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Taxes prove top issue for District 1 council candidates




Neither candidate running for county council plans on raising new taxes paid by residents, but one is open to finding new revenue through user fees or a tax on visitors staying in hotels while the other would rather focus on saving more and cutting expenses.

Republicans Pete Ketchum and Jim Ray are running for the District 1 county council seat, which includes all of the county except for Pleasant, Franklin and the northern half of White River townships. Ketchum, the incumbent, is running for his first full term after being selected by a caucus to fill a vacancy on the council in 2011.

Ray is a longtime president of the Amity Fire District board and retired engineer. Whoever is selected in the primary will represent the Republican party in the general election and could face a Democratic or independent opponent if one is slated.

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