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So far three people have now submitted their intentions to seek the soon to be vacant office of the Mayor of Jasper.

Current Jasper City Councilwoman and Chamber of Commerce Director Nancy Eckerle and fellow councilman Dean Vonderheide along with resident Levi Hulsman have filed the necessary paper work as they look to succeed outgoing Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz in a caucus that will decide Seitz’s replacement the day after Christmas.

Dubois County Republican Chairman Mark Messmer announced last Friday afternoon that he and fellow county GOP Precinct Committee Members will be holding a caucus on Wednesday December 26th, the day after Christmas at noon in the Pfaffenweiler Room at Jasper City Hall to elect the successor for Seitz after he announced his resignation last Thursday.

Eckerle and Hulsman threw their hats into the ring this past weekend while Vonderheide took some time to ponder the decision before electing to go for the job on Monday.

One other person who had been considering the position was council President Pro-Tem Kevin Manley.

Manley however decided this past weekend that he will no longer pursue the job.

Anyone interested for the office of mayor of Jasper must file a CEB-5 form with Messmer 72 hours prior to the caucus. Those forms can be picked up at the Dubois County Clerk’s Office at the Courthouse or by stopping by Messmer’s office at Messmer Mechanical at 402 3rd Avenue in Jasper.

Those hoping to fill the position must also live in the city of Jasper and are required to have voted in a Republican primary the last time they voted in a primary election.

The person selected as Seitz’s replacement will serve the final year of what was Seitz’s second term as the city’s leader.

A Jasper mayoral election is set to take place in the fall of 2019.

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