Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN


April 19, 2011

Council race heats up in Plainfield



Running for District 1 are incumbent Kent McPhail and challenger Lance Rhoades.

McPhail has resided in Plainfield for more than 20 years.

“During my tenure, the town has experienced the most rapid growth in its history,” he said. “I am proud of how we have managed that growth to develop the most stable and diversified tax base in the county and Central Indiana.”

He said he’s ready to look toward the future and feels he’s the best man for the job.

“Our challenge for the future is to continue to manage and control this ongoing growth and to continue to provide our citizens with the quality of municipal service that they demand and deserve,” he said.

McPhail has been the executive director of the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce since 2002 and plans to retire later this year. Prior to that, he spent more than 30 years in supervisory and management positions in the steel industry.

Rhoades is coming to the race after several years in politics. He has been a part of Indiana’s political delegation with the National Beer Wholesalers Association, which is the trade association for the beverage business. Rhoades graduated from Plainfield High School in 1973 andworked for his family’s business, Rhoades Beverage Co., for 35 years before purchasing it. He also built the Sports Center and currently owns and operates RE/MAX Centerstone franchises in Plainfield, Brownsburg, and Speedway.

“Each year we would go to Washington, D.C., to meet with our state’s senators and representatives to discuss the needs of our Indiana businesses,” he said. “This is one of the main reasons I am now running for town council. I have been in business here in Plainfield for over 35 years and I know many of the other business owners here.”

He said he’s concerned with helping businesses that have helped Plainfield become the town it now is.

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