Interest high for county positions

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Rensselaer’s Rein Bontrager (middle) currently serves as president of the Jasper County Council, but will run for a county commissioner seat in May.

JASPER COUNTY — Rein Bontrager, current president of the Jasper County Council, has decided to run for the District 3 county commissioner seat.

The position is currently filled by Dick Maxwell.

Bontrager, a Republican from Rensselaer, was one of five people to file for a number of county positions Wednesday, Jan. 5, which is the first day to file for the 2022 Primary Election. Filing continues through Feb. 4.

Republican Jason S. Armold, of Rensselaer, will compete for the District 4 county council position, while Republican Paul C. Norwine, of DeMotte, will seek reelection for the District 1 county council position.

Armold, who is new to politics, will look to claim the council seat currently held by Bontrager.

Current sheriff Patrick M. Williamson Sr., a Republican, announced he will seek another term and Republican Larry Wiers filed candidacy for the Keener Township Board in DeMotte.

The Primary Election will be held on May 3.

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