|Trustee Russell Brown|
In a statement received by Indy Democrat, Brown says that he's takes pride in his four plus years in office, but it's time to move on.
From the statement:
“I have been grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Lawrence Township and I’m proud of what we've accomplished during that time...but I feel it is time for another individual to have the chance to continue the progress we have made.”The Democrat, who is also an attorney, took office in 2009 to finish out the term of the previous trustee. Brown was elected to his own term in 2010. Previously, he had run against the always tough to beat Jim Merritt for the Senate seat in that area in 2006.
I doubt if we've heard the last of Russell Brown. It's not like he's reached retirement age, and he's done a great job in Lawrence Township. Besides starting a very user friendly website, Brown has brought his office into the social media age as well with a Facebook page. It's important for township government to do these things and let people know what's going on. Brown also shepherded his fire department into a merger agreement with IFD. Unlike most elected officials, Brown voluntarily gave up part of his own salary as Trustee to help balance the books.
That's next level thinking by a township government official.
As far as 2014 goes, Chris Bowen appears to be a Libertarian candidate for the office according to his Facebook page. Bowen ran for Mayor of Indianapolis in 2011.