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April 19, 2011

Council race heats up in Plainfield

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PLAINFIELD —

He said he wants to continue to help navigate smart, balanced growth in Plainfield and planning for providing the appropriate infrastructure and municipal services.

Kirchoff also said he wants to “manage the financial budgets and resources, making the tough decisions to balance the needs of the community, the pay/benefits of our employees, and the revenues that the town receives.”

The District 5 seat also has two Republicans running — Ed Gaddie and Greg Monnett.

Gaddie is the incumbent in this race. He has been a resident of Plainfield for 45 years and Hendricks County for 70 plus years.

“I’m trying to help taxpayers save money in these hard times,” Gaddie said. “We need to cut back on spending at the state, school, federal, and town (levels).”

He said it’s his goal to make sure the next generations do not have take on too much debt.

“(Getting) grant money will be hard on the next generation,” he said. “My grandkids and maybe my sons and daughter will take on the problem.”

Gaddie is retired from Allison Transmission and EDS (Electronic Date Systems).

Monnett has lived in Plainfield for 18 years and is a funeral director.

“I believe the main issues facing the town of Plainfield are growing our economic stability (new business, filing our distribution centers in our warehouse districts with adequate paying jobs), keeping our low tax rate without raising taxes, finding funding for our infrastructures possibly by increasing permit fees, traffic violations, town court fees, etc., and finding a way to give our town employees a raise,” he said.

He has been a member of the Plainfield Board of Zoning Appeals for the last eight years.

“I’ve been able to meet with a lot of town residents and work with our town departments on various matters that effect the entire town,” Monnett said. “I am ready to make the move to the next level of our town government.”

Other than town council, there are two more Republican incumbents running for a spot on the November ballot. Wes Bennett will once again run for the job of clerk-treasurer and Jim Spencer will run to be the town court judge.

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