Astrike thankful to continue work as trustee


After 32 years as Patoka Township Trustee, Don Astrike wasn’t surprised to learn he was re-elected to the seat Tuesday night. People in the township know him and have seen how he’s handled his trustee duties over the years.


The 81-year-old Huntingburg Republican was, however, surprised by the margin by which he won. He defeated Independent Jeff Summers of Huntingburg 1,616-487.

“Being in it (trustee position) so long, I think that had a lot to do with it,” Astrike said of the win.

He was pleased with the results. The only campaigning he did was an election sign at his shop on North Main Street in Huntingburg.

His favorite thing about being trustee is helping people when they’re down.

“It’s gratifying to help a lot of those people,” he said. “There are some times it’s a little aggravating when you’ve got some people who try to work the system ... I work very closely with the churches and the city, so we do a good job, I think.”

His goal is to keep taking care of people the way he has and to continue helping with fire protection, park and recreation and other things.

“I really appreciate their (voters’) confidence in me and all the people who voted for me again,” Astrike said. “I think I’ve done a good job and I hope to continue doing that.”

In addition to serving as trustee, Astrike also drives a school bus for the Southwest Dubois County School Corporation. He has been a driver for the district for the past 50 years.

He and his wife, Margie, have three children and two grandchildren.

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