By Chris Bavender
A strong civic responsibility to give back and pay it forward is just one of the reasons longtime Zionsville resident Brad Burk decided to run for Zionsville Town Council.
“Zionsville has been an amazing place to raise our family and we care about the future of our town,” Burk said. “I’ve served for two years on the town’s Community Development Corp., where I’ve had the chance to work with Mayor (Tim) Haak and his team, and I’ve found that work inspiring and rewarding. I’d like to do more.”
His career with the American Cancer Society the past 20 years has been spent bringing people together for a common cause – fighting cancer. Burk said that experience has made him “a very seasoned community builder.”
“Each and every day, I’m reminded of what people can and will do for others, and I enjoy working with passionate people to solve serious problems,” he said. “We don’t always agree but we find a common vision, and that allows us to work productively.”
Burk said he also would bring fiscal and managerial experience to the council.
“In my current role, I’ve been responsible for very large budgets, upwards of $30 million while managing over 100 employees,” he said. “As a nonprofit leader, I remain diligent about spending donor dollars to maximize the greatest impact, and I would do the same to respect our tax dollars. I view every dollar as an investment.”
Burk’s priorities include public safety, economic development, infrastructure, public spaces, fiscal health and community engagement.
“Zionsville is a special place, it’s unique, but change is inevitable, and Zionsville needs to continue making strategic decisions that balance positive growth with smart preservation, balancing the bottom line with quality of life,” Burk said. “I believe public safety (police and fire) are the cornerstones of our strong community and am eager to work with (Zionsville Police Dept.) Chief (Robert) Knox and (Zionsville Fire Dept.) Chief (James) VanGorder on a shared vision to manage growth.”
Burked said it’s vital Zionsville widen its tax base to fund growing community needs by keeping and attracting businesses that offer good-paying jobs and a diversified economy.
“Ultimately, my vision is about bringing people together to forge a better community. I truly believe Zionsville can and should be a model for civic engagement,” he said. “I will never have the only answer to often complicated problems, but I do know Zionsville is home to many of the brightest minds in Indiana. Most of us care deeply about our town and have ideas that aren’t shared often enough.”