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Bios, Q&A: Bartholomew County Council District 4

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Name: Jorge R. Morales

Age: 69

Political Party: Republican

Office Sought: County Council District 4

Occupation: Retired from Cummins Inc.

Education: Purdue University, Bachelor of Science degree from Krannert School of Management.

Prior elected offices held, and when: County Council District 4 (elected 2010, served 2011 to present).

Community involvement: Indiana Sheriff’s Association; Sandcreek Conservation Club; Mill Race Center Board member; secretary of the Bartholomew County Republican Party Central Committee; additional County Council roles include representative on County Plan Commission, past liaison to City Plan Commission, Personnel Administration Committee, Joint Council of the Emergency Dispatch Service, CAMPO, Columbus Economic Development Board, past member to the Community Corrections Advisory Board and the Ambulance Service Board.

Family: Wife, Melinda.

Name: Paul Nolting

Age: 74

Political party: Republican

Office sought: County Council District 4

Occupation: Retired banker

Education: High school diploma, IUPUI, University of Wisconsin (graduate school for banking), specialized accounting and management courses.

Prior elected offices held, and when: None.

Prior election offices sought: None.

Community involvement: Local chapter of SCORE; Mill Race Center, board of directors and treasurer; Harrison Township Fire Company Board; Tamerix Lake Association, past president; Tamerix Lake Sewer Board.

Family: Wife, Sandra; sons, Paul Jr. and Mike.

Name: Paul Franke

Age: 69

Political party: Republican

Office sought: County Council District 4

Occupation: Retired farmer, former bus driver for the Bartholomew County School Corp.

Education: High School graduate; U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967 (Vietnam War veteran).

Prior elected office held, and when: County Council, District 4, 1987 to 1996; County Commissioner District 3, 1997 to 2012.

Prior elected office sought, and when: None

Community involvement: Bartholomew County Rural Fire Board, past secretary-treasurer; County Planning Commission; Solid Waste District Board; County Drainage Board; Bartholomew County Metropolitan Planning Organization Board.

Family: Wife, Jeanine; two daughters and one son; one stepdaughter and one stepson; five grandchildren.

Why are you running for county councilman?


I have provided the leadership in the council to continue the important work of conserving your tax dollars and representing your desires to secure an efficient and responsible county government. I have a fresh and independent outlook, representing no special-interest groups, and am willing to listen as I represent county residents.


With my experience in business management and finance, I am confident I can offer valuable knowledge to find fiscally responsible solutions to the issues facing our county.


Replacing the County Annex and County Highway Garage were foremost in my decision to run for the council. Funding for these projects comes from the council (and) without their support, nothing happens.

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


As a council, we need to support the commissioners on funding potential opportunities that would create jobs and/or economic expansion in the county. It should be noted that the greater economic growth we can generate in the county, the more it will assist in lowering our total tax rate.


A member of council should be an ambassador for new business and retention. It’s vital for the councilman to lead a positive economic development environment and find resources to ensure success. Becoming a participant in the Columbus Economic Development program would be a great way to increase our exposure.


The economic development income tax is appropriated by the council. The plan for its expenditure is developed by the County Commissioners.

What issues will you focus on as a county councilman?


I will continue to focus on representing the interest of the taxpayer while maintaining a balance with the county departments to have the finances to perform their responsibilities and keeping the county employees in mind.


The need to solve equipment and supply storages and Environmental Protection Agency violations at the County Garage.


Employee compensation. Job opportunities are increasing in Bartholomew County as the economy improves, making it more difficult to retain talented people if compensation is not adequate.

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