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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 Marie Watkins.

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.

Neither Richardson 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 Chesterton.

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.



Posted 11/5/2018




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