Manley captures Republican nod for council seat



JASPER — During his 13-year tenure on the Jasper Common Council, Kevin Manley had never run in a primary election before Tuesday.

He is now 1-0 in party races.

Manley — who was in Corydon for an Indiana Tourism Association Board meeting when the results rolled in — got the news via text message from his wife, Diane.

He beat his opponent, Ryan Schuetter, in a 98-54 victory in the council’s District 6 Republican race.

“I feel very good, to say the least,” Manley said after he was named the winner. “I appreciate the people in my district that came out and voted, and I’m looking forward to continue serving them and serving others in our community.”


He continued: “I believe we’ve got a lot of good things going, and we want to keep things going forward and keep advancing, and growing and providing a great place for quality of life for people. And I feel privileged to be a part of helping us move forward.”

A Democrat has not filed to oppose the Republican winner. The party has until June 30 to fill the vacancy on the ballot.

Manley has 36 years of business experience, and for the last eight of those years, he has served as the executive director for Dubois County Tourism.

This election marked the first time Schuetter ran for a public office. He has no regrets with how he ran his campaign, but if he could do it again, he would file earlier. He is proud of the effort he put up against a longtime incumbent.

“Whenever you’re running for an office like this, you learn a lot about yourself, too,” Schuetter said. “As far as how you conduct yourself when dealing with your opponents and people you don’t know. You learn a lot about other people and what they say, and whether or not they follow through on their commitments. It’s definitely a life-changing experience to run for office — win or lose. It’s gonna affect you.”

He said it’s very possible that he will run for an office again in the future. He thanked everyone who backed him. Schuetter loves the community and wants to help in any way he can, and he encouraged others to understand, become involved in and support local government.

Both Manley and Schuetter congratulated each other on their campaigns after the results were announced. Instead of mudslinging, the two enjoyed a friendly competition in the primary.

Running in a party race may have been new for Manley, but he appreciates that people are willing to step up to lead.

“It just means that we have people in our community that truly care about the community, and they’re willing step up and put their name out there,” he said.

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