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One of the early candidates for the caucus to fill an open at-large seat on the Jasper Common Council has decided to remove his name from the race.

Dubois County Republican Party Chairman Mark Messmer announced Monday afternoon that Tim Bell has withdrawn from consideration for the caucus.

Bell’s departure now leaves the number of those hopeful to fill the seat at an even dozen.

They include Steve Block, Adrian Engelberth, Chad Lueken, Steve Messmer Paul Lorey, Bernie Fallon, Merill Osterman, Phil Mundy, Patty Brosmer, Levi Hulsman, Justin Kluemper and Dr. Richard Moss.

They are looking to fill the position vacated by Dean Vonderheide who recently was selected by a caucus to finish out the final year of Terry Seitz’s term as Mayor of Jasper.

Vonderheide officially took over the Mayor’s office on Monday.

A second Republican caucus will be held in Jasper City Hall’s Pfaffenweiler Room at 9 am this coming Saturday, January 12th to fill the at-large council seat. It will be the same 13 committee people who voted in the caucus to appoint Vonderheide.

Any other interested candidates have until 9 o’clock tomorrow morning (Wednesday January 9th) file for the caucus. They must pick up and complete a candidacy form, CEB-5, and send it to Messmer 72 hours prior to the caucus meeting to Messmer’s home address at 795 E. Scherle Lane in Jasper.

The forms are available at the Dubois County Clerk’s office in the Dubois County Courthouse or at Messmer’s office at 402 Third Avenue in Jasper.

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