CLARK COUNTY —
THE CHALLENGERS — RON BROGAN
A first-time political candidate, Republican Ron Brogan brings an extensive background in accounting and finance to the race.
Brogan, 66, a retired Naval Reserve captain, has also worked in the banking and real-estate industries. He is a graduate of Hanover College and earned his MBA at Indiana University.
“I had the time, and I thought now is a critical time in our history,” Brogan said. “I believe I have the qualifications — otherwise I wouldn’t put my name in the hat — and I’m very concerned about our community. I think I can contribute.”
Brogan’s goal is to work toward a balanced Clark County budget. He points to current County Councilman Brian Lenfert as the standard after which he’d model himself.
“In fact, he’s been my mentor,” Brogan said. “I don’t know him that well, but I do know him, and he’s about 35 years younger. Of the council meetings I’ve attended, he’s well-informed and certainly is as well-informed as anybody that’s been there for a period of time.”
Though a Republican, Brogan does not consider himself partisan, and says he is willing to work across the political aisle.
“I think I can work with all of them, and I certainly don’t see any personal problems working with the council,” Brogan said. “I can learn from them.”
Brogan sees the county’s budget as its biggest challenge.
“It was approved [two weeks ago], but there’s just so many areas — unforeseen items — expenses — that I’m not sure at this point how we’re going to manage,” Brogan said. “But that’s the challenge, and I think you need the best people on the council for creative ideas and making the difficult decisions.”
Khuri, 53, was the top vote-getter in the Republican primary with 3,106 votes, 751 more than the next top candidate for county council, despite having never run for office.
Khuri, an office manager, also is co-founder of the Clark County Tea Party Patriots. Khuri said her frustration with county government inspired her to run for office.
“I’ve been going to the meetings for almost three years now, and I just felt like I could be the one that will dig a little deeper and ask a few more questions than some of those that are sitting on there right now,” Khuri said.
Khuri acknowledges that she does not possess the education of some of her fellow candidates, but said her personality will help her succeed as a council member.
“I don’t have an MBA or anything like that, but I’m tenacious, I’m inquisitive, I’m not afraid to ask tough questions,” Khuri said. “I don’t base my decisions on politics or anything else. I base them on what’s best for the county and what’s good for the taxpayers.”
Khuri said she expects to work well with the majority of the council if elected, but says she offers something a “little different” from her would-be peers.
“I’m more the type of person that will ask the questions of department heads that come wanting extra appropriations,” Khuri said. “I work well with people, as far as that goes. But I don’t know — I’m more outspoken. Some prefer to stay in the background and just vote yeah or nay on issues. I’m more the type of person that will dig in and research.”