CLARK COUNTY —
At 24, Lynch is the youngest candidate for county council in this year’s election.
A single father, part-time Indiana University Southeast student and machine technician at Accent Marketing, Lynch is running on the Republican ticket as a first-time candidate. Lynch said he is studying economics and human-resources management, and feels his communication skills will make him a good addition to the council.
“I’m running because I feel like the county is kind of going in the wrong direction financially, and I want to ensure that we can get the county back to a stable financial situation that I know and we all know that it can be,” Lynch said.
Lynch opposes tax increases, and wants to work with county department heads to find opportunities for savings.
“We’ve got to be able to prioritize what we need and kind of get away from what we want within the county, and focus on what we need, and try to be able to balance the budget to where we’re not going on like they may have in the past,” Lynch said. “Right now, the biggest problem that we have is the budget, and my goal is to work with the department heads to find a solution so that we don’t ever have to get to the point of having to raise taxes.”
Lynch feels that his youth and lack of political experience is a plus for the taxpayers.
“I look at it as being an absolute pro,” Lynch said. “The reason for that is I haven’t been around politics. I haven’t been around local or anything as far as politics goes. I don’t have any ties with anybody to benefit anybody else but the taxpayers.”
Popp, 52, a county council member from 1997-2001, was the top vote-getter in the Democratic Party primary.
Popp has experience working in the financial sector.
“I’ve previously served on the county council, so I’m very familiar with the different departments, the funding, the revenue sources,” Popp said. “Also, I’m in the financial sector now. I actually work as a mortgage broker, and I have also worked for other companies where I’ve been in charge of multimillion-dollar budgets.
“I certainly understand how to find the different areas, prioritizing the needs of the different areas based on the needs of the company. Of course, this would not be a company, this would be the county as the entity.”
Popp said she recognizes the county’s finances are its top problem, and she said fixing the problem comes down to establishing spending priorities.
“The challenge of the county council is how to best allocate those funds, with efficiency of course,” Popp said.
Popp’s first term in office was during an economic upswing. She says she sees another one on the horizon for Clark County.
“I think Clark County is a hotbed for economic growth right now with our posturing in the state, with the new [east-end] bridge. We’ve got River Ridge. We’ve got an airport,” Popp said. “I just think we’re in great position for an economic turnaround.”