Newton County Republicans

A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader. ~ Harry S. Truman

Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. ~Abraham Lincoln
The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten. ~Calvin Coolidge
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. ~ Ronald Reagan
Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have. ~ Ronald Reagan
Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. ~Abraham Lincoln
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. ~Thomas Jefferson
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. ~ Thomas Jefferson
The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves in their separate, and individual capacities. In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere. ~Abraham Lincoln
Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country. ~Calvin Coolidge
America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. ~ Harry S. Truman
A government is for the benefit of all the people. ~William Howard Taft
As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also. ~Thomas Jefferson
The chief duty of government is to keep the peace and stand out of the sunshine of the people. ~James A. Garfield
It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things. ~Theodore Roosevelt
As the Republican platforms says, the welfare of the farmer is vital to that of the whole country. ~William Howard Taft

Elected Officials

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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.

Michael Mark, District 3 Councilman

A resident of Newton County for more than a decade, Michael has earned a respected reputation for his personal, professional and financial investments in the local community. Michael served in the United States Marine Corps for 13 years after earning a degree in accounting from the International Business College in 1990. After honorably completing his active duty service in the Corps, Michael parlayed the computer skills he had learned in the Marines into a career in technology support, launching Integration & Networking Solutions in 2001, a company that is still thriving under Michael’s current direction as President.


When he isn’t leading his company or spending time with his wife and five children at their home in Lake Village, Michael makes community service a priority. He has coached many teams of little league baseball and Pop Warner football over the years, served for two years as the President of the Newton County Park Board, and is preparing for his fifth season as an Assistant Head football coach at North Newton high school.

Chris Knochel, Surveyor

Newton County Surveyor, Chris Knochel, operated the family farm till 2006. Knochel reorganized the Marijuana Eradication Program prior to holding his current office and integrated it into the Surveyors Office after elected to the office.


As a member of the Indiana County Surveyors Association, Knochel was named the association’s representative of the Wetlands Workgroup, an initiative that included all segments of local and state regulatory agencies and the different building trade organizations. The purpose of the workgroup was to identify common language between the agencies when mitigating state jurisdictional wetlands.


Knochel also served on the Headwater Forum, an initiative that included all segments of local, state and federal regulatory agencies.

Knochel is a recipient of the Silver Master’s Diploma Certificate as a member of the Association of Indiana Counties. He received the President’s Award as a member of the Indiana County Surveyors Association in 2006. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Outstanding County Surveyor Award from the Indiana County Surveyors Association. He now serves as President of the Indiana County Surveyors Association and as a board member of the Association of Indiana Counties. You can read more about Knochel at Currently Knochel is Chairman of the Kankakee River Basin Commission, a board that coordinates the concerns of the river in eight counties, including Newton County. Knochel helped secure emergency funding from the state for Newton County residents along the Kankakee. The commission is asking for $150,000.00 from the state for help with the DeHaan Ditch, a tributary that has been adversely affected by the river in Newton County.

Knochel also serves as technical advisor to the Iroquois River Conservancy.


Chris and his wife of 40 years, Susan, serve their local church. Chris is a Certified Lay Speaker and District Lay Leader in the United Methodist Church. Chris is the President of the Newton County Association of Churches, an ecumenical organization comprising the different denominations in Newton County. Chris and Susan have both been active supporters of the drama department at South Newton.

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.

Tim Loher, Distrtict 1 Councilman
Donald Hartman, Sheriff
Julie Alenduff, Recorder
Kristen Hoskins, Assessor
Rosalie Mathis, Treasurer

Scott Carlson, District 2 Councilman

Tim Drenth, District 2 Commissioner

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Jeryl Leach, Circuit Court Judge

Scott Madison, Councilman At Large

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Luke Abbott, District 4 Councilman

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Sharon Dewing, Auditor
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