Name: Chuck Latham
Office Sought: Clark County Council At Large
City of Residence: Jeffersonville
Political Party: Republican
Political Experience: 0 years
Family: Wife, Amiee, sons, Brady and Camden and daughter, Aubree
Occupation: General manager, MVBS - Jeffersonville, LLC
Related Pertinent Experience: Almost 20 years experience managing and leading people in various roles
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE?: In a word: Family. I’ve lived in Clark County basically my entire life. I’m very proud to be a resident of one of the top five counties in the state. My grandparents and parents were raised here and I’m raising my 3 children in this great county. My leadership will ensure Clark County stays on a path of greater heights and that not only my kids will be as proud of our county as I am, but that all families are proud to be living in Clark County.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS OR SKILLS WOULD YOU BRING TO THIS OFFICE?:
B.S. in finance from Indiana University Southeast and understanding of policies and budget management, plus knowing how to execute a business plan in a fiscally responsible manner
WHAT IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS IT IF ELECTED?: Not enough money to run the county. I will lead a balanced budget plan. The budget must be balanced. The future is really the issue.
HOW DO YOU PLAN TO MANAGE THE COUNTY’S EXPENSES ON THE BUDGETS BEING APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE? By thoroughly reviewing these budgets along with consistent monitoring and elimination of wasteful spending. We need to implement a business plans for the county based on a solid teamwork approach. There is way too much division between the commissioners and council. My leadership will ensure a total team effort.
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? Yes and it is coming. Clark County is a powder keg of revenue waiting to explode. Projects such as what is taking place at the Port of Indiana, North Port and River Ridge will impact our county greatly over the next 5 to 10 years. With the bridges project moving forward, I feel Clark County and will be one of the most attractive counties in the state to do business. As a council, we must provide leadership, management of funds and plans to help in attracting, helping and keeping news businesses.
ARE YOU IN FAVOR OF MANDATES IF THE COUNTY IS UNABLE TO COVER ITS EXPENSES AGAIN? WHY OR WHY NOT? Absolutely not. Mandates would be in the form of increased taxes on the citizens of Clark County because of poor leadership over the last several years. We got some wiggle room due to the state’s bookkeeping mistake for this year’s session. Mandates may end being the solution chosen, but I won’t favor them.
Name: Chuck Latham
- 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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