Brad Beer has a host of reasons for challenging a longtime incumbent for Hamilton County surveyor. But his No. 1 objective is modernizing an office he acknowledges is otherwise efficient.
“I will be a voice for the future,” said Beer, 45, a firmware engineer who lives in Noblesville. “The Surveyor’s Office is made up of 19 other professionals who each have their own expertise. I will be a strong advocate for their professional development and voice their concerns. I will also guide the rest of the county’s administration by making information more accessible and easier to understand.
“I believe we already have the people we need, but since the average age in these professions is high, I will encourage them to train the next generation of civil servants.”
A first-time candidate for elected office, Beer, a Democrat, is challenging Republican incumbent Kenton Ward, who was first elected in 1977. Besides reshaping the office for future development, Beer also wants to raise public awareness about the county surveyor’s role.
“Few people actually realize how important it is, so outreach will be an important part of my position,” Beer said. “Surveyors maintain section corners from which we mark all boundaries. They supervise all civil engineering projects. They must plan for water drainage and retention, along with keeping our drinking water clean. They provide geographic information systems and produce reports for community planning. I want to help people understand how the surveyor’s office works to build their community.
“I also want to encourage young people to consider surveying, civil engineering, inspecting and other crucial skills for their careers.”
Beer, who has an 11-year-old son, is confident he has the background and experience to effectively administer the office.
“I have a broad set of skills which I can use to bring new ideas and solutions tailored to Hamilton County,” Beer said. “The surveyor’s office already works well. My changes will be slow and thoughtful, with an eye on the future.”
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