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All township trustee, board seats up for reelection

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

The terms of each trustee and the three township board members overseeing the 14 townships will expire at the end of 2018.

All of those individuals who plan to run for re-election or throw their name in the ring to challenge another candidate must file with the Clinton County Clerk’s office by 12 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, to run in the May 2018 Indiana Primary, whether running as a Republican or Democratic candidate.

Filing for the township posts kicked off with the general primary filings on Wednesday.

Connie Blacker, Perry Township trustee, was among the candidates filling out her forms to run for reelection.

Blacker, like most of her township counterparts, has been in her seat several years, seeking her seventh term, having served in the post since 1994. 

Also filing to retain his township seat, to which he was appointed by caucus, was Zack Light, who is a board member for Center Township.

“I fell it’s a good opportunity to help my community in a small way,” said Light. Center Township, which serves Frankfort primarily, is by far the largest township with the most significant budget.

Center Township is also the entity being led by Kevin Evans, who also obtained his seat by a caucus appointment. Since taking on the role, Evans has transformed the job description of township trustee, developing four initiatives for 2018 and programs that recommend professional development, education and collaborations with other local agencies and entities to address the poverty, housing and opioid issues in the township. 

“Kevin’s done a great job,” said Light. “He’s a breath of fresh air.”