Carroll and Knowles square off in GOP battle for Huntington Township trustee position

EJ Carroll (left) and Carl Knowles.
EJ Carroll (left) and Carl Knowles.

Two Republicans, Everett “EJ” Carroll and Carl Knowles, will be on the ballot in the May 8 primary, seeking the Huntington Township trustee seat that will be vacated by Tim Guy.

The candidates were each asked the question, “Why are you seeking, or seeking to retain, this office? If you are elected, what do you hope to accomplish?”

Everett “EJ” Carroll
Carroll, 48, a 26-year resident of Huntington County, resides at 35 Northway Drive, Huntington, with his wife, Annette, and daughter, Asheley. He is employed as deputy chief of police/security manager at Parkview Health. He previously retired as chief of police from the City of Huntington, having spent 10 years as a school resource officer and served as a deputy marshal for the Town of Warren.

He graduated from Bluffton High School in 1988. He studied conservation law enforcement at Vincennes University, obtained a one-year technical certificate in turf management from Purdue University and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 1993. He also underwent a 16-week course in police staff and management at Northwestern University and is a Certified Healthcare Emer- gency Professional (CHEP).

He is a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Fraternal Order of Police No. 77, Lime City Officials Association and is a licensed official with the Indiana High School Athletic Association. His volunteer work includes serving as a board member of the Huntington County Visitor’s Bureau, Bowen Center Board of Directors (2013 board chair), Special Olympics, PAL, FOP and LACE.

This is Carroll’s first political campaign.

He responded to the question by saying, “I look forward to working with the Huntington Township Volunteer Fire Department. I believe that it is important that we immediately seek ways to improve response times for the residents primarily to the west and south sides of the township. I would explore the idea of contracting additional fire and first responders service from existing agencies that are closer to the area needing serviced.

“I look forward to improving transparency of the Huntington Township Trustee’s Office. I would do this by creating a website and the use of social media. Upcoming meetings, agendas, previous minutes and upcoming events would be readily available to township residents. Also included would be links to township assistance, including additional not-for-profit organizations in the community. If I am elected, I will make myself and the office readily available to the township residents.

“I look forward to working with community volunteers to continuously improve the beauty of the Lake Clare property. I have plans to clean the banks of Lake Clare to provide adequate access to the waters edge. I would also like to add a fishing pier for the physically impaired. I believe there are opportunities to utilize the campground for family, youth groups, Girl Scouts and Boy Scout events. I would explore the idea of bringing swimming back to Lake Clare. I would first look at bringing swimming to Lake Clare on holidays and select weekends and then make a decision on additional hours based off response.”

Carl Knowles
Knowles, 52, is a 28-year resident of Huntington County, residing at 4669N-615W, Huntington, with his wife, JoDeane. He is employed as a pre-press operator at Fort Wayne Printing.

He graduated from Homestead High School in 1984, and majored in production art and design at Phoenix Institute of Technology. He has more than 25 years of managerial experience in the printing business working for Noll Printing, Mignone Communications and Parrot Press.

Knowles is a member of Union Church.

It is his first time running for political office.

He answered the question by saying, “I’ve been privileged to be a part of recent township meetings and I will continue to work closely with Tim (Guy) as I prepare for this transition. Tim has been a great mentor and resource for me as I learn the functions and day-to-day responsibilities of the trustee position. I can’t think of any other job that would be more fulfilling to me than to serve this community in a way that would build a better tomorrow in other peoples lives. I value people, and it’s that spirit that I want to bring to the trustee position.

“I’ve experienced the hardships of company closures, and I believe my background will help me motivate and teach next-step techniques to people in need.

“I appreciate the strong unified leadership the township has had over the years and I’m eager to continue moving Huntington Township in the right direction. Our township has had a strong history of operational efficiency, and my conservative tax values will help maintain that great tradition. I also believe it’s very important for Huntington Township to provide convenient and ample public access to the trustee. I’m the right candidate because I’m passionate enough about this position and our community to make this a full-time commitment.

“I’ve managed tight schedules, operated under tight budgets and I’ve learned the value of being a good listener and a quick problem solver.”