QA: Clay Township trustee candidates share reasons for running

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Incumbent Clay Township Trustee Douglas Callahan is facing a challenge from David Russ, a commercial account manager for Synovia Solutions, in the Nov. 6 election.

David Russ

Age: 52

David Russ

Have you served in an elected office before? Haverstick HOA Board of Directors – Three-year term

Why do you want to run for a position in Clay Township?

  • To freeze the annual rate increases by the TriCo regional waste water district.
  • I do not like the way the township is carrying out its role in providing temporary assistance. It is very restrictive and difficult to access. In fact, over the past three years the township cut awards by almost $40,000.

What is the biggest issue facing Clay Township residents?

The discussions around merging the city and the township have people asking what is going to happen to the services they receive from the township in poor relief, regional wastewater and more.

What are your campaign platforms?

Putting a freeze to the continuous rate increases by the TriCo regional wastewater district. Appointing members to the TriCo board who are more fiscally responsible and live in the TriCo district. Reviewing the application process for temporary assistance.

What makes you qualified to be elected?

I have served on multiple boards of directors and have active service in our community working with youth sports as a volunteer coach and commissioner with Carmel Dads’ Club.

As a veteran and graduate of the Purdue ROTC, I continue to work with my fellow veterans and volunteer with Purdue’s Krannert School of Management Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities.

What sets you apart from other candidates?

Over the course of my life I have had the opportunity to live in nine states and have been a part of even more communities. We have a special community and I am not a career politician. I will bring a different set of experiences and view to the office. Throughout my career in sales I have learned how to listen and find solutions to problems.

As an elected member of my neighborhood HOA board of directors I have experience managing budgets, setting priorities and working with those in need of assistance.

What else do you want voters to know about you?

Community service is not just a campaign slogan. It is something I have tried to teach my family. My wife, Jill, is a teacher at an IPS school and also has serviced on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters. My oldest son, Brandon, has received a Presidential Citation for the number of volunteer hours he logged while at Carmel High School, and my son, Jonathan, is a member of the Indiana National Guard and taking ROTC in college.

Douglas Callahan

Clay Township Trustee Doug Callahan

Age: 64

Have you served in an elected office before? Yes, as Clay Township Trustee for last 11 years.

Why do you want to run for a position in Clay Township? I enjoy serving the community.

What is the biggest issue facing Clay Township residents?  Public transportation

What are your campaign platforms? Having a safe community

What makes you qualified to be elected? I have served the Carmel/Clay Township Community for the past several years.

What sets you apart from other candidates? I worked for the Carmel Fire Dept. for 34 years (1973-2007) and 11 years as Clay Township Trustee (2007 to present). I feel I have a better understanding of what the needs are for the Carmel Clay community.

What else do you want voters to know about you? I have dedicated my life to serving this great community for over the past 45 years.

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