MERRILLVILLE — The Ross Township Trustee position is attracting interest.

Merrillville Town Councilwoman Chrissy Barron announced she will be a candidate for the seat.

"I'm excited," Barron said of running for the office that serves Merrillville and portions of Crown Point and Hobart.

Barron, a Democrat, said she is seeking the position in 2018 because she believes the trustee's office needs new direction.

Building a stronger relationship between the council and the trustee's office is among her goals. Barron believes there are many opportunities to collaborate, especially with parks and programs.

Barron has been on the council for about seven years. She has served as the chairwoman of the Merrillville-Ross Township Democratic Precinct organization for a year.

Ross Township Trustee Joseph Shudick said he will be seeking re-election next year.

Shudick, a Democrat, has been trustee since 2010, and he served on the Merrillville Town Council for about 15 years prior to that.

Shudick said his main goal is fiscal responsibility. He believes he has been successful with that, noting the trustee's office has completed several improvement projects at Hidden Lake Park without having to issue debt.

Shudick said he continues to focus on maintaining or lowering Ross Township's tax rate while improving services offered there.

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