Columbus at-large city councilman Kenny Whipker has filed for a second term.
Whipker has served in one of the council’s two at-large seats since being chosen by the party caucus to replace Aaron Hankins near the end of 2013.
He’s the first to file for an at-large council seat for the May primary.
The 59-year-old Republican said he wanted to run so he could continue providing service to the community.
“It’s pretty much what I’ve done most of my adult life,” Whipker said.
If elected to a full term, Whipker said, he would work to ensure there’s continued efforts toward strong infrastructure, public safety and other things that help attract good workers and new businesses, which generate the necessary revenue to enhance the city’s quality of life.
The former Bartholomew County sheriff, now a liaison to the Indiana Department of Correction for sheriff’s departments and county jails, said he’s familiar with managing budgets and personnel.
Whipker said he has had a learning curve for some things related to city government, but many are similar to things that he’s done with the county and the state.
Employment: Executive liaison for Sheriff and County Jail operations at the Indiana Department of Corrections
Current office held: Columbus City Council, at large, 2013-present
Past office held: Bartholomew County Sheriff, 1999-2006