Jasper Recount Judge Selected; Both Camps Ready To “Move Forward” (AUDIO)

Dean A. Sobecki Daviess County Superior Court Judge

Dean A. Sobecki
Daviess Co. Superior Court Judge

JASPER (NNDC) – Daviess County Superior Court Judge Dean Sobecki has been selected to oversee the upcoming recount of the Jasper Mayoral election.

Incumbent Republican Terry Seitz and Democratic challenger Wayne Schuetter both received 1,856 votes during the November 4th election.

The votes were certified the day after by Dubois County Clerk Bridgette Jarboe attested by county election board representatives Roger Messmer (Republican) and Mike Fritch (Democrat).

The choice of Sobecki has been agreed upon by both Seitz and Schuetter. As of this morning, Sobecki has not been formally notified of his selection, nor has he accepted the appointment. If Sobecki agrees, he will oversee the selection of a recount commission and the actual recount itself.  If a tie remains after a recount, Sobecki could order a special election.

State statute says the recount must be completed by December 20th.

If there is no special election ordered, the current Jasper City Council will vote to break the tie.

Schuetter talked with NewsNow Dubois County Wednesday morning about the recount.  He says, “It’s in the best interest of the residents of Jasper to move forward as quickly as possible with the recount and now its time to let the (recount) process work.”

Indianapolis attorney David Brooks is representing Mayor Seitz.  He agrees its time to move forward…

Brooks says it is still not know is how how long it will take to complete the recount or when it will begin.

If the election makes its way to the Jasper City Council, state statute mandates the current city council select the mayor for the next four years.

The current council is currently made up of four Democrats and three Republicans.  January 1st the makeup of the council changes to four Republicans and three Democrats. If the current city council is put in position to choose the mayor, that must be done so by December 31st.

MORE ON JUDGE DEAN A. SOBECKI

Sobecki was first elected judge of the Daviess Superior Court in November of 2002.  

A graduate of Washington High School, the University of Evansville and the Indiana School of Law — Indianapolis, Sobecki was in private practice for 13 years and served as the chief deputy prosecutor for Daviess County for four years.

Since his election, Sobecki has been appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court to serve on the state’s Judicial Ethics and Professionalism Committee and its sub-committee studying potential revisions to the Indiana code of judicial conduct. He also serves as the judicial co-chair of the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwest Indiana, Inc.

“I believe in a fair, impartial and independent judiciary.”

Judge Sobecki is a member of the Daviess County Bar Association, the Indiana Bar Association and the Indiana Judges Association. He and his wife, Brenda, are members of the Catholic Community of Washington and reside in Washington.

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