Meet Your 2020 Candidates: County Commissioner, District 2

Grant County will be holding elections this year for many important local offices, which have the power to change things here at home.

In Indiana, our Primary Election will be held on May 5th, and the General Election will be November 3rd.

If you’re not yet registered to vote, the deadline to do so (to participate in the primary) is April 6th. If you would like to register, or to check your registration status, please visit the Indiana Voters website at

We reached out to all of the county candidates running in this year’s primary. Not all candidates responded, but everyone was given the same opportunity.

Here is the information we’ve gathered, to help you make an informed decision this election cycle.

Hello, I’m Mark Bardsley.  I was born here in Marion, Indiana and am a 1981 graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University.  After serving in different communities as a minister, my family and I returned to Grant County in 1995.   I have worked as the Marion Police Department Chaplain since 1996 and served Grant County as Coroner 2003 & 2004.  I began as Grant County Commissioner, District 2 in 2005.  During my term of service I have worked with Emergency Management, Public Safety, Economic Growth, Drainage Board, Highway Department, and the Solid Waste District on recycling. 

My role has allowed me to work with many of our community and municipal leaders to get projects done throughout Grant County, including the Walmart, Dollar General and Dunham Distribution Centers, among others.

I’ve had many people ask why I want to be a county commissioner.  My response is always the same, “I believe in serving people.”  Whether it is dealing with ordinances that affect issues in the county, or maintaining county facilities and services, or caring for hundreds of miles of roads and bridges we have; I want to be involved in helping to make life better for all our folks in this county. 

My top priorities include:

  • Continuing the unique collaborative effort with all elected officials to meet the needs of our residents.
  • Completion of the Central Dispatch communications center project to facilitate timely and proper emergency response (police, fire or medical service) for all our citizens. 
  • Providing safe roads and bridges for our citizens and solid infrastructure for Grant County constituents, business and manufacturing community.
  • Making voting easier and more accessible to all Grant County voters through updating polling centers.
  • It’s also very important for you to have affective public servants that make your issues a priority.  I am that person.

Changes for Grant County, that I would like to see, include:

Reversing families leaving our community. There has been a slow drain on our population.  People who are looking for jobs and amenities that are offered in metropolitan areas. I would like to see more community and economic development to attract new residents and encourage more businesses and manufacturers to find Grant County as a great place to live and work.

When you go into the voting booth remember that Mark Bardsley has worked to maintain and improve county infrastructure.  Mark is committed to excellence and is working for economic development in the county. I have been diligent to be a good steward of Grant County resources with a proven record of steady accomplishments and integrity.  I would greatly appreciate your vote so I can continue to work for you and make our home and community a safer better place to live. 

My name is David M. Gault, I am a native-born Marion Indiana farm boy, my grandfather raised his family in the Weaver community. I have 4 adult children and 21 grandchildren. I am a graduate of Marion High School. I graduated Cum Laude at from Indiana Wesleyan with my Associate of Science Business and Bachelor of Science Management. I decided to run for Grant County Commissioner District 2 because I live in the district, I serve the community of Bricker Heights as the Neighborhood association president, I am fortunate to serve as a Local Lodge Business Representative for over 2,000 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union members in the state of Indiana.

I truly believe it is time to step up and serve the residents of Grant County as their County Commissioner.

Top policy positions:List

  1. Steady sustainable economic growth for the county
  2. Economic opportunities for the residents of Grant County
  3. Alternative crops for the farming community
  4. Clarity and transparency in County Government

What change(s) would you like to see in Grant County?

  1. Recovery alternatives for addicts, Inpatient treatment, incarceration treatment.
  2. Pathway to success of Grant County residents through partnerships with our local businesses.
  3. Business and recreational opportunities and attractions to bring our children back from college to live, work, start businesses, and raise their families.
  4. Clean alternative energy sources and opportunities. 5. Utilizing technology to move our county forward.

Anything else you want voters to know before they go into the voting booth?

My favorite Scripture is John 13: 34-35. A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

I love people, I care about their concerns and their wellbeing. So, my service to Grant County will be based on Love for the people, the land, and the environment.

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