Marvin Belcher of Jasper has announced his candidacy for the office of Jasper’s mayor in the 2019 municipal elections.
Belcher, 54, decided to run after speaking with family and friends who encouraged him to seek the Democratic Party nomination.
“I’m just a blue-collar guy, with a modest house in Jasper who wants to make the city a good place for my kids to live and raise their families,” said Belcher.
He cited the need for responsible spending of tax dollars on major building projects while focusing on the upkeep of the city’s infrastructure, such as roads and sewers as one of his reasons he is seeking the mayor’s office.
Jasper’s police and fire departments are “one of our best assets,” said Belcher adding that he wants to assure the city fully funds both to make sure Jasper maintains its status of one of the best cities in the state of Indiana to live.
Belcher served as mayor of Huntingburg from 2008 to 2012. He feels his experience in running a city successfully, leaving office with a budget surplus as well as fully-funded city improvement projects gives him the advantage in the race for mayor.
Additionally, Belcher has worked for more than 25 years working for the municipal government in wastewater management.
When it comes to serving the public “I have done it, lived it and know how it works,” he said.
Marvin Belcher and his wife Heather live on the north side of Jasper along with their daughter, who is a junior at Jasper High School.
Belcher has two other children; a son, 20, who works at Jasper Engines and a daughter, 28, who works in the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department. Both live in Jasper as well. The Belcher’s also have one grandchild.
Belcher and his wife are active in many local organizations. They are members of the VFW, American Legion, and Moose Lodge of Jasper as well as members of the Eagles Lodge of Huntingburg where they also manage the facility.