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Indiana State Representative District 55
Candidates John Moton, Lindsay Patterson, Curtis Ward, and David Welsh
John Moton, Indiana State Representative District 55, Republican Candidate
John Moton (Ripley County Republican Party Chairman and Regional Director for the Office of U.S. Senator Mike Braun) has announced his candidacy to represent Hoosiers as State Representative for Indiana House District 55, which includes all of Fayette, Franklin and Union Counties and portions of Decatur, Ripley and Rush Counties.
Moton is a lifelong conservative Republican and longtime resident of Batesville and Ripley County. As our next State Representative, he vows to champion conservative principles and policies.
“Our district needs a clear voice in the Statehouse that reflects our common-sense conservative values and honors the heritage of our communities and I’m ready to serve, day one,” Moton said.
Moton was brought up on the family farm in St. Maurice and spent his formative years in Batesville. A graduate of Batesville High School and Wabash College, he believes those experiences shaped him and established his understanding of freedom and natural rights.
“Our rights come from God, not from government. I believe that the government’s primary role is to protect the freedom and opportunity granted by our Creator and guaranteed to us by the United States and Indiana Constitutions,” said Moton.
Moton’s authentic conservative values include a desire to promote freedom, limit the size and scope of government, reduce taxes, support law enforcement, protect the 2nd Amendment and defend the right to life. He is an advocate for an America First economy that advances the interests of business, agriculture and energy.
“Cultivating a climate for good jobs, right here in rural Indiana, is crucial to our long-term success. Getting government out of the way will unleash a spirit of liberty and self-reliance that allows individuals to reach their God-given potential and realize their American Dream,” said Moton
Additionally, Moton will promote parents’ freedom to choose the best educational opportunities for their children, as well as ensure that parents have the right tools to express their voice regarding school curriculum.
“Parents should have the ability to choose where they send their children to school and having a say in their curriculum. And, that curriculum should teach them to think, prepare for careers or college and support good citizenship that values all people for their character and merits,” Moton said.
Hoosiers’ natural rights must be respected as citizens of our free republic. “I will stand against mandates and policies that infringe on our resident’s rights and their children, their ability to operate their businesses or coerce individuals into making decisions outside their best interest,” Moton said.
Moton will utilize his experiences as a Congressional staffer, Statehouse legislative assistant and utilize his extensive local relationships and policy know-how to be the best advocate for our district and our shared conservative values.
In addition to his work for Senator Braun, the Ripley County Republican Central Committee and lending a hand on the farm, Moton is active in other areas of community and religious life. He is a devout Lutheran and is also a member of the National Rifle Association, Batesville Athletic Boosters and the National Association of Wabash Men. Previously, Moton served on the district staff of former U.S. Representative Luke Messer and as a Legislative Assistant for the Republican Caucus of the Indiana House of Representatives.
Please visit facebook.com/votejohnmoton or votejohnmoton.us.
Dr. David Welsh, Indiana State Representative District 55, Republican Candidate
It is an honor for the Friends of Dr. Dave Welsh to announce the intent of Dr David Welsh, who is a resident of Batesville, Indiana to run for Indiana State Representative in District 55. Appropriate papers will be filed with the State of Indiana when it is permitted in the coming weeks. Dr Welsh has been in practice as a General Surgeon for over thirty years and as his parents taught him, he understands it is important to give back to the community. He has endeavored to work at this goal over the years at the local hospitals, the southeast YMCA and the local schools as well as other activities. He now will seek to serve the community as their State Representative.
Three pillars of the Campaign are : Education; Business and Public Health and Safety.
Help us put a Doctor in the House who can bring of dose of Common Sense.
Those wanting to join the campaign effort can connect via email@example.com or 812-934-4262 or 812-212-1205.
Born and raised in Indiana, Dave Welsh, one of five children, learned from his parents Maurice and Helen Welsh of the importance of education. He earned his BA degree in Government and Preprofessional at the University of Notre Dame. He also learned firsthand the importance of extra curricular activities while attending school. Whether participating in musical programs such as band or learning about life on the athletic fields, these activities were not considered extra to him, but rather expected and necessary parts of his education. Being a Monogram winner as a wrestler at Notre Dame was a priceless part of his college experience.
Dr Welsh attended the Indiana University School of Medicine where he reached his lifelong dream of becoming a Physician. While at IU he met two loves of his life, he found out he loved Surgery and he met the love of his life who became his bride Mary Beth Simmermeyer. Mary Beth grew up in Oldenburg and attended Oldenburg Academy just like her mother Viola Simmermeyer. During Medical School, Dr Welsh spent a month with Dr Stephen Glaser at Margaret Mary Community Hospital. This experience led Dave to appreciate the rural lifestyle and the welcoming people of Southeast Indiana.
While completing his General Surgery Residency at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dave and Mary Beth were able to frequent Batesville and Oldenburg for Holidays, graduations, weddings and other important events. After completing his surgery training, moving to Batesville to set up a practice and raise a family was a clear fit, especially with the birth of Katie, Dave and Mary Beth’s first child.
Over thirty years ago Dr Dave started his surgical practice. The community was welcoming and supportive. His practice expanded and took him to practice at Decatur County Memorial Hospital, Rush Memorial Hospital and Dearborn County Hospital in addition to Margaret Mary community Hospital. Over the years Dr Welsh has seen and treated patients throughout the new District 55.
Shortly after moving to Batesville, Dave and Mary Beth’s second child, Andy, joined them. Of note, Andy and Katie joined their mother and grandmother as alumni of Oldenburg Academy. Having children, Dave was driven to contribute more to the community in a variety of ways such as supporting local churches and schools as well as the YMCA as a member of its Board. Following Dr Glaser’s lead, Dave has been a physician on the sidelines at sporting events for decades. Through his medical practice, Dr Welsh has learned a lot about the needs of the community, from seniors, business executives, farmers, small business owners and more.
Throughout his professional career, Dr Welsh has been involved in organized medicine and advocacy efforts at the state and national levels. Organized medicine is an area of strong interest for Dr Welsh because that involvement enables him to work on the health of many more than his own patients. He has been President of the Indiana State Medical Association as well as its BOT Chair. At the American College of Surgeons, he is a past Governor and is a current member of the Board of Regents. He is the Immediate past Chair of the OMSS at the AMA as well as a previous chair of the Hospital PTAC at the Joint Commission.
While on the ISMA Board, Dave worked with stakeholders on the first HIP. More recently he was involved in the Stop the Bleed Bill which helped place life saving resources in our schools. At the AMA Dr Welsh has been working on dealing with many issues, medication shortages and improving maternal health are just a few areas he has worked on through his position on the Council on Science and Public Health. At the American College of Surgeons he has been involved with improving quality and safety in surgery as well as improving access to surgery care in rural settings.
Growing up, Dave’s father would take him and his siblings to visit small towns. His dad always wanted to move to a rural setting and own a farm. Following in his father’s footsteps, Dave has realized both of those dreams. With a deep appreciation of his small town neighbors and friends, Dr Dave seeks now to represent their interests at the Statehouse and give them a strong voice. He feels the needs of those in district 55 are just as important as those in central Indiana.
Indiana State Representative District 73
Candidates Bob Carmony, Edward Comstock II, and Jennifer Meltzer
Edward Comstock, Indiana State Representative District 73 Republican Candidate
Edward K. Comstock II has announced his candidacy for House District 73. Comstock,
an Air Force Veteran, has based his candidacy on pro-life issues, lower taxes, Second
Amendment, and less government intervention in people’s daily lives. Comstock was previously
a candidate for House District 57 prior to redistricting, and has also been a non-partisan
candidate for school board in previous election cycles.
Edward K. Comstock II grew up in Waldron, Indiana and with the exception of his tours
of duty with the Air Force, has remained a Shelby County resident most of his life. He currently
works in Greensburg, Indiana and looks forward to the opportunity to bring a “citizen’s”
perspective to issues in the legislature, particularly concerning education, taxes, Second
Amendment, healthcare and the state’s agricultural base.
Jennifer Meltzer, Indiana State Representative District 73 Republican Candidate
Republican Jennifer Meltzer, Shelbyville City Attorney and former Indiana Deputy Attorney General, has announced her candidacy for the open House District 73 seat. The newly-drawn district will include portions of Shelby, Decatur, Bartholomew, and Jennings Counties including Shelbyville and Greensburg.
Meltzer has served as the Secretary of the Shelby County Republican Central Committee since 2017. In her free time, she has an active role in the local community. She serves as Vice President of Coulston Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization, a Girl Scout Leader, and a Board Member of the Shelby County Youth Assistance Program.
Jennifer lives in Shelbyville with her husband, Shelby Circuit Court Judge Trent Meltzer, and their three daughters, June (10), Rose (8), and Pearl (5). The Meltzers are members of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Meltzer says she is running because: “In my legal career, I’ve chosen to serve the public. I’ve represented our elected officials at both the State and Local level and successfully defended their hard work on our behalf in both State and Federal Courts. Now I’d like to put my skills and experiences directly to work for you as your District 73 Representative.”
In her legal career, Meltzer has defended the constitutionality of our state statutes and represented state agencies and elected officials including Prosecutors, Judges, and our Governor in State and Federal Court.
She states “It is important that each level of government stay in their own lane. This begins with letting families make their own personal choices. Local governments need to be in charge of local issues and our State should tackle statewide issues and protect us from Federal overreach. The Federal government should mostly leave us alone and protect our country. Just as it would serve us best if Congress would remember that what may work in California probably won’t work in Indiana, our State Legislature should remember that what may work in Indianapolis or Lake County may not be appropriate for Bartholomew, Decatur, Jennings and Shelby counties.”
Decatur County Sheriff Candidates
Dave Durant, Independent Sheriff Candidate
Decatur County Sheriff Dave Durant is seeking a second term as your Decatur County Sheriff. Sheriff Durant will be running as an Independent candidate. Durant’s name will not appear on the primary ballot in May but will be on the general election ballot in November 2022. Durant says that there is no place for politics in law enforcement. As Sheriff Durant stated in his first election, “I am a policeman, not a politician.” My main job as your Sheriff is to protect the liberties and freedoms of every citizen regardless of your standing in our community. Under Sheriff Durant’s “unconditional respect” mandate, all citizens are treated fairly and justly regardless of who they are or who they know.
Durant says that in his first term, 100% of promises made during his campaign have been met.
1. Working with Decatur County Schools to double the number of certified School Resource Officers in our school buildings to better protect our children.
2. Increased the number of Merit Deputies that patrol Decatur County by 25%. This includes the addition of one full time and one part time detective working together attacking narcotics and related crimes through targeted, intelligence-based policing. Durant’s stance on aggressive and proactive law enforcement targeting and arresting bad actors has made Decatur County a very unfriendly place to commit crimes.
3. Implemented a Reserve deputy training program to increase coverage by 6 times.
4. Completely restructured the Jail Commissary system and increased it from 79,000 dollars annually to 500,000 dollars per year with the same or smaller number of inmates than previous administrations. These funds greatly offset the burden on our taxpayers allowing Sheriff Durant to stay within budget for all four years of his first term. This includes cutting the budget by one quarter of a million dollars in 2022 giving the money back to the Decatur County taxpayer where it belongs.
5. Created programs inside of the Detention Center offering “Hope and Change” for inmates. Sheriff Durant believes that true change starts in the heart. These voluntary programs include REC (Residents Encounter Christ), MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy), HSE (High School Equivalency) as well as weekly church services provided by local Decatur County Churches and frequent visits by the Gideons as well as bible study. Since implemented, over 100 participants have professed a relationship with Christ following by believer’s baptism inside of the Detention Center. Also, over 100 men and women have either graduated from or are currently participating in MRT and HSE while incarcerated. These programs are 100% funded by inmates and their families through the commissary system at zero cost to the taxpayer thus decreasing recidivism inside of our jail producing taxpayers instead of tax drainers.
6. Secured approximately a half million dollars in state and federal grants for programs ranging from additional personnel to aggressive traffic enforcement. These include school bus stop arm enforcement as well as impaired driving. Under Durant’s leadership, Decatur County Sheriff’s Office has produced some of the highest statistics of traffic enforcement in the entire state of Indiana regardless of agency size which makes for a safer Decatur County.
7. Restructured the comp time system saving Decatur County taxpayers over 700,000 dollars in his first term in overtime charges.
8. Increased training for all deputies by four times, which decreases liability to our citizens while increasing the safety of the deputies that serve them.
Under Sheriff Durant’s leadership, the core values of the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office are absolute integrity, unconditional respect, selfless service, professionalism and above all, servant leadership. Sheriff Durant credits all the great success of the DCSO to GOD first, an amazing and talented staff second and third, the tremendous support of the citizens of Decatur County for his agency.
Some of Sheriff Durant’s goals for a second term are to continue and increase his “Arrest to Recovery” program as well as develop future leaders within the organization. Durant says, “These leaders will transcend my term to effectively and professionally safeguard the citizens of Decatur County for years to come.”
Durant stated, “It has been my honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Decatur County in my first term as your Decatur County Sheriff. I would be humbled and blessed to serve a second and final term.” God Bless America and God Bless Decatur County.
Bill Meyerrose, Republican Sheriff Candidate
Bill Meyerrose is a lifelong resident of and has spent his entire law enforcement career serving the citizens of Decatur County. Meyerrose believes that to serve the people as the leader of a law
enforcement agency, it is important that the person have knowledge of all areas of the department.
Meyerrose has worked as a patrol officer, a detective and served as Chief of Police, therefore gaining
the experience in all areas of a law enforcement agency. Lastly, Meyerrose has spent the last six of his
32 total years in law enforcement serving as Investigator for the Decatur County Prosecutors Office,
working daily with all law enforcement agencies in Decatur County.
Meyerrose will bring even-tempered leadership to all employees at the Decatur County Sheriff’s
Department and rebuild the partnerships of agencies working in Decatur County. Meyerrose will invest
his experiences in law enforcement, which have been proven successful, into the next generation of law
enforcement that will serve Decatur County. The top priority will be partnerships: working together, not
independently. We will work together with law enforcement agencies, county fire departments, and our
schools, to better serve the people of Decatur County. As for the employees, one major key will be to
commit to maintaining staffing levels so that no one is working short staffed. Failure to maintain an
adequate level of staff in an agency causes items to be missed, making patrol and detention deputies
vulnerable while placing the county at risk for liability.
Meyerrose will provide the deputies with the tools they need to be successful and safe, supporting the
people who serve the people. A priority will be providing all deputies with body worn cameras. The
state legislature has budgeted money for local departments such as ours to facilitate this purchase.
These body worn cameras will provide crucial evidence in criminal cases, expediting the cases through
the court system, as well as protecting the deputies and the county from civil liability.
As for the detention center, Meyerrose is a firm believer in providing programs and treatment to those
who have drifted to a place where they need help. The county is now transitioned to the new facility
which was necessary to provide these programs. The faith based Residents Encountering Christ (REC)
program currently being provided at the detention center WILL continue and programs added. To take
rehabilitation a step further, the Jail Chemical Addiction Program (JCAP) will also be implemented to
provide inmates with an additional resource for a successful outcome. The key to successful
rehabilitation is to provide support during detention and a foundation for continued services once they
are released, whether that is a faith based program or an evidence based program.
Unfortunately, during this time of economic struggles coupled with substance abuse and addiction
issues, property crimes such as theft and burglaries are occurrences that our citizens and law
enforcement deal with on a daily a basis. Better communication with other law enforcement agencies,
along with treating these property crimes as investigations rather than just a report for insurance will be
a priority if Meyerrose is elected.
Lastly, if elected, Meyerrose intends to be in the office where you can find him, with an open door policy
for all of the citizens of Decatur County to be able to stop in and share their concerns and ideas. Action
is what provides results, not the loud talk of action. Mark Twain said, “Thunder is good, thunder is
impressive; but it is lightning that does the work”. Meyerrose said: “I will be at work, doing the work,
working with and along-side our deputies as we all work together as partners to serve Decatur County.”
John Organist, Republican Sheriff Candidate
Organist is a Westport Town Council board member, an active member of Greensburg FOP Lodge 104, and a member of Westport Christian Church. He and his wife Amanda, Director of Nursing at the Bartholomew County Health Department, have three children.
Organist was born and raised in Kenosha, Wis., moved to Indiana in 2008, and has been a Decatur County resident since 2014. Prior to pursuing a career in law enforcement, he was a project manager, business area manager and purchasing manager.
Decatur County Sheriff Sgt. John Organist has announced he will run as a Republican candidate for Sheriff in 2022.“As Sheriff, I want to build up the training program for the officers, and expand evidence-based training scenarios focusing on defensive tactics techniques,” Organist said. “Each deputy’s specific talents will be identified and supported to develop a department of highly trained, empowered employees capable of handling the ever-changing needs of our
Organist said he would expand the investigation department to help target property crimes. He would also rebuild the detention center staff, focusing on a decentralized command structure, and training and education.
During his 11 years in law enforcement serving the communities of Hope, Westport and Decatur County, Organist has served as a field training officer, field training program coordinator, defensive tactics instructor, taser and pepperball instructor and shift supervisor.
Prosecuting Attorney of Decatur County
Candidate Nathan Harter IV
Decatur County Recorder
Candidate Dottie Moore Robbins
Decatur County Coroner
Candidate Charity Banks
Decatur County Assessor
Candidate Dorene Greiwe
Decatur County Council
District 1: Kenny Hooten
District 2: Danny Peters
District 3: Deanna Burkart
District 4: Ashley Emsweller-Hungate, Richard Mays
Ashley Emsweller-Hungate, Decatur County Council, Republican Candidate
Councilwoman Ashley Emsweller-Hungate recently filed to run for a second term representing District 4 on the Decatur County Council. With more than 14 years of experience in government administration, she is well-positioned to continue bringing operational expertise and insight to the council.
In addition to her duties with the council managing Decatur County’s budget and financial
obligations, she also is focused on several main initiatives:
- Transparency: This includes frequent communication with the public about current
council business and gathering feedback on upcoming initiatives
- Stability: Fiscal conservatism and consistent management is key to maintaining Decatur
County’s strong fiscal position
- Long-term planning: Large initiatives should be planned for well in advance with future,
not just current, needs in mind
- County personnel: County employee policies and compensation should be modern,
competitive, consistent and attractive so that Decatur County can attract and retain the
best employees to serve its citizens
“Since joining the council, I have become active in several key initiatives, including a salary
study for all county employees,” said Emsweller-Hungate. “These issues require a strong hand
and strategic mindset, which I bring to the table every meeting.”
Outside of council duties, Emsweller-Hungate has experience managing multi-million dollar
budgets for state agencies, administering grants, overseeing staff of more than 40 employees
plus contractors and vendors and implementing compensation and benefits initiatives for more
than 30,000 state employees across Indiana.
“I have served in state leadership positions across three gubernatorial administrations. My
emphasis during this time has been clear communication, increased transparency and
enhanced efficiency,” said Emsweller-Hungate. “While I love helping Hoosiers on a daily basis, I
appreciate having the opportunity to utilize these skills at the local government level and to
benefit my home community.”
Emsweller-Hungate grew up in Clarksburg and now lives on a small farm outside of Saint Paul
with her husband, four children and three rescue dogs. She is Vice-President of the Greensburg
Decatur County Public Library board, President of the Decatur County Republican Women,
Secretary of the North Decatur Music Parents and Past-President of the Saint Paul Kiwanis.
She is an alumnus of Indiana State University and Western Governors University of Indiana for
her undergraduate and MBA degrees.
Each of these positions requires strong leadership, strategic thinking and fiscal responsibility. If
re-elected, Councilwoman Emsweller-Hungate plans to dedicate her knowledge, skills and
abilities to continue supporting Decatur County’s fiscal stability now and into the future.
For more information about Councilwoman Emsweller-Hungate or to discuss issues impacting
County Council District 4, please contact her directly at EmswellerHungate@gmail.com.
Information about her office and the campaign is available on Facebook under Councilwoman
Decatur County Clerk
Janet Howell, Republican Clerk Candidate
I am excited to announce my intent to file for the position of Decatur County Clerk.
I reside in Decatur County with husband, Chris Howell. I have five children, three stepchildren, and five grandchildren. I am currently employed with Decatur County Clerk’s Office, where I have been serving Decatur County as a Deputy Clerk since February 2009. I have devoted myself to bringing high ethical standards and quality service to the Office of the County Clerk. I have also worked for the county as a dispatcher for several years prior, where I helped with the implementation of the E911 system in Decatur County. My father, Daryl Templeton, is a former Sheriff of Decatur County. I would like to follow in his political footsteps serving Decatur County, where I hope to make him proud.
The Clerk’s Office performs a wide variety of important duties, including holding elections, filing and maintaining cases for both Decatur Superior and Circuit Courts, taking payments for civil and criminal cases, marriage licenses, passports, maintaining records, and much more. With my passion for serving our community, I hope to continue serving Decatur County as the next Decatur County Clerk. I am asking for your vote in the May 3rd Primary Election on the Republican ticket.
Anna (Wenning) Rayner, Republican Clerk Candidate
Hello! My name is Anna (Wenning) Rayner and I am asking for your support to be elected as your next Decatur County Clerk!
As one of the 13 children of Don and Theresa Wenning, we learned early in life to be involved in some sort of public service and to give back. Many of you know my brothers Brian and Bill. They both were on the Greensburg Fire Department and when Bill retired, he went on to be a City Counselman. My brother Mike has been the local dog catcher and has done many speaking engagements for anti-bullying with the youth. My sister Debbie (Thomas) has had her time with health issues that led her to writing an insightful book of hope for others! Each of my siblings have always been there for others in one capacity or another. A great legacy to our parents!
I worked for 11 ½ years for Optometrist, Jon Dooley and then 4 ½ years for Medical Multi-Specialty Clinic where I loved both jobs because of helping patients with whatever their needs were at that time. The “ultimate people person”, Tami Wenning, offered me a job in the Clerks office 20 years ago. I started part-time and after 5 months, I accepted full time. Public service is exactly what I have been doing ever since……and I love it!
Being the County Clerk has many responsibilities. Most people that come into our office have no idea what they really are needing. They need someone willing to listen to them and help them find the information they need to complete the action they are trying to do. While the Clerk and deputies are not attorney’s, we should be able to treat each customer with respect and understanding and steer them in the right direction. Public service!
I never envisioned my self as ever becoming the County Clerk, but as I see the definition of Public Service changing to something I don’t recognize, I have the desire to bring that service back to the “good old days”! I feel that I have had great teachers and co-workers thru the years that have modeled the true meaning of Public Service!
I would appreciate your vote in the Primary this May 3rd!
Decatur County Commissioner, District 2
Candidates David Gray, David Neuman, Jeremy Pasel, and Michael Quinlan
David Gray, Decatur County Commissioner, District 2 Republican Candidate
Hello, my name is David Gray Jr and I would like to announce that I am running as a Republican candidate for County Commissioner for District 2.
I was born and raised in Decatur County; I have lived in District 2 for 41 years.
I am a 1998 graduate from North Decatur High School
My wife Heather and I have been married for 15 years and have a 14-year-old son Carter and a 10-year-old daughter Allee.
I have worked remotely for a computer software and IT company for the past 17 years. My work in Senior level project management and communication design has led me to work on and oversee small projects to multi-million-dollar projects. I have worked on communication infrastructure systems including design, submitting quotes, budgeting all the way down to implementation and cutovers.
My career in Senior project management gives me the tools needed to plan, design, and oversee projects for the county as well as keep fiscal responsibility in check. My remote worker status gives me the ability to meet with community leaders and attend any meetings to ensure that the community is given the correct representation in the commissioner’s office.
I will not make promises that I cannot fulfil but I will promise to give all my time and effort to ensuring that I represent you to the best of my ability. I will work toward making the information and communications to the public more accessible.
I welcome anyone to reach out to me directly at 812-593-9491 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss what they would like to see from the position of Decatur County Commissioner.
Jeremy Pasel, Decatur County Commissioner, District 2 Republican Candidate
Today, Jeremy Pasel announced his candidacy for Decatur County Commissioner in District 2, saying ” Decatur County has experienced growth over the last decade but with the right leadership we can encourage consistent growth that brings new prosperity and opportunity to this hardworking community.”
Pasel grew up in northern Cass County, Indiana on the family farm that was purchased by his great grandfather. A proud ten year 4-H member, Pasel raised cattle and hogs for the county fair. After his rural upbringing in northern Indiana, he attended Franklin College and then worked full time during his legal education at the IU McKinney School of Law. Since graduating from law school in 2012, Pasel has dedicated his career to public service as a deputy prosecuting attorney. Pasel and his wife moved to northwestern Decatur County in 2018 because it is a rural farming community that is very similar to where they grew up.
Of his candidacy, Pasel said, ” I will work to move this community, as your County Commissioner, in the direction that improves all our lives. I intend to pursue responsible economic development, which will not only bring good paying jobs to our community, but it can help improve our schools, roads, utilities, fair grounds, and provide other opportunities that will positively affect Decatur County.” Pasel pledged to be the professional representative Decatur County needs to go meet with and attract economic investment in our community. Pasel described himself as a “fiscal conservative” who will not pursue projects that leave Decatur County in a fiscal deficit. A young man with a family, Pasel dedicated himself to “creating a better community for our children and grandchildren.”
In his announcement letter to voters, Pasel ” guarantee[d] transparency and enhanced communication regarding the commissioners’ meetings and decisions made as a result of those meetings,” saying, “Decisions should not be made behind closed doors or to benefit only a select few.” Pasel specifically noted that transparency and communication can only go so far when the current County Commissioners meet at 8:00 am on a Monday. Pasel promised to work with his fellow commissioners to move the County Commissioner meetings to a time when the working family doesn’t have to worry about losing money or taking time off work to come voice their concerns about a project.
Describing what sets him apart as a candidate and why he’s running, Pasel said, ” I will be your County Commissioner who is not afraid of change or to bring innovation to Decatur County. I will ask the hard questions. I am fortunate to have lived in several different communities. Consequently, I have seen the advantages and the disadvantages of these communities. These experiences will help me to help Decatur County. We call Decatur County home because of the wide-open spaces and the small, tight knit community. I will help Decatur County grow and improve while not sacrificing the ideals we cherish.”
Pasel closed by expressing eagerness to interact with all of his neighbors during the race, inviting all of Decatur County to share their vision for the future with him via Facebook or by calling him at 812-614-8005. “It would be my honor to earn your support and to serve the people of Decatur County as their newest County Commissioner.”
Washington Township Trustee
Candidates Gracie Maxwell, Chris Ramey, Candee Redelman, and Beverly Rivera
Gracie Maxwell, Washington Township Trustee, Republican Candidate
Gracie Maxwell has announced her bid for the Republican nominee for Washington Township Trustee.
A native of Greensburg, Maxwell is dedicated to ensuring resources are available to help our citizens thrive.
Maxwell is currently a student at IUPUC studying Business Administration. During her academic career, she interned at the Indiana Statehouse assisting with marketing-communications and finances.
She currently is employed at Decatur County Community Foundation, where she has led several projects and deepened her understanding of local resources available to residents.
“Through my work at the Community Foundation, I feel I’ve found my true calling in life:
outreach and helping others,” Maxwell said. “My long-term goals include going back to school to get my Master’s in Social Work or Counseling and working to provide resources for those in need.”
Outside of work and school, Maxwell can be found volunteering in the community. She is a Rotary member, has volunteered at New Directions, and recently joined the Board of Directors of The Ark, a men’s recovery house.
Approachable and open to listening, Maxwell is a caring, family-oriented person with a strong understanding of operations. For questions about her platform, Maxwell can be reached at email@example.com.
Chris Ramey, Washington Township Trustee Democrat Candidate
I Christopher M. Ramey, am announcing my candidacy for Washington Township Trustee in Decatur County. I have long been an advocate for disadvantaged people. That’s my passion: to serve my community.
I will bring my knowledge and compassion to the Washington Township Trustee’s office. The position needs a person knowledgeable in benefits, and programs to assist those asking for help. While I’ve helped secure services for the individuals I have served, I also am experienced with budgeting and seeking grants.
In addition to my experience I have formal education which will serve well in the Trustee’s office. . I earned a Work Incentives Practitioner certification while attending Cornell University. The combination of my skills and training resulted to success for my clients ability to return to work either in a similar job or after retraining for a new career. They were also able to keep those new careers and care for their families. It has always been my goal to help others build a bridge over the gap to self-sufficiency which often times includes teaching people new money management skills. I believe that this is often key to long-term independence.
I have work experiences in both private industry and not-for-profit agencies both locally and nationally. I will bring those skills to this office, skills such as working with tight budgets, negotiating the best results for my clients. Our Township Trustee’s office needs someone with just these skills to serve the public and protect the tax-payers as well.
I will lead with transparency and ask that of the other elected officials as well.
When elected I promise to always have my door open to the community, to be available for questions and concerns.
My career has given me opportunities to work with local and federal leaders. This community will benefit from those experiences and of course, as a representative of this community I will work across political lines to get this job done for the citizenry.
I hold as a high duty of the office to honor and provide for the upkeep of our local cemeteries. I will make sure the final resting place of our loved ones are kept up in their honor.
The bottom line is this: I am a hardworking family man, I am blessed to be married to Brianna for 11 wonderful years,and together we have 3 beautiful children: Lilly, Sophie, and Kansas. I am thankful to be able to share my career earned skills, opportunities and accomplishments with Washington Township.
I ask now for your support and remind you to Vote for Chris Ramey
Candee Redelman, Washington Township Trustee Republican Candidate
Candee Redelman has announced her bid for the Washington Township Trustee office. Candee, a long-time Decatur County resident, has 3 adult daughters and 1 teenage son. Candee has been married to Dan Redelman for 41 years and they have 11 grandchildren. Candee has worked in the Washington Township Trustee office since January, 2020. She helped many clients navigate the unknown of COVID, assisted in saving the Township over $329,000 while providing empathetic, resourceful solutions to client issues. Candee states “While my involvement with issues outside of township assistance (otherwise known as poor relief) have been limited, I have been learning a lot of the ins and outs of the office. I participated in the budgeting process, have attended trainings specific to Townships, and have helped build strong relationships with other non-profits and service organizations.”
Candee has many years of community involvement and volunteerism, including but not limited to North Decatur PTO and After-Prom, Meals On Wheels, and New Directions. Candee has a very empathetic heart and has been seen on social media asking for help for perfect strangers. “I don’t know what it is in me, but I believe everyone should be given a chance. One of the things I love about our office is I can help with that. Watching young people who are in a bad spot because they didn’t know how to do a budget or prioritize things saddens me. That is why I love being able to mentor them, and others, toward a life beyond poverty. We are literally changing lives!”
Candee understands that being the Trustee is not a 9-5 job. It is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. “I have gotten up in the middle of the night to assist clients with immediate needs. I know that emergencies happen and that is when we are needed the most. Being the Trustee isn’t just a job, it is a commitment.”
Candee has had a front-row view of local government and democracy in action. Popular and necessary changes made by Trustee Christian Rust were adopted to the benefit of Washington Township, such as making the position full-time and having prominent and accessible public office space. On the other hand, Candee also saw innovative and outside the box projects die for a lack of public support, and she has learned the importance of building consensus among the people most affected by her decisions. Throughout, she has learned the importance of following procedure and law, in order to ensure that changes are well thought out and implemented with the support of the community.
Candee is most proud of the relationships she has formed with other agencies to assist clients. “Sometimes our office can’t help fund things, but we have worked hard to build trusting relationships with other agencies, and when we call asking for assistance with a client need, they step up”, she stated.
While Candee is well versed in the aspect of township assistance, she has been actively expanding her knowledge in the other duties required of a Township Trustee; fence line disputes, noxious weed control, fire protection, and care of cemeteries. Candee attended the Indiana Township Association Conference to expand her knowledge and better prepare her to serve as your next Washington Township Trustee.
Candee would appreciate your vote in the May Republican Primary.
Beverly Rivera, Washington Township Trustee Republican Candidate
Beverly Rivera has filed to run as a candidate in the race for the Washington Township Trustee. She is running on the Republican ticket.
Beverly is a local businesswoman, wife, mother and community volunteer and leader. She owns and operates Rivera Screenprinting and Embroidery, a successful local business for 27 years. Beverly has been married to Jaime Rivera for 32 years and they have four adult daughters: Jessica, Samantha, Sabrina and Natalie.
“I decided to run for this office after a few years of consideration,” Beverly said. “I have several ideas and projects in mind that will benefit the residents of Washington Township if I’m elected.”
In 2021, a task force was created to advise the current trustee on some major bond issues and Rivera is currently serving on that task force. Her experience on this task force and exposure to the workings of the office fueled her desire to become the trustee. “I have been learning more about the projects that are in place and I am willing to delve deeper to create beneficial programs and policies for our township,” Rivera said. Those projects, which have gained high public interest over the past year, include the bond issue for the Lake McCoy cleanup project and property purchased by the current trustee; a new and permanent location for the township office; and work being done in cemeteries to locate and identify old burial plots as well as available plots, in addition to the general upkeep and repairs needed in the cemeteries. Rivera believes all of these need attention and is currently researching each to gain a better understanding in order to make proper decisions if elected.
As a local businesswoman, Rivera works with many offices and individuals who are dependent on the Washington Township budget. The Greensburg fire department, Emergency Medical Services, law enforcement and several county offices are among her customers. Rivera stated, “The relationships I have with my current customers will be helpful in working with them to determine how the trustee’s office can better assist them in funding their projects.
The Rivera family is rooted and grounded in Decatur County. Beverly is a lifelong resident, while Jaime moved here when they married 32 years ago. Together they have raised their daughters in Greensburg. Community involvement has always been an important part of the family: It was a priority to be active participants in the local schools, PTO, church youth groups, serving on the boards of youth soccer and softball leagues, and coaching hundreds of the youth in our community in various sports and Special Olympics.
In addition, Beverly has served personally on the board of the local Walk to Emmaus community (a non-denominational Christian organization), several church committees, and numerous local organizations that provide assistance to the citizens of Decatur County. She was instrumental in establishing the thrift store for the TLC Homeless shelter when it was established in 2017. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life was a long-time commitment, as Beverly served twelve years as a team and event leader, top fundraiser and sponsor.
Beverly has a very solid Christian faith and uses that to help guide her daily in business and personal life. She had served as the mission director at Greensburg United Methodist Church for over ten years and is currently on the community outreach committee at First Christian Church. She has led over fifteen mission trips from across Indiana to other states and in the country of Guatemala. In addition, she was trained as a coordinator for emergency first responders through the United Methodist Committee on Relief. “Some of the best-spent times in my life have been when I’m doing something to help others,” Rivera said. “One of my favorite times is the Youth to Yellowstone organization. I have had the privilege to serve as a leader on the trip and continue today to help coordinate this trip for underprivileged youth who may not have such an opportunity with the organization and adult leaders.” This dedication to her church, people across the country and world has given her many years of leading large groups of people and managing budgets and projects.
Rivera looks forward to the campaign over the next few months and getting out to meet more residents to share her ideas for a trustee’s office that has the best interest of the tax payers in mind. She summarizes her abilities as such: “My experience running a business for 27 years, my degree in Accounting and Business management from Indiana Business College, and the large amount of community projects and budgets for which I have been involved has definitely prepared me to be an excellent Washington Township Trustee.”
Washington Township Advisory Board
Candidates Tim England, Randy Hoeing, Tim Kane, Angie Morrow, and James Stewart
Adams Township Trustee
Candidates Rachel Adams, Somer Hart-Welsh, and Charity Wilder
Rachel Adams, Adams Township Trustee, Republican Candidate
My name is Rachel Connall Adams, and I am running for Adams Township Trustee. Born & raised in Decatur County, the majority of my years I’ve lived right here in Adams Township. I am a 1992 graduate of North Decatur High School. Shortly after graduating, I moved to the East Coast to start my career, and eventually my family. I have a son, Xavier, who is a senior at NDHS and a daughter, Gabriella, who is a freshman at NDHS. We returned “home” in 2010 and reside on family property. During the last few years that my dad served as Adams Township Trustee, I served as his Deputy. If elected as your trustee, it is my goal to mend the relationship with the Adams Township Volunteer Fire Department in order to provide adequate fire protection for the community. I will fight against implanting a “fire territory” in order to keep your property & income taxes from making unnecessary spikes. I feel it is extremely imperative to work alongside the advisory board, seeking their opinions, suggestions and input. Other responsibilities I will handle with respect and diligence is maintaining the abandoned cemeteries within our community and administering township assistance. It is extremely important to have open communication with the advisory board, as well as all residents of Adams Township. As your Adams Township Trustee, I intend to work with the advisory board, re-establish open communications with the residents and serve my community with honesty and integrity. I would appreciate your vote on
Somer Welsh-Hart, Adams Township Trustee, Republican Candidate
Somer Welsh-Hart has announced her bid for the Republican nominee for Adams Township
Born and raised in Decatur County, with most years residing in Adams Township, Somer
graduated from Greensburg Community High School. Somer has two sons, Balee 23 who served in the
United States Marine Corps and Preston who is 10 years old and attends Good Shepherd Christian
Academy. Somer runs Somerset Racing Stables LLC and resides in Adams Township.
Somer is no stranger to serving her community. She worked for the Decatur County Clerk’s
Office under Decatur County Clerk Adina Roberts and held the position of Deputy Clerk. Along with
running the daily business of her horse farm, Somer is currently a volunteer firefighter and serves on the
administration board for the Adams Township Volunteer Fire Department.
According to Somer Welsh-Hart, the township trustee is a unique position. “As Adams Township
Trustee, I will concentrate on all areas of responsibility outlined by Indiana Statute with an emphasis on
three main areas.
First, I will concentrate on working with and maintaining proper fire protection for all
Adams Township residents. Somer opposes the current ideas of forming a fire territory because of the
very real possibility of it raising the taxes of every Adams Township resident along with losing a proximal
response time. As a farm owner, I clearly understand that without a proper fire service within Adams
Township, precious lives as well as their homes, barns containing livestock and expensive farm
equipment could be lost. Also, without a proximal fire service, insurance rates will also increase for
“Second, I will serve the citizens in need when appropriate with financial assistance through the
township office. During these unprecedented times in our country, so many of our citizens are suffering
financially and simply need temporary assistance for a helping hand up. Being a single mom raising two
boys, Somer is empathetic towards those less fortunate. It takes a tremendous amount of humility to
ask for help in a local community where everyone seems to know everyone’s business. I will treat these
citizens in need with love and respect.”
Third, the position of Adams Township Trustee is responsible for the adequate maintenance of
the cemeteries in Adams Township. “I will maintain the dignity of Adams Township citizens laid to rest in
our cemeteries by maintaining them. Many of our citizens visit their loved ones that have passed on, so I
plan to make and keep these gravesites a place of honor and respect for Adams Township residents”.
Somer and her son, Preston are members of Star Baptist Church in Downeyville. Somer also
supports and participates in Decatur County 4H Horse & Pony as well as volunteers and sponsors for
Greensburg Youth Baseball and Softball Leagues and YMCA basketball teams. Somer states “My love for
GOD, country and community has inspired me to serve as Adams Township Trustee. I believe that many
of our elected officials have forgotten who they work for and why. I will commit to working for and
serving all citizens representing their concerns regarding my position as your Adams Township.
Charity Wilder, Adams Township Trustee, Republican Candidate
Adams Township Trustee Charity Wilder is seeking a second term in the upcoming 2022 elections. Wilder took over the reins of the Adams Township Trustee’s office in July, 2019 with the retirement of former Trustee Charlie Bill Connall. Wilder, a long-time resident of Decatur County, immediately got to work applying lessons she’s learned in her life to help the less fortunate in Adams Township. “I was honored when Nathan Harter appointed me to this position and I immediately began analyzing the needs of our township. The Trustee is tasked with addressing specific needs: poor relief, cemeteries, fire protection services, and rank weeds and vegetation, and is given wide discretion in how they handle those areas. During my time as the Trustee, I’ve tried to address those needs for Adams Township.”
During her tenure, Trustee Wilder oversaw the creation of a community garden in which constituents could grow vegetables for use in their homes to off-set rising food costs. She also oversaw the clean-up of several local cemeteries. “Those that have passed before us deserve to be honored and given the best facilities that we can provide. Further, those of us that remain need the hope and solace that can be found in visiting our loved ones in a peaceful environment. “
Wilder, however, has not been without some controversy in her role as Trustee – choosing to modify the outdated fire service contracts with St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department and Adams Township Volunteer Fire Department in an effort to provide the best fire protection for Adams Township. “When I took office, many constituents- including the firemen of Adams Township Volunteer Fire Department- approached me about the fire department and the need for change. I agreed, so I developed a list of basic administrative and educational provisions in the contract that even the most basic department should be able to accomplish. I gave them a period of years to get their house in order, as it were. When they failed to accomplish those basic requests nearly two years later, I terminated the contract and contracted solely with the St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department for coverage.”
Furthermore, after Wilder acquired the land Charlie Bill Connall intended for a new ATVFD station, ATVFD refused to sign a lease with the Township, and also rejected a proposal where Adams Township would pay for a consultant to help get affairs in order for ATVFD. Finally, Wilder points to turnover in leadership as being too unstable to entrust tax dollars to ATVFD. “They’ve had three board presidents since I became trustee, and four fire chiefs in the last year.”
In doing so, Trustee stirred up a vocal and boisterous group of citizens aimed at enforcing the prior status quo, but the Trustee did not back down. “I’ve endured a great deal of comment from a pretty small group of citizens that wanted to just stay the way we were, but I’ve also fielded a lot of calls and messages in support and encouraging me to continue to stand up for what’s right. I have always wanted the best for ATVFD and I truly appreciate their willingness to serve, but I can’t, in good conscience, spend taxpayer dollars for a fire department that can’t properly fight fires, or respond to any medical calls. Since taking over the contract, the St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department responded to 26 calls that would have previously been with ATVFD. Of those 26 calls, ATVFD would have only been qualified to assist on 7 of them – meaning that 19 of those calls would have had to be answered by someone else. As a business owner, I wouldn’t pay a contractor that could only do 27% of the work. And, as Trustee, I won’t spend taxpayer dollars for a contract that puts citizens at risk 73% of the time. I’ve taken a lot of heat for it, but I stand by my decision to hold the fire departments that I contract with to a minimum performance standard.”
Wilder’s hope for her next term is to continue building on the strides made in the last three years. “I want us to continue to expand our poor relief. In 2021, I saved $7958 in taxpayer dollars by building a coalition with the Agape Center, New Directions, Human Services and other organizations. I want to continue to build on those efforts, as well as what we’ve been able to do with the Community
Garden.” As for fire services in Adams Township, “I am continuing to pursue a fire territory with the Town of St. Paul because I believe that it will allow us to be efficient and give better services to everyone. As for the land that Charlie Bill Connall negotiated and I acquired, I plan to work towards a dedicated fire station and Township office at that location, for the benefit of the people of Adams Township.”
Wilder knows she has a political battle ahead, and welcomes it. “I have dedicated my time and energy to breaking up the good ole boys and doing things right. If doing the right thing catches heat for me, that’s ok. I can look in the mirror and know I’ve given the people of Adams Township my full attention and my best judgment. While my opponents focus on this one sliver of the job they’re upset about, I will continue to share the hard work I’ve done in all aspects of the job. I hope to be given the opportunity to help the people of Adams Township for another four years.”
Information about Wilder’s campaign can be found at Facebook under Charity for Trustee.
Adams Township Advisory Board
Candidates Roger Dumond, Rick Eckert, Ken Ewing, Beethany Fellows, Samuel Hatcher, Jr. Andy Hunter, Bradley Scheidler
Roger DuMond, Adams Township Advisory Board Republican Candidate
At the request of several Adams Township residents, I have entered my name into the pool of candidates for the 2022 Primary Election of three Adams Township Advisory Board positions. Having served the Decatur County farm community for 45+ years in Agri-Business and consulting, I feel that my awareness of the needs of the township and the wishes of the citizens will allow me to serve the needs of Adams Township. My wife and I are engaged in farming and own property in Adams Township. We have a vested interest in helping make sure that Adams Township is ready to take care of it’s citizens, both today and into the future.
Having served as President of the Board of the Adams Township Fire Department, I am keenly aware of the opportunities and challenges ahead for fire service from both of our Township Fire Stations, and the rules and regulations that govern Township government. I pledge to listen to the people of the Township, and will oppose all efforts to raise your property taxes. Adams Township has a bright future ahead, and multiple sources for funding without raising property taxes. I am available to discuss your concerns at any time.
Thank You for your vote for Roger DuMond as one of the three Adams Township Advisory Board members.
Rick Eckert, Adams Township Advisory Board Republican Candidate
My name is Rick Eckert and I am running for a position on the Adams Township Advisory Board. My wife, Sarah was born and raised in Adams Township and after living in the City of Greensburg for 12 years, we moved to our current home in Adams Township in 2020. We have a daughter, Rebekah, age 21 and a son, Conner, age 18.
I currently work as a field service technician with Smiths Detection and have worked in this field for 31 years. I am a Veteran having served 4 years in the United States Army and 4 years in the National Guard.
One of my main reasons for running for the Adams Township Advisory Board is that I disagree with the defunding of Adams Township Volunteer Fire Department. It is my belief that Adams Township Volunteer Fire Department should be getting their rightful funding from the Township Trustee. After all, the taxpayers have paid their taxes and deserve to have adequate coverage from their local volunteer fire department.
In recent months, I have attended (either virtually or in person) several Adams Township Advisory Board meetings and I am very concerned at the way in which those meetings have been conducted. My goal is to restore the relationship between the Trustee/Board and the Township Taxpayers/Fire Departments. I would love to see the fire departments (ATVFD/SPVFD) working together as a team within the township.
I would appreciate your support. Please come out and vote May 3rd
Andy Hunter, Adams Township Advisory Board Republican Candidate
Andy Hunter is the current President of the Adams Township Advisory Board and is seeking re-election. Andy has been on the Advisory Board for three terms.
He is a lifelong resident of Decatur county, the majority in spent Adams Township where he was born and raised and currently lives on the old family farm.
Andy is very passionate about the current issues being debated in the township with regard to the fire stations and possible fire territory. He was a teenager and helped his Dad and other local men establish the Adams Fire Department. This involvement has stayed with him all of his life and he hopes to continue the relationship with the township and the Adams Fire Department.
Cemetery maintenance and upkeep is extremely important to Andy. He enjoys spending his time walking around local cemeteries as well as those around the surrounding townships and counties. He is always excited to find the grave marker of a military person or a family member. He has often spent time with some of his children looking for these. The trustee budget dedicates a portion of funds to the upkeep of the township cemeteries and Andy fully supports that.
You may see Andy during the summer months selling his home grown produce. He is also known to give some to those who need it. He looks forward to remaining on the advisory board and helping to protect the interests of the township fire departments, cemeteries and his neighbors.
Clay Township Trustee
Candidate David Israel
Clay Township Advisory Board
Candidates Ann Stagge, Kelli Koors and Jerry Wiseman
Clinton Township Trustee
Candidates Ronnie Bruner and Barb Lecher
Clinton Township Advisory Board
Candidates Stanley Schoettmer, Brian Schwering and Linda Volk
Fugit Township Trustee
Candidate James Geis
Fugit Township Advisory Board
Candidates Dean Bennett and Bart Metz
Jackson Township Trustee
Candidate Brenda Shireman
Jackson Township Advisory Board
Candidates Jack Emly, Steve Fortner, and Troy Hill
Marion Township Trustee
Candidate Elizabeth Fry
Saltcreek Township Trustee
Candidate Fred Krieger
Sandcreek Township Trustee
Candidate Dan Wenning
Sandcreek Township Advisory Board
Candidates Greg Allen, Dennis Cox, and Gail Snyder