Blessinger retained as treasurer; Veatch new coroner

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Surrounded by family and supporters, Chad Blessinger of Jasper, seated, celebrated his widening lead to retain his job as Dubois County treasurer as precinct votes were reported over the radio at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 673 in Jasper on Tuesday night. Blessinger, a Republican, defeated Democratic challenger Paul Voegerl Sr. For a gallery of photos, click here.


Herald Staff Writer

Republican Chad Blessinger will return in 2013 for a second term as Dubois County treasurer, while the county will get a new coroner in Democrat Bob Veatch.

Blessinger, a Jasper resident, walked away from Tuesday’s general election with 12,040 votes, or about 66.6 percent of the total votes cast in the race. Democratic challenger and political newcomer Paul Voegerl Sr. garnered about half that with 6,046 votes, or about 33.4 percent.

“I thought it was going to be much closer than that,” Blessinger said after his win. “I know Paul worked hard. It was a good race.”

Blessinger noted both he and Voegerl ran a clean race and spent about 45 minutes chatting Tuesday about Voegerl’s plans for the former Jasper Wood Products building he purchased from the county earlier this year.

“There were no personal attacks or any rudeness in the race,” Blessinger said. “I feel really good about it and I’m humbled by the support I had. I want all good things for (Voegerl) in the future.”

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After the announcement that Bob Veatch of Birdseye, second from left, had won the election for Dubois County coroner Tuesday, Veatch was congratulated by County Councilman Greg Kendall of Jasper, left, an incumbent who was one of three winners of council at-large seats; his fiance, Judy Brosmer of Jasper; and Sharon Fleck of St. Anthony, wife of County Commissioner Randy Fleck, who was uncontested to retain his District 3 seat. Veatch joined other Democrats at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Jasper to await the election returns. He defeated Republican Dave Drew.


In the coroner’s race, Huntingburg resident Veatch, a deputy coroner for the county for 17 years, tallied 10,022 votes, about 55.8 percent, to Republican Dave Drew’s 7,937 votes, or about 44.2 percent.

“I’m exhausted like it’s the end of a marathon or something,” Veatch said. “It’s very exciting. I anticipated a close race. Drew came out swinging and came out strong” in the campaign season.

Veatch said that throughout his campaign, he felt as through he was the underdog in the race.
“We ran a very clean race,” he said. “I was determined to do that from the get-go and I congratulate Drew on doing the same. We both had a lot of family and friends supporting us.”

Democrat Tony Matthews, who has been the coroner since 2005, did not seek re-election.

Republican Kenny Brosmer of Jasper was unopposed in his bid for re-election as county surveyor. Brosmer received 15,047 votes.

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