Allender, Smith on ballot for commissioner of district 1

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Allender, Smith on ballot for commissioner

of district 1

Times Staff Report

The ballot for Clay County Commissioner District 1 features incumbent Republican Bryan Allender of rural Brazil and his Democratic challenger Jim Smith of Staunton.

Jim Smith

Smith was elected to serve as the Posey Township Trustee in 2006, a position he holds today.

His experience includes managing service stations in Indianapolis, Terre Haute and Brazil, working as a self-employed sub-contractor for local builders, and as owner and operator of of a custom cabinet, counter top and trim business in central Indiana. He’s spent 15 years on the Posey Township Fire Department, including terms on the board and as president of the board, and its assistant chief and chief. He’s also served on the Brazil Fire Department, including time as its fire chief.

Smith has spent two terms on the Staunton Town Council, over 20 years volunteering for Clay County 4-H serving as livestock superintendent and club leader and in leadership on the 4-H Council including president and treasurer.

If elected county commissioner, he wants “to continue to aggressively upgrade the conditions of the area roads. With the help of the other commissioners I will work to implement and follow a 5- and 10-year road improvement plan,” Smith said. “It is my belief that our local government needs to be as bipartisan as possible. If elected, I will continue to work with all elected officials and agencies for the greater good and improvement of all of Clay County.”

Bryan Allender

Allender is seeking his second term as commissioner for District 1. He and his wife, Denise, have been married 16 years and have a son, Zach.

Allender wants to continue to utilize his experience as a business owner (Allender Trucking Inc.) and as a commissioner into a second term.

If elected, Allender said he will continue efforts to obtain grant funding for county roads. Allender, along with fellow county commissioners and the Clay County Highway Department, applied for and received a $1 million grant to improve roads. The effort included creating an asset management plan that included information on the over 680 miles of county roads.

“We were one of 17 counties in the state to receive the one-million dollar grant,” he said. “Next year, we will try and go for more grant money for our county roads, and do a lot more than we got done this year. We want to keep going with getting these roads taken care of.”

Allender, who serves on the county’s drainage, financial, solid waste district and emergency preparedness boards, said that during his first term the county has accomplished getting new equipment at the county garage for snow removal.

“We also got the sheriff’s storage building up which was needed to meet state statutes,” he said. “We got the new community corrections building and we are trying to work on roads — that is our main concern.”

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