Jarboe Addresses What’s Next After Seitz; Schuetter Tie (VIDEO)

PHOTO: Dubois County Clerk Bridgette Jarboe talking with local media tonight about what's next following the Jasper mayoral election tie.  She is shown with Roger Messmer and Mike Fritch, members of the Dubois County Election Board.

PHOTO: Dubois County Clerk Bridgette Jarboe talking with local media tonight about what’s next following the Jasper mayoral election tie. She is shown with Roger Messmer and Mike Fritch, members of the Dubois County Election Board.

JASPER (NNDC) – So what’s next for Jasper mayor Terry Seitz who finds himself not knowing whether or not he has won reelection as Mayor Jasper?

The Republican incumbent and Wayne Schuetter, his Democratic challenger both received 1856 votes after all 20 precincts reported in tonight.  Its the first tie in history of elections in Dubois County.

Either camp has until November 17th to ask for a recount. If a recount is not asked for; or if a recount results in a tie, the current members of the Jasper City Council will have the chore of selecting the city’s Mayor for the next four years. The current council is made up of four democrats (Greg Schnarr, Tom Schmidt, Earl Schmitt, and Randy Buchta) and three Republicans (Dave Prechtel, Kevin Manley and Ray Howard). By state statue, the council must select the new mayor by December 31st. The council changes to a 4-3 GOP majority January 1st. It will be the first time Republicans have ever held a majority on the Jasper City Council.

Jarboe also says she would be surprised if this election would end being decided in the courtroom, though a legal challenge to the results is also possible. She says, “Every vote is accounted for and that includes the (early voting) paper ballots.”

It was an election that literally went down to the last votes counted! With 18 of 20 Dubois County precincts voting in Tuesday’s general election, Schuetter, who led in early returns most of the evening, was clinging to an eight-vote lead (1842-1834). The last two precincts to report (Madison-Jasper North and Madison-Jasper South; both in the Ireland area), went a combined 22-14 in Seitz’s favor.

At the Dubois County Courthouse after the tie was declared by Dubois County Clerk Bridgette Jarboe, Seitz’s wife Deena, smiled and shook her head as she told NNDC she spent much of her day Tuesday doing some last minute campaigning on behalf of her husband. “I started my day in Ireland and I ended my day in Ireland,” Mrs. Seitz said.

Below is our extended LIVE coverage of the 2015 Election from the Dubois County courthouse. We were able to talk with Jarboe on camera about the process that follows this unprecedented tie… If you move the cursor to the 2:10:25 (2 hour/10 minute/25 second) NNDC talks with Bridgette one-on-one on camera…

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