Jim Gunlite, Democrat challenger, Howard County Council District 1
Kokomo Police Officer
Wife Beth is a 16-year veteran with the Kokomo Police Department and they have a 9-year-old son named Conner.
Gunlite said his leadership ability and community service are his principal qualifications. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving in personnel security functions at Grissom Air Reserve Base.
“I’d like to work on shared responsibilities, trail work, snow removal, even police work; and I think there should be more sharing between the city and the county.”
Mike Barger, Democrat challenger, Howard County Commissioners District 1
Barger currently works in the health and safety department at Chrysler, where he’s worked for 17 years.
He has three children, ages 9, 6 and 5.
He said he’s been involved in local politics as long as he can remember, is involved in the community, and started a mentoring program in Howard County. He holds a certification as a health and safety specialist from Ferris State University, and attended IUK for four years.
“I’d like to work on bringing the community together. That office kind of directs where other offices can go. When you work with all of the other offices, they need to have common goals, and we don’t have that right now.”
Richard Miller, Republican incumbent, Howard County Council District 4
Kokomo (Ervin Township)
He’s been married to wife Marsha for 48 years, and has three adult daughters, all Purdue graduates, and nine grandchildren.
He retired from active farming at the end of 2012, and he’s partnered with his brother in the farming business for 50 years. He holds a Purdue bachelor of animal science degree, and has served nine terms on the Howard County Council.
“I want to work on considerably better relations with the city of Kokomo. I’d absolutely like to see the city come to the conclusion that we can do a lot of things better than what our county is seeing now.”