The primary election is Tuesday, May 6. The following two candidates — Anthony Emery and Rick Gardner — are vying for the Republican nomination for Madison County Council District 4.
Madison County Council 4
Anthony Emery (R)
Anthony Emery is a Republican hoping to win a chance to represent his party for the Madison County Council 4 seat.
Emery, 44, described himself as a conservative man who hopes to bring integrity, transparency, and accessibility to the office.
“Balancing the budget would be third,” he continued.
When asked about personal qualities, Emery said he believes integrity is foremost. Also, he said he has strength in people skills and communication.
Emery is an Indiana State Police sergeant and has been with the agency 17 years. He also served more than four years on the Chesterfield Police Department.
“I have been a public servant most of my adult life. I have been coaching Little League, am a small business owner and chairman of the church board. I understand budget, personnel issues, and hiring and firing,” Emery said.
He and his wife, Stacy, have been married 22 years and have two children. They moved to Anderson in 1992
Emery graduated from Marion High School in Marion, Ill., before earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Indiana Technical Institute and a master’s degree in business administration from Anderson University.
“I have had an interest in politics most of my adult life and I tried to see where I thought I could have the most impact. I felt like dealing with the budget in the county would be the most I could have,” Emery said.
Rick Gardner (R)
Rick Gardner, 53, is a lifelong resident of Madison County and is an incumbent seeking re-election.
He has owned and operated his own business since 1996 and said that experience gives him a lot to offer on the Madison County Council District 4 seat.
Gardner said he worked for an Indiana retailer in management for 16 years before going into business for himself. “We had an annual budget to operate the $15- to $20-million company.”
The County Council is all about finances and dealing with the department heads of the government offices, Gardner said. The primary responsibility is to be sure they are making sound financial decisions.
Gardner said nine police officers have been added on the county law enforcement department in the three years he has been on the council. In addition to beefing up law enforcement, Gardner said he also sees a responsibility to maintain a stable tax rate.
Gardner has been married 32 years and he and his wife have four children and eight grandchildren.
He is a graduate of Madison Heights High School in Anderson and Ivy Technical institute. He also served in the National Guard.
Gardner said he plans to hold the line on spending and would like to see a lower tax in the area.
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