WARSAW —Joni Truex, Atwood, filed her candidacy for the Kosciusko County Commissioner-Middle District seat Thursday afternoon, Nov. 2. Truex is the fourth person to file a candidacy for that seat. Other candidates include Teresa Cosgrove, Cary P. Groninger and Sheal Dirck.
The deadline for candidates to file for the Kosciusko County Commissioner-Middle District seat is just days away. Candidates have until 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, to file with Kosciusko County Republican Chairman Mike Ragan, which is 72 hours before the 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, caucus of all county precinct committeemen.
Truex won one of the three seats for Kosciusko County Councilman – at large seats in the 2016 general election. She took office in January 2017 and currently serves in that position.
“I was encouraged to run by several people,” said Truex. “I had considered and shared that I would run when Ron Truex’s term was up, in three years. But sometimes things change. I gave it a lot of thought and prayer, talked with my husband Dale and people whose opinions I value. The time was right. I wished it was in three years so I could finish my county council term.”
Truex feels she brings a unit skill set to the position. She has a business background, as well as an agricultural background as she and her husband Dale reside on a farm south of Atwood. “I have a MBA is business management, human resources and marketing, I’ve worked for not-for-profits, worked for the chamber of commerce so I know how important businesses are for the county and tax base. As a county councilwoman I’m familiar with finances and budgets. I have a well rounded background and unique skill set I’m willing to utilize.”
Truex is a college professor teaching business courses at Ivy Tech Community College. She is a Kosciusko Leadership Academy graduate and retired from the Builders Association Kosciusko Fulton Counties after 11 years.
She has a son, Cory, who is married to Julie and a daughter, Kristen, who is married to Brandon Pruitt. She has four grandchildren.