Town deputy clerk challenging current Councilor for Clerk-Treasurer

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Compiled by Ann Marie Shambaugh

Two candidates have filed to run for Zionsville Clerk-Treasurer in the May primaries – a position that will only exist if a state court sides with the Town of Whitestown and blocks Zionsville’s reorganization with Perry Township.

Candace Ulmer, who currently represents District 1 on the Town Council, will face off against Amelia Lacy, the town’s deputy clerk.

Ulmer

Ulmer

Name: Candace Ulmer

Age: 67

How many years have you lived in Zionsville? 33

How did you and your family end up in Zionsville? My husband lived here and a good friend.

Why do you want to run for elected office? I personally feel that the unfinished business in my career concerns the financial health of our community, and feel I can contribute more to this endeavor by serving as Clerk Treasurer for the Town of Zionsville than as a Town Council member.

What is your previous political experience? My previous experience has been three years as Union Township Trustee and six years on the Zionsville Town Council.

What are your top priorities if elected? Transparency in our budget process, taxpayer education of our budget process, capture accounting efficiencies and the use of technology.

What are your qualifications to run for this office? Having been in public office three years as Union Township Trustee and six years as a Zionsville Town Council member, I believe my skills and knowledge when it comes to the budget process and the implications to our town’s financial health and our taxpayers.

What is your favorite thing about Zionsville? Community participation.

What area do you think is Zionsville’s greatest need for improvement? Transparency, community education as to how government policy might affect them, economic development.

Favorite local restaurant: Patrick’s

Favorite movie: Christmas Vacation

Favorite quote or motto:  “We have met the enemy, and he is us,” Pogo

Family: 4 children/step children; 10 grandchildren

Pets: I have been blessed with man, Tucker our current dog in residence and our chickens.

Favorite vacation: Christmas at the State Parks with our children and grandchildren.  We go for two nights to a state park that has the inn with swimming pool.  A great time for all of us.

Something you’d like readers to know about you: I am an avid audio book listener.

Something most people don’t know about you: I have both types of macular degeneration in both eyes and love the technology, especially audio books!

Lacy

Lacy

Name: Amy Lacy

Age: 56

How many years have you lived in Zionsville? Twelve, almost 13.  Moved here in October of 2002.

How did you and your family end up in Zionsville? I’ve loved Zionsville since I was a child growing up in Indianapolis.  While visiting here for the Street Dance in August of 2002, I discovered that my favorite house, which I had visited on two different home tours, was up for sale. The rest – as they say – is history! To make it even better, soon after the house across the street went up for sale and my mom was able to move to Zionsville as well.

Why do you want to run for elected office? Because I am committed to serving the town and the people I love.  After 10-plus years serving as deputy clerk I feel it’s time to step up and expand upon that service.

What is your previous political experience? Pretty much zero!  I am not a politician. Though I have worked for the clerk treasurer of the Town of Zionsville for over 10 years in an appointed position, I have never held an elected office.

What are your top priorities if elected? To maintain the integrity of this town and its strong bond rating and to improve internal efficiencies where possible to better serve the community.

What are your qualifications to run for this office? Serving as deputy clerk since 2004, I am familiar with all aspects of the office. I was also with the State of Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles for over seven years. My time as branch manager of one of the 10 largest license branches gave me a great background in leadership and fiscal management.

What is your favorite thing about Zionsville? I think it is the strong sense of community.  There is a rare sense of pride and true caring for our neighbors here.  It makes Zionsville so unique and such a great place to live.

What area do you think is Zionsville’s greatest need for improvement? I honestly can’t see any real needs for improvement – instead I would say Zionsville’s greatest challenge is to maintain its sense of community, eclectic charm, unique cultural amenities, excellent schools and parks system as it continues to grow.

Favorite local restaurant: Can’t choose just one! That’s one of the best things about living here! But topping the list are definitely Cobblestone and Patrick’s.

Favorite movie:  Recent: Captain Phillips. Of all time: The Wizard of Oz

Favorite quote or motto: “In the right light, at the right time – everything is extraordinary.”  Aaron Rose

Family: My mother, Jackie Lacy, who passed away in 2010 while battling Alzheimer’s has been and continues to be my inspiration and strength. And I am very blessed to have friends who have become my family.

Pets: A rescued orange marmalade cat – COO (“Chief Operating Officer” of the household!)

Favorite vacation: The beach at Lake Michigan – hands down!

Something you’d like readers to know about you: I am passionate about Zionsville and being a part of this community and giving back

Something most people don’t know about you: Some people may know that I am small in stature, but they probably don’t know that when I was the branch manager at a large license branch in northern Indiana my nickname was “Small, but Mighty.”

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