April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Two competing for seat on Bartholomew County Commissioners

By HSJ Online [email protected]

Bartholomew County voters will have two races for County Commissioner on their ballot next week, but only one of the races is being contested.

Republican Larry Kleinhenz is running unopposed for the District 1 seat on the board of commissioners. In District 3, incumbent Republican Rick Flohr is running against Democratic challenger Brad Woodcock.

Flohr, 66, has been in the tool-and-die business for more than 35 years. He is also a part-time farmer. He is married to Debra and they have four married daughters and 11 grandchildren. He graduated from Columbus North High School and attended Indiana University. He is a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Waymansville.

Flohr was first elected four years ago.

Woodcock, 48, is a small business owner. He is married to Ellen, and they have a son, Ryan, daughter, Kristin, and a granddaughter. He graduated from Columbus East High School.

We asked the candidates if there are any needs in the Hope area that the think need addressed.

Flohr said economic development is an area where the county could help Hope.

"For a small community, or any community, an employer is such a terrific blessing," Flohr said. "I know they have had good employers up there, but if someone could come in and employ 200 or 300 people, that would be terrific for that community. I am thinking that maybe working with Jason Hester and our economic development board and trying to identify possibly some areas (for development) up in the Hope area, that would be a terrific thing for them."

Woodcock said the county can help by keeping the roads into Hope well maintained.

"The town itself, I believe, could use some revitalization, I would hope that the county would be willing to help them with that," Woodcock said.

Although County Commissioners must live in the district they represent, voters from across the county cast ballots in the race.

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