ANDERSON — Two veteran elected officials are seeking the Democrat Party nomination to become the next Anderson Township Trustee.
Barbara Johnson, who served in the trustee’s position from 2006 to 2010, and John Bostic, a member of the Madison County Council since 1996, are seeking the nomination with the winner to face Republican Phil Herbig. Incumbent Brenda Jones is not seeking re-election.
Johnson served 20 years on the Anderson Township Board before running for the trustee’s position.
“I enjoyed helping people when I was the trustee before,” Johnson said of her decision to return to the office. “My whole life has been taking care of others. I like being able to help anyone in a dire situation.”
Bostic decided to seek the office because wants to help low and moderate income people in Anderson Township be more successful.
“I always looked out for the low and middle income people,” he said.
Both Bostic and Johnson believe the Anderson Township Trustee position is an important public office, but at times has been overlooked.
“People who need assistance know how to find you,” she said.
Bostic said the trustees are overlooked for the amount of responsibilities they have in the office.
“I want to help make the township a lot more positive,” he said.
Johnson said she has no immediate plans to change the operations in the office.
“I feel like when you go into an office, you need to determine what is taking place and what changes are needed,” she said. “Anderson has lost a lot of tax revenues over the years, so I would like to find additional funding.”
Bostic said he has been thinking about a number of changes in the office.
“I would like to find more money to provide assistance,” he said. “Encourage people to participate in educational programs and have positive recreational opportunities in the township.”