April 18, 2012When Crawford County Republican voters go to the polls on May 8, they will decide who will represent their party against three-term incumbent Randy Gilmore, who is unopposed in the Democrat primary, in this fall's District 2 Commissioner's race.
Jimmie L. Montgomery, a former Democrat who served as the county's prosecuting attorney from 2003 through 2006, is challenged by Larry J. Young.
Commissioners must live in the district they represent, but are voted on countywide.
Also up for election this year is the District 3 seat currently held by two-term incumbent James Schultz. However, neither Schultz, a Democrat, nor Republican Morton M. Dale have opposition in the primary.
The District 1 seat is currently filled by Republican Daniel Crecelius, who will be up for election in 2014.
The commissioners currently earn an annual salary of $9,486.
Jimmie L. Montgomery
Jimmie L. Montgomery
Family: Wife: Shirley J. Montgomery
Education/Occupation/Political experience: Education: English Sterling High School, Bachelor of Science Degree with major in finance from Indiana University, Master of Business Administration from Indiana University, Jurist Doctorate Degree from University of Louisville
Occupation: Retired, Navy veteran, vice-president of English State Bank, college professor at Vincennes University and Indiana University, international consultant, financial and income tax consultant
Political experience: Crawford County Prosecuting attorney, member of Crawford County Republican Party
Contact information for voters: Jimmie L. Montgomery, 2633 S. Old S.R. 37, English, IN 47118; cell phone: 1-812-946-0195.
Why are you seeking the office?: I was born and raised in Crawford County; this is my home. I have been involved in local matters since I returned from the Navy in 1970.
I have witnessed the positive and negative decisions that affect our lives on a daily basis. We pay one of the highest property tax in Indiana and have the least return on our investment.
Many asked me to make this run and after prayer, discussion with my family and friends and with the realization that we can and must do better, I decided that I can best serve you by being your commissioner.
Do you support the construction of a shell building at the county's industrial park? Why or why not, and what else can be done to help spur economic development?: I support the effort to maximize available resources to promote economic growth for Crawford County.
However, we have not investigated this shell building properly by not asking relevant questions.
How can we:
1. afford this $2,500,000 project when our county elected officials spend $500,000 more each year than our income?
2. afford this gamble with our current debt limit?
3. pay the interest?
4. pay the $125,000 developers' fee and the $250,000 profit the developer wants?
I want to know what company will employ our citizens and why this is not being advertised for competitive bidding.
The developer did tell our elected officials there was nothing to attract employers to Crawford County; that we have limited medical facilities, limited shopping and entertainment facilities and limited infrastructure.
I support completing our medical clinic first.
Let's not play this shell game, but let's make solid decisions that actually make our home a better place to live.
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Larry J. Young
Larry J. Young
Family: Married with two girls who are both married and three grandchildren
Education/Occupation/Political experience: High school, telephone repairman, advisory board at Posey County, technical school for telephone company, lifelong Republican
Contact information for voters: 1-812-618-8814
Why are you seeking the office?: I feel that I can help this county. I have been concerned with local government.
Do you support the construction of a shell building at the county's industrial park? Why or why not, and what else can be done to help spur economic development?: I feel that is a start and we need to all work together to get jobs in county to keep kids here after they get out of school. Tired of hearing this is poor county. Let's work to make it better.
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Editor's note: See this week's Clarion News for additional primary election profiles.