VIGO CO., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)— Vigo County Council welcomed two new members at large, Marie Belzile-Theisz and Don Morris.
Running for office was a new experience for Belzile-Theisz, who is a social studies teacher at Terre Haute North.
She said she hopes her role as an educator will allow her to better understand the county’s needs.
“I’m not afraid to be a voice at the table. As we look at different issues or make different decisions, hopefully I can bring a different perspective. I feel like our council has a lot of different backgrounds and experiences. And the more diversity you have, I think the more you be able to find what works best for the county.”
After 12 years on the Terre Haute City Council, Morris said he’s excited to serve the county.
He said he hopes to collaborate more with the city to save money and create income for the entire area.
“I want to connect all of our parks. You know we have the convention center coming in and the casino. What are they going to do? We’ve got great restaurants but we’ve got to provide other activities. I think Vigo County including Terre Haute has the greatest city parks in Indiana.”
Belzile-Theisz said she wants to focus on the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re really going to have to take a look at how this impacts our funding that we have coming in and also what’s going out. That’s going to take collaboration and working with all different parts of our community to understand what our needs are.”
Both council members at large said they’re excited to do the work for the people of Vigo County.
“I hear everything. And they’ll be blunt. But if I can assist, I can answer questions, I enjoy that,” Morris said.
“I love to learn and I love a new challenge and this is definitely going to be a lot of growth for me but I feel like that’s when I’m at my best. I look forward to the challenges ahead. I’m very excited about it,” Belzile-Theisz said.