You have four years. Use it wisely.

Jump in headfirst and learn to swim.

If you do it right, you will feel an almost immediate weight on your shoulders that comes with the pressure of caring for millions of dollars, thousands of citizens, hundreds of miles of roads and sidewalks, a hundred plus employees and the hopes and dreams of everyone in this city. Swim anyway.

Handle these things with grace and gratitude even though it’s hard to breathe sometimes because half of the people that showed up to vote believed in you yet all the while knowing no matter how good you may do, you may still be asked to walk away from everything you’ve achieved in four short years.

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Dear Friends:

I was first elected to the position of Peru’s Clerk-Treasurer in 2016. Since that time, I have found ways to save hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for the city.

In my first year, I negotiated better insurance terms saving thousands. Year number two I paid off all the City's unnecessary debt eliminating the use of taxpayer’s dollars to pay interest.

Perhaps my most effective strategy was the creation and implementation of a 5-year capital improvement plan. I find that through conservative spending and multi-year projections I am able to eliminate most unexpected expenditures allowing time for negotiating the best prices on goods and services for the City. Because of this strategic planning, I have raised the General fund's balance from $257,000 at the end of 2015 to $1.8 million dollars at the end of 2018 all while maintaining quality benefits packages and competitive wages for the City's employees.

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The United Way of Miami County would like to thank all the students who applied for the Community of Character Scholarship. The scholarship is sponsored by the United Way and is open to any graduating senior from Maconaquah, North Miami, Oak Hill, and Peru Schools who plan to attend a post-secondary program. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a senior from each school.

To apply for the Community of Character scholarship the students composed essays detailing how they demonstrated one of the following traits in their life: cooperation, citizenship, honesty, responsibility, forgiveness, perseverance, loyalty, trustworthy, courage, generosity, respect, or compassion.

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As a victim advocate, I am asking the Peru Tribune and Peru Indiana Today to take a more thoughtful approach when publishing stories about victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Our local news media currently publishes nearly every detail in the probable cause affidavits for these crimes. Probable cause affidavits are sworn statements made by the police to support arrests and search warrants. They contain incredibly sensitive details about victims and can actually do more harm than good when published without regard for victims.

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Dear Editor:

Miami County Voters: As one of your candidates in the May 8th primary election for Miami County Sheriff, I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to campaign and meet the voters of Miami County.

Although I was not successful in my bid to be elected in the primary, I am thankful for the chance to meet many great people and share my thoughts. I would like to take this time to personally thank my committee members for their dedication, personal time commitment, and incredible efforts during my campaign. Also, thank you to all the people who voted, who listened to my ideas, and supported me during this process.

As we move forward into the general election, I want the voters to know that I respect and support your decision to elect Tim Hunter and wish him the best.

Sincerely

Rick Brown

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Dear Editor and Miami County Voters:

My Name is Rick Brown and I am one of the candidates for Miami County Sheriff.

After declaring my intentions to run for Sheriff I have had several media sources ask me for my thoughts and plans regarding community and law enforcement issues. I answered all questions to the best of my ability and it is my hope that the voters were satisfied with my answers.

I feel that it is equally important to understand the person who will ultimately be held accountable for the Sheriff’s Office along with your safety and your law enforcement needs.

I believe if you want to have an understanding of how someone will work in the future, is important to understand his past. I want to take just a few lines and let you know little about myself.

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Dear Editor:

Republican candidate Rick Brown is an outstanding candidate for Miami County Sheriff and this letter is written to share why I give him my full support and highest recommendation for your vote.

I feel it is important for me to share with the people of Miami County that Indiana State Troopers are forbidden from publicly supporting candidates in any election by department policy. State Troopers are allowed to run for political office but are only allowed to campaign on their own time.

While they cannot come out in support of Rick, I can. I am a retired Indiana State Police Trooper, current Peru Community Schools Police Officer and former Peru Police Officer. I have worked alongside all three law enforcement candidates and have firsthand experience that Rick is the most qualified candidate.

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As we began this campaign last year, a group of current and former Sheriff’s Department employees and friends sat around a large table and began to brainstorm about the upcoming Sheriff campaign. Towards the end of the meeting, nearly all began to tell stories about times when Tim Hunter had helped them in their career or personal lives. For those of you who know Tim, this will come as no surprise.