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Bill Ullrich

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Glenn Wright

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Melissa Doke

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Cameron McCreary

Primary election June 2 is GOP dominated

Our minds and practices for three months have been occupied with the battle against COVID-19.

The May primary election, moved to Tuesday, June 2, has not drawn much attention, but there are three contested races among Republicans, and none among Democrats.

Following are responses from candidates in contested races. All candidates did not respond to Register Publications’ questionnaire.

The virus also prevented us from running responses in the traditional newspaper as originally planned. Candidates, however, were notified their responses also would be posted on-line.

If there is no photo fo the candidate, it means one was not submitted.

County council at-large

Michael Burgess

 

Republican

Incumbent: No

Education: Bachelor of Science, Liberal Arts

Public office experience: No elected positions. Served active duty Service, U. S. Marine Corps, 1968-1998, final grade, Sergeants Major/Senior Enlisted Personnel Advisor, Veterans Service Officer, Dearborn County, 2010-2020

Community service experience: We Care Packages volunteer, annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing volunteer.

Why are you running for office?

I believe as a representative republic form of government, each citizen should serve in an elected capacity at least once in our lifetime. With this in mind, I have determined it is the proper time for me to be considered by the members of our county as a candidate in this primary election process.

Why are you the best person for the office?

During my career as a U. S. Marine, Human Resources Manager and County Veteran Service Officer, I have gained significant experience in the operational requirements of the different types of organizations I have served with. This has provided me with the knowledge which is required during the decision making process necessary for completion of various programs within large organizations.

What are the most important issues connected to the office you seek, and what are your proposals to correct or improves them?

If elected it will be my priority to ensure tax dollars of the citizens of our county are wisely utilized in providing the “needs” for operations required to support our citizens and residents, vice the “wants” which are not necessary when funding is obligated.

General comments

We have a moral duty to our offspring to ensure we leave our community and country in a strong financial status when we individually complete a term of elected service. I strongly support doing “our duty” correctly with integrity for that end.

 

 

Allen W. Goodman

Republican

Incumbent: Yes

Education: Northern Kentucky University

Public office experience: Clay Township Advisory, Miller Township Advisory, One term on Council.

Community service experience: I serve on several Community Boards, Member and Past President of the Bright Lions, Member of Southeastern Indiana Shrine Club and several fraternal organizations.

Why are you running for office?

I am running for office to give back to my community. A community that has been so generous to me and my family.

Why are you the best person for the office?

My small business background gives me a unique position on Council, and helps me understand the budgeting process and apply my knowledge to better serve the county.

What are the most important issues connected to the office you seek, and what are your proposals to correct or improve them?

Providing the necessary services for our citizens and living within our means.

General comments

I will continue to apply my business knowledge and skill set to seek solutions to our county problems, and look for ways to accomplish things in an efficient manner, thereby saving money for our citizens.

 

Bill Ullrich

Republican

Incumbent: Yes

Education: 13 years formal education, plus a variety of “job specific”courses over a 45 year period.

Public Office Experience: Nearly 20 years on County Council, serving five years as Council Vice President.

Public Service Experience: Active member of the Knights of Columbus (currently Grand Knight of the Aurora Council) and St. Mary’s Church; Board member of County Emergency Mgt., County Local Emergency Planning Committee, Plan Commission and the County Visitor and Tourism Board. Previous service on the County Solid Waste board, and the Long Range Plan committee.

Why are you running for office?

I have thoroughly enjoyed my nearly five terms on County Council and the opportunity to work with so many dedicated people (elected, appointed and volunteer) toward a common goal of serving the citizens of Dearborn County to the best of our ability. I look forward to continuing to serve for another term, and helping to insure that we continue to build on the progress made thus far.

Why are you the best person for the office?

I feel that I am the right person to continue to serve on Council based on my performance to date, and my sincere concern for the future of Dearborn County. I am available, accessible and dedicated.

“No games, No Strings, No Bull!”

What are the most important issues connected to the office you seek, and what are your proposals to correct or improves them?

There are numerous areas of responsibility that affect the overall quality of life throughout the county, and it is the responsibility of everyone in County government to insure that the citizens are receiving the best possible return for their dollar.

What are the most important issues connected to the office you seek, and what are your proposals to correct or improves them?

As our population continues to grow, and the volume of people who are either visiting or passing through our county, public safety must be a prime concern.  This not only involves roads and traffic flow, but also involves law enforcement, the court system, and many related functions.  Growth and all of the related infrastructure must be addressed, in order to provide for an orderly, fair and balanced expansion, with the least impact on individual rights, while maintaining and improving upon the natural, rural beauty that draws people to Dearborn County.  This is no easy task, considering the changes made by the State on property taxes, and a number of other changes which place more of a burden on local governments. (The impact and ramifications of which many of our State Legislators fail to comprehend or understand.) It is Council’s responsibility (as well as all officeholders) to make the most of the resources available, in order to maintain the level of service that the citizens of Dearborn County both expect and deserve.

 

Glenn Wright

Republican

Incumbent: No

Education: Distinguished Graduate of Purdue University with a Batchelor and Masters Degrees in Agriculture & Education; Lawrenceburg Consolidated High School

Public office experience: Dearborn County Recorder for 8-plus years.

Community service: 32 years as Agriculture Educator and FFA advisor at Sunman and East Central High Schools; active supporter of Dearborn County 4-H; grant writer for Laughery Valley Fish & Game; received over $100,000 for facility improvements benefitting many Dearborn County residents; Indiana Hunter Safety Instructor for 35-plus years; teaching traditional blacksmithing to local youths.

Why are you running for office?

Over the past 10 years, I have watched our elected officials spend over $25 million dollars of “Boat Money” on projects not benefitting the average citizen and taxpayer. Then they

doubled our local option Income Tax to provide more operating capital. Our local property taxes have also increased and in somecases almost doubled. A statement that I heard one public official make was” If they cannot afford the property taxes, they need to sell their property”. I am closely tied to agriculture community in Dearborn County and have many friends that live on farms and property that has been in their families for generations. They do not want to sell their property to support someone else’s special interest or pet project. To me, this is not an attitude or statement that an elected official should make or believe.

It appears to me that some people, after being elected, forget the people who elected them and fall in with some special interest group.

I believe that the citizens and taxpayers need to have a voice & be represented in our local government decisions.

I intend to be that representative.

Why are you the best person for the office?

I am a person who says what he will do and does what he says. Those of you who know me know what kind of man I am and those who don’t know me don’t have far to look to find someone who does. I am a person who is always fair, honest and truthful. Utilizing the knowledge, education & community background that I possess, I believe that the decisions I will make will benefit ALL of the citizens of Dearborn County.

What are the most important issues connected to the office you seek, and what are your proposals to correct or improve them?

I believe that the utmost concern of any elected official should be safety and welfare of the citizens who elect them.

I am concerned with the possible groundwater contamination of the LMS, HOGAN & AURORA water supplies. We are setting on an aquifer that is susceptible to potential contamination. My family and grandchildren are drinking this water.

I am also concerned with the expenses & costs of establishing the new port. I do not want to see the citizens of Dearborn County being held fiscally responsible for expenses that are brought upon us benefiting others as has been done in the past.

I am also concerned about the rampant spending that has taken place in the recent past. Money will be tight so some decisions will need to be made, not just another rubber stamp or raising taxes.

I am also concerned with the condition of our local roads and bridges. Our families and busloads of our school children travel these roads daily. Our highway department is doing a good job but needs help to improve these conditions.

I also believe that the citizens should be treated with respect. Not made fun of or ridiculed for expressing their opinions, as I have seen some officials do during and after public meetings.

General comments

As a lifelong resident of Dearborn County, I have observed many changes some good and many bad. Many promises have been made to the taxpayers and then broken by our politicians and elected officials. Some of our elected officials have forgotten who they representing. Their only interests seem to revolve around the people/groups that are making large contributions to their election campaigns.

I want to and will represent the forgotten people in the election process (the taxpayers). I have no special interest individuals or groups funding my campaign.

I want to represent the citizens and taxpayers of Dearborn County.

 

County treasurer

 

Melissa Doke

Republican

Why are you running for office?

I am running for office because I am extremely passionate about Dearborn County and our community. This is my 20th year in the clerk’s office, and I love serving the citizens of Dearborn County. I think I can better serve the community in more of a leadership role. I have been very fortunate to have worked with some amazing county employees and office holders over my 20 years with the county. They have provided guidance and knowledge that have inspired me to run for office. Serving in an elected office is an incredible privilege, and although I have no political experience, I know that privilege is earned.

Why are you the best person for office?

I believe I am the best person for office because my years of experience working for the county, I understand the inner working dynamics and complexities that are involved with local county government. I have no political experience, and while some may see this as a disadvantage, I think the opposite. Sometimes a “career” politician can lose sight of what is in the best interest of their citizens that they were elected to serve. I have a very strong work ethic with an exceptional drive and determination to succeed. If I am elected, I will work extremely hard to run the Treasurer’s office efficiently and keep the needs of the citizens of Dearborn County my number one priority.

What are the most important issued connected to the office you seek, and what are your proposals to correct or improve them?

First and foremost elected officials work for the citizens. Some of my top priorities would include being open to suggestions and listening to input from our community. Having longer hours when tax payments are due, giving text alerts and notices when tax payments are nearing the due date. These are just a couple of ideas that I am excited to get input from taxpayers on what can make the process easier for them. I look forward to working hard to earn your vote and work hard to effectively and efficiently run the Treasurer’s Office

 

County coroner

 

Cameron McCreary

Republican

Incumbent: No

 Education: High School Diploma, Southeastern Career Center, Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator, & Indiana Law Enforcement Academy graduate.

Public office experience: None

Community service experience: 10 years as an EMT with Greendale and Aurora EMS, Reserve officer with Lawrenceburg Police, 15 years Deputy Coroner and 5 years Chief Deputy Coroner with Dearborn County Coroner Department, and 13 years Indiana State Trooper.  

Why are you running for office?

I have served with the department for 15 years and as a senior member, I feel it’s time I take the next step into a leadership role and step us to serve the citizens of Dearborn County.

 Why are you the best person for the office?  

I am the only candidate certified as a Medicolegal Death Investigator.  I have served on the coroner’s department for the last 15 years as deputy coroner, 5 of those years as chief deputy coroner and during that time I have investigated over 280 deaths.  I have been a trooper with the Indiana State Police for 13 years, which has given me a great amount of investigative experience.  I have obtained administrative experience in my role as chief deputy coroner, while being District Post Command Officer at the Versailles Post, and as State Police Recruit Instructor at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.    

What are the most important issues connected to the office you seek, and what are your proposals to correct or improve them?

If elected as Dearborn County Coroner my goals are to ensure we continue to have experienced and well-trained deputy coroner’s, I want to prioritize fiscal responsibility, I want to get out and speak to the community and students more frequently on preventative tragedies such as: drunk driving, distracted driving, illicit drug use and abuse and seat belt safety, I want to better educate the citizens on organ and tissue donation, why it’s important, and how its not like what is typically portrayed in tv shows or movies.  Lastly, I want to ensure the coroner’s department always works in tandem with other departments who may be assisting on a scene to make sure our jobs are all done effectively and to maintain the high integrity of the department.    

 General comments

My passion is and always has been to serve the citizens of my county.  I take my job as a Deputy Coroner very seriously.  My main concern is always the deceased and their families.  I want to make sure I give them the care and respect they deserve, always do what’s in the best interest of the decedent, and answer any and all questions from the family to the best of my ability.  I meet some of the best people on the worst days of their lives and having someone who’s professional, compassionate, knowledgeable is imperative to getting families the answers they need and deserve.  It is my job to speak the last words of the deceased with dignity.  If elected I pledge to the citizens of Dearborn County to do the job with the same amount of professionalism, passion, and integrity that I have provided in my last 15 years as Deputy Coroner. 

 

 

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