Two running for Bourbon Town Council seat
BOURBON — Two locals are running in the Nov. 2 election for the Bourbon Town Council seat to be vacated by member Tim Perkins in January. Ellen Elliott will run on the Democratic ballot and her opponent, Les McFarland, was voted in as the person to be named on the ballot during a Republican convention in August, versus fellow Republican constituents Bill Keyser and Angel Perkins.
Ellen Elliott has been a Bourbon resident for 34 years. She and her late husband Mark "Ed" Jr. owned Elliott's Coffee Shop in Bourbon for eight years and she was employed by the town as building and zoning commissioner for more than 15 years. Elliot said she wanted to run for the opening seat "to bring a new perspective to the board and to give back to the community."
"I want to keep going forward with improvements to the businesses and I'd like to bring in more industry," she said. "I'd like to see curbs and sidewalks throughout the community and the newer additions and upgrades to the infrastructure of the town."
Elliott has been a member of the Bourbon American Legion Post #424 for 37 years where she has been active in the annual contests and celebrations and is associated with the Methodist Church. "I've been a member of the community and a business owner for a long time and am pretty well known in the community and by the town (employees) and I'm interested in getting more involved in all aspects of the community," she said.
Les McFarland has lived in the Town of Bourbon for 15 years, with his wife, Karyn McFarland. The couple have two daughters, Megan and Molly and are owners of “The Learning Depot Preschool,” located in downtown Bourbon.
McFarland is employed by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and also works part-time for the Bourbon Police Department.
He said he "is committed to the Bourbon community and is interested representing the people of Bourbon for the good of the community."
"I decided to run because I wanted to become more active in my community and I want to help open the lines of communication between the community and the council," he added. "I also hope to bring new ideas and a new perspective to the council."
His family attends Horizon Ministries in Bremen and he is a member of the Scottish Rite, the FOP Lodge, and the Hoosier Old Wheels Car Club.
"My goals are to open up the line of communication between the town and the council and to let people in the community know that they each have a voice, and that their opinions are important," McFarland added, "and that everyone needs to work together for the good of the town of Bourbon."