Election Q&A county council: Ann Cain

What about your background and experience qualifies you to serve on the Jackson County Council?

Worked for 10 years as a business owner, handled budgets, accounts receivables and payable. Worked with all aspects of operating a small business.

What is the role of the council and its members?

The role of the county council is to deal with various financial aspects of the county and how funds will be spent throughout the county.

What is the top issue facing our county, and how would you address it?

The increase in drug use in our county is a very important issue. I would support our county employees being compensated with competitive pay and would support any further training to county employees that could benefit them in their positions that could help to deter the growth of the problem throughout the county.

What steps should the council take to keep the budget balanced and not have to dip into savings?

In order for the council to keep the budget balanced and not dip into savings, I think it is imperative to be watchful of wasteful spending by evaluating what expenditures are proving to be beneficial to the community and which are not and taking action to move those funds to areas that are worthwhile.

What are the biggest financial challenges facing the county, and how would you address them?

Did not answer.

Jail overcrowding is an increasing concern. How can the problem be solved? Do you support a jail expansion?

I’m really not sure what is the best answer to the jail overcrowding. I think it would be important to hear from law enforcement in the county to help determine what plan should be made to solve the issue. I also again think it would be very important to make sure that wasteful spending is cut so that if an expansion is what needs to happen, we can work hard not to further burden taxpayers.

Is open government important? Why or why not? How will you ensure that the council is open and honest with the public?

I absolutely feel that open government is important. Public officials all need to remember that they work for the taxpayers and therefore answer to them.

Cain file

Name: Ann Cain

Age: 45

Party: Republican

Residence: Seymour

Family: Husband, Alex Cain; son, Jackson Cain; daughter, Regan Cain

Occupation: Real estate broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Indiana Realty

Political experience: None