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In the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, incumbent Porter County Commissioner Jeff Good, R-Center, is seeking re-election against a challenge from Democrat Donna Perdue.

Good, 57, is the president and owner of Good Hospitality Services Inc., a hotel management and development company. Perdue, 52, is self-employed in marketing.

For Good the key issue in the race is this one: “Do the voters want to continue in the direction that our office has taken in the past several years of making progress in all areas of government and being much more proactive than reactive? We continue to find things that need attention and continue to be surprised by things we find. We correct it, put policy in place, and move forward.”

Perdue, for her part, cites a number of specific issues: infrastructure “must be addressed more aggressively to keep up with the influx of housing developments”; law enforcement must have “the necessary resources to combat the criminal element” associated with the opioid epidemic; affordable housing for “our single parents and low-income community”; and corporate recruitment for new jobs “to help balance our live-work ratio.”

County Council,

1st District

Also on Tuesday, Porter County Council President Andy Bozak, R-1st, will seek to defend his seat against a challenge from Democrat Bob Poparad.

Bozak, 34, is director of operations at Reliable Transportation. Poparad, 60, is a small business owner and a former four-term at-large member of the Porter County Council. Both are residents of Burns Harbor.

For Bozak the key issue in the race is the Porter County Non-Profit Charitable Foundation and the need to “completely fund our Rainy Day Fund,” which “will ensure we are prepared for downturns in the economy and when returns are not as high. We want to be prepared for at least three years of poor to no returns.”

Poparad, on the other hand, told the Chesterton Tribune that his “No. 1 priority is to maintain the level of public services while keeping the tax rate low. In addition, we need to create a grant system that gives the nonprofits an avenue to also have access to some of the interest proceeds.”



Posted 11/5/2018




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