Sicard elected to 6th term on Ferdinand councilNovember 5, 2019
By LEANN BURKE
FERDINAND — Ferdinand residents once again chose Ken Sicard to represent District 1 on the Town Council.
The Democrat won his sixth term on the council Tuesday night, winning with 296 votes to Republic Don Farina’s 73. Sicard has served on the town council for 20 years, most recently holding the office of president.
“I’m very honored to be elected for another four-year term,” Sicard said. “I’m thrilled to death.”
Over his years on the council, Sicard said he’s been able to get more involved with the town and see how decisions made at the local level affect nearby communities and how local governments interact with the state government. Looking back over his 20 years on the council, he said he’s most proud of the growth in the town.
Looking ahead to his next four years as a councilman, Sicard said he’s excited to continue being part of growing Ferdinand and finding ways to attract new families to the town.
A major focus right now is creating housing opportunities, Sicard said. Currently, Kerstiens Homes & Designs is building Country Ridge Estates — a 16-lot subdivision on the town’s north side. Across the street, father-son duo Randy and Dakota Begle are building the second building in their apartment complex, Royal Ridge. Sicard also said the town has been talking to other developers about building in the town, and the town’s economic development commission is working on a program to help developers build streets in their subdivisions. Sicard is looking forward to being part of shaping that program.
He also plans to continue focusing on infrastructure improvements throughout the town. He specifically noted finishing the electric upgrades currently underway and continuing to utilize the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Community Crossings grant for street improvements.
Once the results were finalized, Farina called Sicard to offer congratulations and thank him for a good race. This was Farina’s second time running for office in Ferdinand, and he doesn’t believe he’ll run again. The two spent the bulk of Election Day together outside the polls at the Ferdinand Community Center, and they agreed they had a good time and good conversation.
In the end, voters didn’t turn out for Farina. Despite the loss, Farina saw the race overall as a positive experience.
“The race went fantastic,” Farina said after the votes were totaled. “I wish Ken good luck.”
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