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Candidate eyes larger role for council

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

Hauser says every person, idea important

TELL CITY - Tom Hauser, 8340 N. Indiana 66, Rome, who filed his candidacy for an at-large seat on the Perry County Council just ahead of a noon, Feb. 22 deadline, said Thursday he wants to serve the county he calls home.

"I have a vested interest in the county because I was born and raised here and I plan on staying here," he said. "I want to help protect the financial aspects of the county."

He also wants to help the council prepare for a possible expansion of its role recommended by the Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform. Headed by former Gov. Joseph Kernan and Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard, the commission suggested that county councils statewide, which now function as fiscal managers, should take on legislative functions. County commissioners would be replaced by a single executive in each county under another of their suggestions.

"I want to be able to represent all of the county," Hauser added, "and open discussion so every person and idea is represented."

The Republican said he's worked in management "off and on" over the last 20 years and has served on the boards of directors for several organizations.

Hauser's name will be on ballots for the May 6 primary, along with those of James Adams and Bob Ramsbottom. Democrats seeking at-large county-council seats include Ron Crawford Sr., Merle Doogs, Steve Goodson and Terry Lock.