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Doug Bauman of rural Geneva has formally announced his candidacy for a new term as Adams County Commissioner, District Three, on the 2012 Republican ticket.
Bauman said his major goal for the upcoming term is to keep Adams County financially sound and yet still provide services to the citizens as has been done in the past.
The working relationship between the commissioners, the county council, the department of health, and other city or county administrations is something that Bauman feels has been "great" and must continue in the future.
Bauman has served as the District Three commissioner for 13 years, representing the citizens of Jefferson, Wabash, Hartford, and French Townships.
"The past 13 years have been challenging," Bauman said, continuing that it is his responsibility as a commissioner to work as a team with other county and city employees in order to make the best decisions possible for the people he represents.
"Elected officials are servants of the citizens," Bauman stated. "Every decision I make is based on this premise, and will be as long as I am an Adams County employee."
Born and raised on a dairy farm northeast of Geneva, Bauman is a lifelong member of the First Mennonite Church in Berne, where he serves on the finance committee. He graduated from Geneva High School and earned an associate's degree from Vincennes University, then continued on to earn both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in education from Ball State University.
As a Marine veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, Bauman received two Purple Hearts, the Navy Commendation Medal Content V, a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with a Bronze Star, and a Presidential Unit Citation with the first battalion-fifth Marines.
Bauman worked for North Adams Schools, first as a teacher then as an administrator, for more than 30 years, and has been an IHSSA basketball official for 42 years.
As owner/operator with his wife, Candice, of B and B Farms in rural Geneva, Bauman said he feels he sees things from "both sides of the fence," giving him a better understanding of how government and private businesses function together.
Bauman explained this relationship has enabled him to see how taxes and regulations imposed by elected officials affect business owners and allows him to see the "whole picture."
As well as being chairman of the Adams County Commissioners, Bauman oversees the Humane Shelter and Adams County Highway Department, and is also a member of the health board, the county plan commission, the Adams County Solid Waste Board, the Maumee and Wabash River-Basin commissions, and was recently named Chief Elected Official for region 03-11 Work One offices, including Decatur.
"I am asking the citizens of Adams County to extend my employment for another four years as an Adams County Commissioner," Bauman said. "It has been my sincere pleasure to serve the county the past 13 years and I look forward to 2012 and beyond."