Kyler adds name to candidate list

Union Township resident Richard J. Kyler filed his candidacy for the Whitley County Council at-large seat being vacated by unopposed State Senate candidate Jim Banks.Kyler filed his application Oct. 1 and is one of eight current hopefuls for Banks’ term, which has two years remaining.Banks announced his resignation from the county council, effective Nov. 2 in order to run for the senate seat of retiring Sen. Dr. Gary Dillon.“I would like to give back to the community that I lived in all my life,” said Kyler. “Having worked with many of the county residents for the past 40 years, I think I have a feeling for the needs of the county and will try to get the most we can out of every dollar spent.”Kyler was raised on a farm in Whitley County and has lived within the same mile all his life.He has been married to his wife Carol for 47 years and the couple has three children and four grandchildren.Kyler graduated from Coesse High School and served in the U.S. Army Reserve.He is retired from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and does contractor work for the Soil and Water Conservation District. In that capacity Kyler does urban erosion control for the county and Columbia City and non-cost share erosion control and drainage assistance for landowners of the county.The candidate is vice president of the county drainage board and an environmental representative on the Whitley County Local Emergency Planning Committee as well as being a member of the Farm Service Agency’s county committee.Kyler is a member of Farm Bureau, a former board member, the Columbia City United Methodist Church and serves on that church’s council and memorial committee.In addition, he retired from the Union Township Fire Department after 31 years and was on the county’s 4-H board for 15 years, serving as president for nine of those years.“I feel these experiences, plus my knowledge of the county and the people of the county make me qualified for this position on the county council,” Kyler added.