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11/1/2012 3:00:00 PM
2012 candidate election profiles
Top Row: Steve Crabtree, Elizabeth Jones, Darrell HanselBottom Row: Terry Hall, Richard Lay, Rachel Schuler
Top Row: Steve Crabtree, Elizabeth Jones, Darrell Hansel

Bottom Row: Terry Hall, Richard Lay, Rachel Schuler

Steve Crabtree: County Council

Steve Crabtree is a Democrat seeking reelection to the Switzerland County Council as an 'At Large' member. He is running against Democrats Rachel Bladen Schuler and Darrell Hansel; and Republicans Terry Hall, Elizabeth "Itsy" Jones, and Richard Lay. The top three vote-getters of the six will be elected.

He resides near Jacksonville; and he and his wife, Mona, have been married for 33 years. He has a son, Eric, and daughter-in-law, Lindsey; and a granddaughter on the way. Along with high school, he has completed two years of college.

He is on the boards of LifeTime Resources; Switzerland County EMS, and is Vice President of the Southeast Region of the Association of Indiana Counties. His is a member of Switzerland Lodge #122; and is active on Vevay Main Street, with the Swiss Wine Festival, and the Ec015 Advisory Board.

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(1) What are your qualifications for the position you are seeking?

I have had 20 years of experience as a Switzerland County Councilman. I have been involved in 20 balanced budgets in order to keep taxes low. I have assisted in bringing jobs, industry, and small business to our county.

(2) In your opinion, what is the single major issue that needs to be addressed by your office (or the county)?

As our office is the fiscal body of the county, we need to continue to keep the budget balanced and still thrive to bring more industry and small business to the county in order to keep taxes low.

(3) How would you work to fix that issue?

Continue to support the county's economic development office in its work. Work with the offices of the county and the highway department to see that they have the tools to run their respective departments in an efficient manner.

(4) If elected, what difference will people see in your office with you there? How will things change?

I would like to see more information to the public on what is going on with the county; as well as better communication between the commissioners and the county council. This will help with how the county government is run and help to improve spending.

I will continue to make the tough choices to keep our county going in a positive way. There is still much work to do in our county and I will do everything in my power to make this happen. Hopefully, we can bring industry in to keep our taxes low and our county growing.



Elizabeth Jones: County Council

Elizabeth "Itsy" Jones is a Republican seeking election to the Switzerland County Council as an 'At Large' member. She is running against Republicans Terry Hall, and Richard Lay; and Democrats Steve Crabtree, Rachel Bladen Schuler and Darrell Hansel. The top three vote-getters of the six will be elected.

She resides in Vevay with her husband, Lary. They have four children: Seth, Nathan, Reid, and Elizabeth. She holds a doctorate degree in education; and is a member and active in Vevay Assembly Church.

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(1) What are your qualifications for the position you are seeking?

I served as an administrator for the Switzerland County School Corporation for 14 years. In 2008 I was selected superintendent after it was discovered that an employee of a previous administration had embezzled over a million dollars. These were not easy times but all of us "school people" worked hard to balance the budget while still providing a quality education. We were successful! When I retired four years later, we had $3 million in reserve and were rated an "A" school corporation by the Department of Education.

(2) In your opinion, what is the single major issue that needs to be addressed by your office (or the county)?

County Council needs to systematically save a portion of the gaming money. The boat has been here for 12 years and generates approximately $9 million annually for the county. It is time we began a consistent, dedicated savings plan to put a portion of the gaming money back from every draw that is received. There is a constant threat of losing future gaming revenue to the state or new casinos. We owe it to the citizens of the county to save a portion in anticipation of decreased revenue. It is vital that we prepare for the future in order to continue our low tax rate and quality services.

(3) How would you work to fix that issue?

Going forward I would systematically save a minimum of 10-percent of every draw from Belterra. As new projects come forward, I would objectively look at the real cost, the future costs of the completed project (such as future electric bills, janitorial services, etc.) and the project's total value to the citizens of the county. I would look at the current budget to see where unobtrusive savings could occur.

(4) If elected, what difference will people see in your office with you there? How will things change?

The county would have short-term and long-term financial plans for buildings owned. For example: we need to plan for new roofs on buildings, so when the time comes, the money is there. I would insist upon multiple bids for work performed and award the job to the best, lowest bid. The county would have gaming money in savings. This is not about hoarding money; it is about being financially responsible.



Darrell Hansel: County Council

W. Darrell Hansel is a Democrat seeking reelection to the Switzerland County Council as an 'At Large' member. He is running against Democrats Rachel Bladen Schuler and Steve Crabtree; and Republicans Terry Hall, Elizabeth "Itsy" Jones, and Richard Lay. The top three vote-getters of the six will be elected.

He resides near Mount Sterling with his wife, Sharon. He has a daughter, Melinda Lewis; a son, Donnie Hansel; and a step-son, Ray Denning.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Cumberland College; and a master of arts degree from Indiana University Southeast. He is active in the American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars, Masonic Lodge #29; and the Southeastern Indiana Vietnam Veterans Association.

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(1) What are your qualifications for the position you are seeking?

Experience with budgeting, decision-making ability; proven leadership; and the ability to work with other entities are among the reasons that I am qualified for the office of County Council.

(2) In your opinion, what is the single major issue that needs to be addressed by your office (or the county)?

The most important, immediate need of the county is economic development.

(3) How would you work to fix that issue?

The council is working with the Economic Development Commission to promote small business enterprises. The industrial park at the Markland Dam is ahead of schedule and received requests for tenants even before it is finished. Next year will be the beginning of marketing the park. I would think that is pretty good considering the poor economic climate lately. Hopefully this will be a vehicle to provide jobs for Switzerland County residents. To make sure our residents are at the top of the hiring list, the County Council is supporting local training and professional development. Also, tourism has been on going in Switzerland County. I would support efforts to continue its promotion.

(4) If elected, what difference will people see in your office with you there? How will things change?

I am not certain that the office of County Council will change dramatically with my election. We have done well addressing issues with infrastructure, school improvement, fire, police, and emergency protection, and have kept taxes low. You will see the same continued progress, but the change will be the results of that progress.



Terry Hall: County Council

Terry Hall is a Republican seeking election to the Switzerland County Council as an 'At Large' member. He is running against Republicans Elizabeth "Itsy" Jones, and Richard Lay; and Democrats Steve Crabtree, Rachel Bladen Schuler and Darrell Hansel. The top three vote-getters of the six will be elected.

He and his wife, Karen, reside near Moorefield; and have a son, Caleb and his fiancé, Megan Wesley, and grandson Grant L. Hall; and daughter Keli Gabbard and son-in-law Bobby.

He is a graduate of Switzerland County High School; and serves on the Caledonia Cemetery Board and is a volunteer with the Switzerland County 4-H Fair.

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(1) What are your qualifications for the position you are seeking?

I previously served 16 years on County Council. I operate a small business and farm. I am a former fire chief and member of the Moorefield Volunteer Fire Department. I am a former security manager for Belterra Casino and Resort.

(2) In your opinion, what is the single major issue that needs to be addressed by your office (or the county)?

I want to make sure the county is fiscally sound.

(3) How would you work to fix that issue?

I would like to work with the other council members in restructuring the boat revenue and reviewing the county budget.

(4) If elected, what difference will people see in your office with you there? How will things change?

I will listen to both sides of an issue and will make up my own mind on issues that arise. I will be fair and fight for my beliefs, but is does take a majority vote and I realize I won't always agree with everything we do.



Richard Lay: County Council

Richard A. Lay is a Republican seeking election to the Switzerland County Council as an 'At Large' member. He is running against Republicans Elizabeth "Itsy" Jones, and Terry Hall; and Democrats Steve Crabtree, Rachel Bladen Schuler and Darrell Hansel. The top three vote-getters of the six will be elected.

He resides near East Enterprise, and has a fiancé, Deborah Dawson. He has a daughter, Chelsea Lay, and a son, Richard Lay, Jr., and three step children: Daisha Ware, Shelbie Ware, and Collin Ware.

He is a 1983 graduate of Switzerland County High School; and is a member of the East Enterprise Volunteer Fire Department.

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(1) What are your qualifications for the position you are seeking?

I held the office of President of the East Enterprise Volunteer Fire Department for eight years, where I conducted monthly meetings. I was the 911 Director for four years and had my own budget; and I was a board member of Switzerland County EMS for four years.

(2) In your opinion, what is the single major issue that needs to be addressed by your office (or the county)?

In my opinion, I feel that it is best to get the whole picture of what's going on in the county before saying that I can address a single issue. Are there things looking in from the outside that I believe could be addressed? Yes, but I realize that there are other things going on and I need to get my head wrapped around the whole picture instead of just an individual issue.

(3) How would you work to fix that issue?

The most important thing that I believe that I can do to help fix any issue is to realize that I am one of seven on the board. It is my responsibility to work with other board members for the common goal of the people that elect us. I will need to put my own personal beliefs aside and do what is fair and equal for the people that I represent.

(4) If elected, what difference will people see in your office with you there? How will things change?

I think it is premature to think that I will "change" something. My goal is to represent the people who have spoke to have me be their voice, and I will do that to be the best of my abilities through sound financial decision making and do what is best for the whole county.



Rachel Schuler: County Council

Rachel Bladen Schuler is a Democrat seeking election to the Switzerland County Council as an 'At Large' member. She is running against Democrats Steve Crabtree and Darrell Hansel; and Republicans Terry Hall, Elizabeth "Itsy" Jones, and Richard Lay. The top three vote-getters of the six will be elected.

She resides on Lake Geneva Road with her husband, David. She has a step-daughter, Tasha, and a step son-in-law, Dan; and has two grandchildren: Aubree and Hunter. She is a graduate of Switzerland County High School and Ivy Tech Community College. She currently serves as the treasurer of the Switzerland County Nurse Managed Clinic.

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(1) What are your qualifications for the position you are seeking?

I have 12 years of experience in county government, serving as deputy auditor and auditor during that time. I worked closely with all county government entities and many non-governmental entities. I have been involved in the budgeting process, State Board of Accounts audits, tax rates, and levies.

(2) In your opinion, what is the single major issue that needs to be addressed by your office (or the county)?

I think that it is important to make sure we continue saving for the future.

(3) How would you work to fix that issue?

I want to work with the other members of the board to see that any money spent is in the best interest of the citizens.

(4) If elected, what difference will people see in your office with you there? How will things change?

If elected I want the citizens to be able to voice their opinion; for them to know that they can contact me at any time with concerns or questions; and to have an understanding of the duties of the County Council.





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