Andy Haskell is a Republican candidate for Switzerland County Council At Large. He resides on Bennington Pike near Bennington; and is the husband of Elyssa (Swango) Haskell, and the couple has two sons: Casen, age 7; and Carter, age 4. He is the son of John and Candis Haskell and Darlene and Ron Morton. He is a 1999 graduate of Switzerland County High School; and earned a bachelor of science degree from Purdue University.
After 17 years in the golf course industry, Haskell recently accepted a position with Lawns by Ryan, LLC.
Why are you running for office?
I am running for County Council because I believe that Switzerland County is a great community to live, work, and raise a family. I want to do my share to keep it that way.
What are your qualifications?
I was born and raised in Switzerland County, and now my wife and I are raising our family here. I have a vested interested in ensuring our community thrives. I grew up working on my family farm, and have recently invested in farming again. I am not afraid of hard, intensive work. I received my bachelors degree from Purdue University and spent over a decade budgeting the maintenance of a golf course and hotel grounds. I can handle finances and make hard decisions when necessary. I am, by nature, a people person and have managed crews up to 20 people. I can effectively communicate and get along with all types of people.
What would be your priorities?
If elected to County Council, my priority would be to approach every decision with the County’s best interest at heart. I have no agenda or preconceived notions about what decisions need to be made, but promise to evaluate each matter honestly, conservatively, and fairly.
What makes you the better candidate?
I believe that a great councilman must be an effective communicator who is able to listen to the concerns of the community and voice those to the council. A great councilman should be willing to look at all the facts and the entirety of the situation before making a decision. I believe that a great councilman should be conservative with the county’s resources, including our finances. I feel like I am that person.