Newton County Republicans

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Carmelita (Candy) Hall, Candidate

Carmelita (Candy) Hall recently retired after 34 years with the Kankakee, Beaverville & Southern Railroad.  Seventeen of those years she served on the Board of Directors, the last 2 years as President of the Railroad. 


Candy and her husband John reside in Kentland and have two grown children and four grandchildren.

Daniel J. Molter, Superior Court Judge

Judge Daniel J. Molter is a lifelong resident of Newton County. He practiced law with his father, Samuel E. Molter from 1978 until 1986 when he became judge of the Newton Superior Court.


He is the spouse of Kate Molter, a Vice President at Kentland Bank and together they own property in rural Kentland. They are the parents of Derek Molter and grandparents of Michael Daniel Molter.

Scott A McCord, Coroner

I was born on September 11, 1960 at the Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts while my father served in the Navy. After his death in the submarine accident that took the SSN Thresher (a nuclear “Seek and Destroy” sub), his life and the lives of 128 others, my family made its way back to Indiana. My mother and two brothers settled in Brook where I attended Brook Elementary School and graduated in 1978 from South Newton High School with a Gen-Ed Diploma.


After graduation I worked at Gibson Manufacturing as an Industrial Painter for a little over two years before becoming an Indiana Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). I joined the Brook Volunteer Fire Department soon after that and served as a Fire Fighter for seven years. I also was hired at Newton County Ambulance Service on March 15, 1982 as an EMT. I attended Methodist Hospitals of Gary Paramedic Program and graduated in 1986 as an Indiana State Certified Paramedic and continue today as a “Medic” for Newton County and also serve as the Assistant Director.


I have two children, my daughter has graduated from South Newton and is an Indiana State Certified EMT and is presently pursuing a career in the Nursing Field. My son is a senior at South Newton and will graduate in June. He is an Indiana State Certified EMT and plans to pursue a career as a Firefighter/Paramedic.


I have served for nine years as a Deputy Coroner and am into my fourth year as the Coroner. I am a State Certified Medico-Legal Death Investigator and also a Certified Forensic Technician. I have taken and continue to take continuing education classes through the Texas Extension Service/Texas A&M in Texas in order to become a Certified Forensic Investigator. I have also attended numerous local and state classes on the various types of Death Investigation and have also taught classes to local Law Enforcement, EMS and other Coroner’s Offices. I have been a guest speaker at the Indiana State Coroners Association/Coroners Training Boards Annual Conference.

I presently serve on the Child Protective Services Board, am a member of the Association of Indiana Counties and am an active member of the Indiana Coroners Association. I also support Organ, Bone, Tissue and Eye Donation and am a registered donor with the Bone Marrow Registry.

I have put in place new and progressive/aggressive “protocols” regarding death investigations and have a staff of three deputy coroners who I take pride in knowing that they share my passion for serving the people of Newton County. I have served the people of Newton County in several capacities and hope to continue as your Coroner for another four years.

Chris Knochel, Surveyor

Chris Knochel is a lifelong resident of Newton County with a background in the farming community. He and his wife Susan both attended and graduated from schools in Newton County and are landowners in Newton County. Chris and Susan are parents of two children, daughter Tracy Coussens of Zionsville, IN and son Sean of Sheridan, IN. They have six grandchildren.


Chris and Susan are members of Trinity United Methodist Church of Kentland.


Chris is currently a student in the Certified Public Manager course through the Bowen Center at Ball State University.  

Janice Wilson, Candidate for Clerk

Brook resident is seeking the office of the Clerk of the Newton Circuit Court . Wilson enters the race with 14 years experience in the Clerk's office, six years as Chief Deputy Clerk and eight years as the Clerk from 1995 through 2008. During her tenure as Clerk, Wilson was responsible for upgrading the county's voting system from the old punch card system to an electronic optical scan system which was in use through the 2008 election.


 Janice is married to Brad Wilson and they have two grown sons, Brandon who resides in Vermont, and Tyler who resides in Brook.


 Wilson looks forward to the opportunity to put her experience back to work for the people of Newton County.

Douglas Gutwein, State Representative

Doug Gutwein has been a small business owner/operator in his hometown of Francesville since 1986.  He is a Vietnam Veteran, a former U.S. Postal Carrier (and a member of that union for twelve years).  He served as the Francesville Town Council President for sixteen years.


Doug is Pro Life, Pro Second Amendment, a Fiscal Conservative and a Free Market Advocate.  As a state representative he serves on the Agriculture Committee, the Committee for Veterans Affairs and Public Safety, and is chairman of the Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee. He passed Right-To-Work. 


He and Mary Lew have been married for thirty-three years and have two children and three grandchildren. Contact Doug at 765 427-8579 or email him at Please leave your contact information so he can call you back.

Diane Veld, Canadidate for Treasurer
Kyle Conrad, Candidate for District 1 Commissioner
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Richard Mourdock, Candidate for U.S. Senate
Jeryl Leach, Circuit Court Judge

Mickey Reed, Candidate for Commissioner

Greg Johnson, Candidate for Council at Large
Scott Madison, Councilman at Large
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