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Youth no deterrent for new Linton council chief

LINTON, Ind. – A recent college graduate with deep political roots has been chosen to lead the Linton City Council.

Jathan Wright, 24, is believed to be the youngest council president in city history, the Greene County Daily World reported (http://bit.ly/1amsv0V ).

Wright is no stranger to local politics. He is beginning his third year on the council, and his late grandfather, Jimmie K. Wright, served as the city’s mayor for two decades.

Jathan Wright also has served as president of the Greene County Solid Waste Management Board and as the 8th District Chairman of the Young Democrats organization.

Wright, who works in tech support at Logic Key Inc. and has a degree in political science from Indiana State University, said he’s looking forward to his new role.

“It’s a big honor that they (the council) have entrusted me with leading the council this year,” he said. “It’s a good group to work with. Everybody gets along great and we are trying to work together to try and make a difference in this community.”

He said the biggest thing he’s learned on the council is “how tight the budgets really are” due to statewide property tax caps and other measures. A proposal by Gov. Mike Pence to reduce or eliminate a tax on business property could make things more difficult, he said.

“With what the governor is proposing, it’s going to get even tighter. That’s the scary part,” Wright said.

Wright said he wishes his grandfather, who died in 2007, could see his work but is confident he would be proud.

“I wish he was here to see it, but he’s still watching,” he said.

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Information from: Greene County (Ind.) Daily World, http://gcdailyworld.com/

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