Commissioner to run for senate

From local sources

Dubois County Commissioners President Larry Vollmer plans to run for the Indiana Senate next year.


Vollmer, 66, who has been a county commissioner for 13 years, announced this morning that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the District 48 Senate seat.

“As county commissioner, I understand how much we need conservative leadership and common-sense people in government,” he said in his announcement. “We need more and better-paying jobs. Our education system is in definite need of attention. I am extremely concerned with the path our government has taken. Our state needs an elected representative who represents all of the people and not just the extreme positions.”

Vollmer, of Ireland, has served in the armed forces, including service in Vietnam, where he received a citation in recognition of faithful and efficient performance of duty. He is a farmer and a member of St. Mary’s Church in Ireland, where he has served on the long-term planning committee and is an usher.

He is a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 673 in Jasper, where he has served two years as post commander and has sat on the post house committee. He is an active member of the honorary military funeral detail and is past president of the Dubois County Veterans Council. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Indiana Sheriffs’ Association, Dubois County Farm Bureau cooperative, Ireland Sportsman’s Club, Jasper Outdoor Recreation Club and Dubois County Museum.

He and his wife of 39 years, Mary, have two adult sons, Scott and Craig, and four grandchildren.

District 48 encompasses the western half of Dubois County and parts of Spencer, Pike, Gibson, Knox and Warrick counties. The senator who currently holds the seat, Lindel Hume of Princeton, is not seeking re-election. Official filing for the seat will start in January.

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