SYRACUSE — William “Bill” Dixon will fill the vacancy on the Turkey Creek Township Advisory Board and be placed on the ballot in the general election Nov. 6.
Dixon was elected to the advisory board Thursday evening, Aug. 9, at a caucus of Turkey Creek Township Precinct Committeemen. Kosciusko County Republican Chairman Mike Ragan then officially placed Dixon on the general election ballot.
The caucus was called following the resignation of Sylvia Gargett in late July. Gargett was found to be ineligible to hold an elected political position.
“I’m running because Dennis (Darr) asked me to do it and I feel like I can. I know what’s required, I have the time to do it and someone who is forward thinking should have the job. That’s why I’m running,” said Dixon.
“This isn’t a job you look forward to, alright? This is a trustee’s job. This is not a delegate’s job. This is what I learned the last time when I was on the board. I went on this board and I thought I am going to be a delegate, everybody is going to tell me what they think and we’ll do it. Well nobody tells you anything, nobody tells you anything at all. They don’t remember you’re there. They don’t want to know you’re there. They don’t know anything, because they don’t want to know anything. They just want you to handle it. They know you’re going to deal with it, so go deal with it, that’s what they want. So our job is to make sure nothing burns down, nothing goes up in smoke, insurance premiums get paid, all paychecks get written. It’s really a trustees job, a keep it running kind of job and I can do that.”
Prior to the ballots being cast, Dixon was given three minutes to present information. He used that time to answer questions from those present. There being none, Dixon waived the remainder of his time. After the ballots were cast and Dixon was declared the winner, he jokingly stated he was glad “I didn’t have to ask for a recount.”
Dixon previously served on the township advisory board from 2010 to 2013.