Q&A: Meet the Central District candidates for Carmel City Council 

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City Council Central District incumbent Bruce Kimball is facing a challenge in the May 7 Republican primary from Chauncey Bogan. The candidates answered the following questions from Current:

Bogan

Name: Chauncey Bogan

Family: Married 22 years to my lovely wife, Carolyn, and together we have six children and six grandchildren

Job: Precinct committeeman for Mohawk Hills and retired small business owner

Years in Carmel: 3-plus

Education: Frankfurt American High School (Germany)

Political experience: Presidential appointments to the National Advisory Council of the Small Business Administration and Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee; State of Texas gubernatorial appointment as director of the Brazos River Authority ; congressional appointment to the Service Academy Nomination Board; Executive Committee Region VI – Small Business Administration appointment to the executive committee by SBA director

Contact info: BoganForCarmelCityCouncil@gmail.com

Why do you want to run for office? 

My community is being neglected.

What issues will your campaign focus on?

Infrastructure in the Central District and communication between the community to City Hall and City Hall back to the community.

1. Ditches cleaned, graded and maintained, just like the flower pots. Neighborhood streets repaired and maintained, just like the bike lanes.

2. Open communication from the community to City Hall and City Hall back to the community. It’s called transparency.

What are your qualifications for this office?

Forty years as a public servant to the communities in which I’ve lived.

What sets you apart from the other candidate for this office? 

My prior public service, community involvement and political experience.

What is your favorite aspect of living in Carmel?

Lifestyle

What is an area where Carmel can improve?

Infrastructure

What other organizations are you involved with?

Carmel Clay Republican Club

Something most people don’t know about you?

Working with youth has always been my passion.

Something you want people to know about you?

I love wearing Western hats and boots.

Kimball

Name: Bruce Kimball

Family: My wife and I have three children between us. Brandon is on a submarine in the Pacific, and Justin is in the tech industry with Microsoft. Pat (Patrick) is a manager in Westfield at Bridgewater Country Club. 

Job: I am retired but approach City Council as a full-time position.  There are several other councilors who, like me, feel being actively involved in the community nearly full-time is just as important as council meetings.

Years in Carmel: 28

Education: I graduated from high school in a small community in Southwestern Ohio.  I then graduated from Hanover College in southern Indiana, where Indiana’s last two governors also graduated from.   

Previous political experience: Elected to city council in 2016

Contact: facebook.com/BruceKimball4CarmelCityCouncil/

Why do you want to run for office?

From the time I moved back to Indiana and Carmel I have been involved in community-building organizations. I want to make sure Carmel doesn’t experience boom and bust as is the pattern for many suburbs as sprawl keeps moving outward.

What issues will your campaign focus on?

Public safety is No. 1, followed by keeping taxes low and values high. Last but not least, I will continue to focus on the activities that keep Carmel’s neighborhoods strong and inviting as neighborhoods continue to age.

What are your qualifications for this office?

I have been a volunteer in a wide range of activities since moving here in 1991. They involve Carmel Dads’ Clubs to 15 years volunteering at the Carmel Farmers Market. I have served on the local Carmel Development Commission, where multimillion-dollar projects were brought in under budget. I have worked for a couple of the largest U.S. banks doing wholesale lending to other financial institutions.  I have been appointed by Gov. Holcomb to a commission to address quality-of-life in Indiana with bike trails locally and across the state.

What sets you apart from the other candidate for this office?

While early in my career I was transferred across the country, which gave me valuable insight, I have lived and volunteered in Carmel for 28 years. My experiences give me more of a long-term perspective. Budgets every year that I have been on city council have resulted in lower taxes. My wife and I have participated in a series of public safety programs. I still have my charred fire helmet and my wife is a graduate of the Citizens Police Academy. I am a member of the Lions Club and a member of the Carmel Historical Society. While I keep one foot in the past, I also look forward to the future of the city and the challenges ahead.

What is your favorite aspect of living in Carmel?

While Carmel has grown by leaps and bounds, being involved in many organizations still gives Carmel a small-town feeling. I can be stopped on the Monon Trail or shopping in Kroger and catch up with friends and neighbors. Carmel is an opening and welcoming community and is known as a leader and forward-thinking city.

What is an area where Carmel can improve?

Continued support of public safety as the city grows with added population is important. My background in residential lending is an asset as the city will see numerous infill projects. Keeping our older neighborhoods’ infrastructure up-to-date will be ongoing. I will continue to support stormwater drainage projects as the Central District was developed before modern practices were instituted. I am a strong supporter of local neighborhood schools and will support Safe Routes to Schools to make it safe for children to have the option to walk or bike to school if weather permits.

What other organizations are you involved with? 

Bike Carmel, Carmel Historical Society, Carmel Farmers Market, Carmel GOP, Lions Club, Carmel Historical Society, Central Indiana Bicycle Association.  I am too quick sometimes to raise my hand to volunteer.

Something most people don’t know about you?

I spent my high school summers working at a Boy Scout camp, and I am an Eagle Scout. I was a two-time chief of a local Boy Scout Service organization, the Order of the Arrow.

Something you want people to know about you?

I believe that cities are buildings and roads, but it’s people who build communities.


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