County council candidates bring years of experience

We are only one week away from the election and it is getting down to the wire on deciding who you are going to vote for. Whether you are on the fence or have known since the national convention who you are going to mark on the ballot for the presidential election, there are still candidates in Warrick County who are up to you to elect.

This week, The Standard presents to you the four candidates running for Warrick County Council.

The council has seven seats in general and four open at-large seats. Only three of the four will be elected. There are three Republicans running — Ted Metzger and incumbents Charlie Christmas and Bradley Overton — and one Democratic candidate — Brian Lucas.

The Warrick County Council has fiscal control over county offices, departments, boards and commissions and is responsible for repealing, transferring and appropriating funds for the use of the county. They are also responsible for fixing the tax rate and imposing tax levies and votes on tax abatement applications.

Christmas grew up in Yankeetown and moved to Boonville two years ago. He graduated from Sam Houston State University with degrees in printing and business administration and owned an office supply business in Newburgh for over 20 years. Christmas has been married for 44 years and has two daughters — one who is a vet and another who is a teacher. He served as the Warrick County Treasurer for eight years. Christmas was also a board member and the president of the Warrick County School Board, president, treasurer and board member of the Yankeetown Water Authority and was a sergeant on the Newburgh Police Department.

“I’ve done a lot of things in my life,” he said. “And I’m proud of them all.”

Christmas has served on the Warrick County Council for one term and said he has been a proven leader in strategic and financial planning.

“We always have problems to solve,” he said, “and I’ve helped solve them in the past and will help solve them in the future.”

He said if elected again, he hopes to help more people understand what it takes to balance the budget.

Christmas said people should vote for him because he is the most qualified candidate.

“I hope people consider the fact that I have served,” he said, “and would like to service again.”

Overton grew up in Warrick County, graduating from Boonville High School in 1989. He received a bachelor of science in social studies education at USI, has worked at Oak Dale Elementary School and has coached the Boonville Middle School baseball team. Overton has served on the council for the past two terms. He said the progress he has made on the council has been providing the community with the service they need.

“We’ve done a good job of managing the budget, attracting new business and keeping spending under control,” he said.

Overton said he enjoys being on the council and views himself as the voice of reason.

“For the everyday people,” he said. “For the people who don’t always get a response.”

Overton said if elected again, he’d like to help bring in new jobs to Boonville.

“The Boonville area isn’t as prosperous,” he said. “It’s depressed in terms of job opportunities.

He also said he is open to further developing Epworth Road.

Overton said people should vote for him because even though he is a Republican, he can work as a bipartisan.

“I can cross party lines,” he said. “I don’t try to divide because I don’t care if you’re Democrat or Republican or Independent. I want your voice to he heard.”

Lucas served on the Chandler Town Council for 14 years. Ten of those were as president. He said some of the accomplishments he is most proud of during his time with the town council were overseeing the installation of the water plant with a $5.6 million dollar grant, the $1.4 million water tower, vowels that were installed to reroute water in case of an emergency and road widening projects.

Lucas said if he is elected, he will make sure that tax payer dollars are spent wisely.

“Everyone in Warrick County should expect that we use their tax dollars reasonably,” he said. “Tax dollars should be spent to improve the quality of life for tax payers.”

Lucas said people should vote for him because he has a positive attitude, won’t bring personal baggage onto the council and will be the eyes and the ears for the people of Warrick County.

He said he was sad when he looked at the primary ticket because he was the only Democratic candidate running for council.

“Each side should have a voice and let people understand that their voice will be heard,” he said. “I don’t care what letter is in front of your name, if you have a project that will be beneficial to Warrick County, I will support it. If it’s good for Newburgh or it’s good for Tennyson, it’s good for Warrick County.”

Metzger lives in Boonville and graduated from Ivy Tech in 1981 with an Associate Degree in conditioning and refrigeration. He was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force, is a member of American Legion, the NRA, Warrick County FOP and Warrick County United Freedom Makers. He has owned and operated American Cleaning Service since 1988 and lives in Boonville with his wife Melissa. Although Metzger hasn’t held public office before, he has had experience running. He ran for Indiana State Senate District 47 in 2010 and again for District 48 in 2014.

Metzger said there was one main reason he ran for Warrick County Council: “Because I am qualified to serve the residents of Warrick County.”

He said he wants to represent Warrick County as a Republican by not increasing the size of government or increasing the spending of taxpayer dollars.

“I would like to bring some conservative values back,” Metzger said, “and Republican principles that seem to have been separated from some of the present members.”

He said he believes in Republican values and will represent them on the board to the best of his ability.

“I believe in family values,” Metzger said. “If you believe in common sense conservative principles, then I’m your guy.”

Marisa Patwa is a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in journalism and minor in political science.

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