CROWN POINT | Ron Matlock, of Gary, says he will announce today his candidacy for Lake County Council.
Matlock issued a statement Wednesday saying he intends to seek the 3rd District seat on the county fiscal body now held by Councilman Jerome Prince, D-Gary. Prince announced this month he will leave the council to run for county assessor.
Matlock, a retired steelworker, has served two terms on the Calumet Township Board, which advises the township trustee on budgetary matters.
The County Council budgets county government spending. All seven of its members will be up for election in 2014.
Matlock said he will make his announcement today on the east steps of the Lake County Government Center.
Prince, 49, is a 1982 graduate of Lew Wallace High School. He has served in the Marine Corps, worked in real estate sales, served as a deputy Calumet Township assessor and eight years on the Gary City Council, before becoming a county councilman in 2008.
He said he has been involved in tax assessment for 19 years and expects to soon attain a state Level 3 assessor/appraiser certification.
He said in a written statement, he will introduce "the latest technologies available to efficiently and accurately determine (tax) values."