Hurst secures second term on Jasper council

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Jasper District 4 Councilman Dave Hurst receives a hug from his grandchildren, Madyson Hurst, 11, and Mason Hurst, 9, both of Jasper, after Hurst won re-election during the Dubois County Democrats election results party at the Knights of Columbus in Jasper on Tuesday.


JASPER — Dave Hurst fist-bumped with his brother, Kenny, when the votes were finalized Tuesday night right before Dave’s grandchildren — Mason and Madyson — rushed to embrace their grandad in a hug.

It was official. Dave would serve a second term representing District 4 on the Jasper Common Council. He’d beaten his opponent, Republican Adrian Engelberth, 238-172.

“It feels real good,” Dave said, still smiling from the news of his victory. “It’s a lot easier knowing I’ve got four more years coming.”

As he looks ahead to his second, four-year term on the council, he said he’s looking forward to continuing to be part of the change happening throughout the city, especially along the Patoka riverfront. Specifically, he named the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center and the River Centre.

After the votes came in, Dave seemed full of joy and gratitude. As he embraced his wife, Suzanne, and family, he thanked them for supporting his campaign.

He also thanked Engelberth for running a good race and admitted that when he woke up Tuesday morning, he thought there was a good chance Engelberth would unseat him.

Engelberth agreed that the two ran a good race and congratulated Dave for his victory.

“I believe that Dave will do a good job and that Jasper is in good hands,” Engelberth said.

Engelberth thanked everyone who supported his campaign and turned out to vote for him. He encouraged his supporters to stay engaged in local politics, adding that he intends to do the same.

“The future has a lot of complexities coming,” Engelberth said. “We’re going to need to be engaged more than we ever have before.”

He encouraged his neighbors in District 4 to attend government meetings and make their voices heard.

Engelberth has sought local office four times since 2011, and although he’s not ruling out running again, he said it will be a while. With this election behind him, he’s turning his attention to Dubois County S.T.E.A.M. B.O.A.T. — which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics and the Building Of All Talents. The fledgling nonprofit, led by Meredith Christiansen, is geared toward making STEAM education accessible to all students through funding programs such as Destination Imagination.

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