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GOP Chair Thatcher Appointed To Fill Lynch Seat On Dearborn County Commissioners

Posted On January 11, 2018

By Mike Perleberg

Jim Thatcher was selected to fill a vacancy on the Dearborn County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, January 10. Photo provided.

(Dearborn County, Ind.) – Dearborn County Republicans had two choices Wednesday to fill the vacancy on the county’s Board of Commissioners following the death of commissioner Kevin Lynch.

Those choices were party chairman Jim Thatcher or Lynch’s son, Michael.

Kevin Lynch, 56, died on December 14 following a five-year fight against cancer. He was in the first year of his second term as the commissioner representing District 1.

Both Michael Lynch and Thatcher filed declarations of candidacy for the open commissioner seat. According to a Dearborn County GOP news release, both men made presentations at a party caucus held Wednesday at the Dearborn County Government Center.

The party appointed Thatcher to fill the vacancy. He will serve on the board for the remainder of Lynch’s term, which runs through 2020.

“I am grateful for the trust placed in me, and I would like everyone to know that my door will always be open,” said Thatcher, who will be sworn in soon.

According to the Republican party’s news release, “Thatcher is a resident of Hidden Valley and an Aurora native. He is chairman of the Dearborn County Republican Party and serves on the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning of Appeals, Dearborn County Community Mental Health Board and the Miller Township Advisory Board. For the past nine years, he has served in various capacities in the Dearborn County Republican Party, and was elected chairman in 2017. Active in the community, Thatcher has served as president of the Bright Lions Club, is member of Hopewell Lodge #80 and Integrity Lodge #763, where he has held leadership positions, and is a member of the Southeastern Indiana Shrine Club. He is a graduate of Aurora High School, Ball State University and Cincinnati Technical College. He is retired from AT&T, where he worked as a Lead Developer, Lead Systems Engineer and Project Manager.”

“Kevin’s passing is a great loss to many in this room, and indeed the entire region,” Dearborn County Republican Party vice chair Celeste Calvitto, who chaired the caucus, said at the beginning of the meeting. “Whomever is selected will have big shoes to fill.”

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