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Another new face for Commissioners' race

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com

While putting an “Ed Tarantino for Commissioner” sign in her yard last fall, Bobbi Plummer remembers her dad’s reaction.

You need to run for commissioner,” Plummer said her dad, Gene, told her in all sincerity. “That set in my heart. That was the deciding factor for me.”

Now, Plummer hopes to join Tarantino as one of the three county commissioners as she officially announced intentions to seek the Southern District seat currently held by two-term incumbent Ed Yanos.

Plummer announced via Facebook recently her plans to file for the seat in the 2020 May primary election.

Commissioner Yanos had not made a decision as of Monday whether or not he will run for re-election in 2020.

“I’m trying to decide whether 37 years of public service on various boards is enough!” Yanos said.

An outspoken critic of wind turbines, that singular issue led Plummer to get involved in local politics. The same issue was a key factor in the 2018 upsets of incumbent Commissioner Butch Baker and incumbent County Council members Nate LaMar, Steve Dugger and Robin Fleming.

But Plummer says her commissioner candidacy is about more than just making sure new wind turbines never turn in Henry County.

“The wind brought me to these meetings, but that’s not what keeps me coming back,” Plummer said. “I’m concerned about the overall health of the community. It seems like every meeting there’s bad news.

“I’ve lived in Henry County since I was two years old,” Plummer continued. “I’ve been to more county meetings in the last three years than the previous 30 of my life. I never got involved. I never paid attention. I never went to the meetings, so I considered myself part of the problem. I want to be part of the solution.”

It will not be Plummer’s first venture into local politics, but it will be the first time she’s ever had to run for a position. She served as a Straughn Town Board member a few years ago.

The 1981 Tri grad who went on to earn a degree from Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business in 1985 is currently self-employed. She provides IT services in the dental market. Plummer believes getting new faces involved in local politics is important for the county.

“This county and New Castle has the tendency that once you get in office, you stay in office and you stay in office and you stay in office,” she said. “I just believe there should always be change and new blood coming in.”