McFarland chosen at Bourbon convention

BOURBON — Leslie (Les) McFarland’s name will appear on the Republican side of the ballot in the fall election as a candidate for Bourbon Town Council.
Republicans met in a convention Wednesday, Aug. 18 at the Matchett Square Senior Center to choose one candidate out of a field of three.
Also vying for the spot being vacated by Tim Perkins was Bill Keyser and Angel Perkins.
As a number of voters continued to arrive at the Center, Marshall County Republican Chair David Holmes announced that there could be more than one vote taken.
Holmes said, “We have to have a majority.”
However, after the first and only ballot with 128 votes to count, McFarland was chosen with a majority vote.
In accepting, McFarland said, “Thank you for coming out tonight. I’d like to see you at future board meetings if I’m elected.”
This is McFarland’s’ first time in the political ring.
In his comments before the vote was taken, he said, “I believe in trying to be more involved in my community.”
He stressed the need for downtown revitalization and expressed his interest in trying to apply for grants to help with the cost of what he referred to as helping the “curb appeal” of the town.
McFarland has been with the Marshall County Sher-iff’s Office for the past 15 years. He and his wife own the Learning Depot Pre-school located in the Bourbon downtown area.
Both Keyser and Perkins shared their commitment to the community as well.
Perkins said, “I originally signed up as a candidate because no one else had.”
She served as the editor of the Bourbon News-Mirror for four years and is currently an editorial assistant for the Pilot News Group. She has lived in Bourbon for eight years, coming from St. Joseph County.
Perkins said, “I’ve been at almost all the town meetings for several years and know the town employees as well as those in the community.”
She said when her husband transferred to a job in Warsaw, she researched the Bourbon schools, police records, census reports, primary results and online information sites and then chose Bourbon as the place where she wanted to live and raise her three children.
“When I saw the Ten Commandments on the corner,” she said. “I thought this was a community that would stand up for what they like and what they stand for.”
During her comments to the audience, Perkins said, “I think I can look at Bourbon from outside of the ‘bubble’ and make clear, researched and informed decisions.”
Keyser pointed out his experience with town matters after 20 years of experience. He was previously a member and past president of the Bourbon Town Council. He said, “The Center Street project took 12 years of my life. It took awhile to get the State of Indiana to cough up $3 million.”
Keyser pointed out that he believes the town has infrastructure problems that to be addressed.
“They need to be taken care of,” he said.
He is retired from Dalton Foundries in Warsaw. He moved to Bourbon in 1976.
Those voting had to certify that they are a resident of the Town of Bourbon. Those not listed as voters in the primary had to sign a statement that certified that they are a member of the Republican Party, and no other party, or that they did not vote the Republican Party ballot at the primary election, that they have since registered to vote and that they intend to vote for majority of the Republican Party’s nominees at the next Municipal election.”