GRANGER, Ind. — Dan Schaetzle defeated Republican incumbent, Richard Pfeil, in a landslide primary victory for St. Joseph County Council’s District C seat. Schaetzle won with more than 75 percent of the vote.
Schaetzle and campaign volunteers have spent weeks knocking on hundreds of doors in the district to spread his message and get out the vote.
“People want to see you.” Schaetzle told REAL News Michiana. “They want representatives who want to know them. I think that is a major part of winning (local) elections.”
“Thank you to everyone who voted for me, supported me with your labor, and supported me financially.” Schaetzle posted to Facebook. “I am humbled by the overwhelming support I received and thank God for his day-by-day grace and the opportunities for reflection that often gave me renewed focus.”
Schaetzle is a U.S. History teacher at Penn High School. He is married with two children. He and his wife own and operate two small businesses. He is also the Treasurer of the St. Joseph County GOP.
Pfeil has been on the County Council since 2018. He was caucused into the seat following the resignation of Jamie O’Brien. He has been wintering in Florida for much of the primary season.
The Democrats did not file a primary candidate. Schaetzle is running unopposed in the general election.
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