Fruechte seeks a second term
Republican Kim Fruechte has announced his candidacy and filing for re-election as District One Adams County Commissioner.
Fruechte has held the position the past four years and expressed in his announcement that it has been a rewarding experience serving Adams County and that he has the knowledge and desire to continue serving the community.
The two incumbent commissioners — Fruechte and Doug Bauman from the First District — up for re-election this year have now announced that they will seek new terms.
They are the only two candidates to announce thus far.
The third county commissioner, Ed Coil, is not up for re-election this year.
Fruechte resides on a family farm in Kirkland Township with his wife of 34 years, Cindy. They have two sons, Brandon (Elizabeth) Fruechte and Craig (Mindy) Fruechte, and four grandchildren.
Fruechte is a graduate of Adams Central High School and Indiana State University, with a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Technology Education. He obtained a Master's Degree in education from Indiana-Purdue.
He received a vocational endorsement in Vocational Welding and Industrial Cooperative Training from Ball State University. Fruechte stated this experience enabled him to interact with the community and business business industry, preparing students to enter the workforce.
He retired from Bellmont High School in 2010 after 33 years of teaching.
Fruechte currently serves on the Adams County Extension Board, Jail Advisory Committee, Emergency Management Advisory Board, Chamber of Commerce Industrial Division, highway board, Adams County Solid Waste, the Maumee-River Basin Committee, Adams County Child Protection Team, Upper Wabash-River Basin Committee, and Adams County Wage Scale Committee.
He is also a member of the Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Association of County Commissioners, Association for Career and Technical Education and a past supervisor on the Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District Board.
Fruechte said since his retirement from teaching he has devoted his full attention to the commissioner position, listening to citizens and county employees while problem-solving collaboratively to build a strong, effective government.
Fruechte said he is promoting the need for a county vision or master plan that is a cooperative effort of city councils, county council and the commissioners to prioritize the needs of the aging facilities and economic growth. Fruechte said he feels he has the skills to work effectively with all local government and is willing to put forth the effort and time to research and develop opportunities to promote Adams County.