Three Democrats and three Republicans are jostling for three open Clark County Council seats Tuesday.

Two incumbents — Democrat Chuck Moore and Republican Danny Yost — are running, while four relative newcomers are looking to win. At-Large Councilman R. Monty Snelling is running for a seat on the County Commissioners and will vacate his position.

Watching spending to keep taxes down is a concern of all the candidates.

“We need to keep spending under control,” Democratic candidate Perry Smith said. “We have to stay within our budget. You have to draw the line and have priorities.”

He said the council needs to stop getting “money from Paul to pay Mary.”

The council recently passed its 2008 budget — about one year behind schedule. Property tax bills and assessments held up budgets across the state, leaving the council to guess how much money could be spent.

But the county departments have kept spending low, working off a 25 percent cut from the previous

budget. The council also approved raises for county employees, and the county budget is less than even than the Jeffersonville budget.

“Our budget was less than what it could have been,” Moore said. “We’ve done a good job controlling spending and I wish municipalities could do the same for taxpayers.”

Moore said his banking and business experience gives him the background to serve on the council. He took over for Jeffersonville Township Assessor Vicki Conlin last January, and upon doing so, promised to run this year.

Yost has spent the past eight years serving county residents as an elected official — first on the Sellersburg Town Council and since 2005, as a member of the county council. He said he possesses the fiscal management skills and budgeting experience to help keep taxes low for residents, even as revenue shrinks.

“I want to continue on the path to eliminate spending and keep taxes low,” Yost said. “I look forward hopefully to another four years.”

Yost’s fellow Republicans, Steve Doherty and John Durbin, also are hoping to get a seat on the council. Doherty said he has a business background that will aid him in working with other council members to reduce wasteful spending in the county.

Durbin was unable to be reached by press time.

Democrat Kevin Vissing hopes his knowledge of the county will land him a seat on the council. After working at Vectren Electric for the past 24 years, Vissing said he has been on about every road in the county and spoken to residents all over.

“I will be one of the few who truly knows the county,” he said. “My job at a local gas utility allows me to be able to communicate with every type of person.

“I am running for this office due to my interest in public service, and my love for our community and county.”

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