Voters' Guide

October 18, 2012

Cass County Council candidates respond to questions


Q: Why should voters choose you?

Donato: There are two very distinct attributes that I bring to the Cass County Council, the first being an extensive background in business financial budgeting. My lifetime career has been in the automotive dealership industry.  There are major advantages in having the knowledge of regulating expenditures in a corporation that is majorly affected by the economy.  In an environment that has minimal public transportation, the automotive dealerships must be very competitive to establish and maintain positive business relations with our local customers. Couple that with a well monitored expense ratio, and that equals a successful business portfolio.  

The second reason that I chose to run is much more important to me. That reason is to serve the county that I love. To raise a family, and have those grown children return home to settle is the passion of every parent,

I’d imagine. I have been blessed to have that as a reality in my family, and I realize that is not often the case.  As a parent with a God given gift, I feel that I must do my part to better the environment that I have

chosen to live. I humbly ask for your support in this election and thank you for all of the support that you have given to my family in this campaign.

Homburg: My roots are here in Cass County and I can look at situations from several perspectives. I am from the Clymers area where I grew up on our family farm. I have fixed wrecked train cars at Transco, been a parts manager at Massey Ferguson in Clymers and poured concrete for M R Louthain for many years. I’ve worked for LMU water and sewer for nearly 25 years where I am in charge of all the water and sewer lines in Logansport. I’ve assisted Walton, Galveton, and Royal Center on many occasions with water and sewer problems they have encountered. I am not afraid to get my hands dirty, I can design ditches and I can dig them.

I served on the Logansport City Council for 12 years. I have worked within multi-million dollar budgets and know what it takes to make the tough cuts. I already have a good working relationship with many of the county officials as well as other employees at the court house and county highway garage.  

I have learned from  many great people along the way, and I still carry a passion to be involved.

I solve problems. Friends and colleagues come to me because they know I can help them figure out a solution. I like working with people, getting along and, most importantly, getting the job done.

LeDonne: I need your vote to help get these things done.

Peattie: Voters should choose me because I would be a breath of fresh air to the County Council. I am currently the president of the Logansport Board of Zoning Appeals. My past experience of owning a small business (Peattie’s Bait and Tackle, 16 years). My faith in God. I have worked for the Logansport Municipal Utilities for 28 years. I am a proud U.S. Air Force veteran (honorably discharged). I am a common sense type of guy, and I believe this experience would make Cass County a better place to live.

Stebbins: As a small business owner, I understand what challenges new and existing businesses have. A few of these items include taxes, employees and burdensome government regulations. I have currently been on the council for one and a half years. During that time, I have built a good, working relationship with the department heads and other elected officials. Also during that year, we were required to make many tough decisions. We were proactive and made the cuts before we sent in our budget. Every department took cuts, which included 18 positions. Through good communication with the commissioners, as positions became vacant, they were not filled in 2011. We gave the commissioners a number where health insurance needed to be, and they met it. These things would not happen without effective communication and a good working relationship with each other. I have also been trying to form a good, working relationship with the elected officials of our other cities/towns in the Cass County area. As an At Large Candidate, communication is a big key. In visiting with each of the small communities and finding out what they, as a community, feel their needs are, I am able to take this information back to the council members to make decisions that are best for all concerned.

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