gonder not seeking full term on commission

Monday, October 23, 2017 14:17 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A LaPorte County Commissioner will not enter the 2018 campaign.

Mike Gonder cited a desire to spend more time with his family.

He was the LaPorte County Republican Party Chairman when appointed last December to the seat vacated when Mike Bohacek was elected to the state senate.

Sheila Brillson, mayor in Michigan City from 1996 to 2003, announced last week she's running for the democratic nomination for the seat on the three member commission.

Brillson moved to the state of Washington with six months left on her term as mayor and returned to Michigan City two years ago.

She said job creation along with health and education concerns she believes are critical are among her top priorities.

No GOP candidates for the seat had emerged yet.

''We're honored by commissioner Gonder's service to the community and wish him well in his future endeavors,'' said Nick Barbknecht, the current LaPorte County Republican Party chairman.