Name: Perry Smith
Office Sought: Clark County Council At Large
City of Residence: Utica
Political Party: Democrat
Political Experience: County Council (1984-1990), (2000-2004) (2009 to present) Democrat Precinct I committeeman for 20 years
Family: Daughter, Tiffany Smith Pierce; son, Charles Smith; grandsons, Charles Ballard and Brady Pierce, and friend, Bobbi Blakely
Occupation: Employed by E. M. Coots Funeral Home for 44 years
Related Pertinent Experience: Clarksville Police Officer for one year
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE?: I want to continue to bring my experience and knowledge to this office to make Clark County a better home for our families and our businesses
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS OR SKILLS WOULD YOU BRING TO THIS OFFICE?: I have a lifetime of experience of serving on numerous boards and community organizations which can prove me with the knowledge of budgetary management and with leadership skills.
WHAT IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS IT IF ELECTED?: The most crucial issue is to prove adequate funding for essential county services. I will address this issue by using all available funding sources, but without any tax increases. In addition to stick oversight of unnecessary spending.
HOW DO YOU PLAN TO MANAGE THE COUNTY’S EXPENSES ON THE BUDGETS BEING APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE? County government is a collaborative process and I plan to increase the spirit of cooperation among all county officials in keeping expenses without our state approved budgets.
DO YOU THINK IT IS NECESSARY TO INCREASE THE COUNTY’S REVENUE? IF SO, WHAT ARE SOME OPTIONS FOR RAISING THE REVENUE THE COUNTY IS BRINGING IN? At this time, due to current economic conditions, I do not favor any increase in the county’s revenue because this would result in tax increases. We need to control spending before we consider any increase in revenue
ARE YOU IN FAVOR OF MANDATES IF THE COUNTY IS UNABLE TO COVER ITS EXPENSES AGAIN? WHY OR WHY NOT? I am not in favor of any new mandates because mandates can result in additional tax rates. Remember the victims of the tornado disaster in your prayers. God bless troops in the military.
Name: Perry Smith
- Election 2012
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Turnout led to big Election Day problems in Clark County
Large voter turnout, ballot shortages and training issues led to long lines and late tabulations on Election Day in Clark County, according to the county clerk.
Pence promises to go forward with education overhaul, tax cut pledge
Pence dodged some of the more pointed questions about Bennett, saying he’d leave to the press to speculate about the reasons for Bennett’s loss.
But he also rejected the notion that Bennett’s ouster at the hands of Democrat Glenda Ritz was a sign that voters rejected the sweeping changes in education, which include vouchers for private schools, merit pay for teachers and more high-stakes testing for students.
Davisson retains Statehouse seat
In District 73, final totals were not available on election night, but incumbent Republican Steve Davisson was able to defeat Democratic challenger Sandra Blanton with 13,354 votes, or 54 percent, to 11,159 votes, or 46 percent.
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Republicans take control of Floyd County Council
Republicans gained control of the council by winning two of the three At-large seats. The council is now made up of five Republicans and two Democrats.
Voter turnout strong, but down from 2008 numbers
In the 2012 general election 53.9 percent of registered voters, or 47,806 of 88,631 registered voters, cast a ballot. A total of 6,723 of those ballots were absentee.
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