In the general
election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, Pine Township Trustee and Democrat Andrew Himan
Jr. will be seeking re-election against a challenge from Republican Tammy
Himan, 43, is a
career firefighter with the City of Portage. Watkins, 54, is a wellness and
nutrition manager with the Duneland School Corporation.
“I am very
concerned that my opposition will degrade the township’s current fire
protection performance,” Himan told the Chesterton Tribune, following
his move as Trustee to enter into a contract with Beverly Shores to provide
fire protection services to Pine Township after the now defunct PTVFD was
unable to respond to most calls.
Watkins, for her
part, said that she would “like to begin utilizing the fire station and fire
apparatus that Pine Township already has but is being under-utilized.”
Key issues for
Himan: “Continued excellent emergency services. Shared services. Low taxes.”
Key issues for
Watkins: “Better communication and service for those in need and providing
that service in a timelier fashion” as well as “providing a modernized and
transparent Trustee’s Office.”
Pine Township Board
Also on Tuesday,
residents of Beverly Shores and the Town of Pines will cast ballots in the
race for Pine Township Board.
Vote for three of
the following: Republican incumbents Tom Lipinski and Margaret (Peggy)
Richardson, Republican challenger Tom Carlson, and Democrat challengers
Matthew Smith and Joe Wagner.
nor Carlson returned the Tribune’s candidate questionnaire.
Lipinski, 75, is
retired. Smith, 56, is a retired firefighter with the City of Michigan City
with 30 years of service. Wagner, 53, is the owner of Joe’s Towing Inc. of
Lipinski points to
his experience on the board in the speccing out and acquisition of new fire
apparatus. Smith cites his service as a career firefighter and, for 20
years, owner of a successful overhead garage door company. Wagner notes that
formerly he held seats on both the Chesterton and Porter police commissions
and is well acquainted with budgeting, personnel, and acquisitions.