Dubon becomes first Latino on Huntingburg council

Photos by Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald
Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner gives a speech congratulating Jose Alfredo Dubon on being elected Huntingburg District 4 councilman during the Huntingburg Republican election results party at Kim's Koffee in Huntingburg on Tuesday.

By CANDY NEAL
cneal@dcherald.com

HUNTINGBURG — The Huntingburg Common Council will have its first Latino member come next year.

Jose Alfredo Dubon won the District 4 seat Tuesday night.

He received 61 votes (57%) in the race. That was more Independent challenger Amber Wahl, who garnered 46 votes (43%).

Family, friends and fellow Republicans gathered at Kim’s Koffee, and cheered his victory while giving Dubon hugs and handshakes of congratulations.

“Thank you to everyone for supporting me. I’m really grateful,” Dubon said, addressing the crowd. “Thank you for the opportunity to represent our District 4.”

Dubon was at the celebration with this family, including his wife, Edith and children, Melissa, William and Ruby. He thanked his family, as well as the people who campaigned for him.

William Dubon, 10, of Huntingburg, embraces his father, Jose Alfredo Dubon of Huntingburg, who was elected Huntingburg District 4 councilman, during the Huntingburg Republican election results party at Kim's Koffee in Huntingburg on Tuesday. William wants to be a councilman when he grows up and is currently a fifth-grade student council member at Huntingburg Elementary. "I feel like it'd be fun to help people and empower them and help them with their problems," William said about why he wants to be a councilman.

“People worked hard for me,” he said. “We went door to door, and in the last few days, it was cold out there. But my supporters still went out.”

Mayor Denny Spinner, who ran uncontested, said that Dubon’s insight and perspective will be very much welcomed on the council.

“He is going to bring a voice to this council that the community needs,” Spinner said. “He is going to represent a large part of our community in a way that has never been represented before.”

The Herald was unable to reach Wahl at presstime Tuesday night. Dubon said he thanked her for running a clean race and wished her the best.

Now that the election is over, Dubon has a lot of work to do to get up to speed on all the issues and processes about city government before assuming the position Jan. 1.

“I know it won’t be easy, because this is something new. I have a lot to learn,” he said. “I plan to work with the other councilmen, to become familiar with everything.”

Spinner assured him that he and the other councilmen will help him.

“Don’t worry about that learning curve. Eight years ago, we didn’t know anything either,” he said with a laugh. “All of our people will be there to help you in every way. We are going to have an exciting four years.”




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