Boehm gives new look to Cass Township board

Brittney Lohmiller/The Herald
Denise Emmons of Holland, left, and Cass Township advisory board candidate Randy Boehm of Holland chat with Dubois County Council District 3 incumbent candidate Charmian Klem and her daughters Ada, 15 months, and Nora, 9, all of Bretzville, during the Republicans' election results watch party at the Schnitz Brewery and Pub in Jasper on Tuesday. 


Republican Randy Boehm earned a spot on the Cass Township Advisory Board in Tuesday’s election.

Boehm had challenged the three current advisory board members — Democrats Lee Bilderback, Steve Eckert and Lisa Matthews — and ended up the top vote-getter. Boehm had 531 votes, followed by Bilderback with 515 and Lisa Matthews with 467. Finishing fourth in an unsuccessful bid to maintain his seat was Steve Eckert, with 439 votes.

Dubois County is broken into 12 townships, with Cass, at the southwest corner, consisting of the Holland and St. Henry areas.

Boehm, 61, a semi-retired property claims adjustor for Mutual Insurance Association of Southern Indiana, termed his election result “wonderful” and said he will fulfill his pledge to keep township residents abreast of all that is happening with the township’s governance, as well as any changes to laws pertaining to county government.

Matthews, 59, the office administrator at Woods Printing, Holland, has the longest tenure on the township board: 27 years and counting.

Bilderback, 52, the other returning member, is a sixth-grade teacher at Cedar Crest Intermediate School who has served on the board the last seven years.

Eckert, 51, who was appointed to the Cass advisory board earlier this year to fill the term of long-serving board member Dennis A. Schaeffer — he died in January —  is chief of the St. Henry Volunteer Fire Department. He wished Boehm the best of luck but admitted he was disappointed in losing his advisory board seat.

The St. Henry resident noted all the township board members will now hail from the Holland area and he does not want St. Henry losing representation.

“I can’t say I’m not disappointed,” Eckert said. “I definitely am. We’ll have to see how things go. Hopefully it will all be well.”

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