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November 7, 2012

Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott Whitley County Commissioner Don Amber (left) congratulates re-elected County Councilmen Tom Western (center) and Bill Overdeer (right) at the Republican party’s election get-together at Downtown on the Square Restaurant in Columbia City. Amber and Tom Rethlake were unopposed for county commissioner.

COLUMBIA CITY — Three Whitley County Council incumbent Republicans, Paula Reimers, William (Bill) Overdeer and Thomas Western swept the election Tuesday for seats on the county council.
The incumbents were running against Democrats Greg Racioppi, Wes Pease and Steven Heaston.
William (Bill) Overdeer
Goals: “I’m looking forward to remaining on the council. I’ve enjoyed the challenges that come with the job. I’ve been very active with the Redevelopment Commission. What they do is try to attract industries that bring jobs, and I’d like to continue to do that.”
Bio: Overdeer, 81, was a six-term incumbent, not consecutive, before winning a seat on the Whitley County Council. He currently serves as the Chairman of the County Redevelopment Commission and is a member of the County Community Foundation Board, the Blue River Senior Citizens Housing Board and the Region IIA Development Board.
Paula Reimers
Goals: “I am excited to serve another four years. I really want our emergency management to be redefined and established to work more for Whitley County. I also want to be sure we continue to do what we can as we continue to receive fewer dollars.”
Bio: Reimers, 42, was appointed by caucus Oct. 21, 2010, to complete State Senator Jim Banks’ term after his election. Reimers lives in Thorncreek Township. She also serves on the Plan Commission, Emergency Management and Personnel Committee.
Thomas Western
Goals: “I’m excited to be chosen again. I think we need to keep working on fostering good businesses. I think the important thing is — we’ve been pretty fortunate here in the county keeping up with a good business climate, which offer jobs to people in the public.”
Bio: Western, 65, was a two-term incumbent before winning a seat back on the Whitley County Council. Western has served on several committees throughout the community, including being a member of the Etna-Troy Township Advisory Board for 12 years and the Whitley County 4-H Board.

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