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October 19, 2013

Jim Bailey: Changing of the guard is a constant in local government

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On the Edgewood Town Council, however, longevity is the name of the game. President Patricia Farran, Jodi Norrick and Art Leak were members when I covered their meetings. Two other longtime members I knew from long before in other capacities, John Gunter as Madison County sheriff and longtime Anderson policeman and Julie Armington as one of Indiana’s top women golfers, longtime Realtor and the mother of an Indiana girls basketball all-star.

Often the voters make the final decisions as to who continues in office from term to term. But even the most popular elected officials eventually come to the point where they decide to call it a career or pursue another direction.

Thus Mike Pence, once the congressman who represented Madison County, is now governor of Indiana. And Scott Reske ran unsuccessfully for Congress instead of remaining as one of Madison County’s state legislators.

Jim Bailey’s reflections on Anderson’s past appear on Sunday. His regular column appears on Thursday. He can be reached by email at jameshenrybailey@earthlink.net.

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