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Page 2A THE BEACON By Tamara Taylor The Road Less Traveled History- Each and every one of us has a history that has made us who we are today. As the years go by, I never cease to be amazed at how our own personal histo- ries become intertwined, the links often not realized until years after the fact. Just such a realization hit me recently when I had the opportunity to interview At- torney General Curtis Hill, Indiana’s forty-third Attorney General. As I walked up to Mr. Hill, I was impressed by a very professional young man standing next to him. While I had not previously met any of Mr. Hill’s staff, something about this young man seemed vaguely familiar. I read his name tag and stopped short- I had watched this “kid” grow up! Little league, baseball games, school functions... That “kid” was Garrett Bascom. The last time I had seen Garrett was when he attended Manchester Elementary; he was raised on the site of the historic Kyle Creamery Com- pany. That smart little kid was a far cry from the polished, well-spoken young man who holds the title of Special As- sistant to the Chief Deputy. Naturally, my curiosity was piqued. What journey had Mr. Bascom taken to get to where he is today? I started by speaking to At- torney General Hill and heard nothing but glowing praise about Garrett. He has certainly become an invaluable, well- respected member of the office according to Attorney General Hill and a number of cowork- ers with whom I spoke. I learned the most when I traced Garrett’s political be- ginnings back to the executive offices in Dearborn County. While in middle school, Garrett would race home from school not to play video games, but to watch C-CPAN 2. In middle and high school, Garrett was intrigued by coun- ty government. He attended meeting after meeting and watched commissioners and council members, intrigued by the information they gathered and the decisions they made. I have a feeling that Garrett was also quite aware of the impact that those decisions had on our community. At one point Garrett ap- proached then-deputy pros- ecutor, Aaron Negangard, about helping in the prosecu- tor’s office. “I have never seen a kid so eager to learn about how our government works,” said Mr. Negangard. The path was set. The entire staff of the court- house was impressed by Gar- rett’s politeness, intelligence, and willingness to help. He was genuine about his in- tent to learn everything that he could and help wherever needed. During a summer of interning for the prosecutor’s office, Mr. Negangard was im- pressed by Garrett’s ability to get things done and follow up no matter how hard the task. Garrett continued to work in the Prosecutor’s office part-time while attending the College of Mt. St. Joseph. May 2018 Garrett Bascom working with Bill McCleery, Deputy Di- rector of Communications for Indiana Attorney General, Curtis Hill. He kept quite an ambitious schedule yet still maintained such good grades that he was accepted into Indiana Univer- sity’s School of Law. By this time, Mr. Negan- gard was working on Attorney General Hill’s election cam- paign. He knew that Garret would be a great asset to the campaign and asked him to volunteer. Volunteer he did. Garrett’s hard work earned him a spot on Mr. Hill’s staff. I was told that the senior staff members rely heavily on Gar- rett because they know that, if Garrett is on a task, they can rest assured that it will be done correctly and on time. Garrett is deeply interested how to make our community a better place through politics. At age 21 he ran for a seat as a delegate at the Indiana Re- publican state convention; he was the youngest of twenty- four candidates vying for the spots. In his spare time, he reads historical biographies, although I have a feeling those “spare times” are few and far between. Currently, Garrett works full time in the Attorney General’s office while attending law school at night. For any of you who have attempted night school while working full time, you know what a cumbersome undertaking that is. Garrett is obviously working hard since he is now in the top 10% of his class in his first year. “Garrett is an exceptional young man who demonstrates the integrity and leadership that the future generation offers,” stated now Chief Deputy Negangard. Members of the executive offices in Dearborn County re- member Garrett’s work ethic and positive attitude. To this day, he still seeks them out at political functions to say hello and see if he can help them with anything. My hat is off to you, Garrett Bascom. I can’t wait to see where you go from here and the difference that you make. Don’t Worry- We are being Heard Curtis Theophilus Hill, Jr.- what an impressive name. The man with that name is, in and of itself, quite impres- sive. During his recent visit to Dearborn County, I had the opportunity to speak with the Attorney General. I was impressed with his calm, no- nonsense approach and depth of caring about the responsi- bilities of his position. Attorney General Hill oversees a staff of over four hundred employees, a task that I am sure cannot compare to the challenge of raising five, count ‘em five, children. Before becoming Indiana’s forty-third Attorney General, Attorney General Hill was elected to four terms as the Elkhart County prosecutor, giv- ing him a great deal of experi- ence for his current position. He had a high level of success with a program he developed called ICE- the Interdiction and Covert Enforcement unit, the strength of which lies in local law enforcement working cooperatively with the pros- ecutor’s office. His thought process is to target the flood of drugs in our community by stopping their infil- tration at the start. 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