My wife and I have been very blessed here in Clay County and we have been content with our lives as they presently are. We thought for a long time before deciding to campaign for Prosecutor. There are basically two kinds of people who run for office: People who want to be something and people who want to do something. I am running for Clay County Prosecutor to do something.
If elected, my top priorities will be as followed:
* Make sure that meth dealers get no less than 10 years in prison. It's time to play hardball,
* Save taxpayers money. I will try my own cases. I won't hire out-of-town attorneys to do my trial work. Diversion fees should be used to for police equipment rather than prosecutor salaries. Collect delinquent child support to reduce the taxpayer strain on public assistance,
* Support parental discipline. No parent should ever fear the legal consequences of disciplining a child. When children had a healthy respect for a bar of soap and the paddle, we didn't have the problems we have with children today, and
* Exercise common sense when making charging decisions and offering pleas. There have been too many honest citizens having to defend themselves and too many criminals walking away with a slap on the wrists.
You are invited to go to www.charleshear.com to read much more information.
I am a member of Annunciation Catholic Church, where I have been a reader, an usher and a Sunday School teacher. For three years, I was Parish Finance Council President.
For approximately 10 years, I have been tutoring and mentoring middle-school aged children at no charge. I have sponsored several area sports teams over the years. I am a regular contributor to The Brazil Times as a blogger and have been published in a handful of newspapers and magazines as well as rare appearances on radio and television.
I have twice been president of the Clay County Breakfast Optimist Club. I am a member of Centennial 541 Masonic Lodge, Brazil Rotary, and have been a member of the Knights of Columbus.
I am in my sixth year as a member of the Board of Directors for Arts Illiana. I have been a member of the National Rifle Association for more than 15 years. By virtue of my father's service in the Army, I am a proud Auxiliary Member of the V.F.W. Post 1127.
I was a member of the Board of the Brazil Plan Commission for three years.
For approximately three years, I ran the Kennedy's Crossing Bingo, where I continue to volunteer from time to time.