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The primary election is Tuesday, May 6. The following two candidates — Mike Phipps and Steve “Craig” Sumner — are vying for the Republican nomination for Madison County Council District 2.

Mike Phipps

Mike Phipps, 42, a Republican candidate for the Madison County Council District 2 seat, said he has prior service on the Council. He served from 2008 to 2012.

He and his wife, Katie, have been married 21 years and have five children.

Phipps said he is a lifetime resident of Madison County and graduated from Frankton High School in 1988 and Ball State University in 1992. He earned his degree in accounting and is a certified public accountant.

He said he is looking forward to an opportunity to serve voters in Anderson, Chesterfield, Edgewood, Frankton and the area just north of Lapel.

During his earlier term on the Council, Phipps said he served one year as President of the Council.

When asked what he brings to the table, Phipps said: “I am a good listener, and when I served on the council before, I was able to bring both the Republicans and Democrats together to discussions in a bipartisan fashion.

Transparency and honesty are by-words that Phipps said he hopes become strengths for the future council.

“I actually have four plans that I want to see. I want to see an honest and transparent government, a balanced budget, better roads and more police protection. I also want to keep taxes low,” Phipps said.

Phipps said he worked in public accounting from 1992 to 1999 and as tax manager for Guide Corporation from 1999 to 2001.  In 2001, he became a tax manager at Eli Lilly and has been there since that time.


Steve “Craig” Sumner

Steve “Craig “Sumner, 45, a Republican, is a lifelong Madison County resident who is running for the Madison County Council 2 seat.  

He is a retired firefighter and served on the County Council in an at-large seat in the term ending in 2007.

He and his wife, Jami, have been married 15 years and have seven children. He also is pastor of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Anderson.

“I am running for public office basically to add my skills to the council – essentially budgeting skills and people skills. I am trying to bring a good set of ethics and morality to the table,” he added.

Sumner said he graduated from Frankton High School and attended the Community College of the Air Force and Nazarene Bible College. He served in the United States Air Force four years.

When asked about qualities that will be helpful to the council, Sumner replied: “I understand how to work on budgeting issues and I have good people skills. A lot of things have to be worked out between the officeholders. I pretty much promote team work.”

Sumner said the plan he hopes to promote in the council seat is to have everyone educate themselves on the different departments and be aware of what each one does. He also would like to see an overall evaluation of the departments that would be shared among all departments so the best of each department can become useful for others. 

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