TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – The race is on for Tippecanoe County Council, and District 3 candidates are ready for the May primary.
Incumbent Jeff Kemper has served five terms on the county council, and said it is his experience that sets him apart.
“I have worked with different council members and I feel like I have had the opportunity to work with many different department heads, know how the system works to balance the budget,” said Kemper.
Opponent Kathy Vernon said her three terms as county councilman at large has given her plenty of experience too.
“I have been there, and I have the reputation of researching issues, and respecting our taxpayers dollars,” said Vernon.
Kemper said his experience gives him the knowledge to be fiscally responsible with taxpayer money.
“Every year we have to make some tough cuts, and I feel that my experience now knowing where the cuts can be made without jeopardizing the future of Tippecanoe County,” said Kemper.
Vernon shares the same respect for taxpayers and said she thrives on doing research in order to help her make the tough decisions.
“We are the checkbook for the county, so what I want to do is continue to demonstrate fiscal responsibility. I want to be able to research that issue, ask the tough questions, and then make the best decision,” said Vernon.
According to Kemper, one of his strong points is dealing with the judicial departments and making sure the people of Tippecanoe County are protected.
“We continue to see an increase in crime and issues with gangs. So we are going to continue to work closely with the sheriff to make sure he has enough manpower and vehicles on the roads, as well as the judicial so that we can be as efficient as possible in our court system,” said Kemper.
Vernon said the overall issue for the county is fiscal responsibility.
“I think the overall issue for the citizens of the third district is guarding those taxpayers dollars because I’m in charge of their money. It’s our money together and we have to make sure we’re spending that money as wisely as we can,” said Vernon.
Kemper said he uses a combination of input to keep a balanced budget.
“I listen to what the department heads ask and listen to what the taxpayers need and what their wishes are and to try to make those fit within the parameters of our budget,” said Kemper.
The primary election is less than four weeks away, and residents will get their chance to cast a ballot May 6.