Kokomo Perspective 05 01 2019 E Edition Page A1

Election Day: A look at Kokomo Common Council candidates Voters to vote in either Democratic District 3 race or Republican at-large While this years may- oral race takes up much of the spotlight, contest- ed races on both sides of the aisle present choices for voters in the upcom- ing Primary Election. On the Democratic side in this years primary, voters will be tasked with selecting a candidate in the District 3 race to ad- vance to the November election. Meanwhile Re- publican voters will have to narrow the at-large ield ahead of the General Election. Heres a look at the council candidates on the primary ballot. Republican at-large On the Republican ballot for Kokomo Com- mon Council at-large, voters will be tasked with picking three of five candidates to advance to the November election. Those three candidates will, in turn, face three Democrats during the General Election. Here are the Republican can- didates on the at-large A lot can be said during a mayoral campaign, but that begs the question of how campaign rhetoric stacks up against a can- didates track record. The primary elec- tion is nearly here. On May 7 citizens will de- cide which candidates advance to the General Election later this year. First, voters must decide to pull either a Republi- can or Democrat ballot. From there, choices in the mayoral election boil down to picking be- tween either Democrats Kevin Summers or Abbie Smith. On the Republi- can side, voters will cast their lot in with either Howard County Com- missioner Tyler Moore or Richard Stout. Up until that mo- ment, citizens likely have been inundated with campaign rhetoric and promises made via social media, directly through campaign materials, or through the local media. While its important to listen to those promises made along the path to election, we encourage you to also look at their actions. Below, we offer a run- down of the four candi- dates and the pros and cons of all. DEMOCRATS Abbie Smith The basics: Smith first became involved in Ko- komo in 2013 when she and her family moved to the city. At that time she began her work at United Way of Howard County as the nonprofit's chief executive icer, a posi- tion she held up until an- nouncing her campaign. At that point, she took a leave of absence to act in a contractual role with the agency. Shes a grad- uate of Purdue Universi- ty. The good: As a polit- ical newcomer, Smith doesnt carry the political baggage that can accrue while holding public of- ice. Along those lines, Smith may be best suited to tackle some of the so- cietal issues facing Koko- mo, thanks to her experi- ence with United Way. When it comes to is- sues such as the opioid epidemic and dispro- portionate childhood poverty experienced by minorities in the com- munity, she garnered irst-hand experience in tackling such issues. Smith also organized re- covery efforts after the 2013 flood and 2016 tor- nado struck Kokomo. Like many candidates this election cycle, Smith also has called for more aggressive hiring within Kokomo Police Depart- ment. The bad : Smiths fresh entrance onto the political stage is a dou- ble-edged sword. While she doesnt carry the po- litical baggage of her op- ponent, she also doesnt possess any experience asanelectedicial.This makes her something of a political wild card. Quite simply, its hard to eval- uate how shed fare in keeping campaign prom- ises if elected. Also, of all the candidates, shes lived in Kokomo for the shortest period of time. Kevin Summers The basics: While working as an icer with Kokomo Police De- partment for 21 years, which ended when he announced his candi- dacy for mayor in De- cember, Summers held two elected positions in MORE THAN 31,000 DISTRIBUTED WEEKLY & MORE THAN 320,000 MONTHLY PAGE VIEWS AT KOKOMOPERSPECTIVE.COM Kokomoperspective.com 209 N. Main St. - Kokomo 765.452.0055 May 1, 2019 Inside: Section C PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID KOKOMO, IN PERMIT NO. 60 **************ECRWSSEDDM************** Residential & Business Customer Malware A7 May 1, 2019 May 1 2019 Inside: Secion C by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com S U M M E R S F O R M AYO R E X P E R I E N C E M AT T E R S Over 20 yrs. Kokomo Police Officer City of kokomo Street Dept. Kokomo City Council - 2 terms Kokomo School board Carver Community Center Big Brothers Big Sisters Cops 4 Kidz KPD Jr. Police Academy Dare Instructor C O M M U N I T Y M I N D E D PAID FOR BY CITIZENS TO ELECT KEVIN SUMMERS MAYOR Election A3 Perspective Photo / File ELECTION - The above maps shows the locations, dates, and times where How- ard County residents can vote. Council A2 Malware slams county offices Major systems affected, mostly restored now Perspective Photo / Devin Zimmerman TECHNOLOGY - Christine Oyler works from her desk at the Howard County Clerks office. A malware attack crip- pled Howard County government recently, and perhaps at the most in- opportune time possible for some ices, but the countys IT department restored most of the local governments systems by the end of last week. The attack first was discovered on April 15, when the Howard Coun- ty Information Systems department became aware of suspicious ac- tivity on several gov- ernment machines. What followed was an effort to contain and eliminate the virus, later identified as Trickbot. While icials reported the attack failed to procure any sensitive information from county systems, it did succeed in severely hampering mul- tiple departments opera- tions. The first clue that something was amiss, ac- cording to IT Director Jer- emy Stevens, was when alerts began coming in Election Day: A look at mayoral candidates VOTE CENTER LISTINGS LOCATION & HOURS FOR 2019 ELECTION A H B I C J D K E L F M G N Carver Community Center 1030 N Purdum Street, Kokomo Now through Sun, May 5 From 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. Tues, May 7 From 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Maplecrest Middle School 2727 S Washington St, Kokomo Election Day ONLY Tues, May 7 From 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Oakbrook Church 3409 S 200 W Election Day ONLY Tues, May 7 From 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Russiaville Lion's Club 555 N Liberty St, Russiaville Now through Sun, May 5 From 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Tues, May 7 From 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Senior Citizen Center 721 W Superior St, Kokomo Election Day ONLY Tues, May 7 From 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. South Library 1755 E Center Rd, Kokomo Election Day ONLY Tues, May 7 From 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Titan Annex 3794 E CR 300 S, Kokomo Now through Sun, May 5 From 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Tues, May 7 From 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. UAW Local 685 929 E Hoffer St, Kokomo Now through Sun, May 5 From 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Tues, May 7 From 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Eastern Performing Arts Center 421 S Harrison Street, Greentown Election Day ONLY Tues, May 7 From 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Good Shepherd Church 121 Sante Fe Blvd. Election Day ONLY Tues, May 7 From 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Indiana Weslyan 1916 E Markland Ave, Kokomo Now through Sun, May 5 From 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. Tues, May 7 From 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Kokomo First Assembly of God 1520 N Apperson Way, Kokomo Election Day ONLY Tues, May 7 From 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Kokomo High School 2501 S Berkley Rd, Kokomo Election Day ONLY Tues, May 7 From 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Government Center 120 E. Mulberry Street, Kokomo Now Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. through Fri, May 3. Sat, May 4 From 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mon., May 6 From 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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