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Budget central issue in Silt election

Jeremy Heiman
Special to the Post Independent

Three seats are up for grabs on Silt’s Board of Trustees in the April 6 election, and two incumbents and three write-in candidates are hoping to fill them.

Incumbent trustee Randy Corry, whose term is ending, is not seeking re-election. Silt’s mayor John Evans and the remaining three trustees will face re-election in 2006. Those elected to the Board of Trustees serve four-year terms.

Silt voters won’t be deciding any ballot issues this time.



Derrick Campbell

(write-in candidate)



Age: 19

Occupation: Restaurant owner, cook, and computer technician

Previous elected offices: None

Volunteer projects: None

Years in the community: 1 ” lived near Silt 14 years

Family: Not married

Why are you running for this seat?

“I want to see Silt change. I want to see some new businesses, a little more commercial growth.”

What are the three biggest issues facing your community?

“The budget ” it needs some help. Cleaning up the town, making its appearance nicer. Encouraging commercial growth. We need the sales tax revenue.”

What do you hope to accomplish in this position?

“I hope to bring in business and make the town look better, to encourage business owners to clean up their businesses and residents to clean up their yards. Also, I’d like to do landscaping on town property and build more parks.”

What makes you the best person for the job?

“I’m new, I’m younger, I’m more in tune with business. I’ve studied business and I’ve studied government.”

Steve Eichhorst (write-in candidate)

Age: 37

Occupation: General contractor

Previous elected offices: None

Volunteer projects: Silt Planning and Zoning Commission

Years in the community: 3

Family: Wife Deb Eichhorst; son Tyler, 13

Why are you running for this seat?

“I think things need to change in Silt. Silt’s approach to growth has to change. We have to be more proactive. We have to step out and encourage businesses to move to this area.”

What are the three biggest issues facing your community?

“There is a lack of sales tax revenues. The town’s infrastructure needs to be upgraded. And we need to maintain a balanced budget without eliminating services.”

What do you hope to accomplish in this position?

“I hope to achieve a consistent approach to development. There’s a lot of inconsistencies. And I want to look out for the town’s best interest.”

What makes you the best person for the job?

“My experience in construction makes me qualified. I deal a lot with money, budgets and people. I am committed to Silt’s future, and I’m willing to serve.”

Dennis Mahan

Age: 66

Occupation: Administrative captain, New Castle Police Department

Previous elected offices: None (Silt Board of Trustees incumbent, appointed to fill a vacancy 1 1/2 years ago)

Volunteer projects: Boy Scouts of America, merit badge counselor

Years in the community: 3

Family: Wife Betty Mahan; sons Michael, 44, and Darrin, 42

Why are you running for this seat?

“I think I have the intellect and knowledge to serve well and intelligently on the board.”

What are the three biggest issues facing your community?

“Economics. We need a bigger tax base, and our businesses need to have pride and fix up their places of business. We need to help businesses do better.”

What do you hope to accomplish in this position?

“I’d like to see the infrastructure continue to improve. I would like to bring the two factions together in town. Some people have the idea town government is working fine, and others seem to think government should be abolished. They don’t trust town government.”

What makes you the best person for the job?

“I may not be the best person, but I have the courage to run and do my best as a trustee.”

Dave Moore (write-in candidate)

Age: 63

Occupation: General contractor and developer

Previous elected offices: None

Volunteer projects: Maryland State Agricultural Extension Board, Silt Planning and Zoning Board, 4-H volunteer, volunteer for school sports, board of West Glenwood Chapel School.

Years in the community: 29

Family: Wife Sherree; daughter Joy, 24; son Jimmy, 22.

Why are you running for this seat?

“I feel the town is in need of change. I want to see outdated thinking replaced with new, innovative thinking.”

What are the three biggest issues facing your community?

“We need a commercial tax base. All the burden has been placed on residents’ shoulders. I want to have incentives that will attract businesses. I’d like to bring in a bank, a grocery store and other retail outlets. Silt is unattractive. The entrance needs to be spruced up with green belts.”

What do you hope to accomplish in this position?

“I want to keep water and sewer rates under control.

“I want to bring a spirit of caution to the table when we discuss Stillwater. We’ve suffered greatly because they’ve shown an inability to perform what they say they’re going to do. I’d like to see them pay their bills. I want to get to the bottom of the Stillwater mysteries.”

What makes you the best person for the job?

“I feel that, at my age, with the experience I’ve had in dealing with money and my track record in business, I’m more qualified than the incumbents. Running a town is like running a business.”

Craig Wallace

Age: 65

Occupation: Retired. Former automotive business owner.

Previous elected offices: Incumbent Silt Town Trustee, Planning and Zoning Commission in Coventry, Conn.

Volunteer projects: None. However, Wallace achieved perfect attendance at Board of Trustees meetings in 2003, in spite of being handicapped by a stroke. “When you’re handicapped, everything you do is an accomplishment,” he said.

Years in the community: 20

Family: Not married, five grown children

Why are you running for this seat?

“It’s always been my feeling that I’ve wanted to support the working person. I get a lot of calls from citizens asking for my help. I don’t always know the answers, but I’m not afraid to ask questions.”

What are the three biggest issues facing your community?

“Growth: We need to set a good ratio between retail businesses and residential growth. Residential rooftops do not pay the bills.

“The town’s infrastructure, water, sewer, irrigation, all has to be maintained. But it has to be done in such a way that it doesn’t really whack the taxpayer.

“Recreational areas. We need to keep adding parks, playgrounds, and ballfields. I think if kids have enough to do, they won’t get into trouble.”

What do you hope to accomplish in this position?

“One of my pet projects is, I would like to see the town be able to purchase the island in the Colorado River. It’s about 60 acres. It would make a beautiful recreation spot. Also, we need a way to monitor growth.”

What makes you the best person for the job?

“My previous experience being on the board makes me qualified. I don’t have any personal agenda. I’m willing to listen to any problem, no matter how large or small.”

Contact Jeremy Heiman: 945-8515, ext. 534

jheiman@postindependent.com


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