Caucus to select Jasper mayor Dec. 26


JASPER — The caucus to select a new mayor for Jasper will be held the day after Christmas.

Levi Hulsman
Nancy Eckerle

The county Republican party will hold a caucus at noon Wednesday, Dec. 26, in the Pfaffenweiler Room at Jasper City Hall, 610 Main St.

Republican committee members in districts that vote for mayor will hear comments from candidates and vote on a successor to Mayor Terry Seitz, party Chairman Mark Messmer announced.

Seitz announced last week that he will resign to accept a senior staff position with U.S. Senator-elect Mike Braun. The caucus will select a candidate to finish the last year of Seitz’s term.

So far, two people have filed their candidacy: Levi Hulsman, 23, and current Councilwoman Nancy Eckerle. Candidates must live in the city of Jasper and are required to have voted in a Republican primary the last time they voted in a primary election. Messmer said that he suspects other candidates will emerge.

Hulsman is the vice president of sales at Hulsman Refrigeration in Jasper. He held leadership positions while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business management at the University of Evansville and when he was in Boy Scouts.

In addition to being a member of the Jasper Common Council, Eckerle is also the executive director of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce.

There is the potential of another elected position opening, depending on who is chosen as the new mayor.

“If a current city council member is elected, then we would have to caucus again to fill that vacancy at least 10 days later,” Messmer wrote in a text Sunday evening. Because of timing, it is unlikely that that caucus meeting would happen by Jan. 1, he said.

Councilman Kevin Manley had considered putting his name in for the position, but said this morning he would not pursue it.

“I wanted to think it through,” Manley said of his decision. “If I thought I could add tremendous value, I would have went ahead with it. But I enjoy my job, so that’s really what based the decision.”

For the past eight years, Manley has worked as the executive director of the Dubois County Visitors Center and Tourism Commission. He has been a member of the Jasper Common Council since 2006. Fellow councilman Dean Vonderheide said he will decide today if he will file for the mayor appointment.

Candidates interested in the mayor position must complete a candidacy form, CEB-5, and send it to Messmer 72 hours prior to the caucus meeting; Messmer’s home address is 795 E. Scherle Lane, Jasper. The forms are available at the Dubois County Clerk’s office in the Dubois County Courthouse or at Messmer’s office at 402 Third Ave., Jasper.

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