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Knightstown Councilmen Reflect on Service
November 28, 2007 - Two incumbent Knightstown Town Council members defeated in the November 6 election recently spoke to The Banner about their time in office.
"I just told the people that I would try it for four years," Council President David Glenn said. "I've done that, and, you know … I'm kind of looking forward to going on with my retirement."
Glenn was appointed to the council in 2004 by the Henry County Republican Party to replace Ward 4 council member Bill Windsor, who resigned. He has served as the council's president since early 2006.
"I enjoyed working with the council, and I enjoyed working with the employees," Glenn said. "It was fun. I already knew most of them, but I made some new friends, and I felt like I was helping out, and that's a pretty good feeling. I've enjoyed it, I really have, and I think I've gotten some things done, so I feel good about that."
One-term Republican council member Cort Swincher, who ran unopposed in 2003 for the Ward 5 seat, also said his time in office was a positive experience. "It was very interesting and it was kind of fun," he said. "To be honest, with you, I enjoyed it.
"I felt like that I tried to do the right thing, and I tried to be honest and fair," Swincher continued. "I don't feel bad at all about the four years that I was on the council." He said he worked hard redrafting policies for town employees and the police department, and was glad those projects were completed.
Although he lost his bid for reelection, Swincher said he was encouraged by voter turnout on Election Day. According to local polling records and those maintained by the county election office, 401 people out of an estimated 1,240 registered voters cast ballots in what is believed to have been Knightstown's first contested election in at least 20 years.
"The thing that excited me more than anything was the amount of people that actually came and voted," Swincher said. "I don't know if it's a record or not, but it was large amount of people. I'm glad that they got involved."
Swincher said he hopes the three independent candidates who defeated him, Glenn and Council Vice President Nate Hamilton, the Ward 1 Republican, come into office with open minds and a willingness to listen and learn. He said he thought it would be a mistake for the three, who will be joining Valerie Trump and Steve Nelson, the council members for Wards 2 and 5, to try to change things that don't need to be changed. He used the Knightstown Police Department as an example.
"In my opinion, the police department is as strong now as it has been in many, many years," Swincher said. "Chief Baker is doing an awesome job and he is running the show. Nobody's micromanaging, and I hope they continue to let him do his job."
Terry Guerin, Robert Weber and Clyde South, the three independent candidates who respectively defeated Glenn, Swincher and Hamilton in landslide victories, take office January 1. Glenn said he wished the three luck and Swincher said he is willing to offer them his help.
"I'll talk to any of them at anytime that I can," Swincher said. "I'll discuss whatever they want to discuss. I'll be honest and truthful with them. … I'll help the transition as best as my ability will let me and wish them good luck."
(The Banner's attempts to contact Hamilton for comment for this story were not successful. He did not return a message left for him at his home. - Ed.)
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