At-large candidates support each other’s pursuitMay 21, 2020
By CANDY NEAL
Four candidates are on the Democratic ballot for the three Dubois County Council at-large seats.
Matt Brosmer, Mikayla Granados and Duncan Mathies are working as a team, looking to secure the nominations in the June 2 primary election. The fourth, Mike Kendall, is actually supporting the team.
Early voting for the primary starts Tuesday.
“There needs to be a new perspective on the council. There also needs to be a youth’s perspective to looking at things,” Brosmer said. “Many of the people are older, and they have great ideas. But I think that bringing youths into it will generate new ideas, and hopefully bring other young people wanting to run for office in the future.”
Brosmer, 30 was born and raised in Jasper and works at Procol. He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and history with a minor in religious studies from Indiana University-Bloomington.
He wants to be involved in the discussions about the justice center complex. “I don’t particularly agree with the expansion,” he said. “We would like to see more rehabilitation for mental health...”
Brosmer would also like for there to be local discussion about ways to increase access to child care. “Talking to some of the younger people, including single mothers, this is a need,” he said. “I don’t know if the county council would be able to do anything about it. But we can start the conversation about it, where we might be able to bring about change.”
Brosmer hopes the public will give him the opportunity to serve on the council.
“I was born and raised here, and lived here all my life. And I plan on staying here,” he said. “I will listen to everyone and make sure the local government is transparent and helps everybody. I will be fiscally conservative and responsible.”
“I’m really interested in politics,” said Granados. “We looked into what the council does and how important that really is. And there is a disconnect between the average person, and the county, compared to what gets brought up at the county council meetings.”
Granados, 23, lives in Jasper and works at OFS. She is a Southridge High School graduate and is pursuing a degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.
She wants to join the council to be a voice in the decision concerning the construction of new justice facilities. “I’m not for it, because a lot of what was said before was having a bigger jail,” she said. “But they didn’t really dive into mental health or addiction. That needs to be explored more, and I’m interested in doing that.”
Granados is also interested in the Mid-States Corridor. “I don’t fully agree with it,” she said. “I understand that it helps some of our companies in the county. But the human toll is too much. We’re taking away land in Dubois County. I don’t think we should be getting rid of farmland.”
She wants to help bring better-paying, high-skilled jobs to the area. “A lot of people I work with in the factory have degrees,” Granados said. “There’s just not opportunities here for them to use those degrees.”
Granados hopes that voters will give her an opportunity to represent their interests.
“When people have issues about the county, I’m truly interested in hearing what their issues are, what they think could be done. Just hearing another side of an issue is helpful,” she said. “I’d like to be a part of making improvements so that more people can stay, and we can welcome new businesses that would better suit everybody.”
“I want to offer some of my insights as to how we can make Dubois County a better place,” Mathies said, “how we can help generate more excitement and actually get younger [people] wanting to stay in the county, as opposed to [going] off to college and then [staying] there.”
Mathies, 25, was born and raised in Dubois County. He graduated from Forest Park High School and has a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Indiana University-Bloomington.
There are several issues he wants to tackle: health care, education and the environment. “We need to talk about southern Indiana not having great air quality,” he gave as an example.
Creating ways for people to be able to afford living in the county is another matter Mathies wants to discuss.
“Looking at affordable jobs and better wages overall in our county is important,” he said. “If we want younger people to come back here and start families of their own, we have to know that they will be able to rent affordable apartments, or they can find a home they can actually get a mortgage on and actually pay off in their lifetime.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty as far as settling down. Focusing on some of those issues, making the county better in those ways, altogether would make it a better place and a better quality of life for people.”
Mathies said that as a council member, he will have the people’s best interests at heart.
“Everything I’m going to do, from the budgets to personal stances I’ll take, everything I do will be to help the people of Dubois County,” he said. “If they have a different opinion from me, I will listen to that and will be receptive. I will also have to take my own values and judgements into account. But I will go into this knowing that I am a public servant.”
“My primary goal is to get these people elected,” Kendall said of Brosmer, Granados and Mathies, whom he has nicknamed the 3Ms.
Kendall originally filed because he wanted there to be another choice on the ballot for voters, and he is very interested in the betterment of the county. “I care about the issues,” he said, “and the issues emerging in the county.”
But as the chair of the Dubois County Democratic Party, Kendall was also looking for candidates for the positions. He ended up getting Brosmer, Granados and Mathies interested in the seats. So once they officially filed, he went to withdraw his name. But he had missed the deadline to withdraw.
He now hopes that Brsomer, Granados and Mathies secure the party nomination, and the seats on the council in the fall.
“They have a bunch of qualities that I think are needed,” Kendall said “They would be a good first choice.”
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