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October 31, 2012

New faces guaranteed on next Clark County Council

Vissing only incumbent in mix for three at-large seats

CLARK COUNTY — The Clark County Council is guaranteed to get an infusion of fresh blood in 2013.

All three of the council’s at-large seats are up for grabs, and with Perry Smith falling in the Democratic Party primary and Chuck Moore declining to run for another term, Democrat Kevin Vissing is the only incumbent with a shot to return for another term.

Including Vissing, six candidates — three Democrats and three Republicans — are in the hunt for the three seats, and the top three vote-getters will join the council’s four district representatives to set the legislative agenda for the county.

Voters Nov. 6 can vote for up to three of the following candidates:

THE INCUMBENT — KEVIN VISSING

Vissing, 56, is running for re-election after wrapping up his first term on the county council, and also serves on the county extension board and the Clark County Solid Waste District board.

Vissing has worked for Vectren Energy since 1985.

“I work for a heavily regulated utility company, and I deal with regulations every day,” Vissing said.

Vissing touts the values instilled in him growing up on a dairy farm in rural Clark County.

“I just enjoy making things go, making things work properly,” Vissing said. “I just feel like my qualifications are just good common sense.”

Vissing sees the county’s lack of funds as its top challenge, and worries that it might hamper economic development in the county.

“Clark County is growing leaps and bounds, and we’re getting ready to really grow with the [Interstate] 265 interchange as well as River Ridge,” Vissing said. “Our county’s really not prepared for that because of a lack of funding. Most counties our size have probably $20 million in their county-general budget, and we have about $14.5 million.

“It’s going to be very difficult to run the county government on that.”

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