Adrian Engelberth has filed and will be seeking the Republican nomination for the Jasper Common Council representing District 4 which covers the southeast part of the city.
The seat is currently held by Dave Hurst who announced that he will seek re-election in the democratic party.
Engelberth graduated from Purdue University in 1995 with a bachelor’s in engineering degree. He has been working in new product development since graduation, including his own design and engineering company. He currently works at Kimball in the new product development group.
In a release Adrian says he believes his training and experience to think out of the box for solutions to problems and develop new ideas is a great fit for the council.
Engelberth has worked over the years to educate the public on multiple local issues such as tax increment finance, economic development income tax and the tax abatement structure.
He says it is about helping people get involved.
He says to understand the system is very complex, and over the years, he has tried to be a resource of knowledge for the community about how the local government functions.
Engelberth says making Jasper infrastructure the best it can be, while keeping spending and taxing levels lower, and assessing TIF and the abatement structures are key items for him. He says it is about addressing the needs of today while also planning for both the near and long-term future of our area.
Engelberth pointed out that with the amount of small and large projects on the table, the city government must be nimble and flexible to meet requirements to fund these projects.
Engelberth is the current president of the Dubois County Leadership Academy and has seen firsthand how young leaders have driven change in local communities.
As part of the board since 2012, he has worked to have an environment for a diverse group of young leaders, to be bold and bring locally impactful team driven projects to completion.
He and his wife Angela are members of Redemption Christian Church in Jasper and have three children. Adrian is a youth leader in Boy Scout Troop 185 and Destination Imagination. Adrian is also president of the Freedom Makers of Dubois County.