sewer rates for the citizens of Jeffersonville. We should investigate what other cities and towns have done and come up with a plan to work with the Drainage Board, the Sewer Board, City Council, and the Mayor’s office to get the sewer rates down.
leadership, fiscal accountability and a new relationship with voters. Jeffersonville needs representatives who are in the business of serving the residents and not politics or personal advancements. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I have been a leader in my neighborhood community with a track record of concrete accomplishments in dealing with planning, zoning, city wide functions, and neighborhoods and city development. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The City Council and the Mayor’s Office have to work hand in hand and be supportive of each other. Once these two groups come together for the good of the city everyone will see the benefits. Jeffersonville will look forward to work at River Ridge; focusing on high paying jobs and continued growth downtown; this has only just begun and the right people have to be on board to see future expansion. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Government is not transparent and it must be. You must be available to the community through open communication, social media, and town hall meet-
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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I want to help New Albany achieve its full potential. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I feel I can bring a historical perspective to city government, ever mindful of the past, all the while, with an eye towards the future. With my teaching career and civic involvement, I have experience working together to accomplish common goals and have handled challenging situations. Being thorough, listening and respecting others’ opinions and suggestions is important to lead New Albany
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/ OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE EAST END? “Government accountability is in high demand. We have no choice but to manage the city’s finances in a responsible manner with a vision for the future. Request for Proposals (RFPs) must be sent out nationwide and the best proposal should be chosen. Jeffersonville has over 10 million dollars in undeveloped properties. These properties must be responsibly developed while promoting positive
to a promising future. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? From a citizen’s standpoint, I feel the issue of a disconnect between the mayor’s office and the people of New Albany is a major problem facing our city. This could be rectified, with the parties involved, being engaged in genuine conversation. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Definitely, I would want to make government more accessible for the citizens of New Albany. I believe one important way to accomplish this would be
growth as we work through planning and zoning to follow the city’s comprehensive plan. City owned property must be sold for its appraised value. There can be no more giving away public land. If the city administration does not hold itself accountable then the City Council must. Redevelopment must be held accountable for the usage of Tax Increment Funds (TIF). TIF dollars should be issued in areas that promote job opportunities; ensuring that economic and redevelopment growth attracts strong business to Jeffersonville. Downtown is the front door to Jeffersonville. We must present it as such. We must develop with a preservationist’s heart. Visitors do not stop on Spring St. to shop at an Outlet Mall with all the modern touches but they stop in to see the local shop owners like Claudia at Choices or to taste a red hot at Schimpff’s. These business owners are a huge part of our community, we must be in the business of working with them, and not standing in their way. We need economic development, housing, and strong businesses to be encouraged to develop downtown. The city should continue to work with organizations like Jeff Main Street, One Southern Indiana, and the local property owners to continue to grow downtown. We currently have a brand new asset to Jeffersonville. The Big Four Bridge. This should be utilized to draw in new business and help revitalize the excitement of the downtown area. Let’s put it to work for Jeffersonville. As the gateway to Jeffersonville has become over populated with traffic and pedestrians, the need to widen 10th street has arisen. A plan for the 80/20 match for 10th street should be considered, working for a goal and not just jumping to use all the
TIF dollars or Redevelopment funds. The city council should continue to work with River Ridge for tax abatement and to bring in high salary jobs.
again, communication. Talking, discussing, asking for opinions; could be the number one way to actively engage the people of New Albany.
items. Unfortunately these decisions have been left to specific boards. It would be my hope that mutual respect between the administration and council would lead to collaboration of ideas and projects that would make our community a better place for all.
IS THE CITY SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON PARKS? SHOULD THE BUDGET BE TRIMMED? Parks are a quality of life item and good parks are very important to a community such as New Albany. I also believe duplicating services, such as a separate parks system, wastes taxpayer’s money. SHOULD THE COUNCIL BE VOTING ON MORE LEGISLATION? WHAT ITEMS WOULD YOU ADDRESS? Absolutely. I believe the present council has not been given the opportunity for their voice to be heard on several recent projects and big-ticket
WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? “Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a tool for development and redevelopment which captures increases in taxable assessed value in an allocation area and the revenue generated from that development is used to finance public improvements. An Economic/Redevelopment area is an area indicated in the plan to promote gainful employment opportunities, attract major new businesses, and/ or retain or expand business enterprise in the area. TIF dollars should be issued in areas that promote job opportunities. They also shift the risk of redevelopment from the taxpayers to the bondholders. This ensures that economic and redevelopment growth attracts strong businesses to Jeffersonville. Usually, TIF helps to pay for infrastructure improvements (streets, sewers, parking lots) in the area near a new development. TIF can also be used for acquiring land, paying for planning expenses (legal fees, studies, engineering, etc.), demolishing and rehabbing buildings, cleaning up contaminated areas (“brownfields”), or funding job training programs. We simply should just follow the rules of TIF and stop taking advantage of them. Let’s put the TIF to work for Jeffersonville and her citizens.”
ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH TIF BEING USED TO BOND SIZABLE PROJECTS? TIF districts are tools used to induce development to locate or expand within the community. It has been debated whether quality of life projects such as parks, pools, etc., can spur development in a specific area. With that said, I believe it is too early to determine what we will see off of these most recent investments. I do believe the price tag for these projects seem to be a bit excessive.
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RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE “As a former Asst. Chief of the Clarksville Police Department, my primary responsibly was the day to day operations of the police department and public safety for the community. I also worked closely with the town council regarding the budget for the police department. Additionally I was the liaison between other state and federal agencies in my capacity as a police officer and responsible for the working plan, that is still used today, for the safety, security, crowd and traffic control for Clarksville’s portion of Thunder Over Louisville. In the private sector, I was a small business owner that provided local Internet service and operated a research and consulting firm. Worked as a civil process server for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.” YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): www. clarksvilletowncouncil.com WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? To help strengthen community trust and confidence in government leadership. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE
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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I love Jeffersonville. It has been home all my life and I care about our city. I feel that being involved in the city is part of my civic responsibility. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? My past experiences have provided me with a unique insight into the problems that we face as a city and I know what it takes to solve those problems. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Public Safety is the greatest concern in Jeffersonville. Our Fire Department needs a 4th firefighter on duty at each firehouse. We need to continue to develop our HazMat capabilities in order to deal with the
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FOR THIS OFFICE? Morale Character WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? “Public Safety and Crime: I am frequently asked: Is it safe to live in Clarksville? Are the parks safe? Do I have to worry every time I leave my house to go shopping or take my children to school? Why is crime so high? Clarksville has the best pro-active law enforcement agency in the area. It is made up of professional, caring and quality officers. Also the fire department deserves accolades for job they do. As well as the EMS personnel that respond to other life threatening emergencies. What could make the police and fire professionals’ job better? -- Well that is a question that needs to be answered by those agencies themselves. Not by an outside person attempting to micromanage them. Other communities have curtailed essential services and are only manned “”during regular business hours”” however, Clarksville has maintained a 24 hour a day schedule, which is something a community, any community should expect. We live in a 24 hour a day society -- and not only should you expect the same services all the time -- you should demand them.
increased traffic of Hazardous Materials through our area as well as the continued growth at River Ridge. As for our Police Department, it can be summed up as this — Boots on the Ground. I learned as a SGT in the Army that until you put enough “Boots on the Ground” you cannot fix the problem. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? I would like to set up workshops with the residents on a regular basis to go into detail and further explain what the council is currently doing and why. I think that this is the only way to get the information out to the public. My experience has shown me that the information that I want is available, but, you have to chase it down. Let’s tear down the communications barriers and open the door to residents so that they can ask their questions freely. AS A COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CITY’S BEST COURSE OF ACTION
Roads and Infrastructure: One problem I see is storm water drainage in many of our neighborhoods. A priority, since it is taxable revenue for the Town of Clarksville, is to look into area’s that have storm water and drainage problems. Parks and Greenways: Clarksville has the best park system and programs, bar none. It is the best! It fills all the needs of everyone in our community, and is always adding more programs! I would like to see the town extend and open new parks in the subdivisions north of 265, and possibly build a state of the art “indoor sports complex” along the Eastern Blvd Corridor .” WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? “Public access to records: I fully support the Indiana Open Door Law and the Freedom of Information Act. Both the media and public possess tools given to them by State and Federal legislation if they feel they have been denied access to any public record or meeting.” DO YOU BELIEVE THE TOWN SHOULD HIRE A TOWN MANAGER? WHY OR WHY NOT? IF YES, WHAT METHOD SHOULD THE TOWN USE TO FILL THE POSITION?
IS IN DEALING WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES? My experience in Wastewater tells me that there is no “one” solution but many that need to be put in place. I also have learned that we need to be smart in how we spend the money that we are raising through higher sewer bills. It would be my intent to work with the engineers to find ways to more economically solve these wastewater issues and provide the residents of Jeffersonville with the most bang for their buck. That is a long term solution that is easily maintained and not and eyesore to the community. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/ OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE EAST END? Growth is a challenge that we are facing. The key for us to grow is to not lose our identity. Jeffersonville is trying in some ways to become Louisville Lite. If we are going to develop the east end, we
I am in favor of open and public discussion relating to the hiring of a Town Manager. DO YOU BELIEVE RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO VOTE IN THE COUNCIL RACES FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF DISTRICTS OTHER THAN THEIR OWN? WHY OR WHY NOT? “The general consensus from those that I have discussed this topic with is that, At Large Candidates should be voted town wide and District Candidates should be elected from within a district. I also favor TERM LIMITS.” HOW DO YOU EXPECT THE COMPLETION OF THE OHIO RIVER BRIDGES PROJECT TO AFFECT THE TOWN’S BUSINESSES? WILL CLARKSVILLE NEED TO ATTRACT NEW TYPES OF BUSINESSES TO KEEP ITS TAX BASE STRONG? “The bridge project has been a long time in coming. Tolling the bridges is a bad idea. The East End Bridge will bring new job opportunities for all of Clark County. The Downtown Bridge project will give Clarksville and particularly the commercial area of the south end the opportunity to grow into the largest data terminal facility. That in turn will bring more jobs and strengthen the overall tax base.”
need to find ways to attract Restaurants and Big Box stores along the 10th Street / HWY 62 Corridor near I-265. By doing this we can stop some of the retail bleed that Jeffersonville is experiencing to Clarksville. As for downtown, we need to partner with the current businesses and Jeffersonville Main Street to come up with ways to help them grow. With the addition of the Big Four Bridge, we have the space and opportunity to attract and create new events in Jeffersonville that will bring people, and revenue, into our city like never before. We must capitalize on this opportunity. WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? I firmly believe that the intent of a TIF is to raise funds for the development of the area within the TIF. At times it may be necessary to move money from the TIF to support other growth, however, this is not the intent of the TIF in the first place. If we pull money from the TIF, we need to come up with a funding mechanism that puts it back.
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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? Public service, both as a public school teacher and elected official, has been my life’s work. I get a sense of pride from seeing results of my efforts. For example, we love seeing a thriving downtown — a result of historic preservation. However, it took an ordinance, which I wrote and introduced in 1984, to stop more demolition of buildings. Otherwise, today we would not be able to refer to this area as “Historic Downtown Jeffersonville”. I want to continue the city thrive. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? In addition to my 23 years of experience as an elected official, I am the only candidate or City of Jeff office holder, current or past, who has completed all the requirements to become a Certified Municipal Official in the Indiana Association of Cities & Towns Municipal Management Institute. In addition to my experience and training, I believe I have proven leadership skills by having authored a number of ordinances which are still in place today. These include historic preservation, collective bargaining rights for our police and fire, animal rights and controls, and sidewalk improvements. I am not afraid to stand up for what I believe is right for the City, such as fighting to keep a methadone clinic out of our neighborhoods.
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WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I have over 28 years financial managerial experience of a small business in Jeffersonville, Indiana. My business experience gives me the advantage of having dealt with multiple high end business transactions involving local, national and international clients, banks and manufacturers. I believe my experience will allow me to make the best financial decisions for Jeffersonville. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU
WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Obviously, there is more than one pressing issue facing the City Council. Funding the mandatory compliance with the EPA clean water standards is a $50 million pressing issue. But the biggest concern I have is the high rate of crime in the City of Jeffersonville. It was shocking to me when I read the most recent FBI crime statistics that Jeff ranks 5th out of 100 cities in the state in violent crime (behind Indianapolis, Gary, Hammond, and Warsaw). This is unacceptable. Violent crime and property damage affect the safety of our residents, overall quality of life, and economic development. In order to reduce crime, we must analyze and employ evidence-based strategies that involve a broad based effort of engaging residents, community and faith-based organizations, businesses, media, education, and obviously police and local government agencies. This has to be a priority of the budget and reallocation of resources. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? During my last term on the City Council, I proposed, and got approval by the Council, for closed-circuit televising of the Council meetings. This made our meetings accessible to the public and a great avenue to our citizens to the issues and processes. Other possibilities include Saturday morning Council meetings and neighborhood factfinding sessions.
PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Cost overruns of municipal contracts. When municipal contracts are awarded to individual contractors for city projects, hold them accountable to the original contract bid instead of allowing changes to the original bid agreement. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Yes, local and federal government should always be transparent and accessible to citizens. Develop plan for promoting transparency of city government and municipal projects. For example, improve city website making it more user friendly with links to current projects and budgets. Encourage community participation with links for comments and
AS A COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CITY’S BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS IN DEALING WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES? The mandate requires us to separate sanitary sewers from the storm sewers. The question is this: Is it more economical to do this by means of underground piping or by means of a surface canal? Many believe their estimates favor underground pipes as the least expensive solution. The other side of this discussion favors a canal down Mulberry Street that may attract new business, visitors, and be a unique feature for our city. Is it better to spend less now, or invest in the possibilities of future development? Although the City Council has a voice in this decision, the actual decision will be made jointly by the City Board of Works and Safety and the Sewer Board. Both of these boards are controlled by the Mayor. My answer to this question is this: as updated estimates are made on all proposals, I will support the proposal that solves the problem and promotes growth in Jeffersonville. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/ OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE EAST END? The hear of any city is its downtown. My plans to encourage growth in downtown Jeffersonville began in 1984 with the Historic District Ordinance to preserve and protect our downtown business district from being destroyed Companion ordinances I introduced also prohibited adult entertainment and porn shops. We cannot encourage growth
questions regarding city projects, etc. AS A COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CITY’S BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS IN DEALING WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES? To accommodate the EPA mandate I recommend the installation of a new storm water network, shallow-depth, to effectively reduce the majority of storm water currently flowing into the combined sewer system and the installation of a new sewer line from Market Street to the Tenth Street Pumping Station. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/ OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE
downtown with the 5th highest violent crime rate in the State of Indiana. We can do better — we must do better. People will move into neighborhoods if they feel safe. Business development will follow the influx of people. These businesses will increase more downtown development by creating new jobs. The east end is blessed by the continuing growth at River Ridge. River Ridge has used Urban Enterprise Zone money as well as Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to continue to grow. WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts are created to finance infrastructure improvements, such as sewers, streets, sidewalks and other such projects to attract and keep businesses. When a geographic TIF district is created, a baseline assessed value of the real estate in this TIF district is established. As the assessed value in this TIF district increases, that increase in property tax dollars is captured in the TIF district. This increased revenue does not go into the City’s General Fund, but is intended to pay for the improvements in the district that were made to attract and keep business. This is how TIF dollars are to be used. This is an important economic development tool. It needs to be said, however, that the $9 million annual TIF revenue is not under the control of the City Council. TIF revenue is controlled by the Department of Redevelopment, which is under the control of the Mayor. The Mayor appoints three members of this Redevelopment Board, and the City Council appoints two.
EAST END? Promote business growth which promotes jobs, lower taxes, lower unemployment and more prosperity for the citizens of Jeffersonville. WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? TISs are a very controversial issue and should be further discussed in detail by the City Council. Propositions for the spending of TIF monies should be discussed in detail by the City Council. TIF dollars give the city the capital to plan and build future project; however, due to false signals of revenue growing faster than new investment within the established TIF there is the possibility of overspending by the city if there is no established oversight for the budgeted funds.
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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I’ve been away from public service for almost ten years now and miss serving badly. I believe I still have much to offer in the form of passion for my community, honesty, and integrity. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I think to state that I am “the best candidate” would be presumptuous and a bit arrogant. My answer to this question would be that I will give my all for the citizens and employees of Clarksville and will be a conscientious arbiter of taxpayer dollars. I vow to be honest, open and be a defender of the United States Constitution. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The fact that Clarksville has grown to the point we are at, with part time government is astonishing. I feel we need to put a real effort into hiring a Town Manager in order to have a full time person available to the community during business hours. There has been considerable research done to this point and I believe the big question currently is salary. I will work with the study groups and other Council members to determine feasibility and move forward.
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WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? There is a pressing need to bring a collaborative attitude to the council. I envision myself as a consensus builder, willing to communicate with the executive branch of government. The “We vs. They” mentality is not conducive to transparency in government. An attorney on the council would bring a knowledgeable perspective to the table. Important decisions are being made concerning the rapid expansion of the city. I want to ensure that both the Council and the Mayor’s Office work toward the same outcome, an outcome that is best for the City and Taxpayers of Jeffersonville, for the long run.
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WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? I absolutely would move to make government more accessible and open to the public and employees of the Town. Not just accessible but perhaps as important, accountable. As an elected employee of the citizens of the Town of Clarksville I feel it essential to reach out to my constituents to get their feedback on issues regarding their lives and livelihood. My plan to accomplish this has various aspects to it. 1) I will make myself available to citizens and employees at the Town Hall on a regular basis. 2) I’d like to have Town Hall meetings with citizens from each district at least once per quarter and afford them the opportunity to access all Councilmen that can attend. 3) Social media cannot be overlooked. I have a Facebook page (Marv Bostock) and will welcome any input that is offered. 4) My phone number is listed as it has always been and will be. My cellphone number will be published as will my email address. 5) Any ideas from my constituents as to further accessibility will be considered. DO YOU BELIEVE THE TOWN SHOULD HIRE A TOWN MANAGER? WHY OR WHY NOT? IF YES, WHAT METHOD SHOULD THE TOWN
WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? If elected to office, I would immediately take steps to invite my constituents to provide me with their email addresses or their cell phone numbers to alert them to upcoming meetings involving important decisions that will directly affect them. Bulk mail newsletters and postings on the front doors of City Hall do not adequately notify city residents of important matters affecting their community. AS A COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CITY’S BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS IN DEALING WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES? City leaders need to make an informed decision and stay the course. A canal was once the answer.
USE TO FILL THE POSITION? I believe that if fiscally possible Clarksville should hire a Town manager. The Town manager issue is a hot button topic. I’ve believed for a long while now that Clarksville was too big and too busy for part time government. Studies have been completed by concerned citizens and appointed groups in an effort to show that this position would benefit the Town in numerous ways. In order to propose a “method” to fill this position several important questions must first be answered. Those questions would include, but are not limited to: Defining the Town managers responsibilities, qualifications and salary and benefits package. Until these questions are answered the only response I can give is that we should look to retain the most qualified candidate we can hire based on these answers. DO YOU BELIEVE RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO VOTE IN THE COUNCIL RACES FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF DISTRICTS OTHER THAN THEIR OWN? WHY OR WHY NOT? I wholeheartedly believe in district voting. Town wide voting, in my opinion, does not promote integrity in our election process. With this type voting, one district can control the entire Town election with a strong turnout. One strong candidate or political heavyweight can weigh heavily on all elected positions by having his/her district be the controlling factor. Historically low voter turnout in Clarksville
An underground pipe was once the answer. I would want to hear all options and make an informed decision weighing the cost to taxpayers, both short term and long term. Households on fixed incomes cannot be expected to absorb the cost through escalating sewer bills. Careful thought and planning will be required to solve this problem. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/ OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE EAST END? The leaders of the City of Jeffersonville should be highly selective in how our community is developed. We are positioned for exponential growth and development. I would propose a logo “Why not Jeff?” for shopping, entertainment, business and housing. Our sister city, Clarksville, has always been the go-to place for nearly everything. I would
makes this more of an issue. Additionally, if we are to have the best candidates and campaign spending is not the determining factor, it will always be much less expensive to run only in your district as opposed to the expense of running a Town wide race. District elections also makes it much less likely to become a popularity contest. We currently have five districts and two at large candidates and I am firm in believing that each district should vote for their district representative along with the two at large positions. District voting mirrors state and federal elections in that smaller groups are given a voice by having a representative from their particular district.
HOW DO YOU EXPECT THE COMPLETION OF THE OHIO RIVER BRIDGES PROJECT TO AFFECT THE TOWN’S BUSINESSES? WILL CLARKSVILLE NEED TO ATTRACT NEW TYPES OF BUSINESSES TO KEEP ITS TAX BASE STRONG? My feeling is that with the bridges program, the visionaries will be rewarded with growth in a positive manner. Clarksville’s business district is on solid footing with plenty of opportunity available. The bridges project is reality so we either get out front and lead or we are left with the pieces. Clarksville will always need to attract new types of businesses, obviously, but the word pace comes to my mind. We cannot allow growth to out pace our ability to serve the taxpaying residents of this Town. Services must be able to meet the demands of not just business but, as importantly, our residents.
like to see Jeffersonville actively marketed in this way. Housing and commercial development around the East End Bridge and the River Ridge Commerce Center is already underway. Additional high-rise housing is essential for downtown Jeff. By promoting the view of the Ohio River and the Louisville skyline, the Big Four Bridge/Station, and the new marina, developers will recognize the need for multi-story housing. The specialty shops, restaurants and entertainment venues will soon follow the new residents moving into these apartments and condominiums. WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? There are laws in place, as well as court decisions, that dictate how TIF funds are to be used. As an attorney, I would follow the law as set forth in the statute and prior court cases.
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WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I feel that I offer a unique perspective on the City Council, as its youngest member. When we discuss Jeffersonville’s future, I have to take into consideration the Jeffersonville I want to see for my future family. In addition to my experience of already being on the council, I have other experience in budgeting, human resources, and project management. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Workforce development. When it comes to adding jobs in Jeffersonville, we are fortunate to be in the position of having a river port, an ongoing billion dollar bridges project, and all the excitement in the hundreds of acres of River Ridge. What we need to be focusing on is workforce development, to ensure that we can attract the right type of jobs: Jobs that can sustain families. In 2014, One Southern Indiana reported to the City Council that an under-skilled workforce was the number one barrier to job creation. Working with local and state-level resources, we need to begin
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I have acted as a coach in some capacity for over 20 different youth teams. This has afforded me the opportunity to work with the entire spectrum of Jeffersonville residents. Being able to work with groups and individuals of such different backgrounds is crucial to become an effective public servant. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): https://www. facebook.com/electscotthawkins WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? Jeffersonville is at a pivotal point in its history. With the growth that we have had and will be having because of River Ridge and downtown revitalization, the decisions our council and mayor make today will lay the foundation for generations to come. What kind of place Jeffersonville will be 20 and 50 years from now will be determined in the next few years.
setting our focus on the best way to “up-skill” our growing workforce. This type of approach will ensure new opportunities for local residents in a wide range of occupations, opening the door to higher wages and even more local job growth. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Open and accessible government is incredibly important in ensuring the city continues to grow in the right way. As an office holder, I have encouraged outward communication through the City’s new social media outlets, as well as printed publications through our Parks Department. Additionally, I always try to encourage constituents to be in touch however they feel most effective: call, text, email, or through social media. I can be reached at 502.889.0836 or at firstname.lastname@example.org AS A COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CITY’S BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS IN DEALING WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES? The EPA mandate is something we must adhere to, in order to come into compliance with the Clean Water Act. The Clean Water Act is older than I am, and the City has been in violation for decades. We
WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? My life experience has been full and well-rounded. I understand and appreciate where people from all walks of life come from. I work with all kinds of people every day and do everything I can to work through problems. I was brought up in a single parent household, put myself through school, and now enjoy a bountiful life- which allows me the opportunity to give back to my community. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The most pressing issue facing Jeffersonville is how to manage and prepare for the amazing growth our area is now experiencing. This issue influences all aspects of governance: number of police and fire, strain on existing sewer systems, bonds for schools, etc. I will handle this issue as I will approach all issuesI will educate myself, I will be open to dialogue from all parties, and find a solution that is best for the City of Jeffersonville.
have continually “kicked the can down the road” to where we are now. The mandate is something that MUST be handled now, without continuing to delay progress, and effectively allowing the costs to continue to climb. Sewer rates are too high, for too little in return. It’s time for city leaders to get this done, and to do so without continuing to raise sewer rates. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/ OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE EAST END? As a City Council member, it has been my goal to encourage development in Jeffersonville’s downtown over the last four years. I have sat on a downtown development committee, through Jeffersonville Main Street, to discuss this issue with property owners, business owners, and members of Jeffersonville’s Urban Enterprise Zone. When we brought the committee together in 2012 there were enough vacant buildings in downtown Jeff to organize a “property tour” open house. This allowed investors and prospective business owners to see what opportunities were available in Jeffersonville. Since then, and due to a lot of teamwork from MANY people, we have seen several new restaurants and shops open in downtown Jeffersonville. We still have a long way to go in continuing to grow our downtown district,
WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? All levels of elected officials work for the people. As such, they should all be approachable and open in their dealings when acting as a representative of their constituents. I will be as accessible and approachable as modern technology allows. My constituents will have access to my phone, email, and social media. No one will be able to honestly say that I did not give them a fair chance to have their view of an issue heard. AS A COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CITY’S BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS IN DEALING WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES? As members of the general public, we hear mostly the “”spin”” that supporters and detractors of projects present. The best course of action a city councilman can take is to ignore “spin” and go to
but I am highly encouraged by what has recently been accomplished and by some of the possibilities being currently discussed. In the East End, I have already been the first to say that we need to be preparing for increasing and improving our infrastructure. In addition to widening Holman’s Lane between Veteran’s Parkway and Allison Lane, we need to be ready to look at Charlestown Pike and Salem Noble Road. These are the areas which we will soon see additional residential development, and we must be ready to accommodate increased traffic. Widening streets in these areas will make our roadways safer for everyone and help ease traffic congestion. WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? TIF districts are designed to capture property tax revenue, in order to pay down debt needed to improve infrastructure and, in turn, spur economic development. It is my belief that this can be a very effective tool to encourage development. It can also very easily be abused if clear, concise goals and restraints are not in place. It is the City’s Redevelopment Commission (appointed by the Mayor and City Council) which needs to work together to identify these long-term goals for our City. It is our responsibility to the public to ensure that every tax dollar is put to good use.
the source(s) for information, make an educated decision, and be prepared to present their rationale in a public forum. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/ OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE EAST END? Planning, zoning, and city ordinances must be reviewed regularly, to ensure expansion is handled in such a way as to allow for much needed growth while at the same time keeping true to the character of the respective areas. Growth is going to happen. The question is, what kind of growth will it be?” WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? Revenue generated from TIF districts should be used to prompt growth in those areas. Expenditures in these areas should be spent in such a way as to increase the value, hence the taxes generated, of the district.
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They have created a mindset that can handle critique, admit we are not always going to agree, and ultimately allow compromise when it is needed. Finally, I have the business experience that will be invaluable to the City in the long term. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The most pressing issue facing this office is finding a solution to the brain drain occurring in our region. We are losing a whole generation of leaders to Louisville and other regional cities. We need to actively work to retain these leaders and their employers. We must build an infrastructure and tech infrastructure in an effort to make this a place these trailblazers want to live, work, and play. I propose building a tech industry by first investing in city fiber optics and Wi-Fi. I propose making the city friendlier to pedestrians and traffic alike. We act as if these things are mutually exclusive, but they can and should coexist. We need to create a thriving city, and this can start in the 5th district by working to ensure buildings don’t sit idle. Young leaders want a thriving, culturally rich,
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I have a passion and deep care for the people and our town to improve our quality of living and our future generations to be proud of and not inherit a large loan from the mismanagement of our past leaders. I care for both the people and the town and want it to be the best town to live and raise a family in all on the country. Big hopes and expectations. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? There are so many but the biggest is the brown water issue. Myself and other engineers I have worked with in the past have come up with a detailed solution and maintenance program for after the solution of the problem we have and have had for decades. This is a proven solution and is used nation wide and I have supervised and installed all over different cities and states. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT
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and tech-conducive environment, and if we don’t invest in these things we threaten the future of our city. One option to help keep youth invested in our area would be to establish a youth council that would allow high school students the ability to help shape their city in an effort to keep them here after graduation. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Yes, I would move to make government more accessible and open because accessibility to our government and openness are critical to ensuring we remain a free society. It would behoove us to make information easier to find for all citizens by simply searching our website. Likewise, each councilperson should consider hosting forums in each district where citizens are able to attend and express their concerns for the city and district so the city can be steered more appropriately. These should be advertised so that citizens can bring up any and all concerns and get an answer-if not on the spot, within an appropriate time frame with added accountability. IS THE CITY SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON PARKS? SHOULD THE BUDGET BE
MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Yes this is a topic we have discussed in lengthy conversations. A direct line and open door policy to the mayors office is a must. Include and involve the citizens and taxpayers. The use of steering committees and the use of media and not limit it to just the Internet. Have city and or township voting on major issues instead of dictating how we evolve and grow. There are so many solutions but involve the community and the council as a team and not a dictatorship like trying to take people’s homes that they have lived in and want to raise their families in and retire in. Help rebuild with filing for grants that we qualify for and help the communities rebuild. IF ELECTED, HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE REVITALIZING THE PLEASANT RIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD, IF AT ALL? There are several ways to help pleasant ridge and the other communities and subdivisions. Grants are some along with committees are a few examples. There are subdivisions in Charlestown
TRIMMED? On the surface, I understand why there is concern about how much we are spending on parks; however, parks are a critical component of the city. Parks also keep children and teenagers active and out of trouble. According to several studies, parks raise property values, they increase municipal revenue, they help attract and retain top talent young and old, and they influence perspective homeowners in their decision on where to buy a home. With results such as those listed, we cannot afford not to have a robust parks program. If we are serious about being a regional leader and a place where people want to live, work, and play then parks are a critical portion of any viable solution. The large expenditure was our initial investment to build infrastructure; now we need to focus more on maintaining our investment. With that being said, our parks investment should decrease from the previous year in the coming year. Our focus should shift to ensure our investment is properly maintained. SHOULD THE COUNCIL BE VOTING ON MORE LEGISLATION? WHAT ITEMS WOULD YOU ADDRESS? While reviewing the City’s ordinances, I was surprised to note there was not a clear ordinance regarding litter. Littering should not be tolerated
that need the same help as Pleasant Ridge. I have a solution on my platform on ladonformayor.com to help all of Charlestown to rebuild and be proud of our homes and town. WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GROWTH RELATED TO DEVELOPMENT AT RIVER RIDGE COMMERCE CENTER AND THE COMING EAST-END BRIDGE? First of all Charlestown will grow more by addressing the issues we have such as water and budget solvency and infrastructure along with so many problems left to just be patched and never addressed. Marketing of our town and what we have to offer now is a big plus. We will have to address the growth one step at a time and with whichever business or development we would love to have. Charlestown is only so big and can only grow so much. We again have to address this growth one step at a time and make sure we have the land the infrastructure and the best interest of our town and people at heart. There are many ways to do all of this and it will take everyone to make this happen for the best interest of Charlestown and not just build and let just any business into our
in our city, and there needs to be legislation to ensure our city remains clean and those that do violate the ordinance are penalized and/or fined. The major legislative push, however, needs to be ensuring we are able to administer and enforce current ordinances. There are far too many ordinances that are selectively enforced or not enforced at all. Part of this is manpower. We need to work to ensure the ordinances we have are enforced, add the common sense legislation when needed, and when we are better at enforcement, we should look at what issues still need to be fixed. ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH TIF BEING USED TO BOND SIZABLE PROJECTS? TIF, or tax increment financing, is a way for a municipality to capture future increased taxes from higher assessments to improve infrastructure today as long as a project falls within a TIF district. Therefore, I am comfortable with TIF being used to bond sizable projects. TIF uses the additional funding created to better the city within respective areas. When we use TIF we are able to finance programs that better our city without taking as much risk. TIF also allows us the ability to look into grants that we may not otherwise be able to get. All of these things come together and allow us the ability to improve our city with less risk than other methods of doing so.
homes. Plans and committees are already in place and we will have to see what we are married to on contracts and what our last administration has left for us to deal with and the funds to get this growth handled properly with our best interest first and foremost. WHERE DO YOU SEE THE CITY’S PLACE IN SOUTHERN INDIANA AND DO YOU SEE THAT CHANGING IN THE COMING YEARS? Absolutely it will change and grow with the changing of our surroundings and other communities already leading the growth. We will have to do lay catch up with the times and changes but not to fast or all at once. This change should take handled with great thought and willingness to grow. I see Charlestown as a major player in southern Indiana and to sit down with our leaders and citizens to make sure we all want the same things. Do we want to be a suburb of Louisville or do we want to be the home town and community best in southern Indiana and safest drug free town to live in and prosper and have a family in? I love this town and have since the 1960s. I want what is best for Charlestown and our people.
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WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Continuing to offer the level of services tax payers have come to expect with dwindling tax revenues created by the property tax caps. Improving coordination and efficiency in the utilization in how the payer’s dollars are spent, town services are delivered, and projects are handled from inception to implementation. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Much was done to improve accessibility at the beginning of my term. I believe our current council is now very accessible. I think where we lack is what is listed on our agenda. Publishing all of the content of all of the meetings agendas, (the same the council sees, except what is sensitive), on the Town website and creating a comment section that would email the public’s comments to all of council and department heads. This would allow the comments to be taken into consideration as part of council discussion and prior to a vote. DO YOU BELIEVE THE TOWN SHOULD HIRE A TOWN MANAGER? WHY OR WHY NOT? IF YES, WHAT METHOD SHOULD THE TOWN USE TO FILL THE POSITION? Yes. This is similar to a school board hiring an admin-
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WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? I would make an effort to streamline the city’s communications efforts and bring back a regular newsletter to keep people informed. Currently the city hires a company to execute it’s communications, and as mayor I believe we would save time and expense keeping that in house. Our city also has to do a better job of promoting volunteerism, so that we have more residents
istrator or a corporation’s board of directors hiring a CEO. They are hired at will; they must perform to expectations to stay employed. They will bring full time professional management and will work with the council to implement best operational practices, best fiscal management practices, improve coordination and with their professional resources help realize all opportunities available. The Town Manager will not only oversee departments, but will work closely with them in establishing their budget, make sure services are coordinated and delivered properly and best employment practices and safety are followed. They will also be the point person for the council, removing the need for department heads to see every council member each time a matter of importance comes up, also making sure the council is aware of issues that are not always brought up. This will allow the council to focus on directing the vision of the town, while a professional oversees the daily operation of it. The council will set Town policy and the Town Manager will implement it. A well selected Town manager degreed in Public Administration with prior positive experience in municipal management, that will participate in continuing education and additionally has the support of the Indiana Municipal Management Association, is crucial to the long term stability of a town the size of Clarksville. I would establish a search committee similar to the 2012 Town Manager selection committee, led by Jim Kenney. Mr. Kenney has a law degree, public administration degree, and decades of experience in human resources. He has graciously agreed to lend his expertise in establishing a new search committee.
DO YOU BELIEVE RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO VOTE IN THE COUNCIL RACES FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF DISTRICTS OTHER THAN THEIR OWN? WHY OR WHY NOT? No. This is called At-large voting. All candidates must win their election town wide. The last election, three council races were won by candidates that did not win their districts. The residents of these districts did not support the candidates that were elected. This is bad representation for the districts. With sixteen candidates to choose from, many citizens are not informed enough to make adequate decisions on which of are best suited to decide the fate of the town, and some decisions are made on name recognition (who has the most yard signs), instead of critical evaluation. In a perfect world this would be best. This also leads to election manipulation that effectively determines the chosen four councilmen needed to have council control by political party leaders. Past results have led to cronyism and nepotism. HOW DO YOU EXPECT THE COMPLETION OF THE OHIO RIVER BRIDGES PROJECT TO AFFECT THE TOWN’S BUSINESSES? WILL CLARKSVILLE NEED TO ATTRACT NEW TYPES OF BUSINESSES TO KEEP ITS TAX BASE STRONG? The positives are that much of the cross river traffic problems will be addressed, and that the East End Bridge’s announcement alone has already sparked development. We should always focus on new business; however, I do not know what new business that would
engaged within the community. AS MAYOR, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR PLAN FOR ENSURING THE CITY COMPLIES WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES? We will have to renegotiate with the EPA to get more time to meet the consent decree. Surrounding cities got 20 years or more to comply, our city only got 15. We need to do a better job of communicating with the EPA and other government officials what progress our city has made, and what work still needs to be done. As mayor I would work to develop relationships with surrounding cities that have negotiated their consent decree, and get a fair and fiscally responsible deal for our city.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/ OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE EAST END? Jeffersonville is in a great place. With the onset of River Ridge and two new bridges, growth WILL come to our city. The job of the mayor is to direct the growth so that it benefits all the residents of Jeffersonville, a job we haven’t seen done in three years. What we have now is a lot of spot development and a “no-plan” approach. This cannot continue. We need to put out a request for proposal for the $12 million of purchased property in downtown Jeffersonville nationwide, for longer than 30 days. This was a huge investment for our
not be affected by tolling. I think what is important, is instead to focus on what we can do to keep our existing businesses strong. If we cannot do that, I do not believe new businesses will be interested in coming to Clarksville. The completion of the bridges project with the implementation of tolls will create a new expense for Clarksville’s many transportation, logistics, and service companies. I have worked and will continue to work with our state, INDOT, 1SI, and Senators and Representatives to try to find solutions to help ease the burden of this new expense and secure their placement in Clarksville. At first implementation of the tolling, studies reflect that our retail and consumer business will have also have a negative effect because of tolling. With no intersession by officials, this will be alleviated over time as development is spurred in Southern Indiana by the additional growth created by the East End Bridge. What I believe is important is to initiate the plan I put forth to keep our retail and consumer businesses solvent during the first years, while waiting on the new development to deliver the economic impact promised. The plan includes: Free transponders, preloaded with a nominal amount of dollars to get users accustomed to the new infrastructure. Having transponder days, to give them away beginning up to six months in advance of the bridges opening at different locations on both sides of the river — such as Papa John’s Stadium, Bass Pro Shops, etc., also license branches and various state agencies. Additionally, offering no tolling the first thirty or sixty days for those still unsure about getting a transponder. The idea is use will create habit and so the users will have the opportunity to see the value in infrastructure improvements.
city, and as your mayor will to get the best return on investment for our city. WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? TIFF dollars should be used for things that will bring TRUE reinvestment back to the city of Jeffersonville, but we will never get the best use of our TIFF dollars if we don’t work together. The mayor of Jeffersonville SHOULD NOT be his own appointment, and the redevelopment commission should be more than a stamp of approval for the mayor. TIF dollars should create more TIF dollars, and under the current administration that has simply not been the case.
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WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? No response. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? It is important that the City Council assert its rightful place in the governance of our city. To do that, we must be willing to insist that our views are heard by the administration. That does not mean that our views or positions will always prevail, but we must be willing to stand for what we believe is the best course of action for our citizens today and for future generations. We must be willing to spend all the time necessary to explore, debate, compromise, and start over at square one if we fail in this process, until we have arrived at what we truly believe will best serve us now and in the future. The best prescription for good government is a healthy give and take between the executive and the legislative branches. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Our local government is fairly open and acces-
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sible to the public now, as it relates to many of the day to day, mundane, but critical, functions of government, such as streets, sanitation, and other infrastructure-related workings of our government. Where I think we must be even more open and accessible is in the large definitional, signature, projects or actions we take on behalf of the citizens; actions today which bind us to the future and in the future. Our time in government is short, regardless the number of terms, in relation to the life of the City. While decisions on projects, obviously, must be made at some point in time, that should not cause us to rush to decision without an earnest attempt to get the widest possible involvement of as many people in the community as possible. We must always, humbly, keep in mind that we are just temporary stewards of the community. If we can be called leaders, we must lead the community to make informed decisions based on a clear, candid, respectful, presentation of the benefits we hope our actions will bring. IS THE CITY SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON PARKS? SHOULD THE BUDGET BE TRIMMED? As I’ve stated several times in various settings, I was not a fan of the aquatic center when it was proposed. In fact, I went door-to-door to ask people what they thought of the project. I was fairly certain I would learn that people did not want it, and I would be justified in voting “no” when the time came. By no means did I contact vast numbers of
WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? The combination of my education, private sector and public sector work experience, as well as Mayoral experience, make me the best candidate. Additionally, we have managed to design, build, and complete numerous city projects, all done within our means, without additional taxation.
and neighborhood beautification efforts need to continue. Public investment is our responsibility, and we must commit to improve the quality of place for every resident. Families and employers are attracted to communities that are committed to each other. Because we have an outstanding public school system, new and vastly improved parks, and affordable housing, we have the potential to be even stronger than we are if we stay focused on the business of residency and the quality of life for everyone.
WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Our river city is now over 200 years old, and even though we have made some great strides in improving our infrastructure, we must battle previous neglect every day. We must commit to improve. Roads, sidewalks, curbs and gutters need repair. Abandoned housing restoration or demolition
WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? During my time as Mayor, we have striven to be transparent and open in all manners. However, most organizations our size have a team dedicated solely to gathering, analyzing, and disseminating information. In our 2016 budget, I will propose
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people, truly only between 150-200 people. But of those people I did speak to, almost none were opposed to the project, and I felt I had to vote “yes”, which I did. I needed no such convincing on the reclamation of the Hoosier Panel property, and during a recent visit, I was completely impressed by the facility and the hope it offers to the Fairmont Park neighborhood. I don’t think we are spending too much on parks. For too long we spent too little and got little for it. I think parks are critical to a vital city, and pay back much more than the initial investment. SHOULD THE COUNCIL BE VOTING ON MORE LEGISLATION? WHAT ITEMS WOULD YOU ADDRESS? I think so. I could give a long wish list of many projects I’d like to see undertaken in New Albany, but as with the federal branches of government, the executive proposes, and the legislative responds. I have heard it said that the only power a City Council has is the power to say “”no””. While I don’t fully accept that premise, it is a fact that legislation, certainly important legislation, originates in the mayor’s office. So, in times when little is pitched by the mayor’s office, and the Council’s agenda is thin, the Council could undertake a systematic review and refreshment of the ordinances already on the books. One complaint I hear quite often is that the ordinances we have are not enforced. Perhaps, if
measures that will allow for even more mechanisms to provide information for everyone. TAX-INCREMENT FINANCING IS BEING USED TO SUPPORT SEVERAL PROJECTS IN NEW ALBANY LIKE ROAD IMPROVEMENTS AND NEW PARKS. DO YOU SUPPORT HOW TIF FUNDS ARE BEING UTILIZED? WHY OR WHY NOT? My administration has been excellent stewards of TIF dollars, and I fully support pushing those public dollars into public service. Public resources should be used for the benefit of as many people as possible. Improved parks and new roads accomplish these goals. HOW WOULD YOU APPROACH MAKING DOWNTOWN NEW ALBANY SAFER IN TERMS OF THE STREET NETWORK? My administration was the first to acknowledge this situation and acted by commissioning a study by a nationally known street design expert and planner
we were to begin a review of our extant codes, we may make them more relevant to current conditions and, therefore, make it more likely that the ordinances would be enforced. At the very least, the ordinances book could be trimmed of ignored laws, such as the noise ordinance. The council could then undertake to make a fresh noise ordinance that might invite better enforcement. ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH TIF BEING USED TO BOND SIZABLE PROJECTS? I believe using the flow of TIF funds to back up bond amortization is a legitimate use of those funds, in certain cases. The level of comfort I feel toward this tactic is directly related to how worthwhile I think the sizable project is. I feel the use of TIF funding to float the bonds for Silver Street Park was a good application of the strategy because that action promises to truly meet the Redevelopment Commission’s mission, by redeveloping a neighborhood, which unfortunately had scant prospects of redevelopment coming from other avenues, such as private developers. I am less comfortable with TIF-reliant projects when those funds crowd out other, more conventional, community-based opportunities for home grown entrepreneurs to help with the City’s redevelopment. In other words, I am more comfortable for TIF funding to be used as a last resort, when other, self-sustaining, community-enriching, options have been tirelessly pursued to the point where they are no longer options.
that would focus on ways to make our downtown more walkable and safer for both pedestrians and drivers. The findings of this study were discussed at three public input sessions, giving all concerned citizens a chance to have their voices heard on this important topic. Contract proposals are being prepared now for additional study and cost assessments for further discussion. We are dedicated to making improvements in this area for all citizens. WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO BRING MORE JOBS AND BUSINESSES TO NEW ALBANY? Businesses want to be in a city that values her residents and that is attractive for their workers and their families. By building a strong parks and recreation system, cultivating a rich cultural atmosphere in downtown, having attractive dining, shops, and nightlife options, top-notch schools, and new age infrastructure like gigabit Internet, we will become a place where everyone wants to be. Public investment and a commitment to improve comes first - private investment will follow.
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As an Autistic individual I’m very interested to see how that plays out. Currently I’m working the night shift at McDonald’s while getting back into the school routine but I don’t anticipate that being a long term job. I’d really like to get back into the social services as it’s what I enjoy doing RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: As I stated I’m the current Vice chair of the Floyd county young Republicans. Besides that, I’ve worked with some agencies lobbying for improvement to the higher education system. I also applied for a gubernatorial appointment to the commission on developmental disabilities from Governor Mike Pence. At my former Alma mater, I did a lot of work with their student government. I had the opportunity to serve on their executive board as Director of Technology. It was my responsibility to implement a lot of different policies. I chaired one committee and also served as an advisory party to the VP of IT and other factions, but more then technology I was really involved in the general accessibility of the college and one of the goals I have if elected is to make New Albany much more user friendly entity. A lot of things around town could be simplified. I also was involved with the finance committee that was responsible for the campus life budget. The department as well as the 500 plus clubs received funding from that committee and I had a reputation for practical thinking. I always believed that you can’t run anything on sheer emotion. Just because it looks good and feels good doesn’t automatically guarantee its a good avenue to take and the current city administration has been very reactionary in their approach to spending. I applaud the push for development but I would like to see development that’s sustainable as well as maintenance of our current facilities and infrastructure. The city is 100 million dollars in debt and I really hate to be the bearer of bad news but the reality of the situation is that New Albany cant sustain 4
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WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The city financially sound and we enjoy an A+ credit rating. It is our responsibility to make sure the city remains in this
more years of this current scenario and I hope to be able to bring a realistic and fresh approach to New Albany YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): www.McCourt4NewAlbany.com WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? Whereas a lot of other candidates share a similar background, I came from a really rough situation. I was not in a real good place and I had given up on a lot of hopes and aspirations. New Albany opened a lot of doors for me personally. I got my first apartment in New Albany, I got a first class education in New Albany. It gave me the chance for a fresh start and I really am running to ensure that the doors continue to open for new and lifelong residents alike. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I think my life experiences, logical approach and my lack of a desire to be a career politician really set me apart. New Albany has a lot of real concerns and I really just want to be that real person who is working to confront the real issues in my community WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? “The biggest issue I see at this time in short is money. Two of the biggest questions I think we should be asking is can we afford it? and can we maintain everything else? There are lot of current practices that I think our really risky. The city utilizes Tax increment funding in many of its development projects. The money a city utilizes in TIF funding eventually will have to be paid back. I don’t know about most people but I can’t spend money I don’t have and I understand the scenarios have their differences but it comes down to priorities and I think that the first priority should have been the maintenance of our current infrastructure and structures rather then financing another aquatic center. Another part of the financial aspect is the business development. An
position and that we stay within budget. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? At one time the City Council meetings were video taped and played on the NAHS TV station. I believe that all local government meetings should be televised. Many people are unable to attend
issue that has been in the news lately is the recent Pillsbury decision. If the city has 7 million dollars at their disposal to offer to Pillsbury lets push for business development. The city of Jeffersonville has profited from their river front development. I think New Albany can too. The city missed the opportunity to have Toyota come in but the next corporation to consider New Albany as a site for development we should be advocating and working to bring them in. I also stated that money could be used to assist those residents whose livelihood is at stake due to their job loss. Its not a very “”Republican like view”” to have but if elected its not always about partisanship. Its about what’s best for New Albany. “ WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? I hear a lot about the lack of accessibility and available information. A lot of the meetings and forums are open to the general public. I’d like to see a lot more information online, possibly even a database that’s publicly accessible. A lot of residents would like to know what’s going on in their community but have other obligations and I fully understand that I got caught up at work the other day and had to reschedule a meeting with Senator grooms. Life happens and I would think it would be a lot easier for the community as a whole if we had documents, notices, upcoming resolutions all in a general area. You can find some on the clerks website but it could be made a lot more simple. IS THE CITY SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON PARKS? SHOULD THE BUDGET BE TRIMMED? I think parks and other recreational facilities are key in any community. However, I’ve become very frustrated with many of the current projects. The old Camille Wright pool was closed for a variety of reasons including poor maintenance. Seeing as we
the meetings due to work schedules or other issues, and everyone should have access to these meetings. IS THE CITY SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON PARKS? SHOULD THE BUDGET BE TRIMMED? The City has spent a great deal on our parks and I believe that we should maintain the parks that we have and not increase our park system.
still struggle to maintain a lot of our parks, I’d like to develop plans to maintain all the parks and facilities. One of the other things I noticed is that in a lot of the newer facilities the phrase “brought to you by the mayor” is plastered all over the facility and I’d like to propose that unless the mayor has plans to reimburse every resident of the city for their tax money that further parks be dedicated to the community that paid for them. I think we probably do spend a little too much on our parks but I think the real issue once again is their maintenance and upkeep SHOULD THE COUNCIL BE VOTING ON MORE LEGISLATION? WHAT ITEMS WOULD YOU ADDRESS? I think the current council has had a lot of symbolic votes that often don’t accomplish as much as they could, such as the Pillsbury vote. I had the opportunity to talk to some older residents of the city and also several of my relatives in the area who all pointed out to me that the possibility of Pillsbury relocating is really nothing new. I think we should have been a lot more prepared then we were. I think the city should have made a little more effort to bring Toyota into New Albany. I’d like to see votes taken on improving the infrastructure specifically downtown, Klerner lane and areas of Bono street and votes that improve our business situation and votes that reign in spending. We’ve been on a few tangents in the past year and I think ultimately we just need to regain focus
ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH TIF BEING USED TO BOND SIZABLE PROJECTS? It really depends on the project but for the most part as I look at the current budget and survey the overall financial situation of the city. I really am not comfortable with utilizing TIF funding in a lot of cases. TIF funds proved to be detrimental to other entities much larger then ourselves such as California’s economic situation. We are not exempt from those same financial forces, but ultimately it would depend on the project cost and other factors.
SHOULD THE COUNCIL BE VOTING ON MORE LEGISLATION? WHAT ITEMS WOULD YOU ADDRESS? Our Ordinances and Resolutions come from many sources. Sometimes a Council member chooses to write a Resolution or Ordinance, other times we are asked by one of the Boards or Commissions. They include the Planning Commission, Tree Board, Ethics Committee, UEZ, etc. Or we may be asked by the Mayor.
I am currently reviewing the laws concerning Code Enforcement and may possibly look into more legislation. ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH TIF BEING USED TO BOND SIZABLE PROJECTS? Our TIFs are in a sound financial position at this time. If we appear to be less so for any reason I would not vote to bond any sizable projects.
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tion, and speak up for the things I believe in, and I feel that having a strong, clear voice is an absolute necessity to be an effective leader.
RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I am a big picture planner and doer. I have years of experience heading up operations with a variety of unique needs, including launching a successful non-profit theatre company, writing and receiving multiple grants, and launching/maintaining multiple large-scale operations at my school that are continuing to thrive and grow. While these experiences are related to the worlds of theatre and education, the work ethic, energy, commitment, and leadership required to be successful in these arenas are all applicable to the skills needed to see the big picture, plan, and “do” for our own city. YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): www.Hannegan4NA.com
WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Lack of a big picture plan. We have made progress - a beautiful sportsplex, an upcoming aquatic park, and the exciting new development coming to the former Coyle location. However, the big picture plan is still unclear. Who do we want to be as a city and how are we going to get there? We have so much potential: opportunities for in-filling and economic development throughout the city, not one, but two colleges in town, and a street grid that is ripe for innovation. How are we planning to use these attributes to attract businesses and families? Neighboring communities are booming with growing industrial parks, riverfront development, city-wide arts projects, cultural and economic development, and vibrant downtowns. What are we doing to define what we want to be five...10...15 years down the road?? We are losing too many talented young people after they graduate from high school and our local colleges. We need to set ourselves apart as THE place to be in Southern Indiana.
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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I want New Albany to be a place where my students and sons may some day want to live, work, and raise their families. I want us to be the strongest community we can be, which means making New Albany safe, welcoming, and forwardthinking. We need to be a place where people will want to live, work, spend their money, and raise their families. We need to ditch the sidekick status; we are so much more than the Sunny Side of Louisville. New Albany has the potential to be the leader in Southern Indiana. I want to represent all of New Albany’s residents, to be a voice for them and their needs, and to help to improve all of our neighborhoods. I want to help us to claim our place in the region; the time is now. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I am an out-of-the-box thinker and dreamer, who also has the practical skills and work ethic to make things happen. I am not afraid to challenge, ques-
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I have the financial experience to ensure that our tax dollars are budgeted responsibly and spent wisely. I will bring fiscal responsibility and honest, accountable leadership to the office. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT?
WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? When citizens don’t understand how and why decisions are being made, this breeds apathy, confusion, and discontent, which is reflected in our consistently low voter turnout. The lack of transparency from our elected officials is at the root of this epidemic of apathy. We simply MUST make our local government more accessible and open to the public. The recent - and wildly frustrating - public hearings about Two-Way Streets conversion would
The prospect of the city attempting to use Eminent Domain laws to confiscate private property, thereby triggering more ugly class warfare, and leading to ultra-expensive lawsuits at the taxpayer’s expense. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Yes. I would insist that the minutes of ALL meetings are promptly posted on the city’s web site.
be an example of how the lack of transparency bred confusion and anger amongst residents and businesses on both sides of the debate. The community was invited to be heard, but the hearings made citizens and businesses feel anything BUT heard. The community is not getting clear information on how and why decisions are being made. In the year 2015, we should be utilizing social media and our city’s website in a more interactive, modern way. Governing a city should be a “give and take” conversation between the residents and elected officials, and we need major improvements in getting our citizens - and currently seated officials - plugged in, connected, and committed.
rental property registration, projects that empower youth through civic involvement, public art projects/cultural development, working to address that C we have areas of concentrated poverty throughout our city and that these areas need our time/focus/ energy/solutions. New Albany is brimming with potential and possibilities and we need council members who see that and want to work to help New Albany to claim its place in the region.
SHOULD THE COUNCIL BE VOTING ON MORE LEGISLATION? WHAT ITEMS WOULD YOU ADDRESS? The New Albany City Council was largely inactive in 2014; we can’t afford another year of inaction. We need a City Council that has vision, creativity, and follow-through, bringing bold ideas to the table. Priorities of mine include: establishing a New Albany Civic Theatre, revamping our social media presence/fostering communication and involvement from the community, initiatives to bring stronger awareness of mental health challenges/ stigma to the community, filling in vacant lots and buildings/repairing dilapidated areas, requiring
ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH TIF BEING USED TO BOND SIZABLE PROJECTS? I believe TIF can be used effectively to revitalize blighted areas, but right now, we are taking risks that make me uncomfortable. New Albany is relying heavily on TIF for various redevelopment projects, including the Silver Street Park and the Aquatic Center. Best practices for utilizing TIF include obtaining an advanced commitment from a private investor, which helps to guarantee the increased tax revenue/property value in the area which can be used to pay back the initial investment. The upcoming development on Spring Street at the former Coyle auto site would be an example of TIF usage that makes me feel comfortable, because we have secured that private investor in advance. As thrilling as the new parks are, I will admit to having serious reservations about obtaining $19.6 million in municipal bonds without securing that advanced private partnership - how do we know that these improvements, as beautiful as they are, will result in the needed increase in property values? In other areas of town - and around the country - big box retailers (Home Depot and Meijer in New Albany) are challenging cities and demanding that their tax assessments be lowered. How will this impact our ability to repay these loans? Additionally, to feel comfortable, I would need to know that as soon as possible these TIF districts would expire so that the diverted tax allocations can return to the general fund for the city.
I would insist that public-access requests for documents are promptly fulfilled. I would insist that speakers at City Council meetings are treated with respect.
like to continue with this effort. We all need to work together and to continue to expand on the ideas already offered to revitalize not only Pleasant Ridge but to incorporate the entire city.
IF ELECTED, HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE REVITALIZING THE PLEASANT RIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD, IF AT ALL? The Pleasant Ridge Neighborhood has came together to form a Neighborhood Association. They have initiated to the Council a Steering Committee to help bridge the gap of communication. I would
WHERE DO YOU SEE THE CITY’S PLACE IN SOUTHERN INDIANA AND DO YOU SEE THAT CHANGING IN THE COMING YEARS? At this time Charlestown has fallen way behind in growth and economical development. I do see this changing in the future with new elected leadership that will guide us to that change.
IS THE CITY SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON PARKS? SHOULD THE BUDGET BE TRIMMED? With a budget of over $2 million needed to sustain our parks and recreation, I feel that New Albany is taking some risks that make me uncomfortable. I feel uncomfortable setting ourselves up to spend without the guarantee of revenue. The new additions to New Albany Parks and Recreation will certainly generate revenue, but I feel the initial costs have been exorbitant for the sportsplex, the aquatic center, and the upcoming dog park.
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What will New Albany do to attract and keep younger generations here? The generation entering the workforce now is arguably the most educated in the history of this country. I know this because I have had the opportunity to teach many of them at Indiana University Southeast and meet many of them through my children and their friends and while working with the Little League for many years. They are bright, talented, socially connected, and want to make a difference. They are the future of New Albany. It is up to us build the groundwork for a sustainable success for them and future generations. But what is sustainable success and how do we create an environment that promotes it? To me, it is an environment with plenty of current and future employment, career, and leadership opportunities. It is an environment that promotes healthy living with plenty of parks, clean air and water, and healthy food. It is an environment that is socially responsible and just for all people. It is important that ALL of us in New Albany become involved in imagining the future of our city and developing a plan as to how to get there. With your help, together we can work today to build tomorrow.
Council. As Dean of the School of Social Sciences for 12 years and President of the New Albany Little League for 4 years, I have developed a reputation of being a good listener, of developing solutions to problems, and implementing those solutions. At Indiana University Southeast I also played a role in developing its long-range plan and vision for the future and I believe I can help do the same for New Albany. Indiana University Southeast will play a major role in developing a sustainable community in New Albany. I am in a unique position to help merge the resources of Indiana University Southeast and New Albany to create that sustainable community that will keep and attract young people.
WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I have studied public policy throughout my career as a political scientist at Indiana University Southeast so I have the analytical skills necessary to be a productive member of the City
WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? While the current focus on laying the groundwork for a sustainable downtown New Albany is important and should be the immediate priority, any vision of the future must include ALL of New Albany. A long range vision and plan for the entire city should be developed but it is important that ALL of New Albany be involved in developing this vision. All includes residents from the various neighborhoods, business and community leaders, and non-profits. While there should be town-hall style meetings and meetings with neighborhood associations to achieve this input from all constituencies, New Albany could also collaborate with the Applied Research and Education Center (AREC) at Indiana University Southeast. This center specializes in assessment and survey research and could reach all the vari-
with their public meetings. The City Council could ensure funds are budgeted for the city to continue to provide information online and available
WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The primary responsibility of the City Council is the fiscal management of the city funds. The most pressing issue is to continue to maintain a conservative spending budget which will allow the City of New Albany to continue to provide excellent services to the residents.
IS THE CITY SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON PARKS? SHOULD THE BUDGET BE TRIMMED? Quality of Life projects such as parks are important to the growth of a community. A good parks system provides many benefits to the residents and also attracts new residents and visitors. Attracting new residents and visitors brings money to both the government and local businesses. I will ensure that the appropriate amounts of funds are budgeted and spent on the parks system to help New Albany be a leader in our region. Trimming any budget line item only will reduce the services provided by that budget and the residents of New Albany deserve
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WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? The New Albany City Council is very accessible
ous groups and constituencies in New Albany. This would ensure that all voices are heard in the development of a long range vision of a sustainable community in New Albany. I know that AREC is currently conducting a community needs assessment for the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Motivated citizens take advantage of open meeting laws and will make their voices be heard. How does one motivate citizens in an age of cynicism about government? One way is to strongly encourage the development of neighborhood associations that address common and immediate concerns such as the need for sidewalks, bicycle lanes, local crime problems, local traffic issues, or a clean environment. Key individuals in the many New Albany neighborhoods should be identified. These individuals would then be encouraged and helped to take the lead in the development of a local association. These could be modeled after the East Spring Street Neighborhood Association. Another way is to show people the importance of local government and how it directly affects them. A few years ago, one of my former students developed the New Albany Citizen’s Academy in which participants got a first-hand look into the various departments of our city government and the services that they provide. I believe this successful program should be re-established. While open to any citizen, it should focus on the younger citizens and families of New Albany.
not to have fewer services. Government has to look for ways to be efficient providers of services to maintain a good quality of life for the people. Parks can help provide a healthy life style for the children and adults in our community and parks need to be accessible for everyone in all parts of our city. SHOULD THE COUNCIL BE VOTING ON MORE LEGISLATION? WHAT ITEMS WOULD YOU ADDRESS? The City Council needs to continue to update and vote on legislation that will benefit the residents. The City Council can vote on any legislation that is brought forward. Legislation that is brought to the City Council needs to be of a benefit to the community and not full of government red tape. We need to ensure the residents are provided the best and most efficient government services.
IS THE CITY SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON PARKS? SHOULD THE BUDGET BE TRIMMED? While recognizing budget limits, I am a firm believer that there simply cannot be enough parks, recreational facilities, and green space in New Albany. This is one of the factors that retains and attracts young people and young families to the area. The spending on these facilities is long overdue. There is no sustainable future for New Albany without these facilities. The budget expenditures in this area are fine. SHOULD THE COUNCIL BE VOTING ON MORE LEGISLATION? WHAT ITEMS WOULD YOU ADDRESS? I believe that we have to put in the work today to build tomorrow. We must develop a vision for a sustainable community for the entire city and then put together a plan to achieve that vision. At that point, the city council must then use its resources wisely to implement the plan. This should be the focus of the city council and the administration. ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH TIF BEING USED TO BOND SIZABLE PROJECTS? Cities in Indiana are constrained fiscally for several reasons: state-imposed caps on property taxes, municipal bond restrictions, and reduced federal funding. TIFs are used by cities in almost all the states. A TIF is one of the few mechanisms available for cities to encourage future sustainable economic growth and development. Based upon figures from the last budget cycle, New Albany is in good shape with its TIFs.
ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH TIF BEING USED TO BOND SIZABLE PROJECTS? Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a confusing and misunderstood concept. “Tax increment financing, or TIF, is a public financing method that is used as a subsidy for redevelopment, infrastructure, and other community-improvement projects.” TIF needs to be used by New Albany to invest in the community. TIF districts need to be managed closely and monitored to ensure that the projected tax district revenue is performing as expected to pay for the projects. These TIF projects are intended to bring additional revenues to the city without additional taxes burdening the individual taxpayer. The size of the project is not the issue, determining if the TIF districting projects are performing as planned and is it good for the residents of New Albany in both the short and long term.
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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? Am very interested in an active role on Clarksville Town Board. Have had years of experience in working with the past boards dealing with various issues. Now that I’m partially retired I’m seeking a more active role with the Town. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? Majority of my life, I’ve lived in Clarksville. I’ve seen Clarksville grow into the what it is today. In living through this growth and working the streets for many years. I am well balanced and confident in my ability to make proper decision to continue this growth.
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WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I have been and will continue to be a strong advocate for the 3rd district and the city. After serving on the council for one term, I have gained valuable experience on the workings of city government that will enable me to better represent the residents of the 3rd district, in my second term. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU
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WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? With my experience and knowledge of city government. I will continue to work hard and be a good public servant to the citizens of Charlestown. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Their are two pressing issues facing my office; 1) Preparing a city budget ... with tax caps, reduction of revenues and lower assessed property values are the biggest challenges for Chief Financial Of-
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WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The impact to the Town of Clarksville due to the High Crime Rate. With Clarksville being rated the second most dangerous community to live in the State of Indiana, this seems not to be an issue with my future opponent in District 1, Tim Hauber. Flooding problems residents and businesses are continually experiencing The highest increase in sewage bills this community has seen. The taxation of curbside recycling. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU
PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Two pressing concerns that I hear repeatedly form residents in the 3rd district are: Two-way street conversion for traffic calming and code enforcement. These are two critical issues that need to be addressed for improving the quality of life in the 3rd district. If re-elected I will support funding for traffic pattern conversion and other calming measures. I will push for stricter enforcement of our current codes, along with new codes if necessary. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT?
ficers. My experience and training has been critical in assisting to maintain a responsible balanced budget. We have maintained and operate with a balanced budget every year. 2) Keeping up with new technology ... My office, is continuing to integrate new technologies or new ways of using technology to provide better city services to the people I serve. Whether it is making it easier for people to pay their utility bills, or identifying ways technology can reduce the cost for rate payers. I am working with our IT department to improve online services so that documents may be more easily accessed from the city website. Ramping up the use of social media to communicate with citizens is something else that I want to accomplish in the near future. It is important to me that people may quickly and easily share their
ACCOMPLISH THAT? Yes I am in favor of this. In the age of digital electronics this should be easy. DO YOU BELIEVE THE TOWN SHOULD HIRE A TOWN MANAGER? WHY OR WHY NOT? IF YES, WHAT METHOD SHOULD THE TOWN USE TO FILL THE POSITION? I personally am not in favor of this issue. This is a question for the citizens of Clarksville. It needs to be put on a ballot so they can vote on such a change of their government. DO YOU BELIEVE RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO VOTE IN THE COUNCIL RACES FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF DISTRICTS OTHER THAN THEIR OWN? WHY OR WHY NOT?
Absolutely! During my first term, the council passed a resolution requiring the minutes from all of the city boards to be filed in the clerk’s office for better transparency and ease of access. In addition, I believe more information could and should be made available through the city webpage. IS THE CITY SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON PARKS? SHOULD THE BUDGET BE TRIMMED? For many years, under the merged city-county parks system, the parks in New Albany were neglected. By establishing a separate city run parks system, we have been able rebuild our parks for
ideas about the services the Clerk Treasurer’s Office provides. In short, I want to make sure that the internal workflow and customer service of my office to be instep with the technological sophistication that increases everyday in the world around us.” WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Government should be accessible and my administration firmly believes that the trust that a taxpayer grants an elected official is a sacred trust and that each dollar must be spent with serious thought and consideration for the hardworking citizen who earned it. My staff and I will continue to
Citizens should continue to vote on all Council representation. With the Council being both the Executive and Legislative Branch governing them, they should vote for all races. HOW DO YOU EXPECT THE COMPLETION OF THE OHIO RIVER BRIDGES PROJECT TO AFFECT THE TOWN’S BUSINESSES? WILL CLARKSVILLE NEED TO ATTRACT NEW TYPES OF BUSINESSES TO KEEP ITS TAX BASE STRONG? This is going to be a challenging issue for years to come due to implementation of tolls, for locals, as well as a bypass to our community by travelers. Clarksville does currently have drawing cards to our community such as Bass Pro. And this need to attract new types of businesses should be an on going issue regardless.
the enjoyment of our city’s residents. We have created modern facilities at the new Silver Street Park and Sports Complex and this summer our state of the art aquatic center will be open for business.
SHOULD THE COUNCIL BE VOTING ON MORE LEGISLATION? WHAT ITEMS WOULD YOU ADDRESS? C Yes for issues that will benefit the city and its residents, but not legislation for legislation sake. ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH TIF BEING USED TO BOND SIZABLE PROJECTS? Yes, for projects that enhance the quality of life and attract new business to our community.
uphold the high standards of my office to ensure that Charlestown’s financial information is transparent accurate and that taxpayers have access to all information regarding their governments spending. Transparency brings accountability and provides information for citizens about what their government is doing and how their government is working for them. Indiana is one of the most transparent states by Indiana law. Indiana’s transparency act of 2006 allows taxpayers to examine local government budgets and actual spending and revenues on line. My staff and I will continue to provide transparency and guarantee that the public has access to public records. Government meeting are open to the public and minutes of meeting are filed in my office and posted on the cities website.
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Now that I am retired I have more time to devote to that cause. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I believe that my experience, leadership skills, drive and discipline will help everyone in Charlestown, but specifically people in my district, enjoy the benefits and opportunities coming our way with the east end bridge and rapid eastward development of River Ridge. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? “Charlestown needs more opportunities for families and businesses. Creating an environment to make that happen depends on several things including, but not limited to:
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WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Well there is more than one issue facing this city, but we need to work on getting our infrastructure ready for the near future with the East End bridge getting close to completion soon. We have to have a better water system not only for our citizens but also for any business, small or large, that is looking to build in our city. I would work tirelessly to try and get a grant back like we had at one time, before our current Mayor gave it back, to build a new treatment / filtration facility so we can have not only cleaner water for our consumption but that also can handle new businesses needs. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Yes I would. A City Hall should be transparent in its operations with the public.You shouldn’t have to request numerous times to find out information concerning spending of city money, minutes of council meetings, or city ordinances. This information should be readily available within 48 hours after a request is made. IF ELECTED, HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE RE-
• Bringing new development, including homes and businesses • Replacing our aging Police Station to help officers as they protect us • Redeveloping areas that are facing significant challenges I will work with Charlestown’s Mayor to secure partners that can make this happen because it will be good for District 3 and for all of Charlestown.” WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? “I am all about transparency and accessibility. Whenever there is a cost effective way to make it easier for anyone to put their hands on the information they seek, I will consider it and ultimately recommend it, if it seems appropriate. Most likely increased accessibility will come through enhanced online tools, including real time search like that used by Google and Bing. It is already the
VITALIZING THE PLEASANT RIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD, IF AT ALL? I would look to see what type of assistance, if any, is available for homeowners to help with their homes. Also the landlords need to be held accountable in keeping up the residences not only in appearances but also getting and keeping them up to safety codes and standards. WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GROWTH RELATED TO DEVELOPMENT AT RIVER RIDGE COMMERCE CENTER AND THE COMING EAST-END BRIDGE? I would vigorously go after businesses who are looking to develop in our area to really consider building in our city and becoming a viable partner in not only growing and making our city bigger and better but also giving our citizens more job opportunities. WHERE DO YOU SEE THE CITY’S PLACE IN SOUTHERN INDIANA AND DO YOU SEE THAT CHANGING IN THE COMING YEARS? As anyone will tell you, the City of Charlestown and the surrounding area is going to grow and should be on any businesses radar. Now are we going to be able to handle that growth with our current infrastructure the way it is now and the administration that we have in place or are we going to make a change to look and plan ahead to make Charlestown bigger and brighter? We shouldn’t have to wait years and let the opportunities pass us by.
case that: • Meetings are open to the public and are advertised • Public documents are available to people following a written request • Many documents are accessible online • Budgets are online through the State of Indiana IF ELECTED, HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE REVITALIZING THE PLEASANT RIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD, IF AT ALL? If it is the case that the Blight Elimination Program funds are no longer available, we will have to get more creative in coming up with funding for revitalization, or redevelopment, of Pleasant Ridge. The challenges facing Pleasant Ridge (declining home values, concentrated crime, substandard buildings, etc.) do not only impact that area, but all of Charlestown. I hope that I am a part of an entirely new City Council that will constructively engage with the mayor to overcome reasonable objections, but not be afraid to move forward even if some objections persist.
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WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The lack of vision and cooperation. We need to sit down and have a real conversation about where we want to see the city in the future. As far as cooperation, the city council is elected for a reason and that is not to sit around and bicker with themselves and the mayor’s office, but instead to plan projects the citizens of New Albany actually want. I can promise that I will work tirelessly with the council and the mayor whoever they may be, in order to make New Albany the wealth of opportunity we all know it can be. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Absolutely, “of the people, by the people, for the people,” right? Without transparency it is hard to come up with real solutions. I would look into updating the city website and Facebook pages so that they can be a useful tool, I will always be accessible via cell phone or email so that anyone can contact me. IS THE CITY SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON
WHERE DO YOU SEE THE CITY’S PLACE IN SOUTHERN INDIANA AND DO YOU SEE THAT CHANGING IN THE COMING YEARS? Charlestown is a sleeping giant in Southern Indiana. It is just beginning to directly experience the activities in River Ridge. Our end of the old Army Ammunition plant requires the most effort and expense to prepare for businesses to locate there. As they do, however, we will feel the economic impact of more jobs and a growing population. In addition, the opening of the east end bridge will expose Charlestown to more people who will learn that they can live here and still have quick, easy access to Louisville. Our small city charm will have extra appeal when it comes without the cost of being too remote. If we muster the political will and invest the necessary capital to overcome whatever would discourage people from moving here, the sky is the limit. Our future is filled with great things if we are not afraid to face the challenges. Families in Charlestown District 3 understand the rewards they, and all of Charlestown, may receive if we recognize the importance of what is possible and act accordingly.
PARKS? SHOULD THE BUDGET BE TRIMMED? I don’t think that the parks are a waste of money, I think parks are an important piece of the community and help make the city a beautiful place. I do, however, think we can trim the budget in other areas and make thoughtful decisions before we start useless projects. SHOULD THE COUNCIL BE VOTING ON MORE LEGISLATION? WHAT ITEMS WOULD YOU ADDRESS? I do think the council could make a better effort to vote on and propose legislation. A few things I would propose would be the following: renter registration, spending cuts, a vision outline for the city, and term limits so that our city’s vision evolves with the views of our community. ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH TIF BEING USED TO BOND SIZABLE PROJECTS? Tax increment financing is a complicated issue with its ups and downs. If it works the way its supposed to that’s great, but in my opinion debt is rarely a good thing, particularly with a city of our size. If we had a real vision for where we want our city to be and how TIF would get us there then I could see my views changing. However, as of right now I would not be comfortable with the use of TIF. My campaign is currently looking into alternative ways to improve our city, such as economic freedom zones (like those proposed by Rand Paul).
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My community Involvement includes: Chairman of Jeffersonville Urban Enterprise Association; Chairman of CASI Board of Directors; Former Board Member of LifeSpan Resources; Former member of the United Way Community Solutions Committee and Former 1st Vice President of the Clark County NAACP. The professional and community work I have done and continue to do has prepared me to be an effective councilman, independent thinker and problem solver.” YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): www. facebook.com/votewhite WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I come from a long line of community servants. Helping others and contributing to my community for the betterment of all is a central part of my being. Jeffersonville is progressing, and I believe that my past experience will provide a fresh face with new ideas to address the challenges ahead. Most importantly, I would be a councilman with a sincere respect for, and unquestionable desire to repre-
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sent, the constituents of District 1. To preserve and protect our downtown, while progressing toward the future, is no small task but it is one that I would approach with diligence and utmost regard to the concerns of the people I would represent. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? My professional and community experience, together with my commitment to community service, I believe, makes me the best candidate for City Council-District 1. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The development of downtown Jeffersonville and compliance with the EPA Mandate are the two most pressing issues in District 1. Downtown Jeffersonville has exploded. We must continue to grow but in a smart manner. As we increase the activities for citizens to enjoy, we have to provide a balance of businesses to accommodate the growing market. Smart retail growth, provision of a safe environment and maintaining the character of downtown must be considered together.
WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? 12 years of past successful experience in the position. Reputation for honesty and openness and a tremendous work ethic.
and different to the Veteran’s Parkway corridor. Meeting with land owners, developers, and potential businesses is a vital part of being a town councilman. Offering incentives to make us competitive to new development as we have done in the past. Clarksville is open for business, and this helps create employment for our citizens and lowers their tax burden in the process.
WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Creating new jobs and business opportunities for our citizens is a priority for me. Clarksville must diversify it’s portfolio with job opportunities outside of retail. Good paying careers that let our citizens families thrive and remain in the area. This will include general business, manufacturing, medical, etc. We must work diligently with the owners of the old Colgate property to get some positive activity in that vital area. Redevelopment must work on filling any vacant property or building that can potentially create new jobs and tax revenue for the town. As an example when I was President of Planning and Zoning we landed a state of the art Kentuckiana Heart Hospital which brought something new
WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Citizen input is vital to the process for good, and transparent government. Opening up public meetings for more and longer citizen input can help alleviate this situation. We must work on making the citizens feel welcome at all town functions where business is conducted. Department heads and staff need to be trained in customer service to make sure all public concerns are addressed professionally and in a timely manner. Adding neighborhood meetings will add to making people a important part of our local government and addressing problems in specific areas that might otherwise not be found.
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Complying with the EPA Mandate, is not just an issue for District 1, it is an issue for all of Jeffersonville. As I have said before, finding a solution to comply with the Mandate while minimizing the costs to residents should be the goal of all responsible parties. I will not play politics with this issue but seek to find a solution. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? I would hold quarterly Town Hall meetings in District 1, to provide information to constituents and hear their concerns. As a representative of District 1, I think this is of paramount importance to always know the thoughts and concerns of constituents and make them a central part of the decisiontaking process. AS A COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CITY’S BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS IN DEALING WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES? The best course of action is one that will comply with the Mandate at the lowest cost to residents.
DO YOU BELIEVE THE TOWN SHOULD HIRE A TOWN MANAGER? WHY OR WHY NOT? IF YES, WHAT METHOD SHOULD THE TOWN USE TO FILL THE POSITION? The hiring of a town manager is a very large expense and should be studied carefully. The six figure numbers that have been proposed are excessive. It’s my opinion the new councilmen, will be able work beyond party lines. Then add experienced and dependable department heads to the mix, and this additional expense can be avoided. Beefing up the town council president position would also help solve the need of having a day to day person to over see all operations, at a much lower cost. DO YOU BELIEVE RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO VOTE IN THE COUNCIL RACES FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF DISTRICTS OTHER THAN THEIR OWN? WHY OR WHY NOT? District voting was changed back in the mid 90’s, before I first served. Citizens then were only able to vote for two at-large members and their district member totaling 3 council seats. Town wide voting has allowed citizens to vote for
The City Council is the Legislative Branch of city government and as such, it is the duty of the Council to fund the solution reached between the EPA and the Executive Branch (Mayor). As councilman, I would not support lawsuits to stop a solution reached by the Executive. Something must be done, let’s do it at minimal cost and move forward. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/ OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE EAST END? In addition to what I have previously stated, I would work with the various groups in District 1, to encourage smart and sustainable growth. This includes, but is not limited to, neighborhood associations, Downtown Merchants, Jeff Street, Urban Enterprise Association, City Pride, etc., to continue the growth in progress and to explore new ideas to enhance the great things already taking place. WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? They should be used in accordance with State law.
all 7 council seats within the town. As a resident myself I prefer to vote on all 7, but during my door to door campaigning and phone calling we are polling citizens on this matter. I’m willing to change it back if that is what the people’s majority wants. We should let the people guide our votes on this matter. HOW DO YOU EXPECT THE COMPLETION OF THE OHIO RIVER BRIDGES PROJECT TO AFFECT THE TOWN’S BUSINESSES? WILL CLARKSVILLE NEED TO ATTRACT NEW TYPES OF BUSINESSES TO KEEP ITS TAX BASE STRONG? Anytime you improve infrastructure, you will improve business opportunity. We need to work to make the revenue stream created by these new bridges flow between Indiana and Kentucky as equally as possible. This will mean attracting new types of business to diversify the tax base and build desire for Kentucky residents to cross over to do business in Indiana more. I want to continue to lobby state law makers in Indiana to lower the tolling on these new bridges, which could potentially hurt business flow in the area and impact Hoosiers financially.
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It is critical that we have elected officials that understand that the city needs to capitalize on the opportunities coming our way. Opportunities that will determine what kind of community we will turn into. This will take strong experienced leadership from the Mayor’s office and a city council that is forward thinking. This election is truly about the future of Charlestown and whether we are going to move forward. “ WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? I think we do a good job in being accessible and responding to the public’s needs and concerns. All city business and every penny spent are voted on in open public meetings and becomes public record. The clerk treasurer does a great job in responding to requests for that information. The city workers pride themselves in taking care of requests made of our city services. I strive to
always be out in the public and accessible as well. I believe the best government is the one that people wake up each morning not having to think of or worry about, because the things the government is responsible for are being done in a timely and open manner. IF ELECTED, HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE REVITALIZING THE PLEASANT RIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD, IF AT ALL? The issue of Pleasant Ridge (The Projects) is complicated and requires lots of money and partners to make a difference there. I have been 12 years working to improve the situation of Pleasant Ridge and the negative impact it has on our community and the people that live there. Nearly 50% of all police calls and over 90% of the nearly 200 drug dealing arrests are from the area. Last year we put together a redevelopment plan that had all the components needed to improve the lives of those that live in Pleasant Ridge and make a major positive change in the community as a whole. By offering new homes for existing homeowners and a pathway to homeownership for those that rent, we were offering people a new start. I personally met individually with Pleasant
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WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Continued economic development, which includes infrastructure development. This can be accomplished by facilitating cooperation among the members of the city council, the mayor, the city hall staff, the city department leadership and employees, and the citizens or Jeffersonville. Public safety is always a concern. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Yes. This can be accomplished by encouraging citizens to take advantage of existing opportunities for participation in government and developing a renewed sense of awareness of the importance of government in the individual lives of citizens. AS A COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CITY’S BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS IN DEALING WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED
Ridge property owners over a four month period and 70% of the property owners agreed with the plan and signed letters of intent to sell their properties. Out of the 354 properties there were approximately 35 homeowners that did not want to meet with us. The total project was to bring more than 150 million dollars of new investment into our community, which included housing, restaurants, retail and senior living. Considering Charlestown’s total access value (value of all properties in the city limits) is only 187 million, this was an opportunity that most communities dream of. This type of investment would have lowered the property taxes for the entire community, however the council did not approve the plan, therefore this opportunity was lost. A comprehensive plan is needed that includes the interest of the entire community, particularly all the property owners in this area, not just a small minority. The loss of last year’s opportunity makes major improvements to the area extremely difficult and it will take years to make any significant improvement. “ WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GROWTH RELATED TO DEVELOPMENT AT
SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES? My tenure on the City Council began in January 2015. So, I do not yet have a in-government perspective on this topic. However, it may simply boil down to how and when the City may comply with ALL of the EPA requirements. If delays are inevitable, the EPA should be approached for an extension. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE EAST END? Redevelopment of properties into attractions that invite businesses, consumers, and possibly new residents into the areas. I believe that doing so would be good for the city and for residents in adjoining areas. Also, we must make every effort to ensure that entities that are attracted will be good neighbors. WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? Again, my tenure on the City Council began in January 2015. So, I do not yet have a in-government perspective on this topic. However, TIF funding seems to have encouraged economic growth historically. I will encourage the council to keep current its review of the appropriateness of this funding vehicle for economic development and how it benefits the citizens of Jeffersonville.
RIVER RIDGE COMMERCE CENTER AND THE COMING EAST-END BRIDGE? For the twelve years that I have been in office we have been preparing for this growth to happen. By any account, we have made Charlestown a better and more attractive place to live. We have made major improvements in nearly every aspect of the community. We have made improvements, in our streets, parks, city services, utilities, infrastructure, police department, schools and quality of life. The city needs to continue to have experienced, proven leadership to guide us through these exciting times. Charlestown is a community that everyone should consider for their next move. WHERE DO YOU SEE THE CITY’S PLACE IN SOUTHERN INDIANA AND DO YOU SEE THAT CHANGING IN THE COMING YEARS? Charlestown has a very unique opportunity to know that growth is coming and planning to make sure that we are growing into the community that we desire. The small town and community feel is important to maintain as we continue to add people and businesses to the city. I believe Charlestown will become recognized by families as the best place to live and raise their children.
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by the current City Council and working closely with the Pleasant Ridge Neighborhood Association and the City’s administration to address their needs and solve the problems in that area. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Yes, it is paramount for a city to have an accessible and open government to succeed. By updating the city’s web site in a timely manor and by getting the citizens involved in the decision making process by having open informational meetings to keep the citizens abreast of what the future holds for our community. IF ELECTED, HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE REVITALIZING THE PLEASANT RIDGE NEIGHBOR-
HOOD, IF AT ALL? As I stated before, working with the Steering Committee set up by the Council, the Pleasant Ridge Neighborhood Association and the City’s Administration to address the problems in that area. We need to have an assessment study made for the area and then implement a long term revitalization plan to correct the problems associated with the area. WHERE DO YOU SEE THE CITY’S PLACE IN SOUTHERN INDIANA AND DO YOU SEE THAT CHANGING IN THE COMING YEARS? The City of Charlestown will be greatly impacted by the growth and the development at the River Ridge Commerce Center and the opening of the East End Bridge. It is now time for the city to put in place a long term “Master Plan” to help guide the future shape that will take place in our city. We need to take a balanced approach to solving the city’s infrastructure issues and invest our TIF dollars in projects that will bring a return on our investments.
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WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I believe I am the most capable for the job due to the knowledge and first hand experience I have attained over the years of military service, volunteer work, and multi-industry jobs I’ve had. . I am energetic in accomplishing a task, sagacious in my decisions that affect the community, and willing to work with others to accomplish the goals and needs of New Albany’s citizens. I do not settle just for what works, but I strive for what provides the most beneficial outcome to our citizens. I refuse to allow our city to be anything less than successful and vibrant. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT?
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I believe the most pressing issues to face the office is the lack of utilization of the “Human Cloud” that our city provides, as well as transparency in the Council activities. If we give everyone the opportunity to voice their concerns and experience, we will be able to resolve this issue more efficiently and accurately. To accomplish this degree of awareness and transparency we must make information more readily available. This will only benefit the city in it’s future endeavors. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Absolutely. I think we should increase transparency by providing better, more detailed information to the public by more fully utilizing social media, city websites, and printed media. If we increase access to information regarding city issues, elections, and legislation, we will allow our citizens to be more involved and informed. It will only benefit us by
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WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I have served New Albany as councilman for nearly 8 years the last 3 as council president. The last few years proves what can happen when a council and administration can WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? I feel the responsibility of a councilman is to maintain the cooperation and dialogue within the council itself and the administration, for when this breaks down then it is replaced by distrust and ignorance which in turn leads to the stagnation of growth, and development. Through the course of the present cooperation between these two bodies of government we see the results of major projects such as parks, roads, sewer and stormwater improvements. There are times when a council person may not feel there is a path to pursue and make their decisions as such. But this should be done based on information, input, dialogue and research. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Over the past few years we have passed appropriations for the improvement of record keeping, storage of records and meeting minutes, The public can access the city web sight for meeting minutes that have been entered through the city clerks office. We still get requests for information and they need to be guided to the appropriate sight or department. This itself means there may be room for improvement especially as information technology evolves.
gaining insight from a larger, vaster collection of people whom we are due to represent.. IS THE CITY SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON PARKS? SHOULD THE BUDGET BE TRIMMED? City parks strengthen our communities, reduce crime, and provide a place for families to attend. New Albany’s parks were in drastic need of modernizing and organizing. I think it’s early to start adjusting the budget when not all of the new facilities are open or bringing in any revenue. It should be recorded and re-evaluated when we have an ample amount of data so that we are able to make an educated decision. SHOULD THE COUNCIL BE VOTING ON MORE LEGISLATION? WHAT ITEMS WOULD YOU ADDRESS? I believe the Council should continue to vote on as much legislation as needed to help our community prosper. 2014 was a lackluster year for the Council
IS THE CITY SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON PARKS? SHOULD THE BUDGET BE TRIMMED? Maybe a more appropriate terminology would be “is the city spending money on parks.” Growing up in this community we had these items: • A public outdoor pool beach area, 2 or more splash pools • Numerous tennis courts. • Playground equipment in nearly all parks in the city. Through financial economical constraints on the federal, state, and county in past years these have all but disappeared. Our local government owes these quality of life activities to the people of New Albany for they have been absent too many years. Parks that were merely green areas will be bristling with activity by the spring and summer.” SHOULD THE COUNCIL BE VOTING ON MORE LEGISLATION? WHAT ITEMS WOULD YOU ADDRESS? Anyone can bring legislation forward. It can start from the legislative and administrative levels and even from the public. In over 200 years of existence there have been hundreds of legislation passed, many times good, some redundant and some difficult to enforce. But it can be the responsibility of all citizens elected or not, to enhance our city through the tools of legislation. Sometime there can a fine line in creating legislation that improves and what can be “red tape.” ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH TIF BEING USED TO BOND SIZABLE PROJECTS? Yes, in se cases it would have been difficult to do the work that is being done and to come. Much has been said that TIFs deter from other funding but without it improvements would have become difficult in certain areas and neighborhoods as with the Silver Street Sports Complex which will enhance that neighborhood.
with 15 minute Council meetings and missed opportunities. 2015 appears to be back on track and successful thus far. It is every councilman’s duty to analyze, research, and execute an informed vote on all legislation. I would address every item with equal devotion and attention. Specifically, I think it is time we address the lack of transparency, renewable energies, and municipal fiber. These will help bolster our strengths and save our city money. ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH TIF BEING USED TO BOND SIZABLE PROJECTS? TIFs are a great tool for cities to use that can help restore communities and attract new business. We have seen first hand that TIFs can increase property values, create new jobs, and help maintain a stronger broader tax base. In the past three years the Council has utilized TIFs and maintained a balanced budget. I believe as long as they are used sparingly and dutifully they serve a purpose. We must be careful however, relying on TIFs is a poor choice long term.
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WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The debt that this city has occurred and that our youth will be paying for this till they are having grandchildren. I think by having a balanced represented board and fresh ideals on how to balance the budget. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Yes. I would like to see a easier access refurbished website for the city and work with the council to come up with any other ideals that would make the government accessible. IS THE CITY SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON PARKS? SHOULD THE BUDGET BE TRIMMED? At this time, I do not have all the information available to me to answer this in an intelligent, informed answer. SHOULD THE COUNCIL BE VOTING ON MORE LEGISLATION? WHAT ITEMS WOULD YOU ADDRESS? At this time, I do not have all the information available to me to answer this in an intelligent, informed answer. ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH TIF BEING USED TO BOND SIZABLE PROJECTS? At this time, I do not have all the information available to me to answer this in an intelligent, informed answer.
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WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? City government needs to move beyond the lack of communication and cooperation and work to get things done. The City of Jeffersonville must develop strong relationships with the businesses and people we serve in order to deliver results that make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. City leaders need to invest in creating a fiscally responsible, globally competitive city. We must execute a successful strategy to diversify the economy and improve career opportunities for all of our residents. We need to take advantage of the momentum created by River Ridge, new bridges & transportation improvements, and an improving economy in order to attract new opportunities that Jeffersonville deserves. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? I have and will continue to support any measure that would bring more citizen input and transparency into government. As I have been going door to door in my district, I have found that the average citizen has limited awareness of how their tax dollars are being spent and what issues are being voted on prior to reading about the outcomes after the fact in the newspaper. If successful in my bid, I have committed to establishing an email newsletter for the 5th district residents with upcoming agenda items in order to gain their feedback and opinions prior to voting on any issues. AS A COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CITY’S BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS IN DEALING WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED
SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES? During my previous terms on the City Council we worked diligently to get ahead of this looming deadline imposed by the EPA. Unfortunately, politics has been inserted into the mix and has now created several different scenarios and opinions on how best to proceed. At the end of the day, Jeffersonville will be required to comply with the EPA mandate “”with our input”” or “”without”” I would prefer to obtain additional input from experts that do not and will not have a vested business interest in the project in order to ensure that we proceed with the most cost prohibitive, environmentally sound solution. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE EAST END? Jeffersonville is at a very critical “Tipping Point” as we have major transportation upgrades taking place on both ends of the city. With the amount of success that River Ridge has already had, the additional growth potential is amazing. I believe by investing in our infrastructure now (Public service & Public Safety) along with helping to encourage “Quality of Life” improvements (Retail, Parks, etc.) we will better position ourselves to become a more welcoming community for future growth. WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? While I feel TIFs are a very viable tool for municipalities, I also feel that prudence and restraint must become an element to the overall success of using these TIF dollars. I feel that if TIF’s are used in conjunction as a large-scale community commitment they can lend themselves to encourage businesses to commit to relocating and expanding to our area. Another advantage when used properly, TIF’s can serve as a catalyst to transform and revitalize entire neighborhoods and targeted areas and are extremely effective at driving economic development.
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IS THE CITY SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON PARKS? SHOULD THE BUDGET BE TRIMMED? Our existing parks needed enhancement to be more user friendly to the residents of joining areas. Trimming the budget would depend on the proceeds from our operational revenues. SHOULD THE COUNCIL BE VOTING ON MORE LEGISLATION? WHAT ITEMS WOULD YOU ADDRESS? Yes, as an elected legislature it is our duty to be responsible for the financial operations of the City. Financial funding issue’s should be determined by elected leaders and not by the appointed. I would address these concerns by advocating a 5 year comprehensive plan for the residents of the City of New Albany. ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH TIF BEING USED TO BOND SIZABLE PROJECTS? Yes, except justification must be warranted. Whereas certain applications are very appropriate the overall reallocation of TIF Districts must be responsibly measured so not to deprive foreseeable projects within a given TIF District.
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WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Absolutely, it starts with Honesty and Transparency. Our citizens need to know they can approach a Town Councilman and that person listens to their concerns. Some have expressed to me that hasn’t always been the case in the past.
DO YOU BELIEVE THE TOWN SHOULD HIRE A TOWN MANAGER? WHY OR WHY NOT? IF YES, WHAT METHOD SHOULD THE TOWN USE TO FILL THE POSITION? I believe having a full time employee present on a daily basis to deal with issues is a great idea however I am still gathering information on the position and cost effectiveness.
WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? My business experience
Mayor and the members of the City Council. I will be proactive in advising the City Council on all fiscal matters, especially with regards to the annual budget, so that they fully understand the impact of their actions. Finally, I will operate a transparent office and fully cooperate with the State Board of Accounts Auditors to ensure that annual audits are completed in a timely manner
DO YOU BELIEVE RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO VOTE IN THE COUNCIL RACES FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF DISTRICTS OTHER THAN THEIR OWN? WHY OR WHY NOT? I would love to see us get back to District Voting as it just makes sense. If true District Candidates get voted in, couple that with our At-Large Candidates, you get the best of both worlds. Town wide issues as well as local issues taken care of by the ones who know them the best!
WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Most importantly is my belief that the public is not being properly served by the present office-holder. The position of Clerk-Treasurer is an extremely important one, and it requires complete independence from the office of the
WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Yes I would make public records more available to the public and council members. By using the Internet and web site and instructing staff to help people with there request while they wait.
HOW DO YOU EXPECT THE COMPLETION OF THE OHIO RIVER BRIDGES PROJECT TO AFFECT THE TOWN’S BUSINESSES? WILL CLARKSVILLE NEED TO ATTRACT NEW TYPES OF BUSINESSES TO KEEP ITS TAX BASE STRONG? I believe it gives us a tremendous opportunity to be leaders during this time as I can assure you our surrounding neighbors will be acting on the opportunity as well. It gives us an opportunity to bring new business into our community which we need.
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must comply with the EPA’s mandate, I think Jeffersonville needs people on the City Council who are committed to solving this issue as efficiently as possible, without the need to raise sewer rates.
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WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I have dedicated my entire adult life to public service through the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. I am a Police Officer of the Year recipient from VFW Post 1427, and was awarded the Clark County Medal of Valor in 2008. I have a passion for serving my community, and feel I have the experience necessary to serve on the Jeffersonville City Council.
WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? I think the most pressing issue for Jeffersonville residents relates to how high our sewer rates have continued to climb. While it is apparent that we
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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? Brad is running for City Council to bring honesty and transparency back to New Albany. His entire life is an open book and he will bring that type of personality to the City Council. The number one complaint voiced in the campaign process has been to remove the cloud of doubt around City Hall. There are also members of the council who seem afraid to voice their own opinion. Brad will never be afraid to stand up and be heard and fight for what New Albany deserves, a good quality of life. We also need leaders who want to lead and not follow. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? Brad is a researcher by nature and will bring that quality to the City Council. He is also an excellent communicator and will never be afraid to make his opinion heard. He will vote with his conscious instead of by pressure from other council members. He will also urge all citizens to contact him and voice their own opinions about issues so he is truly voting the best possible way for New Albany to flourish. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD
WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? In 2015, newly elected Sheriff Jamey Noel placed me in the position of Public Information Officer, in addition to my duties as a detective. In that role, I am responsible for reaching out on the Sheriff’s behalf to communicate with the public on a daily basis. Be it working with neighborhoods, participating in special programs in our local schools, or working with the news media: I feel all of these experiences give me the qualities necessary to improve public communication at City Hall. AS A COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CITY’S BEST COURSE OF ACTION
YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The most pressing issue for this office, and ALL municipal offices is transparency. The last 4 years have seen more of the same closed door deals. In order for the council to be effective, all dealings should be clearly outlined, so when asked, the council can define all aspects to the citizens if questioned about a certain issue. The less informed the council is, the less effective they can be as a municipal leader. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? The perception is that ALL of New Albany Government is corrupt and Brad will face this issue head on by giving the citizens the voice that they deserve. Brad will push for more direct contact with the council and Mayor’s office through increased amounts of time to speak at the council meetings. In addition, he will also recommend a monthly “mayor and council night out” in different areas of town where citizens can directly question all municipal leaders at one time. IS THE CITY SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON PARKS? SHOULD THE BUDGET BE TRIMMED? Expanding parks is one of many keys to a better quality of life for all citizens. The money that has been spent has been done so very wisely and effectively. I can remember as a child going to
IS IN DEALING WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES? I think if you ask most Jeff residents they want to know that their elected representatives are committed to finding solutions that are cost-effective, and won’t include higher utility rates. Obviously this is an issue we must aggressively address with our engineers and the federal government. I intend to approach this issue with a fresh perspective, having the Jeffersonville taxpayer’s best interest in mind. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/ OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE EAST END? In the last couple of years, Jeffersonville has seen a great resurgence in our downtown. Additionally, the East End Bridge is already having a major impact on the City’s East End. Jeffersonville, as a whole, is growing at a substantial rate. It will be
parks and playing on playground equipment because that’s all that was there. Our parks now have skate parks, splash pads and jogging tracks. As Louisville continues to close their public pools, New Albany’s water park will not only benefit our citizens but will stimulate the local economy as we will now be the area’s premiere water park destination. SHOULD THE COUNCIL BE VOTING ON MORE LEGISLATION? WHAT ITEMS WOULD YOU ADDRESS? The council should always have at least 2 items to vote on at every meeting. The main focus should be expansion. Not only focusing on annexing, but also expanding within our current city limits as well. There are plenty of areas and vacant shopping centers that need to be brought current. For example, Brad has a plan for Colonial Manor Shopping Center that he’ll start working on the first day. ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH TIF BEING USED TO BOND SIZABLE PROJECTS? If a city is not growing then it’s headed the wrong way. I think every TIF situation needs to be closely researched and analyzed to make sure that the city’s future is secure. At no time do we want to pass on a mountain of debt to our children that they can never recover from. All future projects should be investigated thoroughly to make sure it’s the right project for us, and it will benefit our future and not hinder it.
up to the next City Council to guide that growth responsibly. My first thought on responsible growth points me to Holman’s Lane. This is a main thoroughfare through our city which has remained unimproved for too long. A major goal of mine on the City Council would be to push for upgrades in infrastructure, including and starting with the widening of Holman’s Lane. WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? Coming from a career in law enforcement, I believe that revenues from Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts should be used as intended by the Indiana legislature. Abusive spending of tax dollars should never be tolerated at any level. TIF monies are expended by an appointed redevelopment commission, and as an elected City Council member I would have no issue with voting to remove an appointee who became reckless with your tax dollars.
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IS THE CITY SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON PARKS? SHOULD THE BUDGET BE TRIMMED? Yes. Unfortunately it does take money to operate and keep up local parks up, however, I do believe this can be looked at closer, revisited for evaluation. SHOULD THE COUNCIL BE VOTING ON MORE LEGISLATION? WHAT ITEMS WOULD YOU ADDRESS? Yes, There needs to be specific ordinances for our city, one example is several houses in our community that are rundown, falling apart, yes, we do need ordinances for our community to remain a great place to live. ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH TIF BEING USED TO BOND SIZABLE PROJECTS? TIF districts were set up for economic development, not for entertainment, and always keeping in mind it eventually falls to the taxpayers.
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I moved to Sellersburg because I very much love the feel of the community here. I am nervous of how certain big box retailers will change that dynamic. I am also nervous about how it will effect taxpayers outside the TIF district if it increases the burden on essential services (ie, specifically the police).
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YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): N/A WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? Thirteen years ago our district (#3) was annexed, resulting in significantly higher property taxes. For 13 years the city has refused to spend a dime to address our serious drainage problems, and we get only a minimum of street and road maintenance. As District 3 Council representative, I will be a strong voice to ensure that we get a fair share of all city services. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I hold two degrees from Indiana University, have in-depth knowledge of Indiana municipal law, and
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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? Jeffersonville is my home. My family has life-long roots in this community and I want Jeffersonville to be a city that is thriving - one that we all can be proud of. The City Council has great influence on how Jeffersonville responds to issues and opportunities and a tremendous responsibility to guide the city towards future growth and economic development. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I will bring an open mind. I am a consensus builder; it is not in my nature to be combative or confrontational. I will utilize my experience in directing a not-for-profit agency i.e. budgeting, personnel, organizational and management skills, and having to be creative in funding to get things done that need to be done. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Making sure each of our Departments have adequate funding to provide the necessary services for our Community. While also including Strategically planning and building our Economic Development WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUB-
fully understand city budgets and the role of the city’s various commissions and boards. I have extensive contacts with office holders of both political parties in Clark County, and enjoy their respect, enabling me to play a key role in cooperative initiatives with other cities, towns, and agencies in the county and throughout the State. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The need for the City to prepare for the explosive growth following completion of the East End bridge. We must have our financial house in order, and have in place a plan to improve and expand our infrastructure to accommodate new business and residential developments. I will work to make sure we accomplish both initiatives. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT
LIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Continue to video and air City Council meetings as well as making sure each Department has web access for Citizens to connect with them. I have supported our Clerk’s office in recently implemented electronic records. AS A COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CITY’S BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS IN DEALING WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES? Continue to work with engineers to develop options to consider and options that we can afford. It’s not a matter of not addressing it, we must, but all options need to be presented and openly considered. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/ OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE EAST END? Continuing to make Jeffersonville an attractive and desirable place for others to come and live. One big initiative that has begun is increasing our public art across the City. We currently have other Cities coming and meeting with us to see how they can get this initiative going in their Communities! WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? It should be used for infrastructure upgrades and as a tool to attract new developments and businesses.
MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Absolutely. I would present an ordinance to require that ALL meeting minutes, ordinances, resolutions, budgets, and claims be posted on the City’s website within 72 hours of approval. Additionally, the ordinance would mandate that every public meeting be video taped and streamed on the City’s website. IF ELECTED, HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE REVITALIZING THE PLEASANT RIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD, IF AT ALL? I do not support the use of eminent domain to take people’s homes for private developments. Indiana’s eminent domain law (HB1010) that was signed in to law by the Governor on March 24, 2006, does not support it either. With Mayor Hall’s plan, the only winners would have been the lawyers who
would have been smiling all the way to the bank at the expense of all the taxpayers of Charlestown. With that being said, I am already working with the Pleasant Ridge Neighborhood Association to develop clean up and improvement plans for the neighborhood. WHERE DO YOU SEE THE CITY’S PLACE IN SOUTHERN INDIANA AND DO YOU SEE THAT CHANGING IN THE COMING YEARS? Charlestown is currently considered a bedroom community in the Louisville metropolitan area. As River Ridge develops and the East End bridge opens, the migration to be close to interstate access and jobs is only natural. I see an influx of residential development, along with retail development to support the growing population of the City. In a few short years, we will no longer be considered a bedroom community, but rather a thriving community in the metropolitan landscape.
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WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? My opinion is with the opening of the bridges and all the new business coming up 62, Charlestown is going to grow. I believe we can listen to all of Charlestown and come with a plan. It’s not what I want, but what is best for Charlestown WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT?
I would have to look at that after I get in office, right now I think Charlestown is open IF ELECTED, HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE REVITALIZING THE PLEASANT RIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD, IF AT ALL? I would look at that more if I get in. If we do not get the funds again, it might not happen. I have heard so many stories, I would make sure everyone knew what was going to happen WHERE DO YOU SEE THE CITY’S PLACE IN SOUTHERN INDIANA AND DO YOU SEE THAT CHANGING IN THE COMING YEARS? Charlestown has become the city to live and raise a family. It is going to get bigger.
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WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? I am in the process of scanning and digitizing all record books to make research easier and to preserve the already fragile condition of these documents. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? I am dedicated to providing accurate meeting minutes for council proceedings, sewer board meetings and board of public works meetings.
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WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I am the best candidate for this office because I am a mature well educated, well trained, better experienced person that thinks things over and doesn’t make snap decisions. I am well known for my leadership qualities and abilities to work with anyone. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The most pressing issue facing this office is how to comply with the EPA mandate to solve the combined sewer overflow, whether to build a Canal
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or install a Pipe. I would handle it by bringing the Mayor and City Council together in a meeting, open to the public, and work out a decision that all could live with, including finances. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? “I think City government should always be accessible and open to the public. I would introduce an ordinance to limit closed meetings, except for personnel issues that concern an individual’s privacy. I would spend time with each councilperson in order to convince them of the merits of this ordinance.” AS A COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CITY’S BEST COURSE OF ACTION
IS IN DEALING WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES? At the present I am neutral on this issue, because I don’t have enough information to make a determination. I will seek all of the available information and make a decision based on what will have the least economic impact on the pockets of the citizens of Jeffersonville WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/ OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE EAST END? “I plan to work with both the business interest and the preservation interest to make downtown a viable place for businesses to locate while maintaining the character of our great city.
WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Growth and expansion in the next four years is key to the success of Jeffersonville. How we apply the cities resources and deal with this will determine if Jeffersonville will be a premier community in Southern Indiana or not.
WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? To say there is a single most pressing issue would be naive. Rather there are several pressing issues. I think keeping the Police Dept. headed in the current direction is paramount. Developing an atmosphere of trust and transparency is also something that’s been missing in Clarksville for a long time. With the right make up on the council, Clarksville can move forward in a civil and productive manner. Obviously the possibility of a Town manager would be a game changer as well.
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WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? I believe in this day and age of technology, we need to release data and decisions in a transparent way. We need to adopt a transparency code for the city council that aligns with the needs of the people, and be communicated in a swift and efficient manner. AS A COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CITY’S BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS IN DEALING WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES? As a council we need to work with appointed sewer board members to find the most cost effective solution to meet the federal mandate. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE EAST END? The east end will grow tremendously in the coming months, We need to attract businesses that provide good paying jobs for the people of Jeffersonville. Marketing our city will be key to our success. WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? The revenue should be used in a proper way to benefit the Jeffersonville community. The redevelopment appointees should be fiscally responsible for the application of tax dollars.
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WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Absolutely. One of the first things the current council did in 2012 was to re introduce “citizen comments” at the start of each regular council meeting. We also reached a gentleman’s agreement in regards to prior notice before a vote was to be taken. It has been a refreshing change for the better. I can envision open forum type meetings in the future. By developing this trust I spoke of, the public perception might not always agree but hopefully will see the council members genuinely trying to put Clarksville first rather than their own agenda. DO YOU BELIEVE THE TOWN SHOULD HIRE A TOWN MANAGER? WHY OR WHY NOT? IF YES, WHAT METHOD SHOULD THE TOWN USE TO FILL THE POSITION?
The growth in the east end of Jeffersonville is coming so rapidly, that if not governed in an orderly fashion, we will experience gridlock similar to that of some of the large cities in this country. I will encourage reworking the zoning regulations with an outlook toward fixing what is occurring now and preparing for future growth. “ WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? The city council should have control of how and when revenue from Tax Increment Districts are used. There should be a set of guidelines developed for the council members to refer to when making a decision of this magnitude. The burden that will be placed on the taxpayers should be the number one concern.
Yes, I believe Clarksville should hire a Town manager. The committee that started the original search was on the right track. The search should be regional in nature, non political, referencing like positions in other communities and exhausting all avenues to get the right person for the position.
DO YOU BELIEVE RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO VOTE IN THE COUNCIL RACES FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF DISTRICTS OTHER THAN THEIR OWN? WHY OR WHY NOT? I believe each district should elect its representative and send him or her to a seat on the Council. That district representative will bring the issues of their district before the council. The 2 at large representatives are sufficient for Town wide selection. A designate selected by his or her neighbors so to speak, would be more accountable to his district. At large selections would be sensitive to Townwide issues. HOW DO YOU EXPECT THE COMPLETION OF THE OHIO RIVER BRIDGES PROJECT TO AFFECT THE TOWN’S BUSINESSES? WILL CLARKSVILLE NEED TO ATTRACT NEW TYPES OF BUSINESSES TO KEEP ITS TAX BASE STRONG? In this unpredictable future, It is imperative for Clarksville to stay ahead of the curve and be aggressive in making sure we don’t become the “mall people used to go to”. A Town manager could assist in this strategy. We need to stay attractive to developers with sufficient infrastructure as well as better property maintenance. We also must be willing to think out of the box. We must develop the south end corridor as well. Talks have began to take shape in Old Clarksville as the Bridge Project advances. The Eastern Blvd. gateway is also extremely important as we enter this “ Bridges era”
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Our budget has increased by nearly 50% over the last few years. As Mayor I will reign in the rampant spending and concentrate on moving our city out of the RED and into the FUTURE! WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The most pressing issue is a Lack of Leadership in our city. A true city leader is one who opens their mind to the possibilities of what can be. As your next Mayor I will be proactive instead of reactive. I will employ visionary ideas based upon needs, wants, and desires of my constituents. I will do what’s best for New Albany as a whole. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Government operates best when it is open, inclusive, responsive, and accountable for its actions. Communities are stronger when residents understand and participate in the civic process and have access to good and clear information. Openness in government is the basis for accountability, improved
decision making , and public trust. I would invite everyone to get involved! By listening to many, we can develop a plan to benefit many, and not just a few. I would refine the city website to make it user friendly and contain more information. I would expand the “ searchability “ feature making it easier to locate important items. The website will offer citizens a way to ask questions or report concerns for response and action by the city. We will do our best to communicate with Everyone! TAX-INCREMENT FINANCING IS BEING USED TO SUPPORT SEVERAL PROJECTS IN NEW ALBANY LIKE ROAD IMPROVEMENTS AND NEW PARKS. DO YOU SUPPORT HOW TIF FUNDS ARE BEING UTILIZED? WHY OR WHY NOT? TIF- Tax Increment Financing is a commonly used local means of financing public infrastructure intended to stimulate private sector investment and job creation. I did NOT support borrowing 20 Million dollars for creation of an Aquatic Center and Sports Center with use of TIF. TIF should be used as an economic tool to incentivize private investment in our community. By borrowing 20 million dollars through TIF we have dramatically reduced our ability to invest in site improvement, infrastructure, and other means necessary to attract new business to our community.
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WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? My years of experience in civic and business issues effecting the first district for 23 years WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The new Ohio River Bridges opening and their effects on the first district. As a lifelong resident I know it is important to respect and protect the historic character of the neighborhoods while continuing to invite and recruit new families and business’ into the downtown. The future and downtown’s
This will cost all of us and limit job growth for our future. HOW WOULD YOU APPROACH MAKING DOWNTOWN NEW ALBANY SAFER IN TERMS OF THE STREET NETWORK? Immediately I would install additional stop signs along Spring, Elm, and Market streets in those areas where residents have concerns. I would step up enforcement by our police in areas where speeding is common. This approach has worked well along I-65 in Clark County. I would continue ongoing discussions with residents and business owners resulting in a plan that would be beneficial and financially responsible for everyone. WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO BRING MORE JOBS AND BUSINESSES TO NEW ALBANY? My number one priority would be to create a positive business climate. I would build and maintain a competitive business friendly climate that would attract and retain business. Accommodate a broad mix of jobs while actively seeking a greater proportion of living wage jobs that will benefit the residents of our city. I would work to expand our Purdue College of Technology Campus. Explore possible replacements for Pillsbury and find tenants for our new Industrial Park. Job creation and retention are a vital element to a thriving city.
continued growth that is making downtown a highly desirable area to live and work must have a city councilperson willing to listen and to be accessible to the citizens being directly effected by them. As a shop owner my doors are open and I am very active in the community so finding me to share your concerns would not be an issue. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? At present I feel the local government is pretty accessible to the public, but believe there is always room for improvement. I would work with the city council to monitor and implement more ways to improve communication between government and its citizens.
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WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Our overwhelming debt-stop the borrowing for parks and such ,find other sources of funding for these kinds of projects #2 become more business friendly by using TIF funds to provide economic development through infrastructure improvements #3 encourage a sense of pride in our community by passing and enforcing the code ordinance, that has been in committee for a year
WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Yes, improve website, improve city office communication ,would like to see city-county government merge but I don’t think there is the political will to do so IS THE CITY SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON PARKS? SHOULD THE BUDGET BE TRIMMED? Yes as I stated above SHOULD THE COUNCIL BE VOTING ON MORE LEGISLATION? WHAT ITEMS WOULD YOU ADDRESS? As the legislative body of the city I would work with the mayors office to implement ordinances to benefit the citizens of New Albany I would also strive to keep our budget in balance and not spend money we don’t have ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH TIF BEING USED TO BOND SIZABLE PROJECTS? Yes as a tool to fund economic development /infrastructure projects not parks and pools.
AS A COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CITY’S BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS IN DEALING WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES? Presently I need a lot more information to answer this question but with my community connections and mentor on the sewer board I could make an educated vote on this matter if elected. I do believe more conversations with the public would be very valuable in making the decision. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/ OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE EAST END? Keep doing what I have been doing for 23 years.
As a small business owner I have been an ambassador for downtown year after year. As a city councilman I could expand my opportunities to express my pride and encouragement that downtown is the first choice to live and work, or start a business. I could site examples from my experience and my involvement in the school system. WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? Responsibly. I was the GCCS school board representative on the Jeff Redevelopment Commission for 3 years and believe the right people must be in place on that very important board. Members that will make fiscally responsible decisions. Prioritize the needs of the city before the wants must always be priority number one.
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WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? “With the continued growth of the River Ridge Industrial Park, as well as the completion of the downtown and east end bridges, Charlestown is on the verge of great potential growth and expanded employment opportunities. We must be ready for that growth, and be able to control the growth in a positive manner. Improving our infrastructure will be a high priority over the next few years, so that we will be an attractive option for new businesses, and for potential population growth.” WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? I know some Charlestown residents have voiced their concerns about this subject over the past few years, and I would do whatever I could to help ensure transparency of all city government proceedings. Good communication from all parties concerned will be necessary to make this happen. IF ELECTED, HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE REVITALIZING THE PLEASANT RIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD, IF AT ALL? “Every community needs to continue maintaining their “”hometown””, and there are many different ways to accomplish that task. I believe there is more than one area in our city that needs to be “”revitalized””, but asking individuals to potentially uproot from their places of residence, some of whom have lived there for many years, may not be well received. I do not live there currently, but was born in that area, as were many residents who first came to Charlestown seeking employment and a home. I have lived in my current home for 30 years, and it would be hard for me to just pick up and leave. We need to decide as a “”community”” what is best for all individuals who could be impacted by “”potential”” improvements. “ WHERE DO YOU SEE THE CITY’S PLACE IN SOUTHERN INDIANA AND DO YOU SEE THAT CHANGING IN THE COMING YEARS? As stated previously, with the continued expansion of the River Ridge Industrial Park, along with the East End and Downtown bridges projects fast approaching completion, we are on the cusp of exciting opportunity and growth! I hope to be an asset to that growth!
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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? We need a city councilwoman that understands that we cannot tax and spend our city into prosperity. Keeping taxes low is imperative for attracting new businesses that want to invest in Jeffersonville’s future. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? Seasoned politicians recycle ideas and are tied down by obligations to others. I will offer a fresh perspective as a young candidate, as an international business professional, and as a fiscal conservative. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Jeffersonville is facing big changes - from the walking bridge, to River Ridge. You need a leader who is innovative and entrepreneurial to continue to bring new opportunities to our community and who can create a strong infrastructure for future development. I know what entices businesses to invest in our city so that
we may see even more job creation right here in Jeffersonville. The opening of the walking bridge downtown and projected population growth also create new challenges for all public safety departments in Jeffersonville. As your representative I will make a cooperative effort with our police and fire departments to make our community a safer place for Jeffersonville families as we look towards the future. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? District 3 residents deserve a councilwoman that is responsive and service-oriented. Through collaboration and communication, we can help develop an enriching culture in Jeffersonville that is built on reliability and integrity. Committed to honesty and transparency, I will continuously seek to better understand your needs and offer solutions that deliver value and create long-term connections in our city. AS A COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CITY’S BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS IN DEALING WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES?
WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I am totally devoted to the job I was elected to do. I have a great relationship with both State and Federal Agencies, I do my own research and due diligence, and I have a great working relationship with everyone involved in City Government.
WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Absolutely I will because transparency in Government keeps a smaller Government and accountability a priority. I will continue to work with the City Clerk’s Office to visually and audio tape all meetings like we do City Council Meetings and Council Workshops.
WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? “There is a lot of misinformation out in the public that leads to people not being properly educated on the issues and matters concerning the City of Jeffersonville. We need to educate the public with accurate information by hosting more public meeting and making sure the correct information is reaching the people through our website and social media.
AS A COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CITY’S BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS IN DEALING WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES? We need to make sure we are complying with the Mandate and that we have the funds to complete the projects required for compliance. The rate payers have done their job to see that this is accomplished with paying the rate increases defined in the mandate. If the accurate funding is not available then the best course of action if
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The best course of action dealing with the EPA mandate is one that keeps our sewer rates as low as possible while still satisfying the EPA requirements. Open communication between the city council, mayor, and sewer board is necessary and political bias should be left out of negotiations. A project of this magnitude should be decided after thorough investigation and outreach to the community. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE EAST END? Overburdensome government regulations and high taxes discourage businesses from settling in Jeffersonville and prevents the creation of new jobs for our community. I believe in a smaller, more efficient government that provides strong infrastructure to support population growth, increased traffic, and business development. WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? Tax Increment Financing districts are regulated by state statute. Our TIF dollars should be spent on economic development in the areas from which the money is pulled. to renegotiate with the EPA because as long as I am on the City Council, I will not vote to raise sewer bills. People are struggling now with their Sewer Bills. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE EAST END? We need to continue to seek good paying jobs, provide great City Services, promote quality of life, and actively seek better retail and sit down restaurants. These things are important to keep and attract people who want to work, live, and invest in Jeffersonville. WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? TIFS revenue should be used for economic development and infrastructure that therefore ensures we are maintaining our City and building future growth for the City of Jeffersonville.
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WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? Because I am already connected to the neighborhoods, the Police Dept., Fire Dept . I am already looking at ways to grow 62 and 10th St. and I don’t care about the “Good ol’ boy politics” in Jeffersonville! WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The biggest issue that I see facing the City Council is the inability for them to work together because there are some that will do only what the Mayor will approve and that is not their job. Their job is to do what is best for Jeffersonville using their best judgment collectively. They do not always have to agree but they should always vote their opinion rather then what they are told to vote or paid to vote WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERN-
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WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? I feel there are several pressing issues making it difficult to pinpoint just one. Several people in my district have brought to my attention the rising sewer rates. I would want to analyze the situation to further anticipate all possible outcomes prior to making a decision to fix this issue. Others have expressed that crime is a concern. I feel that our police department is highly qualified to apprehend criminals and provide our community with a stable environment. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Of course, with today’s technology our government can be very translucent. It is the responsibility of our elected officials to have an open and honest government. It could be
MENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? I feel that the City Council is a open book. As is the Parks Auth. You can get copies of the minutes at any time or watch via video. The Public Works Dept, and the Redevelopment Board needs to allow their minutes to be more accessible. The Mayor needs to stop issuing press releases without notifying the Council. AS A COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CITY’S BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS IN DEALING WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES? I have requested a copy of the EPA Mandate but it is my understanding that we have to abide by the mandate sat down by the EPA, & the Justice Dept WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE EAST END? The downtown area I think is being ad-
arranged to have the town residents’ sign up for a newsletter or the minutes to the meetings to be blasted to them weekly via email. It can be just a click away. One could opt in or out to receive the Town Council minutes or even a link to a YouTube video of the meetings. Town Council members could be followed on Twitter, LinkedIn and/or Google+. The technology is here. We need to utilize it today! DO YOU BELIEVE THE TOWN SHOULD HIRE A TOWN MANAGER? WHY OR WHY NOT? IF YES, WHAT METHOD SHOULD THE TOWN USE TO FILL THE POSITION? Given my cautious nature in business, I do not feel it would be beneficial to make a hasty comment on this subject given the fact that all my questions have not been answered. DO YOU BELIEVE RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO VOTE IN THE COUNCIL RACES FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF DISTRICTS OTHER THAN THEIR OWN? WHY OR WHY NOT? I believe the district residents should vote for our district representatives as they do in
dressed as we speak and it is being done well. I would love to see some hotels coming in such places as the Colgate plant. That is such a piece of history that I would love to see saved even if it is actually in Clarksville. WE have more restaurants coming in and I’m sure that will continue to grow as the weather improves. The East End however, needs to be looked at seriously, while River Ridge is an amazing improvement and will continue to be we will need to look at adding again named hotels Marriotts, Hamptons HIltons, that will bring in sit down restaurants, and nice shopping. Otherwise when people cross the this bridge they will be going to Veterans Parkway or The Summit in Louisville because there will be know reason for them to stop in Jeffersonville. This will also help to increase the property value for the homes in the area WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? That it should be used for Economic Development.
the Indiana Senate or Congress races. Each district would add their own district flavor to the council with the two At-Large positions having a touch of each flavor. This would provide for a diversified council allowing each district to be represented individually. HOW DO YOU EXPECT THE COMPLETION OF THE OHIO RIVER BRIDGES PROJECT TO AFFECT THE TOWN’S BUSINESSES? WILL CLARKSVILLE NEED TO ATTRACT NEW TYPES OF BUSINESSES TO KEEP ITS TAX BASE STRONG? I think it will have an increased sales effect on business. I feel that more people will look for items and services they received in Jefferson and surrounding counties here in Southern Indiana. I think we will find ourselves offering more diversified entities allowing us to grow into new markets. We should strive to continue to incubate and nurture all sorts of new business to help with the responsible growth in Clarksville. Although, some people may find that the tolls are not menacing, while others feel they are. Those who do, will look for sales and service channels here in the Sunny Side of Louisville.
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Do you believe residents of the town should be allowed to vote in the council races for representatives of districts other than their own? Why or why not? After talking with the voters of the town, while going door-to-door, the vast majority of the voters want to retain to have the right to vote for all seven council seats. Their main concern would be, why vote for 3 and be a minority, when you can vote for 7 and be a majority. Other concerns would be if you are only voting for a district person, and that person would become lazy and not want to listen to the voters, but would only want to do good for him or her and not for the town. How do you expect the completion of the ohio river bridges project to affect the town's businesses? Will clarksville need to attract new types of businesses to keep its tax base strong? I feel with the completion of the bridge project, it will make it easier for the people of the eastend of Louisville to access the town of Clarksville. These people will shop, eat, go to movies, and visit the many stores along Veterans Parkway, including Basspro and the Greentree Mall. The town of Clarksville will need to continue to support all businesses in the town along with the town services to keep our tax base strong.
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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I’m running for City Council District 4 as a passionate citizen of the community and looking out for the greater good of my friends and neighbors of Jeffersonville WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? Active citizenship with teamwork and communication. I am a concerned citizen. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? There are several as I see it. This list is a few of those issues. 1) Responsible use of funding. Always making sure our funds are used in the best way possible. 2) Sewer separation. Even though this is mandated by the EPA, we need to spend this money wisely. My understanding of this type of work will be an ability that will only benefit the citizens of Jeffersonville. 3) Communication. Not only is this a obligation, it is vital for the City to move forward and improve. WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? We should be the voice of the citizens. It is our job as an elected official to follow what the citizens want, and not our own agendas. I will be active in the procedures to allow maximum access to City government. AS A COUNCIL MEMBER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CITY’S BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS IN DEALING WITH THE EPA MANDATE TO REDUCE COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS AND RELATED ISSUES? First we need to review the plans that have been designed to date. Make sure this is the best method to use in the separation of the sewer and stormwater system. I intend to work closely with the department and the engineers to review this plan. My goal is to accomplish the work in a timely manner with he least impact on our funds. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ADDRESS AND/OR ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN JEFFERSONVILLE, ESPECIALLY DOWNTOWN AND THE EAST END? We need to plan smart. Not only do we need to manage the growth, we don’t want to forget about our infrastructure that is required to allow this growth to happen. WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW REVENUE FROM TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS, OR TIFS, SHOULD BE USED? Generally the propose of TIF money is to improve blighted areas of a City, parks, housing, putting vacant property to use and fixing infrastructure to list to a few. We need to make sure this money is being used for what’s best for the City of Jeffersonville. This should be accomplished as a team. The Citizens, City Council and Mayor’s office working together for the better of the Community.
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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I am running because I love Clarksville, am committed to service, and have a passion for the law. My wife and I chose to raise our family here and are proud to call Clarksville our home. Serving as your Town Court Judge will give me an opportunity to give back by sharing my legal and managerial talents. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? The Clarksville Town Court has a massive caseload, with nearly 1700 cases last year. Management of the Court’s docket is obviously essential. With my education and experience, I will work tirelessly to ensure that justice is served, while protecting taxpayers by improving efficiencies and implementing best practices for court administration.
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YOUR WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): www.votejudgejimmie.com WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE? I am running for this office because I love my job and Clarksville is my home. I grew up on Elmwood Drive near Blackiston Mill Road, played baseball at Clarksville Little League, attended St. Anthony’s grade school, and graduated from Providence High School where I also returned to work as a swim coach. Serving as the Clarksville Town Court Judge has given me the opportunity to make a difference in peoples’ lives, but there is still work to be completed. I look forward to each work day and wish to continue serving this community. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I am confident I am the best candidate for this office because I already have
WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? Although I am not certain that it is the most pressing issue, courtroom security has become probably the most visible issue in recent weeks. I am concerned about the separation of powers between the legislative and judicial branches. While a judge has the right and responsibility to ensure that the court is safe, I believe It is the Council’s responsibility to balance the right to bear arms with the safety of the municipal building. Under its legislative function, the Council needs to determine whether the costs of the proposal and the full-time law enforcement officers necessary to enforce it are beneficial to the health and safety of the people of Clarksville or if the proposal is another unnecessary burden on Clarksville taxpayer. I am uncomfortable with a judge lobbying the council with a proposal exceeding the courtroom and the court’s administrative
office. The Council needs to decide the issue without judicial interference. If the judge finds the Council’s decision inadequate, he can order what he believes is reasonably necessary for the safety of his court, but how could it not be judicial activism for a judge to propose a full-time weapons ban for the entire building?
a great working relationship with the existing staff, Police, Defense Bar, and Prosecutor’s Office. In addition, as a practicing attorney and judge, I believe I am the most qualified. Cases move smoothly and efficiently through our Court, and we are always looking for ways to improve upon our work.
their day in Court. The most recent example of this occurred a few weeks ago when the courts were closed due to snow. Chief Clerk Christy Johnson, Bailiff Matt Palmer, and I traveled down to the Clark County Jail and held Court inside of the jail. We did not want the weather to interfere with a defendant’s right to his or her day in court. I believe that under my leadership we can continue to improve upon these practices.
WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The most pressing issue facing this office is the caseload. The Town Court caseload has more than doubled since 2012. The cases range from minor traffic violations, to theft, misdemeanor battery, resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The caseload increase causes a number of concerns; most importantly we are concerned with protecting the rights of the accused and victims of crimes. I have tried to remedy this problem by hiring an additional clerk to handle cases and by taking every opportunity to ensure defendants have
WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? To make the Town Court more accessible to the public while making it more efficient, I would like to explore moving the Court online with the State’s Odyssey Case Management System and mycase. in.gov. In addition, the legal system is daunting to most people. Education is the key to make the system more accessible to all. I would like to work with the schools to provide opportunities for young people to learn about the legal system and the judicial process.
WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? I am moving to make our Court more transparent and accessible by implementing an electronic and online case scheduling program. This will provide online access to the Court’s docket for the public to see. This access has traditionally been reserved for the Superior and Circuit Courts, but with nearly 1,700 cases filed last year, it is time for the Clarksville Town Court to provide the public with easy access to our scheduling records.
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A breakdown of the NA-FC Schools referendum WHAT’S WITH THIS REFERENDUM
On the ballot for May 5’s primary election, voters in Floyd County will see a question asking whether they support a referendum for the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. The $80 million measure is slated to refurbish or rebuild schools, but since the district is limited in what it can and can’t publicly say about the whole thing here’s a breakdown.
SO WAIT, WHAT IS IT?
Thanks to changes in state legislation, school corporations can’t exactly pinch their pennies and save for big building projects.
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WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THIS OFFICE? I’m the best listener. To be a good doctor you have to listen to your patients. I do that. To be the best representative of the people you have to do the same and I will. Listen. Think. Act. In that order, but “listen” is number one. WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU PROPOSE HANDLING IT? The most pressing issue facing the office of City Council is a growing lack of relevancy. Because the City Council of late has had poor communication with the Mayor’s office its members seem to have been relegated to the role of observer in many of New Albany’s recent projects. I would change that by making it a priority to establish and maintain a working relationship with the Mayor, regardless of party affiliation. This would be accomplished by direct and frequent personal communication.
Instead, they can only issue general obligation bonds at a maximum of $2 million per project, or ask taxpayers to raise their tax rates for much more money. That’s where we are.
GIVE ME THE DETAILS
So the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. wants to raise about $80 million to renovate the Prosser Career Education Center, Floyds Knobs Elementary and Greenville Elementary. Green Valley and Slate Run elementary schools would both get new schools. Also, thanks to the laws regarding how
WOULD YOU MOVE TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU ACCOMPLISH THAT? Yes, I agree with making government more accessable and open to the public. I would do my part by creating routinely scheduled “office hours” where the public could sit down with me face to face in addition existing means of communication. I would also encourage more time for public discussion at City Council meetings. IS THE CITY SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY ON PARKS? SHOULD THE BUDGET BE TRIMMED? People, myself included, love the new Silver Street Park. It’s a beauty. I believe the new Acquatic Center will be well received too. These are important projects and will increase the quality of life for New Albany’s citizens. That said, there’s a fine line between leveraging resources to spur a city’s growth and maintaining budgetary responsibility. As a fiscal conservative, I want to minimize peril but as a businessman I know that there is no reward without some risk. Is it costing “too much”? I can’t answer that without seeing the City’s financial records (books).
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the district has to word the question on a ballot, they can’t mention existing bond debt falling off, so here’s the exact language: “Shall the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation issue bonds or enter into a lease to finance the construction of a new Green Valley School and Slate Run Elementary Schools and the renovations and improvements at Floyds Knobs Elementary School, Greenville Elementary School and the Prosser Career Education Center, and which is estimated to cost not more than $79,950,000 and is estimated to increase the property tax rate for
debt service by 20.04 per $100 of assessed valuation?”
WAIT, WILL MY TAXES GO UP?
Again, on the ballot, they can only say what the tax rate effect is, they can’t mention bond debt falling off and the ultimate cost. According to information from the district, a home with an assessed value of $135,000 pays about $304.53 in property taxes to the district. That will drop to about $288.88 if the referendum passes. The tax rate goes down either way, the vote determines how far it goes down. — Staff Writer Jerod Clapp
SHOULD THE COUNCIL BE VOTING ON MORE LEGISLATION? WHAT ITEMS WOULD YOU ADDRESS? “More legislation” for its own sake would not necessarily be a goal of mine. However, enacting thoughtful statues should be one of the Council’s chief responsibilities. Items that I would be in favor of acting upon would include “”Code Clarification”” as Councilman Zurschmeide has recently proposed as well as requiring the registration of rental properties.
ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH TIF BEING USED TO BOND SIZABLE PROJECTS? I believe TIF is a powerful tool for municipal governments and am comfortable with and understand the concept. The term “sizable” (like “too much” from two questions above) is relative. If we look at TIF as a form of “borrowing power” then we need to know how much we’ve borrowed as a percentage of our maximum limit. My concern is, we might be close to “maxing out” our credit. I look forward to sitting down with New Albany’s next Mayor and going over the books!
WHERE DO YOU SEE THE CITY’S PLACE IN SOUTHERN INDIANA AND DO YOU SEE THAT CHANGING IN THE COMING YEARS? Charlestown’s place in southern Indiana will change dramatically i. The coming years. Considering the River Ridge development and the soon to be completed Ohio River bridge we expect to grow substantially. What we change into largely depends on what elected officials we choose. If we choose officials with a upbeat and positive vision we can become anything we choose to be. I find this to be exciting. We have a chance to build an even better place to live and raise a family. But if we get bogged down in partisan bickering or personal agendas and take the focus off of the future of the city, we could end up with something entirely different from that.
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IF ELECTED, HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE REVITALIZING THE PLEASANT RIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD, IF AT ALL? It definitely needs to be addressed. It’s such a large project I would hesitate to offer a solution without a better understanding of the resources available to us. Also due to the scope of the issue, it is vital that we get a city council that can work together with the citizens not only of Pleasant Ridge but also the entire city as well as city hall.
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Employee injured in Jeff liquor store shooting Red Carpet Liquors employee gives account BY GARY POPP
JEFFERSONVILLE — An employee of Red Carpet Liquors in Jeffersonville was shot during an attempted robbery Saturday night. Jeffersonville police reported Patel Kamleshkumar, 41, of Jeffersonville, was shot multiple times about 8 p.m.
masked gunman, said another employee, Loretta Banister, of Clarksville, who witnessed the incident. Banister said she and Kamleshkumar were both working when the gunman entered the business on Crestview Court and 8th Street. She said she was in the back of the business retrieving several bottles to stock when she heard the
door is opened. As she came from the storage area to the front of the business she saw the gunman with his arms stretched over the counter pointing a firearm at Kamleshkumar. “I ducked down so he didn’t see that I was there,” Banister said. She said she never got a good look at the suspect during the incident, but she could see from her crouched position his arms holding a gun pointed at her co-worker.
Jeffersonville firefighters Mark McCutcheon, Rick VanGilder and Travis Sharp recently spent two weeks in the city of Long Beach in New York aiding in Hurricane Sandy relief.
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Clark County polling places for elections Notice is hereby given that the Board of Clark County Commissioners, as the executive body of Clark County government, and pursuant to the provisions of Indiana Code 3-11- 8-3.1, have designated the following polling places for the May 5 primary election, and the Nov. 3 general election to be held in Clark County:
JEFFERSONVILLE TOWNSHIP Precinct No. Location 1 Preservation St.ation — 100 W. Court Alley (100 block of W. Market St.), Jeffersonville 2 First. Presbyterian Church — 222 Walnut Street, Jeffersonville 3 Spring Hill School — 201 W. 15th Street, Jeffersonville 4 Maple Elementary School — 429 Division St. (left door), Jeffersonville 5 Maple Elementary School — 429 Division St. (right door), Jeffersonville 6 Community Action Bldg — 1613 E. 8th St. (enter back), Jeffersonville 7 Parkview Middle School — 1600 Brigman Avenue, Jeffersonville 8 Community Action Bldg — 1613 E. 8th St. (enter back), Jeffersonville 9 Bridgepoint Elementary School — 420 Ewing Lane, Jeffersonville 10 Sacred Heart School — Walpole Hall — 1824 E. 8th Street, Jeffersonville 11 Northaven School — 1907 Oak Ridge Drive, Jeffersonville 11A Northaven School — 1907 Oak Ridge
Drive, Jeffersonville 12 Northaven School — 1907 Oak Ridge Drive, Jeffersonville 13 Jeffersonville High School — 2315 Allison Lane, Jeffersonville 14 Thomas Jefferson School — 2710 Hamburg Pike, Jeffersonville 15 River Valley School — 2220 Charlestown — New Albany Pike, Jeffersonville 16 River Valley School — 2220 Charlestown — New Albany Pike, Jeffersonville 17 Community Christian Church — 5030 Hamburg Pike, Jeffersonville 18 Wilson Elementary School — 2915 Charlestown — New Albany Pike, Jeffersonville 20 Cook Memorial United Methodist. Church — 2915 S Walford Drive, Jeffersonville 21 Riverside Elementary School — 17 Laurel Lane, Jeffersonville 22 Riverside Elementary School — 17 Laurel Lane, Jeffersonville 23 Jeffersonville High School — 2315 Allison Lane, Jeffersonville 24 Jeffersonville High School — 2315 Allison Lane, Jeffersonville 25 Wilson Elementary School — 2915 Charlestown — New Albany Pike, Jeffersonville 30 Safe Harbor Community Church (former GRC School) — 435 W. Stansifer Ave., Clarksville 31 Safe Harbor Community Church (former GRC School) — 435 W. Stansifer Ave., Clarksville 32 Safe Harbor Community Church (former GRC School) — 435 W. Stansifer Ave., Clarksville
33 Clarksville Elementary School — 700 Randolph, Clarksville 34 Clarksville High School — Taggart & Carter Aves, Clarksville 35 Clarksville High School — Taggart & Carter Aves, Clarksville 36 Clarksville Middle School — 101 Ettels Ln — West. End Door by Parking Lot, Clarksville 37 Clarksville Middle School — 101 Ettels Ln — Boys Gymnasium, Clarksville 38 Clarksville Middle School — 101 Ettels Ln — Girls Gymnasium, Clarksville 39 Parkwood Elementary School — 748 Spicewood Drive, Clarksville 40 Parkwood Elementary School — 748 Spicewood Drive, Clarksville 41 Parkwood Elementary School — 748 Spicewood Drive, Clarksville 42 Clarksville Town Hall — 2000 Broadway (Courtroom Entrance on side), Clarksville CARR TOWNSHIP Precinct No. Location 1 Carr Township Community Building — 8402 Ind. 111 next to Fire Station, Memphis Charlestown TOWNSHIP Precinct No. Location 1& 9 Charlestown Civic Center — 150 Steve Hamilton Drive, Charlestown 2 American Legion Post. #335 — 1199 Basham Drive, Charlestown 3 Jonathan Jennings Elementary — 603 Market Street, Charlestown 4 Charlestown Middle School — 8804 High
Floyd Co. lists early voting sites Primary election set for May 5 NEW ALBANY — Residents will have several locations to vote early for the May 5 municipal primary. Not only is the Floyd County Clerk’s office open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, ending May 4 at noon, for early voting, but also from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 2. Ten other sites will also be open for early voting, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 2. Those sites are: • Floyd County Clerk’s Office, second
floor, City-County Building • Sojourn Church, 2023 Ekin Ave. • 4-H Fairgrounds, 2810 Green Valley Road • Silver Street Park, 2043 Silver St. • Bonnie Sloan American Legion Post, 1930 McDonald Lane • Trinity United Methodist Church, 2796 Charlestown Road • Christ’s Community Church, 4920 Charlestown Road • Tunnel Hill Church, 5105 Old Georgetown Road • John Jones Automotive, 9249 U.S. 150
• American Legion Post 42, 4530 Paoli Pike There will also be two sites available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., April 27 through May 2. Those sites include the Floyd County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2810 Green Valley Road, and Silver Street Park, 2043 Silver St. ELECTION DAY SITES Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 5. Voters can vote at any of the sites listed on Election Day. • New Albany-Floyd County Public
Jackson Road, Charlestown 5 Charlestown Arts & Enrichment Center — 999 Water St., Charlestown 6 & 7 4 — H Center — 9608 Highway 62, Charlestown SILVER CREEK TOWNSHIP Precinct No. Location 1 American Legion Post. #204 — 412 N New Albany Street, Sellersburg 2 Sellersburg Elementary School — 206 N New Albany Street, Sellersburg 3 Sellersburg Elementary School — 206 N New Albany Street, Sellersburg 4 Silver Creek Middle School — 495 North Indiana Avenue, Sellersburg 5 Silver Creek Middle School — 495 North Indiana Avenue, Sellersburg 6 Silver Creek High School — 557 Renz Avenue, Sellersburg 7 Silver Creek High School — 557 Renz Avenue, Sellersburg 43 REMC Building — 7810 State Road 60 (votes with Clarksville Town), Sellersburg UTICA TOWNSHIP Precinct No. Location 1 Utica Town Hall — 107 N. 4th Street, Jeffersonville (Utica) 2 Greater Clark Admin Bldg — 2112 Utica — Sellersburg Rd (next to Utica Elem), Jeffersonville 3 Jeffersonville Fire Department # 4 — 5311 State Highway 62, Jeffersonville. 4 Community Building (Old Firehouse) — 106 N. 4th St., Jeffersonville (Utica) 19U/JC Greater Clark Administration Bldg — 2112 Utica — Sellersburg Rd (next to Utica Elem), Jeffersonville
Library, 180 W. Spring St. • New Albany Fire Department, 316 E. Spring St. • Sojourn Church, 2023 Ekin Ave. • Griffin Recreation Center, 1140 Griffin St. • New Albany Housing Authority, 300 Erni Ave. • 4-H Fairgrounds, 2810 Green Valley Road • Silver Street Park, 2043 Silver St. • Bonnie Sloan American Legion Post, 1930 McDonald Lane • Grace Lutheran Church, 1787 Klerner Lane • Trinity United Methodist Church, 2796 Charlestown Road
• Southern Indiana Sports Center, 620 Park East Blvd. • Christ’s Community Church, 4920 Charlestown Road • Pineview Government Center, 2524 Corydon Pike • Tunnel Hill Church, 5105 Old Georgetown Road • Georgetown Christian Church, 9420 Ind. 64 • John Jones Automotive, 9249 U.S. 150 • St. Mary’s Navilleton, 7500 Navilleton Road • American Legion Post 42, 4530 Paoli Pike • Floyds Knobs Community Club, 4032 Weber Lane
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