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I’m Bill Engle.
I’d like your vote for Richmond Common Council, District 3.

 

Why run?

This is my community. I’ve lived here for over 30 years, raised a family here and plan to stay here for years to come. For a long time I have been an observer of the political process locally and have always been interested in becoming part of that process. I have been encouraged by the work of our city and county lawmakers, inspired in some sense, and want to play a part in providing good local representation. I have an understanding of issues we face and the procedures in place and would like to share my talents to the ongoing discussion.

As an engaged citizen, I believe in the power of service and the value of being involved in the community. As a news reporter, I was engaged in the community through my writing. Upon retirement, I sought out the opportunity to continue with public and governmental service. As a volunteer member of Boards and Committees, I have a keen insight into the issues facing our community and how to affect positive change.


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Issues

Represent District 3

As an elected representative of the people of District 3, my job would be to be responsive to my constituents as I work to move the city forward. I support Mayor Snow in his leadership efforts and vision. I am especially inspired by the infrastructure work being done in and around downtown Richmond. I think it is a sign of good things ahead.

Fiscal responsibility

Our responsibility is to provide services for our residents, but we will have to do so with a limited budget. We have to find creative ways to fund initiatives and look for new avenues to bring in revenue. We have to look ahead, but the bottom line is we have to live within our means.

Economic development

My goal is to look for ways to grow the local economy, support local businesses and attract new investment opportunities. We have to build partnerships and continue the ones in place, including with county government, the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County, the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and other commerce, development and economic leadership.

Infrastructure

We have to continue and complete the work being done on our city streets, curbs and sidewalks while addressing any ongoing projects around the city. We have to make sure our citizens are informed and are part of the planning process for future projects.

Housing

We have to continue to work to provide adequate, safe and affordable housing for our citizens. I support Mayor Snow’s initiative of instituting a code enforcement office in the city administration as a way to address ongoing problems of trash, blight, health and safety with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for all citizens.

Our employees

Our staff are the lifeblood of our efforts as a city. We have to encourage and support them and pay them a fair and living wage while looking for ways to evaluate their performances and reward them for the work they are doing.

Human Rights Commission

The City of Richmond needs a fair and balanced commission to respond to complaints regarding discrimination in our community, whether it be for housing, hiring, harassment because of sex, race, religious affiliation or sexual preference.

About Bill

 

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Age: 68

Political experience:

  • 15 years covering city and county government for the Palladium-Item;
  • Avid follower of local politics and invested citizen;
  • First run for public office;

Personal:

  • Happily married for 35 years to my wife Jeanne, who works for Richmond Community Schools
  • Proud father of two grown daughters
  • Proud veteran of the U.S. Army that included one tour in Vietnam (January through December 1972)

Work history:

  • Retired after 26 years as a reporter at the Palladium-Item. My roles included:
    • Sports Editor
    • Features Editor
    • General Assignment Reporter
    • City and County Government Reporter
    • Special Projects Reporter
  • Nine years teaching Journalism and Mass Communications at Indiana University East;
  • Freelance writing for projects of interest and community relevance;

Community Leadership and Service:

  • Richmond Parks and Recreation Department Board of Directors, 2015-present, Board President 2017-2018;
  • Richmond Advisory Plan Commission, 2016-present, first year as Board President;
  • Mayor Snow’s Creative Leadership Team, 2016-present;
  • Plat Committee of the Plan Commission, 2017-present, second year as Vice President;
  • Society for the Preservation and Use of Resources (SPUR), 2015-present;
  • Whitewater Valley Pro Bono Commission, 2015-present;
  • Veterans Stakeholders Committee of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2016-present, third year as Secretary.

 

Updates

Contact

What issues are important to you? How do you want to be involved in my campaign? I’d love to hear from you.