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Election 2012

October 4, 2012

Candidates play nice at voter forum

Centerpiece debate called off due to Young’s no-show

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JEFFERSONVILLE — CLARK COUNTY COUNCIL

Two Republicans and three democrats running for at-large seats on the Clark County Council were on hand to talk about their candidacy.

Ron Brogan, a Republican who is running for office for the first time, said his experience in the banking industry and his educational background — he has an MBA — would help him work to balance the county’s budget.

“I feel my qualifications can add something to the council,” Brogan said.

Fellow Republican candidate and Clark County Tea Party Patriots co-founder Kelly Khuri brought a message of accountability to the proceedings.

“If you vote for me, you will have a work horse and not a show horse,” she said.

Democrat Brenda Ross said she would use her business experience to cut waste and unethical spending.

“We’ve done a lot of spending, a lot of give-aways, and we need to stop that,” Ross said.

Incumbent Democrat Kevin Vissing said he ran for county council as a challenge to himself, and that he had enjoyed fighting to “put out fires” alongside his fellow council members.

Susan Popp, a former council member, said she has the experience to work with the council and commissioners.

“I think we all want to do what’s best for the county,” Popp said.

GREATER CLARK COUNTY SCHOOLS

The closest anyone came to slighting an opponent was Dale Moss, a candidate running out of Greater Clark County Schools’ 5th District, who alluded to division and dysfunction on the current board.

“If I get elected, I’m going to consider the other six members [of the board] my allies and friends,” Moss said.

His opponent, current GCCS board President Christina Gilkey, pointed out that with current board member Ernie Gilbert not running for re-election, she will become one of the two longest-tenured board members.

“It’s a very, very complex office,” Gilkey said. “In my opinion, experience is important.”

Running in the 6th District to replace Gilbert are Alice Dorman Butler and Jerry White. Both candidates touted their professional experience as their main selling points. Butler is a certified public accountant, while White is the owner of an upholstery business and several rental properties.

Butler said her experience performing audits made her ideally suited to identifying opportunities for savings.

“If you know anything about auditors, they ask a lot of questions and they dig to find the truth,” Butler said.

In the 7th District, Becka Christensen is defending her seat against Teresa Bottorff-Perkins, who is running for school board for the first time. Bottorff-Perkins said her 40 years of experience as a teacher, counselor, principal and administrator made her the ideal candidate for the board, and added that she had been endorsed by the teachers of GCCS.

“I’d like to say that I can walk the walk and talk the talk, no matter where I’m walking or when I’m talking,” Bottorff-Perkins said.

Christensen said her greatest accomplishment was keeping Maple Elementary open.

“I’m very, very, extremely proud of the work that I’ve done in this community,” Christensen said.

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