By Dan Spalding
WARSAW — Dave Wolkins can’t let go of public service.
The former longtime Republican state lawmaker and Winona Lake Town Council member confirmed Saturday, Oct. 30, he plans to run for the Kosciusko County Council District 4 seat held by the retiring Jon Garber.
Garber has been on the county council for nine years and announced earlier this month he would not seek re-election.
Wolkins, 78, stepped aside a year ago from his state legislator role as the District 18 Representative. The seat is currently held by Craig Snow.
He served District 18 for 32 years.
Wolkins said his reason for running is a continued desire to serve the public.
“I really miss being in the legislature. I enjoyed working with people and solving problems. My health has been good and I have a few more years left to continue doing that,” Wolkins said Saturday.
Four seats are up for re-election in 2022.
In addition to Garber, county councilman Ernie Wiggins announced he will not seek re-election to District 3, which includes Warsaw and Winona Lake.
County Coroner Tony Ciriello has announced plans to run for the seat held by Wiggins. Scott Clay has signaled his intentions to run for the seat as well but has not formally announced.
Councilman Mike Long announced he would seek re-election to his District 2 seat. The district includes much of northwest Kosciusko County.
Councilwoman Kimberly Cates, who represents District 1, has not formally announced her plans.