FORT WAYNE – Five candidates are vying for three at-large seats on the Kosciusko County Council.
Joshua Bartman, Lee Ann Brown and Jonathan (Jon) Fussle are challenging incumbents Robert (Bob) Sanders and Larry E. Teghtmeyer.
Republican Teghtmeyer served as the 1st District representative on the council for five terms; he’s currently serving his third term as an at-large councilman.
I’m really proud of our county, our financial condition, and our tax rate, which is one of the lowest in the state, Teghtmeyer said. I have a long-standing interest in the economic health and well being of the county and delivering good government services at a reasonable cost.
He owns Teghtmeyer hardware stores.
Sanders is in his second term as an at-large councilman. The Republican said the council needs his experience with county finances.
Unfortunately, each year our county is receiving less and less money from the State and Federal governments, he said via email. The property tax cap and decreased home values are also affecting the amount of tax dollars we have available to pay county bills. The difficult task before us is providing the level of services our county residents deserve and expect with a piggy bank that has less money in it.
Fussle is a pilot who ran unsuccessfully for county commissioner in the past. The Republican said he’s running for council to continue the policies that will let the county grow and its economy diversify.
We’ve got tons of engineers, tons of middle managers – everybody’s got a dream, Fussle said. I’d like to have a small business incubator to help them launch that next big thing.
Democrat Lee Ann Brown said she’s running for the council because voters need a choice besides the traditionally Republican slate of candidates.
Though Brown has not held office before, she is co-chairwoman of both the county Democratic party and the county Young Democrats organization.
Democrat Joshua Bartman did not respond to repeated requests for comment.