First and foremost......Vote for the candidate not the party. I am running against an incumbent of many years. Had I not entered the race he would have won by default. This is not the democracy our forefathers planned. Win or lose I will discuss the issues and get the debate into the public. I am for less spending by towns, cities, counties and townships.. If these entities refuse to cut their budgets then legislation will be proposed to cut spending for them. Prorperty taxes are at all time highs, and a successful community has options to diversify their tax base. We need to stop the demagoguery of socio economic class warfare and residential vs business. Communities that work for the majority and not the vocal minority are the most successful. Northwest Indiana has not had a planned strategic vision for years. We pit communities against each other for business relocation, and continue an environment of urban sprawl. I will work for revenue sharing on property taxes, increase transportation infrastructure, actual revenue budgets (replacing projected revenue budgets), increase homeland security funding and work to create a better business environment. I will continue to fight liberal fireworks laws and provide insurance for the uninsured.
47 years of age, married with two daughters 14 and 17. I have lived in NW Indiana all my life and currently reside in Dyer.
Graduated Munster High School 1977. Graduated Calumet College of St Joseph 1985 BS Management
Chairman First National Bank of Illinois, Lansing, Illinois. Home State Bank NA, Crystal Lake, Illinois. Former Chairman Mercantile National Bank of Indiana, Hammond, Indiana (now Harris Bank)
I have served on many civic and quasi governmental boards, raising millions of dollars for my community. Past service include Pres. Hammond Rotary, Challenger Learning Center, Lake Area United Way, NW Indiana Boys and Girls clubs, Lake Area Energy Asst. Program, Gary Urban Enterprise Zone, Board member Catholic Charities, Trade winds Rehabilitation, Hammond Chamber of Commerce, Calumet Area Boy Scouts, Currently Board member NW Indiana Symphony, Lake Co Parks and Rec. Legacy Foundation, Board Trustees Calumet College St Joseph
None elected. I am the mayoral appointment to the Lake County Parks and Rec Board. Past appointments (Governor) Indiana Dept. of Transportation (Toll road) and the mayoral appointment to the Gary Urban Enterprise Zone.
Memeber St Thomas More Church. Munster, Indiana
Northwest Indiana Leadership, Distinguished Leadership Award 2000, Calumet College St Joseph Alumni of the Year Award 2002
I am running against an otherwise unopposed candidate. I feel it is our moral obligation to serve the community in some form or fashion. I have been involved in the political process for years (non elected) as a member of the business community in NW Indiana. I know the issues and have a grasp on the needs of our vast community. This was the perfect time to enter the race, as I did not have to battle a primary opponent and could focus on the incumbent.
Source: Submitted by Chris Morrow (10/04/2006)
To provide the community with a business leader who has no political agenda other than to do what's right for the electorate. I will make the hard decisions for the majority regardless of the political landscape or consequences.
I am excited about the opportunity to provide much needed leadership to NW Indiana