CharlieBliss.com

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I am running for a seat on the Rushford Town Board

My friends' campaign poster

A few months ago, I found out that Carlos Gildemeister was not going to run for another term as town councilman, I decided to run for that position. Why, some people have asked.

I have lived in Rushford all of my life.  I am the son of a farmer and school teacher.  Mrs. Cline, my third grade teacher, got me interested in science. That interest in science stayed with me and after graduating from Rushford Central School, I went to Purdue University to study engineering.  After graduating from Purdue, I moved back to Rushford and went to work for Air Preheater.  Since Air Preheater, I have been fortunate enough to find engineering jobs that have allowed me to remain in Rushford.    I like Rushford.  I have had the opportunity to travel to almost every state in the country on business.  I have been offered jobs in other parts of the country that are very nice. But I have always decided to stay here.  I like it here and this is where I raised my family. 

Family, friends, and community service have played big part of my desire to stay in Rushford.    The community service part started in Boy Scouts.  We had a very active scout troop under the leadership of Dan Metcalf.  We were always doing community service projects for the town and at scout camp. That group of Boy Scouts turned out to be a successful group.  One went to the Air Force Academy.  Several others when on to be high ranking officers in various branches of the military.  Others enjoyed a high level of success in their jobs.  All helped their communities.

I mentioned that I grew up on a farm.  During my junior year in high school, my father was run over by a tractor while cleaning the barn yard.  He had to be taken to the hospital with serious injuries.  Since Rushford did not have an ambulance, he was taken to the hospital in the back of a hearse.  He later died of his injuries.  In the spring of my senior year, some people approached me about helping to form and ambulance service for Rushford.  They asked me to join the group because of my Boy Scout first aid experience.  You can read more about this by clicking this link.  That was 40 years ago and I am the only member of the original group that is still active.

Rushford is a nice town and offers a quiet rural life style with recreational opportunities.  It has a lot going for it.  The town budget is sound. The town board has been traditionally fiscally conservative.  I want to keep it that way.  I have a wide variety of municipal and professional engineering experience that I can bring to the board.