Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

May 7, 2012

Five candidates contend for three Republican slots on Nov. ballot

GOSHEN — A total of five Republican candidates are now in the running for a chance at three available seats in the upcoming primary race for Elkhart County Council At-Large.

Incumbents David Ashe, R-Elkhart, and John Letherman, R-Elkhart, will be defending their seats against candidate hopefuls Jason Obendorf, R-Elkhart, Thomas Stump, R-Goshen, and Randy Wilson, R-Elkhart.

Following is the biographical information of each candidate as well as answers to several questions related to their candidacy for county council.

David M. Ashe

  • Age: 51
  • Address: Elkhart
  • Education: Elkhart Central High School 1979, Central Texas College 1986-1987, Austin Peay State University 1991-1993
  • Employment: BFI 1996-present, Bayer 1995-1996, United States Army 1979-1995 (retired)
  • Other: Married 30 years, four children and nine grandchildren. I enjoy watching and playing sports and volunteering in the community.

Why have you decided to run for (re)election?

I was born and raised in Elkhart County and have a desire to make Elkhart County a vibrant place where my children and grandchildren can build happy and productive lives.

Why do you feel you are the most qualified candidate for this position?

I feel my life experience growing up in Elkhart County, traveling the world while in the military and being involved with community services have helped me develop the necessary qualities for this position. What most qualifies me though is my experience being on both the Elkhart City Council and the Elkhart County Council for a total of eight years. During this past term while dealing with tough economic issues, I have developed the tools necessary to continue doing a good job for the residents of Elkhart County.

What do you feel are some of the biggest issues or challenges currently facing the County Council? How would you address those issues if (re)elected?

A.) The loss of revenue coming into the county due to House Bill 1001. The county has had a reduction in property taxes due to the turn of the economy. Local option income taxes and high gas prices have caused decreases in the gas taxes. This loss of funds has been a real challenge. We have addressed this issue by cutting $11 million from our budget and implementing a hiring freeze (over 30 open positions), combining some departments and prioritizing the county needs.

B.) The loss of jobs in the county. I will continue to support our local businesses as they try and grow. I will work with the EDC to bring new jobs with diversity and good pay to our community.

1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Text Only
Local News
  • NAPPANEE BOARD OF WORKS: Refurbished home brings less than cost NAPPANEE — A house that was refurbished through a grant program has been sold by city officials.On Monday, Scott Hughes of Hughes and Associates, brought an offer to Nappanee Board of Works members for the house at 151 Van Buren St. The city purchase

    July 30, 2014

  • BIZ GN0730 Growing kids daycare image New day care center will open in August GOSHEN — There’s a Main Street in downtown Goshen and now there’s another, shorter Main Street in Goshen. The new road is located inside the new Growing Kids Learning Center.The newly-built center is located at Elkhart Road and C.R. 17. The day care

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140730 Spore mug Child's death prompts carbon monoxide awareness SYRACUSE — In the wake of the carbon monoxide poisoning death of 12-year-old Skyler Spore, the Syracuse community is raising awareness about the dangers of the deadly gas.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS GN140730 stormwater board Orchard annexation gets $500,000 boost Stormwater board increases contribution toward $7.5 million project

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140730 city council summit 01 Street chief says more money needed to avoid cutting services GOSHEN — The last year has been a particularly rough one for the Goshen Street Department, and the budget for 2015 is likely going to reflect much of that pain in the form of a significant increase in funding requests.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Jace Michael Mast TOPEKA — Jace Michael Mast, infant son of Earl and Esther (Lambright) Mast of Topeka, was stillborn at 9:40 p.m. Monday at Dupont Hospital, Fort Wayne. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Evan Wade Mast, at home; grandparents, Ri

    July 29, 2014

  • nipsco property Construction to close N. Fifth St. for most of a year

    GOSHEN — Motorists who use North Fifth Street should plan to find a new route for the coming year. Monday the Goshen Board of Works and Safety members accepted bids for a North Fifth Street reconstruction project from Clinton Street to Crescent Stree

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • SLIDESHOW: Pets of the Week Cats and dogs looking for loving homes at the Humane Society of Elkhart County. These are the final days of the HSEC's July special: adopt in July and receive 25 percent off your adoption fee for dogs and cats under 5 years old or 50 percent off those 5-years-old or better.

    July 29, 2014 11 Photos

  • SLIDESHOW: The week in photos

    July 29, 2014

  • School board All Chandler students to get free lunches

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

With military action and tensions escalating between Russia and Ukraine, as well as Israel and Palestine, are you worried that the U.S. and other nations may get drawn into these conflicts?

Yes, it is a great concern of mine
I’m a little worried, but not too much
No, I’m not worried at all
     View Results
AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue