Politics runs in family for Murphysboro Township trustee
Republican Andrew Erbes, who is seeking re-election as Murphysboro Township trustee, said he has always been interested in politics.
Erbes was born and raised in Murphysboro and come from a politically active family and said that politics is and has been a very important part of his life. "From helping my ... grandfather, grandmother, father and mother campaign for various offices, as well as Ron Reeder's primary bid for Jackson Coonty tax assessor, to my own campaigns ... I have always maintained great political interest," he said.
Erbes is not the first in his family to run for office. "My great-uncle Ray Doerr served as chairman of the Jackson County Republicans for some 25 years and obtained a great deal of clout with politicians not only on the local scene, but statewide and national level as well," Erbes said.
Erbes made clear he relates to and identifies with the Republican Party in politics, however, he said he has a "moderate/conservative ideology." Erbes said he is not against or hesitant to "work across party lines," and is willing to work with everyone to the benefit of the community and its citizens.
Erbes is a member of the Murphysboro United Methodist Church, serves as the club president for the Kiwanis International Club of Murphysboro, is a member of the Elks Lodge 572 and zoning board of appeals, and is the general chairman for the Murphysboro Apple Festival.