Spinner to seek third term as mayor



Denny Spinner is running for a third term as mayor of Huntingburg.

Spinner, 62, filed for re-election this afternoon, keeping his tradition of filing on Jan. 11.

“I still have a desire to work hard to lead our community in a positive direction. That has not changed,” he said. “We have been prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that have come our way. I believe I am in a position, with the experience I’ve gained over the last two terms, to continue that, to the benefit of our city.”

Spinner has been mayor since 2011. He has promoted and facilitated many community collaborations and economic development initiatives during his tenure.

One of the more recent endeavors was Huntingburg’s pursuit and designation as a Stellar Community by the state, which brought additional resources to the community for several projects, the most recently completed project being Market Street Park, done in October. He also oversaw the construction of a much needed railroad overpass, which opened in November.

“The Stellar experience has strengthened me as a leader,” he said, “has created relationships between our city and the various entities that can make us successful. I want to leverage those to the benefit of our community as much as I can.”

Spinner started the Mayor’s Youth Council, which is a board of high school students that he meets with each month to share ideas and to encourage youth involvement in the community. He is also heavily involved in the Latino Collaboration Table, which is a countywide coalition geared to get the Latino community more involved in the overall community.

He is president of the Association of Indiana Municipalities, a member of Dubois Strong’s executive board, and chief elected officer for Dubois County and chairman of the Region 11 Workforce Investment Board.

A Southridge High School graduate, Spinner has a bachelor’s degree in career and technical education from Indiana State University and an associate’s degree in broadcast production technology from Vincennes University.

Prior to becoming mayor, he worked in sales a marketing at Quantum Solutions. He was director of instructional services at the St. Meinrad School of Theology, and has worked as the news and sports director at two local radio stations, WBDC in Huntingburg and then at WITZ in Jasper. He is also a licensed minister.

“When I ran the first time, I felt that I could bring resources to our city to make us a stronger Huntingburg,” Spinner said. “My feeling for that today is no different than it was eight years ago. Now, not only do I have the resources to do that, but I have a greater knowledge of what it takes to make these things worked.”

Spinner and his wife, Shari, have three children — Anthony of Holland, Amy Pollock, who lives in Colorado, and Amanda Eells, who resides in Atlanta — and seven grandchildren.

“This is the best job I’ve ever had,” he said. “Why would I leave a job that I love?”

More on DuboisCountyHerald.com