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County Council At-Large


Primary election



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April 16, 2008
The top three vote-getters from each party will advance to the general election. In the Democratic race, three-term incumbent Jerry Brewer faces opposition from three challengers. On the Republican side, Daniel Crecelius, also a three-term incumbent, is the only candidate in the GOP primary. In the fall general election, the top three

vote-getters will be elected to the council. (*) Denotes incumbent.

William E. Breeding (D)

Address: 41 N. Depot Hill Road, Milltown, IN

Spouse: Darlene

Children: 14; seven grandchildren, two on the way

Occupation: Contractor and farmer

School and year graduated: Paoli High School 1969

Additional education: EMT training, passed CPR and first-aid instructor for the Red Cross; several college hours of training related to fire service training during my 15 years as a fireman

Political affiliation: Democrat

Previous political experience: None

Duties of position sought: Oversee spending of money for the county

Why are you seeking the office?: To offer my experience and service as a businessman.

What qualifies you for the office?: I just attended a class and received a certificate of training for leadership in change, and I just want to take additional training in this area.

What do you consider top issues in the campaign?: Environment, taxes and the economy and education.

Do you favor the actions taken by the county to reduce spending (i.e. personnel cuts in courthouse offices)?: Yes.

Should the county permanently suspend the gaming revenue that has been shared with the Crawford County Community School Corp. since the late 1990s to reduce the corporation's debt service tax rate?: No.

What should the council do to ensure that another budget crisis doesn't arise?: Don't spend more than your income.

Should the council allow the Crawford County sheriff to keep a portion of the revenue generated by housing Department of Correction inmates at the county jail for things like staff salary increases and equipment purchases?: I would like to know more about their budget and revenue before approving this.

Should the council consider suspending, either temporarily or permanently, gaming revenue that it shares with other entities, such as the incorporated towns and volunteer fire departments?: I think the council could consider temporarily if needed, but not permanently.

What actions should the county, specifically the county council, take to promote and foster economic development?: I would like to see some goals set by the economic committee and then I would like to see the council hold them accountable.

Contact information for voters: 1-812-633-4493

*Jerry Brewer (D)

Address: 3370 Ross Road, Marengo, IN

Spouse: Michelle

Children: Reggie, Trent and Katie

Occupation: Dairy farmer

School and year graduated: Marengo High School 1973

Political affiliation: Democrat

Previous political experience: 1988-1996 county commissioner, 1996-2008 county councilman

Duties of position sought: Setting the county's budget, make additional appropriations as needed, and review job descriptions for county employees

Why are you seeking the office?: I would like to continue serving the people by working with other elected officials to improve Crawford County.

What qualifies you for the office?: I have 20 years of experience as a county councilman and commissioner along with owning a dairy farm in which I deal with budgeting decisions daily.

What do you consider top issues in the campaign?: One of the main issues will be overseeing a $300,000 budget reduction mandated by the state legislature by 2011. The best way to achieve this is to continue cost savings measures and additional budget cuts. This will ensure that our property taxes will be lowered.

Do you favor the actions taken by the county to reduce spending (i.e. personnel cuts in courthouse offices)?: Yes, I voted for it. It was a difficult decision, but one that had to be made.

Should the council permanently suspend the gaming revenue that has been shared with the Crawford County Community School Corp. since the late 1990s to reduce the corporation's debt service tax rate?: Not permanently, but the courthouse and jail debt needs to be paid off before considering to resume these payments to the school corporation.

What should the council do to ensure that another budget crisis doesn't arise?: Setting aside 10 percent of Orange County's riverboat money as a rainy day fund is a great first step in ensuring that a budgeting crisis can be averted.

Should the council allow the Crawford County sheriff to keep a portion of the revenue generated by housing Department of Correction inmates at the county jail for things like staff salary increases and equipment purchases?: Yes, this could be possible as long as there is a requirement that the number of state prisoners corresponds with money allotted.

Should the council consider suspending, either temporarily or permanently, gaming revenue that it shares with other entities, such as the incorporated towns and volunteer fire departments?: No. This money is desperately needed by the towns and fire departments to protect people of the county.

What actions should the county, specifically the county council, take to promote and foster economic development?: I support continuing to fund the economic development program which seeks to bring jobs and industry to Crawford County.

Contact information for voters: 1-812-365-2804

Ramona F. Garrett (D)

Address: 2054 E. S.R. 64 English, IN 

Spouse: Larry L. Garrett

Children: Two daughters: Rita Dawn Mann, Louisville, and Candi Michelle Pease, Ramsey; seven grandchildren: Kristin, Kurtis, Emily, Noah, Josh, Mikayla and Ethan

Occupation: School bus driver and third-grade teachers assistance at Milltown Elementary

School and year graduated: English Sterling High School 1973

Additional education: Computer courses - Vincennes University Jasper Campus, paraprofessional assessment

Political affiliation: Democrat

Previous political experience: Three months Treasurer's Office, part-time deputy; two years Reassessment deputy; eight years Circuit Court Clerk deputy. Non-political experience: 10 years, 11 months Crawford County Health Department vital records registrar/office manager.

Duties of position sought: Adopting the annual budget, which includes property tax levies and appropriations, conducting investigations into the conduct of county business for the purpose of correcting deficiencies and insuring adherence to the law and county policies and regulations and agencies whenever necessary to provide efficient county government

Why are you seeking the office?: I feel when I was a county employee, I had a good working relationship with the various offices and personnel and  I enjoy working the public. Running for a office is something I had given much thought about doing, but being a county employee for 20-plus years, the timing was not right.

What qualifies you for the office?: I feel the knowledge I have received over the years working in the various offices on a daily bases could be a benefit to the office. Having been on the "preparing side" of the annual budget, I would like the opportunity to be on the adopting side. I have knowledge of tax rates, appropriations, line items and most of the county ordinances. Also, the years in the Health Department, I was the contact person for the State Board of Accounts audit, and all the audits were without comments. I am certified by FEMA in NIMS (National Incident Management System) 700, ICS (Incident Command System) 100, ICS 200 for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents and NRP (National Response Plan) 800.

What do you consider top issues in the campaign?: Adopting a budget that wouldn't cause a huge hardship of the departments but still be within the guidelines of the state.

Do you favor the actions taken by the county to reduce spending (i.e. personnel cuts in courthouse offices)?: Unfortunately, I feel the council doesn't have much choice except to reduce spending.

Should the council permanently suspend the gaming revenue that has been shared with the Crawford County Community School Corp. since the late 1990s to reduce the corporation's debt service tax rate?: That's a difficult question to answer yes or no, a lot depends of what the state is willing to do to help the corporation. Supplement from the state wouldn't have as huge of an impact as the county having to raise local tax rates.

What should the council do to ensure that another budget crisis doesn't arise?: Enforce the recommendations made by the five-person bipartisan committee and approved by the council.

Should the council allow the Crawford County sheriff to keep a portion of the revenue generated by housing Department of Correction inmates at the county jail for things like staff salary increases and equipment purchases?: No, I don't think it should be allowed. I feel the revenue should go into either county general or new line item and request should be made just like other departments are required to do.

Should the council consider suspending, either temporarily or permanently, gaming revenue that it shares with other entities, such as the incorporated towns and volunteer fire departments?: Again, that's a difficult question to answer yes or no. The towns and fire departments have improved a lot by the revenue, and without improvements, the county may not see the growth it could with those improvement.

What actions should the county, specifically the county council, take to promote and foster economic development?: The council has already approved several positive measures in improving economic development with Broadband Internet and cell phone towers. I would like to see more improvements in developments for our youth and countywide city water and sewer.

Contact information for voters: Ramonagarrett@aol.com

Douglas Howard McClain (D)

Address: 2204 S.R. 64, English, IN

Spouse: Vicki

Children: Tori, 17, and Mandi, 11

Occupation: Owner of used auto sales dealership

School and year graduated: Crawford County Junior-Senior High School 1985

Additional education: Attended Indiana University Southeast for two years

Political affiliation: Democrat

Previous political experience: None

Duties of position sought: Overseeing and budgeting the spending of money in the county; getting the most out of the money that is spent; keep spending less than money coming in.

Why are you seeking the office?: Bring in new ideas and opinions for the office of county council; trying to get the most out of the money that is spent in the county.

What qualifies you for the office?: I own my own business and I have to make decisions every day on the running of the business. The running of the county is like running a business. You can't spend more than you have to spend.

What do you consider top issues in the campaign?: Trying to keep property taxes as low as possible; dealing with the rising cost of operations and the same or less money coming in to operate on.

Do you favor the actions taken by the county to reduce spending (i.e. personnel cuts in courthouse offices)?: I don't like to see anyone lose their job or any cuts made, but it is the fiscal job of the county to keep money spent less or the same as money coming in.

Should the council permanently suspend the gaming revenue that has been shared with the Crawford County Community School Corp. since the late 1990s to reduce the corporation's debt service tax rate?: I feel that the school corporation is like the other entities that receive money from gaming revenue. They should experience cuts also from the money. Money should not be permanently cut. It should be reviewed annually.

What should the council do to ensure that another budget crisis doesn't arise?: By keeping spending in the county less than the county has money coming in.

Should the council allow the Crawford County sheriff to keep a portion of the revenue generated by housing Department of Correction inmates at the county jail for things like staff salary increases and equipment purchases?: The money coming in from housing DOC inmates should be put in a general fund and distributed to all entities. Salary increases for employees should only happen if all employees in the county government get increases.

Should the council consider suspending, either temporarily or permanently, gaming revenue that it shares with other entities, such as the incorporated towns and volunteer fire departments?: All entities need the revenue it gets from gaming revenue. All suspending of money to any entity should be done on an annual basis.

What actions should the county, specifically the county council, take to promote and foster economic development?: Keeping the property taxes as low as possible to make the county appealing to live in and for industry to be here. Keep the economic development entity intact.

Contact information for voters: Cell 267-2628; home 338-3442

*Daniel G. Crecelius (R)

Address: 2271 N. Crecelius Road, Milltown, IN

Spouse: Angela

Children: Sam, Christine and Matt

Occupation: Pipefitter/sheetmetal worker for CSX Railroad, owner of Crecelius Mechanical

School and year graduated: Milltown High School 1968

Additional education: Journeyman plumber, journeyman sheetmetal worker

Political affiliation: Republican

Previous political experience: Third-term councilman; 15 years as Republican County chairman; 18 years as local chairman for the Sheetmetal Workers Local 462 of Louisville

Duties of the position sought: The council serves as the fiscal body for the county.

Why are you seeking office?: I enjoy the work of a councilman, and I want to continue the work that I have started in Crawford County.

What qualifies you for the office?: Along with meeting the legal qualifications for this office, I have significant experience (11 years) as a councilman. In my 11 years in office, the council has tackled a variety of important issues, and I feel fully capable to handle future challenges. Additionally, as a business owner, I understand the ins and outs of fiscal management. This experience provided a strong base that helped to prepare me for the rigors of managing Crawford County's finances.

What do you consider top issues in the campaign?: (Did not answer.)

Do you favor the actions taken by the county to reduce spending (i.e. personnel cuts in the courthouse offices)?: As a member of the five-member budget review committee that made the recommendations to the county, I support the majority of the recommendations made. Due to the State Legislature's decision in the House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1001, the start-up cost of the jail complex, inflation and the rising cost of welfare, these reductions were necessary to compensation for reduced funding. I hate to see any of the county's employees lose their jobs, but the county's financial situation forced the committee's decision.

Should the council permanently suspend the gaming revenue that has been shared with the Crawford County School Corp. since the late 1990s to reduce the corporation's debt service tax rate?: As a councilman, I voted to suspend the revenue given to the school, and I believe that as long as the county needs the revenue, the county should keep the revenue. However, this decision should be reviewed annually.

What should the council do to ensure that another budget crisis doesn't arise?: I believe the committee's recommendations, as approved by the council and the commissioners, provide a good start, especially the crisis or rainy day fund. The county should be run like a business, with the taxpayers as the shareholders.

Should the council allow the Crawford County sheriff to keep a portion of the revenue generated by housing Department of Correction inmates at the county jail for things like staff salary increases and equipment purchases?: Unofficially, some county officials – including myself – have examined this, and I believe that it may be a reasonable possibility when the county gets in better financial shape.

Should the council consider suspending, either temporarily or permanently, gaming revenue that it shares with other entities, such as the incorporated towns and volunteer fire departments?: No, I support the commissioners, and I voted with the council to strike this from the recommendations given to the county by the five-member committee.

What actions should the county, specifically the county council, take to promote and foster economic development?: I believe that work with the lieutenant governor and other state offices to improve the county's economic development should be pursued vigorously.

Other: I have not given up on securing a medical health center, financed by state and federal grants, that would provide immediate medical care 24 hour a day, seven days a week.

Contact information for voters: Phone 1-812-633-4886, e-mail dancrecelius@hotmail.com

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