Candidate Profile: Roger Pennington for City Council At Large

 

Name:  Roger Pennington

Seeking political position of Salem City Council At Large

Party:  Republican

Personal information:

55 years old

710 Iroquois Blvd., Salem

Wife, Heather

Children, Trent, Wade, Zane and Eden

 

Qualifications and Community Involvement:

1986 graduate of Salem High School and Prosser Vocational School

Recently retired from Salem Fire Department after 36 years of service, 4 years as Fire Chief

Owner and operator of Pro Star Painting and employed at Dawalt Funeral Home

Currently serving on the Salem Board of Zoning Appeals

Washington County YMCA founding member, former treasurer and current member of the board of directors

Awareness Washington County graduate and past member of the board of directors

Salem Exchange Club

Indiana Fire Chiefs Association,

Coach of various athletic teams for youth, middle school and high school

Why I am seeking this office:

As a lifelong resident of Salem, it's time for new leaders to step up and move our city forward. As someone who lives and works in our community, I have a good feel of the wants and needs of our citizens. I have the experience, knowledge and passion needed. I've been involved in our community my entire adult life and wish to give back as much as this city and its people have given me.

Major Issues and Concerns:

At this moment, infrastructure (water and roads) are on most people's minds. Modernization of our infrastructure is critical to maintaining and growing our city. While I support these projects, it is important not to overlook how vital community involvement and communication is to our citizens about these projects and how it may affect them. As for the issues with water, it's important to find out the causes and make sure it doesn't happen again.

Formulating and adopting a responsible budget is a vital function of the city council. Streamlining and eliminating waste and duplication while properly funding our departments requires making tough decisions. My experience with budgets and operating a successful small business give me the background and ability to work through the budget process.

Public Safety:

Ensuring our police and fire departments are properly trained and equipped. Also, the ability to recruit and retain qualified professionals in these departments is key to future success.

Adult and youth recreational activities is an issue we need to address. Working with our park and recreation department to offer new and expanded programs for our youth, continue the work planned at Lake Salinda that will offer families many things to enjoy, create an ambitious plan to either refurbish or construct a swimming pool.

 

Job Growth:

Although it's not government's responsibility to create jobs, government can create the right environment that makes it attractive and feasible for manufacturing and commercial growth. Aggressively recruiting companies to come to Salem is a priority.

Salem is a beautiful city with an historic past, good people and a bright future. Our best days are ahead of us.

Our City, Our Future

 

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