Election Preview: Two seeking Commissioner District 2 seat
Incumbent Nathan Abrams, Republican County Commissioner District 2, is on the ballot this Nov., seeking a second four-year term in his position.
Abrams, a lifelong Hoosier, currently lives in the Calvertville area with his wife Karen.
Abrams says he considers his proudest accomplishment of his first term as County Commissioner to be the restructuring of Greene County Solid Waste Management (GCSWM), also known as the recycling center. Abrams serves on the board of directors for GCSWM, a board that has taken the once in-the-red facility to a county-wide essential service site, with six locations and over $100,000 in the bank as of last month.
“We changed everything,” said Abrams. “Replaced board members, restructured how things are done, trimmed down the staffing and made employees, there and within the county, accountable.”
The board initially had to borrow money from the county to keep the site afloat, and Abrams says the endeavor was a big one, but worth it in the end.
“I think that the record of accomplishments and improvements in Greene County in the last four years makes me the best candidate,” said Abrams. “Tremendous projects have taken place here, and they have all been about improving the lives of Greene Countians.”
One such project has been the renovation of the 4-H Fairgrounds, renamed the Greene County Event Center since its extensive remodel.
“The center is so valuable to the community,” said Abrams. “ It’s multifunctional, and will last to serve the people of Greene County for a long time.”
Commissioners, including Rick Graves, were tasked with securing funding for the remodel, even accepting donations from individual citizens. They were responsible for all real estate details, as well as pushing the project through to approval.
In his time in office, Greene County has seen a major improvement in security at the Greene County Courthouse. Security at the location used to be done by county employees, but the Commission changed the staffing to members of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, at the same cost as the county employees.
“County employees were fine, but they did not have the power to detain,” said Abrams. “The Sheriff’s Deputy who is there now has made over 100 arrests and significantly increased the safety of everyone in the courtroom.”
Abrams mentions the fact that Greene County, for the first time ever, has an attorney under contract. “After 23 years, we now have Attorney Marilyn Hartman to help us in county legal affairs.”
The county also has eight new bridges since Abrams has been a Commissioner, two of which are waiting on contractors to begin.
“Kind of like with the recycling center, we restructured the Highway Department,” says Abrams. “We developed a road plan and put it in place. It was pretty haphazard before.”
If re-elected, Abrams says he will continue to work with the integrity and purpose he promised four years ago, and said, “I am making plans to move forward with improvements to our county. In four years, County Commissioners, as a group, have accomplished a lot,” added Abrams. “It’s not about me, it’s not about them, it is about the people of Greene County.”
A Greene County resident since the age of two, democratic candidate Mike Bond will face incumbent District 2 Commissioner Nathan Abrams at the polls Nov. 8.
Bond lived in Solsberry for 32 years, raising three children with his wife, Marilyn Eileen (Campbell) Bond.
He spent 30 years on the road, driving as a Teamster truck driver, and won many awards while employed as such.
Bond worked for the Greene County Highway Department for 15 years, 13 1/2 of them as Foreman at the Eastside garage.
All of this “hands-on” experience with the roads and bridges of Greene County makes Bond uniquely qualified, he says, for the position.
“I know all of these roads, every bridge, firsthand,” he said. If elected, Bond says his goal is “to do the best job I can for the county, and for everyone.”
When asked why he sought the District 2 County Commissioner seat, Bond replied, “I would like to be able to help our county out, I’m eager and willing to learn. I want to be Commissioner for the whole county, and everyone in it.”
Bond and his wife have been married for 49 years.
“I married a Greene County girl,” he said proudly.
Residing in the Tulip area, Bond has been retired for the past six years, and currently spends his days farming.