This year’s election will fill three seats on the Greenfield Village Council, and vying for those seats are incumbents Bob Bergstrom, Bill Redenbaugh, and Chris Borreson, along with challenger Mark Clyburn.
Clyburn is hoping to take on his first political role in the town where he grew up.
Clyburn said he’s always been interested in being more involved with the political side of things, has been thinking about it for a few years, and now it’s time.
“I think Greenfield is a great place to live,” Clyburn said. “I’ve lived here most of my life,” he said, adding that now he’s even more invested in the community as a business owner.
“It’s time to grow, to be a city other people desire to be in,” he said.
Clyburn is the proprietor of Catch 22 Sports Pub and has two young children.
Bergstrom has served on the council for a total of 16 years. He was prompted to run the first time by John Baal and Dick Counter, both of whom worked in the village government. And once he was elected, he said he found out that he liked serving his community in that capacity.
“I’ve enjoyed working with the city and helping Greenfield wherever I can,” Bergstrom said. Plus, he said that there are “good people to work with.”
It’s his civic duty, Bergstrom said, and he wants “to continue to serve the community.”
Bergstrom is a retired middle school science and physical education teacher at Greenfield, and has served as the boys’ track coach for 45 years.
He and his wife Becky have three grown children and seven grandchildren.
Chris Borreson is seeking a second term on the village council, and he said his main reason for running again is “because the people of Greenfield need a voice, and I am that voice.”
“Government, as a whole and on every level, has forgotten that the people are in charge,” he said. “The people should get what they want.”
Borreson said, “The main thing is to bring the power back to the people, to be a voice for the people.”
Borreson is a highway tech and a project inspector for ODOT, where he’s worked for more than a decade. He and fiancée Barbie Sims are raising two children together, which are Sims’ niece and nephew.
Incumbent Bill Redenbaugh will be seeking his second elected term on the council. He has served a total of six years so far, first being appointed to the council and then winning election.
Redenbaugh said he’s running again because of “unfinished work.”
“Greenfield needs a lot of things done,” he said. He said there are streets that need paving, landlord and tenant issues that need attention, and a “general overhaul and clean-up.”
On the latter point he said the village has been “doing a good job getting there, but it’s just not done.”
He said that with new industry coming to town, Greenfield needs “to be ready,” and the efforts need to continue to attract even more industry.
Among Redenbaugh’s professional ventures is working as an accountant and proprietor of Greenfield Tax Service. He and his wife Shiela have three grown children, nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
In Hillsboro, voters will be deciding the mayoral race between incumbent Republican Drew Hastings and Democratic challenger Pam Limes, while voters across Highland County will make decisions in various municipal, school district and township races. Six local issues will appear on various ballots, mostly in Clay Township.
In Lynchburg, incumbent mayor Gary Jones is being challenged by Terry Burden and Tim Heizer, a former Lynchburg police chief.
In Mowrystown, former Hillsboro City Council member Bonnie Parr is challenging longtime mayor Frank Terwilliger. But in Sinking Spring, no one filed for open seats for mayor and two council spots. In Leesburg, Mayor Danny Daulton is not seeking reelection.
In the Hillsboro City School Board race where two seats are to be filled, incumbent Terry Britton is seeking reelection, but Jerry Walker, who is also coming to the end of his term, did not file for reelection. However, Walker’s fellow longtime teacher, Tom Milbery, has filed to run, as has Michael Salyer, a former Marine who sought a seat on the board four years ago.
Following is the list of filings provided by the election board. Incumbents are denoted by (i).
Hillsboro mayor: Drew Hastings (i), Pam Limes.
Hillsboro law director: Fred Beery (i).
Hillsboro auditor: Gary Lewis (i).
Greenfield council-at-large (3 seats): Bob Bergstrom (i), Chris Borreson, Mark Clyburn, William Redenbaugh (i).
Village of Highland mayor (1 seat): Jeremy Kibbey (i), Henry Smith.
Village of Highland council (2 seats): Donald Davy, Darlene Ervin (i).
Village of Leesburg mayor (1 seat): Wendy Holliday, Freddie Snyder.
Village of Leesburg council (2 seats): Jeremy Cannon, Shawn Priest, Wesley Willey.
Village of Lynchburg mayor: Terry Burden, Timothy Heizer, Gary Jones (i).
Village of Lynchburg council (2 seats): Marty Bailey (i), James Burton, Terry Moore, Kevin Radcliffe, Kevin Whitenack.
Village of Mowrystown mayor: Bonnie Parr, Frank Terwilliger (i).
Village of Mowrystown council (2 seats): Jan Cooper (i).
Bright Local School District board (3 seats): Mike Ames (i), Tammy Hauke (i).
Fairfield Local School District board (3 seats): Scott Bates (i), Jeff Burleson, Ron Friend (i), Mary Haag, Arthur Rigsby, Jennifer Waterman, Shawn Willey.
Greenfield Exempted Village School District board (2 seats): Jason Allison (i), Greg Barr (i), Sandy Free.
Hillsboro City School District board (2 seats): Terry Britton (i), Tom Milbery, Michael Salyer.
Lynchburg-Clay Local School District (3 seats): Bobbie Jo Ernst, Brad Hess (i), Chad McConnaughey (i).
Each township in Highland County has one trustee seat and the fiscal officer position up for election this year.
Brushcreek Township: Trustee: David Chaney (i). Fiscal officer: Betty McElwee (i).
Clay Township: Trustee: Jim Massey (i). Fiscal officer: Pat Winkle (i).
Concord Township: Trustee: Gary Shannon (i). Fiscal officer: Karen Schroeder (i).
Dodson Township: Trustee: Marvin Resibois (i). Fiscal officer: Kristy Warner, Gary West.
Fairfield Township: Trustee: Andy Caldwell (i). Fiscal officer: Patrick Hagen (i).
Hamer Township: Trustee: Nathan Mootz (i). Fiscal officer: Kim Walker (i).
Jackson Township: Trustee: Doug Crum, Jerry Miller Jr., Stephen Waits. Fiscal officer: Chris Michael, Carleta Weyrich (i).
Liberty Township: Trustee: Tyler Kelch, Ronald Ward. Fiscal officer: Kay Barrera.
Madison Township: Trustee: Dan Mathews (i). Fiscal officer: Sherri Beatty (i).
Marshall Township: Trustee: Jeff Patton (i). Fiscal officer: Sonya Blankenship (i).
New Market Township: Trustee: Nick Bare, Wayne Harless. Fiscal officer: Dick Barrera (i).
Paint Township: Trustee: Randy Mustard (i). Fiscal officer: Joshua Matthews (i).
Penn Township: Trustee: Daryl Bumgarner (i). Trustee unexpired term: Tony Cannon, Jay Duncan. Fiscal officer: Jason Davis (i).
Salem Township: Trustee: Dave Hamilton, Jonathan Mootz (i), Chad Pitzer. Fiscal officer: Becky Sanderson, Jamie Wells.
Union Township: Trustee: Nathan Brown (i). Fiscal officer: Peggy Hite (i).
Washington Township: Trustee: Arthur Harless (i). Fiscal officer: Vic Gall (i).
Whiteoak Township: Trustee: Fred Yochum (i). Fiscal officer: Wayne Ferguson (i).
The following issues have been filed to appear on various ballots.
Clay Township cemetery renewal, 0.5 mill, 5 years (50-Clay).
Clay Township fire renewal, 1.5 mills, 5 years (50-Clay).
Liberty Township cemetery additional, 0.1 mill, 5 years (61-Liberty NE, 62-Liberty NW, 63-Liberty S).
Flagway 16-Local Option (Sunday sales beer) (01-Greenfield North).
Buford Convenient Mart-Local Option (beer, wine and mixed beverages) (50-Clay).
Buford Convenient Mart-Local Option (Sunday sales-wine and mixed beverages) (50-Clay).
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