LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – About a half hour after the door of the Joel T. Wright Multi-Purpose Room at the Hanna Community Center closed, six democratic candidates were ready to begin campaigning for the November election.
At Saturday’s democratic caucus Tippecanoe County Democrats slated Judge Tom Busch for Circuit Court Judge, Eric Grossman for county assessor, Ashley Smith for Fairfield Township Board, Larry Funk for Lauramie Township Board, Michael Childress for Wea Township Board, and Michael Oxenrider for Wabash Township Board.
For Grossman, the county assessor’s office is not unfamiliar to him. He worked in the office for four years until 2012 when he left to grow his construction business.
Now, he believes his duties inside and outside the assessor’s office will help him be a successful candidate.
“There’s the technical aspect of the job tasks that need to be done,” Grossman said. “I have experience with that. Also, there is the administrative aspect, how to run a business, how to do payroll, maintain and improve employees, and training.
During his time at the assessor’s office, Grossman worked under his Republican opponent Linda Phillips. He was on the annual adjustment team, calibrating property values to meet the annual adjustment rule. He’d like to see changes made to that group if he becomes assessor.
“All the people maintaining cost data base and field staff, they’re kind of the bulk of the iceberg,” Grossman said. “The annual adjustment team is kind of the tip. I’d like to make that a lot more prevalent.”
For Busch, who has served as Superior II Court Judge for 12 years, the idea of retirement ran through his mind.
“A lot of people came up to me and said ‘we really want you to run again, we’d hate to lose you,’ and the county needs a choice,” Busch said.
Busch will face Republican Les Meade. He said Circuit Court is a natural progression from Superior II.
“The rest of what the Circuit Court does, the probate cases, are cases that require wisdom, discretion and compassion which are qualities I believe I have,” Busch said.
Democratic Party Chairwoman Heather Maddox said she wanted to slate a candidate for County Council District 4, but could not find someone in time. She said she is excited about the slated candidates.
All parties must have all candidates slated by Monday.