Stephanie Schoettmer, Demo candidate for county council, stands next to a lion statue outside her house that wears a mask symbolizing her party’s commitment to supporting health and safety protocols to flatten the COVID19 curve.—Staff Photo by Kylan Higgs.
Kylan Higgs Reporter
Stephanie Schoettmer is the newest Democratic candidate who will be running for a position on the Jennings County Council at Large in the upcoming General Election in November.
The 41-year-old is originally from North Vernon and lives here with her husband, Aaron Goen. Stephanie attended St. Mary's School, Jennings County High School and Columbus East High School. She has a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice from ISU and a Master's in mental health counseling from Grand Canyon University where she also studied Christian counseling.
Stephanie has five children; Paige (Davontray), Xander and Chandler (Alexis) Gillespie and Emma and Elliott Holman. She is currently a mental health therapist.
When asked why she decided to run for office, Stephanie answered "I can think of no higher calling than service to others."
Stephanie credits her father with instilling the importance of volunteering and serving her community. Becoming an elected official is just the next step. Her father, Steve Schoettmer, knows this well. He is the current chairperson for the Democratic Party in Bartholomew County.
Stephanie has seen daily the stresses of our community from working in child welfare for many years. "I hope that if given an opportunity to be part of of the council, I could take a great partnership in giving a voice to the needs of the community," she said. Her biggest priorities if elected are shelter, food, and safety.