Giesler ready for collaboration as assessor

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Upon receiving news that she won the election for Dubois County Assessor, Angie Giesler of Jasper hugs her daughter, Leah Birk of Jasper, and 6-month-old granddaughter, Lila, during the Democrats' election results watch party at the Moose Lodge in Jasper on Tuesday. 

By LEANN BURKE
lburke@dcherald.com

Democrat Angie Giesler cried tears of joy and sadness Tuesday night as she embraced her friends, family and fellow democratic candidates.

Although she won her race for Dubois County Assessor, she said the election results were bittersweet for her.

“I know I have a lot of qualified people on the democratic ticket with me,” Giesler said. “I’m just sad that Dubois County didn’t see the value in their qualifications. The county’s going to miss out.”

For herself, though, Giesler was happy. She won the assessor race with 9,128 votes to Republican Eve Drew’s 7,353.

Both candidates thanked the voters for coming out to vote.

“I am just so glad that everyone that got out to vote did,” Drew said. “It was amazing to see so many, and every vote counted.”

As for the race, Drew said she’ll be glad to have a rest after a long year of campaigning. It’s too early to know if she’ll make a third run for office — Drew ran for county recorder in 2010 on the Republican ticket— but it’s possible.

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Dubois County Sheriff candidate Tom Kleinhelter, left, chats with Dubois County Assessor candidate Eve Drew during the Republicans' election results watch party at the Schnitz Brewery and Pub in Jasper on Tuesday. 

With the race behind her, Giesler will turn her attention to preparing to take over the assessor’s office in January. She plans to collaborate with current assessor Gail Gramelspacher to learn all the details of the office.

“Even though I’ve been in the office for 12 years, I don’t know everything about the office,” Giesler said.

She’ll need to be ready to hit the ground running, as January and the beginning of the year are busy times for assessors. The county assessor’s primary duty is overseeing the property assessments that determine how much property owners pay in taxes for the assessment year.

Giesler is a Dubois County native who has spent the last 20 years working in the Dubois County Courthouse, the last 12 in the assessor’s office. Giesler also holds the Level III Indiana Assessor-Appraiser certification from the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance, a requirement for county assessors in Indiana.




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