Huber announces run for District 2 commissioner seat

Friday, February 28, 2014
John K. Huber

John K. Huber has announced his candidacy for the District 2 Putnam County commissioner's seat on the Republican ballot in the May 6 primary election.

With more than 39 years of construction experience and 29 years as a small business owner, Huber believes he can "bring insight and valuable knowledge" to the decisions and challenges a county commissioner faces.

"My construction background and my desire to serve this county is what led me to run for this position," Huber said, pointing to "a wide range of construction experience that includes, but is not limited to, bridge construction and repairs, road construction, site development and installation of storm and sanitary sewer systems."

A 1959 Cloverdale High School graduate, Huber then attended Indiana State University and from 1963-69 served in the Indiana Army National Guard, receiving an honorable discharge as a sergeant E-6.

In 1963, the candidate began working with his father and brother in their family-owned construction and trucking business. In 1980 he formed the John K. Huber Construction Co. and in 2008 became a licensed Indiana real estate agent.

"My experience as a small business owner would also prove to be useful to this position," he said. "I know how to manage employees. I work well with others, and I know how to resolve issues amidst ever-changing project needs and monetary confines."

Huber said he possesses a "firm understanding of budgets, timelines, contracts and bids, and the importance of completing projects in accordance with plans and specifications."

"Most importantly," he added, "I wish to maintain the trust of those who are counting on me to do the job, just as I did as a business owner."

Putnam County has been Huber's home the last 63 years. He has been married to wife Joan for 50 years, raising three children together here, Shelley Gardner and husband Craig, Holly Clark and husband Carl and Judson Huber and wife Heather. He has five grandchildren, Krista, Nathan, Emma, Zane and Austin.

Huber and his wife attend Cataract Baptist Church. They reside on Kirkwood Drive in Greencastle.

"While I have been retired from John K. Huber Construction since 2009," he said, "the values I've had as a business owner will carry over to this position if I am elected.

"I have always believed that a man's handshake and his word should mean something. I believe in serving others with honesty and integrity.

"It has been my great privilege to raise a family here," Huber added, "own a business here, and reside here for over 63 years. It would also be a great privilege for me to serve as your 2nd District commissioner."