Three clerk-treasurer offices up for election


Voters in three of Jackson County’s four municipalities will elect clerk-treasurers Tuesday, and at least two of the three will have new people taking care of business come Jan. 1.

That’s because Seymour’s present clerk-treasurer, Fred Lewis, and Crothersville’s clerk-treasurer, Terry Richey, both decided not to seek re-election.

Lewis, a Republican, is wrapping up his seventh term as clerk-treasurer of the county’s only city. Richey, also a Republican, was appointed to Crothersville clerk-treasurer in January 2014 to finish the term vacated by Michele Teipen and won a four-year term in November 2015.

In Seymour, voters are being asked to choose between Republican Darrin Boas and Democrat Robin Carpenter, while those in Crothersville have a choice between Republican Staci Peters and Democrat Lenvel “Butch” Robinson.

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Brownstown also could see a new clerk-treasurer, as incumbent Democrat David Willey is facing a challenge from Republican Sonya Nale. Medora Clerk-Treasurer Betty Campbell is running unopposed.

A lifelong Seymour resident, Carpenter said she believes her background, skills and experience would enable her to excel as clerk-treasurer.

“… and give back to the community,” she said.

Boas, a current at-large city councilman, said he wants to help Seymour stay on stable financial footing while modernizing the clerk-treasurer’s office.

Robinson, a town councilman for eight years, said if elected, he promises to treat everyone in a fair and polite manner, and he also believes it’s time for a change when it comes to the clerk-treasurer’s office.

“Most people say they would like for the clerk-treasurer to be available in the town hall,” he said.

Peters said she has deep roots to Crothersville and believes with the board members and her as clerk-treasurer, they can choose the best path financially for the town.

Nale said she has helped friends and family with political campaigns, but this is her first time running for an office.

“I will bring fresh eyes and new ideas to the table as a political newcomer,” she said.

Willey said he points to his actions as clerk-treasurer over the past nine years and commitment to continuous improvement of the town as reasons people should vote for him.

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