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16-year council veteran running for re-election

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Mike McCullough (D), Brazil, is running for re-election as Clay County Council, At-Large.

McCullough is currently the Clay County Council president. He has been on the county council for 16 years. For the past 31 years, McCullough has owned and operated his own business called Mike's Kitchen Gallery, where he designs and sells custom cabinets for kitchens, bathrooms and more.

"I really enjoy being involved in the government process for Clay County," McCullough said. "I enjoy working with the other elected officials. I care deeply about the future of the community, and I think that shows in all the different organizations I'm involved in. I like to be active in the community."

McCullough is a member of the Board of Directors for the Clay County Chamber of Commerce, the Advisory Board of Clay County Community Corrections and the Board of Directors for the Clay County Community Foundation.

As to why he should be re-elected, McCullough said, "I feel like my experience and the relationship I have with the other elected officials and local business owners in the community is a big factor. Experience is the number one thing. I also feel my 31 years of experience in business helps me to adjust to the economy and work with budgets. Having that business background is a big plus for me."

McCullough, who has lived in Clay County his entire life, said he believes the number one function of the county council is to make sure the county's financial wellbeing is looked after.

"I feel we are in very good shape," McCullough said. "I want to continue to work with the redevelopment commission and the commissioners to not only work with businesses within the county, but to attract new industry to the county. We have had reasonable success in attracting businesses to Clay County because we have a low tax rate here."

As an example, McCullough spoke of IVC Industrial Coatings, which moved their headquarters from Indianapolis to Clay County because the county offered them incentive tax abatements.

McCullough has been married for 19 years. He has two children, two stepchildren and six grandchildren.

The 2012 election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.