Buxton and Garrett
Buxton and Garrett
Four candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination for the two at-large Hanover Town Council seats up for election this year.

Denise Buxton, Kenneth Garrett Jr., Belva Missy Ashby Scott and Jennifer Shelton all will appear on Tuesday's primary ballot, vying for the two Democratic spots on the November ballot. The two candidates with the most votes will move on.

No Republicans filed to run in the primary, though the party will have a chance to nominate candidates before the November election.

The at-large seats carry a four-year term. The Hanover Town Council has five members.

Both Garrett and Shelton currently serve on the Council. Garrett was appointed to his seat in February after Republican Brett Mitchell resigned in December 2013. Shelton was elected in 2010.

Denise Buxton

Buxton has lived in Hanover since she was a child after her family moved to town in 1962. She says she's been thinking about running for office for several years.

If elected, Buxton says she wants to give the children of Hanover something to do by utilizing the town's park space.

"I think kids need to have something to do here in the town," she said. "Something that doesn't cost them any money. We need to have something for children, teens and adults also. I felt the park was a great asset to the town that nobody really uses or really knows about."

Buxton said she'd like to bring in more free events and activities to the area.

With several years of corporate experience, Buxton said she has experience working with people and managing projects; skills she says would translate over to public service.

Kenneth Garrett Jr.

With experience working for the city parks department, Garrett said he's used his position on the Council to keep an eye on things at Hanover Park.

Garrett, like Buxton, said he wants to make more activities available for children in the community.

"We used to have a swimming pool there for the kids," Garrett said. "We don't have that anymore. We need to find things for the park, and find things for kids to do."

Garrett suggested putting sand volleyball courts in the park, as an option for a new activity. He also said the town could use a new backhoe for future projects.

He also praised some of the recent work done by the Council, including working with Southwestern Schools to help pay for a school resource officer.

"I think having the officer in the schools is something that just has to be done now," he said.

Belva Missy Ashby Scott

Scott is another life-long Hanover resident. Her family has lived in the town for more than 100 years, she said.

One of Scott's goals, if elected, is to increase communication between the residents of Hanover and the Council.

"I know a lot of people that don't really pay that much attention (to the Council) until something happens," Scott said.

She also said she hasn't been happy with some of the moves the Council has made in the last 20 years.

She mentioned the town hall building as an example.

"They placed the police on the second floor, and I said then that it wasn't handicap accessible," she said. "Now they had to remodel to fit them on the first floor to fit with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act.)"

Scott said putting the police on the first floor would have saved money in the long run.

Jennifer A. Shelton

Shelton is completing her first term on the Council after being elected in 2010.

While she said she's proud of the work done by the Council during her first term, she still wants to help improve Hanover.

Shelton cited making the police department ADA accessible and moving the Hanover Trustees Office to the park building as two of the Council's recent achievements that she is proud of.

Looking forward, Shelton said she'd like to find grant funding to fix up area homes that have fallen into disrepair.

"A lot of homes in the area, due to the economy, have been left vacant and I'd like to get those fixed up," she said.

Shelton said finding funding for the repairs would help the town and the appearance of the town, but also help bring work to the town.
Denise Buxton

Party: Democrat

Age: 58

Address: 43 S. Main Cross St., Hanover

Contact: (812) 599-6063

Education: Southwestern High School graduate. Taken classes at Ivy Tech.

Current and past employment: K-Mart Corp. for 14 years. Currently working at Pendant and Associates for the past 22 years.

Other relevant experience: Management experience and small business owner.

Memberships: Kent Christian Church.

Kenneth W. Garrett Jr.

Party: Democrat

Age: 45

Address: 5390 W. Mels Lane, Hanover

Contact: Phone - (812) 599-9582; email - kgarrett@swjcs.us

Education: Graduate Southwestern High School

Current Employment: Super ATV of Madison

Past Employment: Rotary Lift for 18 years, Spring Hills Golf Course for eight years and Town of Hanover two years 

Other Experiences: Basketball coach at Southwestern for 24 years; tennis coach at Southwestern for eight years.

Family Members: Wife, Melinda; Daughters, Haley 21 and Abbey 17

Memberships: Hanover United Methodist Church, Indiana Basketball Coaches Association and Indiana Tennis Association

Belva Missy Ashby Scott

Party: Democrat

Age: 56

Address: 222 E. Masin St., Hanover.

Contacts: Home (812) 313-4848; cell (812) 493-4742

Education: Southwestern High School graduate. Ivy Tech graduate with an AAS in accounting

Current, past employment: Hanover Shell gas station, Hanover McDonald's and have owned my own business.

Other relevant experience: U.S. Army veteran.

Family members: Son Kriss; daughter Dawn; sister Narci Burress, brother Steve Ashby and granddaughter Victoria.

Memberships: The American Legion Post 9, American Veterans of Indiana, Disabled American Veteran Chapter 55, AARP, VFW 1969 Auxiliary, Women of the Moose, Jefferson County Veterans Council, Post 9 Honor Guard, Hanover Senior Citizens, Southwestern Quarter Century Club, The Madison Women Bowling League and the policy council of the O.V.O. Head Start.

Jennifer A. Shelton

Party: Democrat

Age: 46

Address: 261 November St., Hanover

Contact: (812) 701-7664

Education: Madison Consolidated High School

Current and past employment: County Clerk's Office for past seven years; Hanover Town Council member. Formerly deputy coordinator of Jefferson County 911

Memberships: Hanover United Methodist Church, secretary for Jefferson County Democratic Party and member of the Jefferson County 911 Advisory Board.