Kippenbrock wins county clerk, excited by victory

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Dubois County Clerk candidate Amy Kippenbrock, center, chats with her relative Cindy Kippenbrock of Huntingburg while waiting to hear results during the Republicans' election watch party at the Schnitz Brewery and Pub in Jasper on Tuesday. 


Republican Amy Kippenbrock, 42, will shed her title of first deputy and serve Dubois County come January as county clerk.

Kippenbrock defeated Democrat Kiersten Knies, 39, a former court reporter in Dubois Circuit Court, by 2,156 votes Tuesday: 9,404 to 7,248, or 56 percent to 44 percent.

“I think knocking on more than 4,000 doors, talking with voters, telling them who I am and telling them why I’m doing this, really helped make a difference,” Kippenbrock said.

Kippenbrock had campaigned that she was passionate about making a difference. She had said her job as first deputy clerk had been fulfilling and the next step was to run for office, both to make the office and county better and to show her boys (Josh, 24, Wylee, 13, and Kuper, 8) what a responsible adult giving back to their community looks like.

Knies came to GOP headquarters to concede. Moments before she arrived, Kippenbrock had tipped her hat to her opponent.

“I would like to extend gratitude to my opponent for running a clean race,” Kippenbrock said after the results were tallied. “We each focused on ourselves. I think it was respectful and the way politics should be run.”

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Dubois County Clerk candidate Kiersten Knies of Jasper lifts her daughter, Hanna Kate, 2, to touch a moose head during the Democrats' election results watch party at the Moose Lodge in Jasper on Tuesday. Hanna Kate thought the moose was a cow. 

Knies said she did everything she could to mount a good campaign.

“I enjoyed it,” the Democrat candidate said. “I learned a lot. I met a lot of really great people.”

Kippenbrock, who is married to Kevin Kippenbrock, said she was excited to move past the campaign and added she was eager to take office and get busy.

The county clerk is elected to a four-year term but prohibited from serving more than eight years within a 12-year period. The current county clerk, Republican Bridgette Jarboe, reached that two-term limit and couldn’t seek another term at this time.

The office’s duties include keeping court records, registering voters, paying out support money, administering oaths of office, overseeing elections, issuing marriage licenses and birth certificates, and estimating trial budgets.

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