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Bios, Q&A: Bartholomew County Council District 1

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Name: Marcus Speer

Age: 40

Political party: Republican

Office sought: County Council District 1

Occupation: Minister, farmer, school bus driver

Education: 1992 Columbus East High School graduate; 1997 Cincinnati Christian University graduate, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Prior elected offices held, and when: Rockcreek Township Board secretary; first elected in 1998, with fourth term ending this year.

Prior elected offices sought: District 3 County Commissioner in 2012.

Community involvement: President of Bartholomew County Genealogical Society; adult leader of South Rockcreek Farmers 4-H Club, 1994 to present; South Central Indiana Christian Men’s Fellowship, past secretary; BCSC Bus Driver’s Association, past officer; Bartholomew County 4-H Council, 1997-2010, president and treasurer; Bartholomew County 4-H Fair Board, 2008-2010.

Family: Wife, Jennifer; daughter, Madelyn; parents, Ron and Nancy Speer.

Name: Chris Ogle

Age: 51

Political party: Republican

Office sought: County Council District 1

Occupation: Owner and manager of Living Waters Irrigation and seasonal employee at Liberty Tax Service

Education: 1981 Columbus East High School graduate; served six years in the U.S. Navy

Prior elected office held: Solid Waste District board member.

Family: Two grown children — son, Joshua; daughter, Hannah; granddaughter, Nevaeh

Why are you running for county councilman?


I have always enjoyed serving others through my work and my volunteer positions. Over the last 16 years, I have enjoyed serving Rockcreek Township as an elected member of the township board. I believe that I can increase my service to others as a member of the Bartholomew County Council.


I am running because I believe that I still have valuable insights to help keep Bartholomew County on the great path it is on now.

What is the role of the county councilman in promoting economic development?


County Council can have an active role in promoting economic development. There are other times when council should step aside and keep restrictions to a minimum so economic development can occur. Whenever a councilman recognizes an opportunity to encourage economic development, he should pursue it in conjunction with other council members.


We have a member from the county council on the economic board to be a part of the decisions concerning our community. I believe it is a step in the right direction. We also put money aside to help promote the county in bringing in future investors.

What issues will you focus on as a county councilman?


Since County Council is defined as the county's fiscal body, each council member is responsible for setting priorities for the expenditure of funds. I hope to continue a balanced budget that efficiently serves county residents.


I will be focusing on complying with the new Affordable Care Act and trying to reduce our costs.

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