Lueken seeks District 3 council seat

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JASPER — Chad Lueken, 44, is seeking the Republican nomination for the Jasper Common Council's District 3 seat. He filed official paperwork with the county clerk today.

Lueken earned a bachelor’s degree in history from St. Meinrad College in 1997, and has been an insurance agent with Knights of Columbus Insurance in Jasper since 1999.

Chad believes his experience working with individuals and families over the years will transfer well to government.

“My business is about relationships,” he said. “Representative government should also always be about relationships — not with special interests, but with the people we represent.”

Lueken enjoys helping clients with problem-solving and implementing financial strategies for winning. He hopes he can do the same for the City of Jasper.

He said the city council must identify the highest and best use of every tax dollar, improve efficiency and increase transparency.

“Having said that, with all the credentials I’ve earned and expertise I’ve garnered, there’s just no replacement for common sense,” Lueken said. “People want their government to live by the same rules that they live by when it comes to balancing budgets and living within their means. My wife and I have nine children. I think we know a thing or two about fiscal responsibility and budgeting.”

Lueken says the big issues for the city in the next several years are: funding the Midstates Corridor and monitoring closely the success or failure of the city’s TIF district.

“While we’re all in on these big ticket long term projects, we can’t forget the fundamentals — things like streets, sidewalks and signs,” Lueken said. “Those are the things on the minds of people today. Take a look around, you’ll understand why.”

Lueken is a proud veteran of the Indiana Army National Guard. He is an active member of the Jasper Knights of Columbus, a registered leader with Boy Scouts of America and an adult volunteer for St. John Bosco Youth Ministry.

Chad and his wife of 20 years, Yvonne, have been involved with Christ Renews His Parish at St. Joseph Catholic Church, as well as the RCIA program there. The Luekens are proud members of Dubois County Right to Life.

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