Commissioner candidates look to partnerships

Bartholomew County voters will be choosing next month between two candidates for County Commissioner District 3 — incumbent Republican Rick Flohr and Democratic challenger Brad Woodcock.

Flohr, 66, is finishing his first term as county commissioner. He is part owner of a tool and die business in town and has been in that business for 38 years. He is also a part-time farmer. He is married to Debra and they have four married daughters and 11 grandchildren. He graduated from Columbus North High School and attended Indiana University. He is a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Waymansville.

Woodcock, 48, is a small business owner. He is married to Ellen, and they have a son, Ryan, daughter, Kristin, and a granddaughter. He graduated from Columbus East High School.

We asked Flohr and Woodcock what qualities they bring to the job of county commissioner:

Flohr said that he has had the opportunity to learn from his experiences as a commissioner for the last four years and the people he was worked with:


Woodcock said he has lived in Bartholomew County all of his life and has mostly worked in management roles in manufacturing:


We also asked Flohr and Woodcock if there are partnerships the county could make, much like the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, with other local governments to save money or to improve services.

Woodcock said that he supports the anti-narcotics efforts of the county, city and federal agencies:


Flohr said he serves on the community corrections board: