Name: Charles King
Office Sought: Clark County Council at Large
City of Residence: Sellersburg, mailing address/Town of Clarksville
Political Party: Democrat
Political Experience: One term in the 90’s in Clarksville Town Council
Family: Wife, son and granddaughter on the way
Occupation: Principal on assigment/Greater Clark County
Related Pertinent Experience: Administrative experience managing school budgets
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE?: Clark County needs to change the way they do things. We cannot continue to elect and re-elect the same politicians that got us into our current crisis. Term limits would help the problem by having new faces, suggestions and ideals for a better government.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS OR SKILLS WOULD YOU BRING TO THIS OFFICE?: Administrative and social skills in working with different groups of people and budgets. Lots of experience over the 35 years in education helping bring change.
WHAT IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS IT IF ELECTED?: Clark County Council needs a positive image because of all the bickering, lack of knowledge to deal effectively with the budget crisis and all of their past marks that keep coming back to haunt them.
HOW DO YOU PLAN TO MANAGE THE COUNTY’S EXPENSES ON THE BUDGETS BEING APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE? I would recommend mandatory budget meetings/training firm experts on governmental financing. Develop a budget and stick to it one month at a time. We can only turn things around by effective leadership and that’s what I have to offer to our citizens.
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, is we are to maintain our roads and bridges, but you get the money through jobs/business developments throughout Clark County. The big boom is to continue to locate businesses in our River Ridge Industrial Park. The tax from these new businesses could help the “Rainy Day Fund.”
ARE YOU IN FAVOR OF MANDATES IF THE COUNTY IS UNABLE TO COVER ITS EXPENSES AGAIN? WHY OR WHY NOT? In a routine month to month year following budget guidelines, I would never vote in favor of a mandate. In the event of a disaster like we recently had in Clark County, I think you would have to consider it after all other sources of revenue have been explored.
Name: Charles King
- 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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