Despite carrying the Republican label, Mr. Mike Yoder displays more government-centric views.
The fact that Elkhart County Farm Bureau recently honored me with their endorsement indicates their desire to be heard and to participate in local issues.
My opponent speaks of not being able to meet “our economic diversification goals.” This implies that goals for economic diversification have been established by Elkhart County government. Have taxpayers been involved in developing these goals, or have county executives developed them privately?
Mr. Yoder has a plan for the future of Elkhart County. Does his plan agree with yours?
I favor the free market approach and reduced regulation to attract new development to our county. My opponent favors a more government-orchestrated approach. Which do you prefer?
Proposed zoning ordinance changes affecting county property owners troubled 97 percent of the builders, developers, realtors, business owner/operators, farmers and residents that attended the public hearing. Nevertheless, Mr. Yoder states it’s “close to what the community will accept.” Does that sound true to you?
Elkhart County’s existing ordinance has been updated over the years, but Mr. Yoder favors creating a totally new document of excessive length and regulation. I believe we should revise our original ordinance to include lessons from the past and so that the impact will be less on existing property owners. Which approach do you prefer?
Mr. Yoder favored attracting a business to Elkhart County via a $300,000 low interest loan of your money to a “solar manufacturing and distribution company.” Are you in favor of loaning taxpayer money to private business ventures that can fail?
Mr. Yoder believes that county government should be involved in our local education system (reference the HORIZON Project). Should county government be involved in developing the educational curriculum?
Transparent county government is my goal.
Darryl Riegsecker is an Elkhart County Councilman who is running for District 2 Elkhart County Commissioner. He is from Goshen