Wilson nips Mathies in county council race

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Nancy Wilson, right, hugged her mother Barbara Knies, both of Celestine, after hearing that Wilson won the County Council District 3 seat in the primary election during a gathering held by the Dubois County Democrats at the Jasper Knights of Columbus on Tuesday.

Herald Staff Writer

Nancy Wilson came out on top in Tuesday’s Democratic primary race for the District 3 seat on the Dubois County Council.

Wilson defeated incumbent Barbara Mathies by 138 votes.
She will face Republican Charmian Klem in November’s general election. District 3 covers Columbia, Ferdinand, Hall, Jackson, Jefferson and Marion townships.

“I’m very humbled, honored and excited,” said Wilson, who earned 388 votes, good for 61 percent of the 638 ballots cast. “And I look forward to the fall.”  

Mathies, who was appointed to the council after Scott Knies died in 2011, finished with 250 votes, or 39 percent. Both candidates joined dozens of other Democrats at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Jasper as the election results rolled in. When the outcome was announced at 7:45 p.m., Mathies hugged Wilson and congratulated her on the victory.

“I think I did a good job and I served the people,” said Mathies, 62, of Bretzville. “The voters spoke.”
Both candidates complimented the other on running a clean campaign.

Barb Mathies of Bretzville gave Nancy Wilson of Celestine a hug after Wilson won the primary election race against Mathies.

“She’s a good person,” said Wilson, 47, of Celestine. “I am very happy that we were able to do a friendly race.”

She also thanked her friends and family.

“So many people helped me put signs up and go door to door. I couldn’t of done it without them,” said Wilson, vice president of human resources and safety at Jasper-based Indiana Furniture.

For November’s general election, “we’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing, getting the word out,” she added.

In the race for Marion Township trustee, Clarence Reckelhoff defeated incumbent Bradley Terwiske in the Democratic primary. Reckelhoff received 85 votes, or 78 percent, while Terwiske finished with 24 votes, or 22 percent. No Republican candidates have filed for the Marion Township trustee position.

Reckelhoff, 64, who lives west of Celestine, felt confident he would win Tuesday’s primary race
“He wasn’t really interested in the job anymore, so I knew people would lean my way,” he said of his opponent. “And I’m glad they did. I think I can do a good job for them.”

Terwiske, 51, was appointed to the post in 2012 after longtime trustee Darlene Wible resigned to move to Florida. Before the primary election, he said he would not have entered the race had he known someone else was going to run. When he learned he had a challenger, it was too late to remove his name from the ballot.

Reckelhoff, who works at Fischer Electric, was Marion Township’s trustee from 1987 to 1995 before stepping down to spend more time with family. The township trustee distributes relief to the poor, contracts for fire protection and cares for abandoned cemeteries.

Terwiske could not be reached for comment.

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