Collignon, Blazey seek Madison Township positionOctober 30, 2018
By ALLEN LAMAN
Following Election Day, a new face will take over the role of Madison Township Trustee — either Democrat Bret Collignon or Republican Scott Blazey.
Collignon, 53, has lived in Madison Township for 26 years.
“I’ve been serving the community in different ways for going on 30 years,” he said, explaining he most recently served the maximum two terms on the 4-H Council. “So, I looked for different ways to serve the community, and this is one that came open.”
Collignon’s community affairs resumé also includes being a member of the Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club, Jasper Rifle and Gun Club, Jasper Outdoor Recreation, Dubois County Shooting Sports Instructor Council, Dubois County Wranglers 4-H Horse and Pony Club and the Dubois County 4-H Shooting Sports Club. He is also an Indiana Hunter Education instructor and member of Precious Blood Church.
Collignon retired from Harrell-Fish, Inc., a mechanical contractor in Bloomington, where he worked as a job superintendent tasked with employee management, payroll, working with million dollar budgets and keeping up with time constraints. He has been an apprentice instructor for plumbers and pipefitters for the past 12 years.
If he were to be elected, Collignon said he’d keep up the good work already happening in the township.
“I just want to be able to make sure that our fire department is funded correctly with any help that I need to do there,” he said. “And that our cemeteries are taken care of.”
Collignon has seen the Ireland Volunteer Fire Department in action twice at his neighbor’s home. He said it costs a lot of money to keep them operating, and without proper funding, the volunteers can’t provide a much needed service to the area.
Collignon was born in Jasper to Tony and Donna (Fromme) Collignon. He has three children: Ethan, Brandi, and Alyssa. He attended Vincennes University and Ivy Tech, earning degrees in plumbing and pipefitting.
Blazey, 51, decided to run for the Madison Township Trustee spot so he could serve and get involved in the community and help give constituents a little financial boost if they need it.
Blazey is a practicing lawyer who works and lives in Jasper. He said he would also work to adequately support the fire department so the entity can protect public safety. Staying attuned to the needs of the underprivileged in the township is also important to him.
He ran for Jasper City Council in May 2015 and lost in the primary to District 3 incumbent John Bell. Through that process, he enjoyed going door to door and meeting people in the community.
“I try to get to as many houses as I can, meet as many people as I can and talk to as many people as I can,” Blazey said. “Everybody in Madison Township has been really friendly and inviting. I haven’t had a negative experience yet. It’s been a really good experience.”
Blazey graduated from the University of Evansville in 1989 and earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the University of Dayton in 1992. He is a Certified Family Law Mediator and was recently appointed to serve as a member of the Midstates Corridor Regional Development Authority. As a member of the University of Evansville Alumni Club, Blazey helped establish a Dubois County Scholarship program. He is a member and past president of the Dubois County Bar Association, a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and a founding member of the Dubois County Drug Court program.
He has worked as an attorney for 25 years and is also a mediator. He has been the Town of Holland’s attorney for 22 years. He said his work with family law, pauper counsel, guardian ad litem work and children in need of services work push him to want to provide for those in need of financial assistance.
He also has to work within a budget at his business, and said this experience would help if he was elected to the trustee spot. He said he would love to serve the citizens of the township and work hard as their trustee.
“I just think that I’m a very caring, compassionate and hardworking person,” Blazey said.
Blazey served as Chairman of the Dubois County Republican Party for four years and has been a member of the Dubois County Election Board. He has been a youth soccer and basketball coach and has 18 years of experience coaching basketball in Southwest Dubois and Greater Jasper Schools, currently serving as the JV Girls Basketball Coach at Jasper High School. He was elected a Delegate to the 1988 Republican National Convention.
Blazey and his wife, Darla, have a daughter, Isabelle, and live in Madison Township.
Other local races include:
• U.S. Senate (Mike Braun / Lucy Brenton / Joe Donnelly)
• District 8 U.S. Representative (Larry Bucshon / William Tanoos)
• Indiana Senate 47 (Erin Houchin / Nick Siler)
• Indiana House 63 (Joe Lannan / Shane Lindauer)
• Indiana House 74 (Steve Bartels / Larry Kleeman)
• Dubois County Sheriff (Tom Kleinhelter / Tim Lampert)
• Dubois County Clerk (Amy Kippenbrock / Kiersten Knies)
• Dubois County Recorder (Jackie McPherron / Gail Reutman)
• Dubois County Assessor (Eve Drew / Angie Giesler)
• Dubois County Council District 2 (Becky Beckman / Darren Patterson)
• Dubois County Council District 3 (Charmain Klem / Deborah Major)
• Cass Township Advisory Board (Lee Bilderback / Randy Boehm / Steve Eckert / Lisa Matthews)
• Patoka Township Trustee (Don Astrike / Jeff Summers)
• Madison Township Trustee (Scott Blazey / Brett Collignon)
• Southwest Dubois School Board (Jason Heile / Belinda Lange)
• Greater Jasper School Board (Jimmy Corbin / Ken Schnaus)
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