BY TIM VANDENACK
Six candidates seek a seat on the Concord Township Board.
Only the top three vote-getters Nov. 2 will earn a spot on the three-member board. Here's a look at the hopefuls, using responses to an Elkhart Truth questionnaire:
Name, age: Larry Adcock, 36
Occupation/experience: Sales at Sprint. This is his first time running for office.
Biggest issue/comments: "I believe too many offices are held by politically minded people who tend to not think about the larger picture, only those that affect them or their pockets."
He would focus on "getting those who need help, helped." He's proud to be a local Mason at Tyrian Lodge.
Name, age: Paul E. Angel, not available
Occupation/experience: Incumbent township board member
Biggest issue/comments: Did not respond to the questionnaire
Name, age: Jack A. Donis, 87
Occupation/experience: Served two four-year terms on the Elkhart County Council in the 1980s and 1990s, including four years as president; serves on the board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Elkhart County. He's a Realtor at Donis Realty Co. and has lived in Concord Township more than 20 years.
Biggest issue/comments: "Finances -- would cut back on expenditures and eliminate unnecessary expenditures. We are deep in a recession which requires us to cut back where feasible. I would help by using my past experience as a guide."
He and his wife, with four adopted kids, ages 3, 4, 6 and 12, "expect to be part of the township governmental decisions that affect the lives of Concord families as well as our own."
Name, age: Patricia G. Fawley, 76
Occupation/experience: Finishing her first term on the township board, served on the Concord Community Schools board 1974 to 1985. She's retired.
Biggest issue/comments: "Our biggest issue is to continue providing ... fire protection, township welfare assistance, ambulance services, bus/trolley services and burial services at the same level as we have done in the past." Unfortunately, expenses and the client base have increased, she wrote, though the revenue increase to the township has been minimal.
She hopes to be able to increase service offerings when the job situation and economy improve. "At the present time we are being conservative with our township budget and will continue to do so," she wrote.
Name, age: Kim Mansell, 43
Occupation/experience: PCM team leader, Elkhart General Hospital
Biggest issue/comments: "Local government doesn't work if people aren't willing to get involved. This begins with being fiscally responsible and accountable with the taxpayers' money. I believe I can provide good decision-making and not rely on peer pressure to address any issue. The best interests of the residents and township needs are important. I'm eager to hear any issues and have the flexibility to visit sites where problems exist or need to be discussed."
She touted the idea of a township website to keep residents informed of township happenings and as a means to offer feedback.
Name, age: Jason McFarley, 28
Occupation/experience: The city of Elkhart's neighborhood development coordinator, Concord 30 precinct committeeman for the 2008-2010 term, member of the Elkhart County Sheriff's Merit Board 2009 to present, member Elkhart Sister Cities Board of Directors 2009 to present.
Biggest issue/comments: "The challenge ahead is to demonstrate how relevant and vital township government truly is. Considering efforts at the state level to further reduce or eliminate elected township offices, we must showcase what's best about Concord Township government -- its closeness to the people it serves; its ability to make quick, flexible decisions for residents facing emergency situations; and its track record of responsible use of taxpayer dollars. Let's make the case by using media resources, the Internet and public appearances to involve more residents in their government. And let's conduct board meetings at locations throughout the township to make the proceedings more accessible and transparent."
He hopes to tap his background in communications, public service and neighborhood outreach "to strengthen the advisory board's work with the township trustee, fire department and community at large."