County councilwoman seeks to retain seat

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County Councilwoman Barbara Duncan Mathies is seeking the Democratic nomination to retain the Dubois County Council District 3 seat.


Mathies of Bretzville, 62, is completing the unexpired term of the late Scott Knies; she assumed the office in September 2011. She has served as an appointed board member of Dubois Strong, the county’s economic development group, for two years and is director of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Bretzville.

Mathies notes among her accomplishments in the council seat her vote against a 3-percent across-the-board merit raise for all county employees during her first council meeting. Although the raise was approved, Mathies asked to be excluded from the 3 percent uptick during 2012. She was also unwilling to approve of a paved emergency-access road through county-owned property on the 4-H Fairgrounds, believing the project was not the best use of county taxpayer money.

Mathies said she has been working with other council members and members of the community to promote positive solutions to the financial difficulties in the Dubois County Community Corrections program.

“For the most part, these are our people participating in this program, not people shipped in from elsewhere,” Mathies said. “These participants are not bad people, but our people who have made some bad decisions.”

She and her husband, Randy, have one son, Duncan.

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