Wehr retains Huntingburg council seatNovember 5, 2019
By CANDY NEAL
HUNTINGBURG — Tim Wehr has retained his seat on the Huntingburg Common Council.
The Independent won a second term on the council Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Keith “Curly” Souders.
“I appreciate all the people who came out and voted,” Wehr said as he celebrated with family and friends at the Huntingburg Eagles. “I am proud to represent them.”
Souders, who spent the evening at Kim’s Koffee with other Huntingburg Republicans, said he was proud of the race he ran, but doesn’t plan to run again.
“I did my best,” he said. “So I’m OK.”
Wehr received 341 votes. Souders received 258 votes.
“I went out and busted my butt for three months, going door to door,” Wehr said. Every opportunity I got, I went out. I went out and talked to people about what I’ve done and what I’m trying to do.”
He thinks that gave him an edge.
“You talk to people, and they realize what you’re trying to do and they understand,” Wehr said. “Face-to-face works better for me.”
Souders, on the other hand, chose to not canvass neighborhoods.
“I don’t knock on doors,” he said. “I don’t like it when people come knocking on my door all of a sudden. So I decided that I would not do that.”
Both men thanked the people who took the time to vote.
“It took a lot of effort for people to come out and vote for one or two contested races. And I appreciate that,” Wehr said. “I also thank the people who came out despite having only one contested race to vote for.”
Despite not winning, Souders said he would continue to stay aware of and involved in government and community activities.
“I’m always willing to help, if they need me,” he said. “I look forward to that.”
And Wehr will continue serving the people, he said.
“I represent the people of the town, not a party,” he said. “I have nothing against parties. But I vote based on what the people tell me that they feel.”
He promised that he will always listen to people who have something to say about how city government is run or who have opinions for making improvements.
“I hope they appreciate what I did in the past,” he said. “And I will continue to do my best in the future.”
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