With the May 6 Primary just days away, the Rushville Republican staff asked candidates in contested races to answer some questions to help area voters in the selection process.
The following is in the race for County Council District 1.
Phillip Gordon: Republican
1.What do you feel are the responsibilities of this office?
Appropriate all monies, work with the budget
2.Why are you seeking this office?
I wanted to get involved. I was on the council many years ago and now I thought you can either stand on the sidelines and complain or get involved.
3.What challenges does this office face during the coming term?
Money, keeping it within budget constraints, maybe the question of building a new jail.
4.Why should citizens vote for you?
I am a very conservative person and I guarantee I will look out for your tax dollars.
Gerald Mohr: Republican
1. What do you feel are the responsibilities of this office?
The main responsibility is working with the budget created by the commissioners. You are forecasting a year to 18 months out every summer. The office has to react to new legislation that goes into effect each July and support the needs of the citizens of the community.
2. Why are you seeking this office?
I think there is value in the experience that I’ve had in terms in this office, in both crafting budgets and supporting issues, programs and departments. Also, it is important to look to broaden the tax base to lessen the tax impact on individuals. There are plans in the works that will make Rush County a better place that I would like to see come to pass.
3. What challenges does this office face during the coming term?
Challenge is always going to be finding enough resources to provide the safety, security and services that our community expects. Probably the biggest challenge will be remodeling of the courthouse and providing enough space to legally house prisoners awaiting trial and being sentenced.