Jasper businessman Gary Eck has decided he will seek the democratic nomination for the office of Dubois County Commissioner representing District 1.
District 1 which consists of Madison, Patoka, Harbison, Columbia, and Boone Townships, is one of three districts in Dubois County. While the candidate must reside in this district, all county voters are involved in the election of all commissioners.
The 59-year old Eck is the owner and co-founder of Eck-Mundy Associates, who has specialized in computer and telephone technologies for small and middle size businesses, government, and non-profit organizations in Dubois and surrounding counties since 1993.
Eck is a summa cum laude graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Economics. He was also the Valedictorian of the 1974 class at Jasper High School.
He is an Indiana-licensed Professional Engineer and has served as the chairman of the Evansville/Owensboro Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
Gary and his wife, the former Marlene Hautsch of Haysville, reside in Boone Township on his Hoosier Homestead Farm. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.
In a news release Eck says having been involved in agricultural production from childhood until recently, he understands the problems of the farming community. He pointed out that sometimes people overlook the importance of Dubois County agriculture.
He says in addition to providing income to the farmers, their business needs translate into scores of jobs in equipment and facility sales and services, feed processing, fertilizer and crop care, utilities, fuel, and transportation industries.
A life-long member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township, Eck has served as council president, children’s Sunday school teacher, children’s choir director and is currently a church organist and pianist.
Eck is an active mentor for the Memorial Hospital Alzheimer’s Support Group where he shares his past experiences with families dealing with dementia.
He has been a 4-H leader and is also a member of the Dubois County Museum, Redevelop Old Jasper Action Coalition, the Farm Bureau, the Dubois County Cattlemen Association and a Jasper Optimist Club board member. He just concluded serving as the chairman of the Dubois County Democrats.