Flamion running for commissioner's seat

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By Vince Luecke

Lynch seeks re-election to county surveyor's job

PERRY COUNTY - A St. Marks-area resident is running for the District 3 seat on the county's board of commissioners.

Carl "Joe" Flamion has announced his decision to run as a Republican candidate in the November election. He will face incumbent Democrat Jody Fortwendel.

There was no District 3 Republican candidate in the May primary but party leaders were able to place Flamion's name on the ballot to fill the vacancy.

In announcing his candidacy, Flamion said local leaders need to do a better job of planning for the county's future.

"It is critical, now more than ever before, that the citizens of Perry County elect officials who will help us plan for a prosperous future. Right now, we do not have a comprehensive growth plan as our population is dropping fast and the cost of county services is rising dramatically," he said.

Flamion has been employed at Perry Central High School for 27 years, is past president of the Tell City Jaycees, past president of the Perry County 4-H board of directors and a member of the Central Perry Fire Department, Perry County Rescue Squad and the Emergency Management Agency board of directors.

He and his wife, Millie, have been married for 33 years and reside at 12454 Indiana 145. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Promoting local growth will aid not only county government but schools, the candidate said.

"As a member of the Perry Central School Corp. for nearly 30 years, I've seen the number of students steadily decreasing at all of the schools throughout our community. For every student we lose, we also lose state funds that enable us to provide a quality education for our children."

The number of retired individuals living on fixed incomes is the fastest growing segment of the county's population, Flamion said.

"Unless we get serious about Perry County's long-term future, every taxpayer will soon be paying higher taxes for fewer and fewer services. We must create a rock-solid plan for road construction, sewer expansion and developing our community's assets to attract more people to call Perry County their home," he said. "That plan does not exist today, so I've decided to run for county commissioner to see that such a vision be created to ensure our future prosperity."

Lynch Seeks Re-election

Republican leaders submitted the name of incumbent Harold Lynch as a candidate for county surveyor. He did not file for the primary but was eligible to have his name placed on the ballot. First elected in 1988, Lynch will face Democrat Glenn Etienne in November's election.