District 4 candidates hope to be bridge in communityOctober 7, 2019
By CANDY NEAL
HUNTINGBURG — The two candidates running for the District 4 Huntingburg council seat see themselves as a bridge into a unique segment of the community.
Independent Amber Wahl thinks she can be a bridge to the younger residents of the city. Republican Jose Dubon sees himself as a bridge into the city’s growing Hispanic population.
The candidates hope residents will vote during early voting, which starts Tuesday, or during the Nov. 5 general election.
The current District 4 councilman, Kerry Blessinger, opted to not run for another term.
“I want to help do things within the community to help draw the younger generation to want to come back to our town,” Wahl said. “People my age seem to be moving out of the area.”
Wahl works in the Dubois County branch of the Indiana Department of Child Services. Her family also owns New View Pressure Washing and rental property throughout Huntingburg. She volunteers at community events focusing on the youth.
“Through my current job, I do a lot of meeting with people who don’t really want to meet with me, to have conversations they don’t want to have,” she said. “When people disagree with things, I’m not afraid to voice my opinion, including on things I disagree with.”
One of Wahl’s priorities would be to continue making Huntingburg a safe city by supporting law enforcement and all emergency personnel. She would also like to be a part of the planning work to make the city attractive to people looking for a new home, and to entice former residents to come back to Huntingburg.
“I would like to bring more things to the community to attract younger people to want to live in the city,” Wahl said. “Things like Market Street Park and the activities there are a great start. It’s bringing more things into our community for families to go out and do together.”
Wahl hopes that District 4 voters will let her represent them in city government.
“I would like to bring continuing growth to our community,” she said.”“If certain things are brought up, specifically for district 4, something that will impact us, I wouldn’t be afraid to voice my opinion on what would be best for those in our community.”
Wahl and her husband, Brian, live in Huntingburg with their five children, Braylee 7, Briella 5, Benson 2, Bristol 11 months and Baby Wahl due in November.
“I decided to run for the council seat because it is a great opportunity for me to represent the community as the first Latino councilman in Huntingburg,” Dubon said.
Dubon has worked as a team lead at MasterBrand Cabinets for the last five years. He is a member of the Association of Latin Americans in Southern Indiana, and attends St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg, where he leads the choir for the Spanish Mass. He also plays in a local band that participates in many community events.
As a member of the council, Dubon said he would work hard for his district.
“I would like to work on many different pending and future projects and ideas that would benefit the residents, such as a children’s recreational park, since there is not an accessible one in precinct 4,” he said. “I would also like to work together with both of our communities to resolve issues so we can grow as one whole community.”
Dubon hopes he is given the chance to represent the entire Huntingburg community.
“I want to be the voice of everyone, including residents and voters,” he said. “I also want to help keep our community and precinct secure, so our younger generations can prosper in a safe environment.”
Dubon and his wife, Edith, live in Huntingburg with their three children, Melissa, 16, William, 10, and Ruby, 3.
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