(Corrected on May 5 to reflect the omission of Tonye Rutherford's answer)
The Tribune’s various local candidate surveys are welcome contributions to the process, and can be found here.
As was already observed in other Internet locales, it is interesting that the newspaper has chosen to ask whether office seekers consider themselves to be “progressive.”
Following are the answers as submitted by candidates for county council.
Note that not all candidates bothered submitting answers to the Tribune’s survey, which in my opinion disqualifies them for public office. Note also that only one (Fessel) who answered the "progressive" question didn’t use the words “progress” or “progressive” in his answer. Perhaps he doesn’t know what the word means or, more likely given the record of his previous council service, is offended by it.
Striegal, who is another Democrat (a term used with remarkable elasticity hereabouts) insists that progress is somehow conservative in nature, while Republican incumbent Fendley goes for the tiresome welfare abuse jugular in reminding us that, “Government action is sometimes a hinderance to change and social improvement.”
And, thanks to the newspaper's resolve to print the answers as submitted, we see that Fendley and a couple of others have failed to grasp the innovation of spell-check.
Thoughts, anyone? Consider today as our open discussion time for county council prospects.
Do you consider yourself a progressive? How would you define progress? What gets left behind in your vision of progress?
“We need new businesses and new homes in Floyd County for our tax base. We must also maintain our roads and rural communities and protect them from overcrowding.”
“I do encourage progress and progress brings about change. Sometimes change is hard to embrace. In this county progress is a way of life. My goal is to help people understand that some progress is beneficial and necessary, and should be dealt with in a conservative matter through budgetary conscience.”
“Yes. Doing things to improve living conditions for the community. When money runs low progress will be slowed down until funds become available.”
“I do, I am a go getter. This county has to progress or the taxes will run you out of this county. We have to have businesses or else this city will be a ghost town. People who wants this county not to change, we have to move ahead to make progress.”
“Yes, I consider myself a progressive, looking forward to the future. People need to develop a vision for their community. Infrastructure, an industrial park in the county while retaining the rural atmosphere and developing community cohesions are vital to our well being.”
“Change will occur whether on not we want it to happen. Hopefully, being progressive means taking the challenges we are facing, weighing the options thoughtfully, and acting toward the greater good. This is how I approach my responsibility to the community.”
Candidates(s) listed on the ballot that did not submit questionnaires by deadline include: Donald Blevins, Greg A. McCartin and Joe Schindler, all of New Albany.
“Government’s must look to the future through long term planning. The communities best interests must be the deciding factor for change. Progress is fueled by new ideas and the ability to adapt to the changing enviroment. change is sometimes viewed negativley, but it is often needed and the results may not appear for sometime down the road.”
Dana Fendley (see NA Shadow Council for another reaction to this answer)
“According to Webster’s Dictionary, A progressive is a person believing in moderate political change and social improvement by government action. I think that term is ambigous. Government action is sometimes a hinderance to change and social improvement. a good example is the abuse of our welfare system. I define progress as moving forward with new ideas while cleaning out your old ways of doing things. In my vision of progress, what gets left behind is the old style partisan politics in government.”
“Planning ahead to direct an area that should either be commercial or residential and presenting it to the planning commission so they can be progressive for the county.”
“I do consider myself progressive, however progress comes with tough decisions, lets not mistake progress and growth. progress for the community is good as long as we weight all options as it comes to progress, by all options we should first consider how it benefits the community.”
“I would definitely consider myself progressive because it is my goal to improve the county and the communities within this county. By definition in Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, progress is gradual betterment or a forward/onward movement. It is my goal that we, as a community, better ourselves and that the politicians that represent the people better the community via their initiatives.
Candidates(s) listed on the ballot that did not submit questionnaires by deadline include: William Fender III of Greenville.