---- — Lifelong resident, local firefighter and local grocer Kevin Spilman has announced he is seeking the office of Rush County Recorder. Spilman said that his longtime interest in politics, his enjoyment of working on the Rush County Council, along with the encouragement of friends and members of his family motivated him to run for Recorder.
“Rush County has been so good to my family and me. Serving the citizens of Rush County in this office would allow me the opportunity to help by preserving all county records for future generations,” Spilman said.
The candidate is a 1979 graduate of Rushville Consolidated High School. Upon graduation, he began working for Marsh Supermarkets and was a Marsh employee for over 31 years until the store closing at which time he became an employee for Kroger. In 1985, he was hired by Mayor Joe Delon to serve as a first-class firefighter for the city of Rushville. Eight years later, in 1993, he was promoted to the position of captain which he still holds. Spilman also was recognized by the American Legion as Firefighter of the Year.
When not working, Spilman is involved in several local civic and service organizations. He is a member of the Rush County Muskrats. Spilman also has been involved in efforts to raise money for MDA, Relay for Life, St. Mary’s Catholic School and the Phoenix Lodge.
“I hope the citizens realize that I have committed my life in trying to help others,” Spilman said. “An elected official’s primary job is to help others and I will dedicate my efforts, if elected, to running an efficient Recorder’s office for our community.”
In recent years, Spilman has been a volunteer for Republican candidates seeking office in Rush County.
“I have known Kevin Spilman for many years, since we worked together at Marsh,” former County Councilman John Pavey said. “Kevin was a great volunteer for me when I was running for office and if he takes the dedication and work ethic to the Rush County Recorder’s Office that he has demonstrated in his business and civic life, I know he will be an asset to the citizens.”
In 1988, Spilman married Marilyn Herbert. Together, they are the parents of two children; Erica, 22, a senior at Ball State University and Aaron, 17, a junior at RCHS. Spilman and his family are members of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
“I feel that over the last eight years on the county council I have learned a great deal about the inner workings of county government,” Spilman said. “It’s been challenging at times, but also very rewarding. With my years of experience working with the public and the county council, I feel I’m the right person for the job of Recorder, and I pledge to continue serving the Rush County community to the best of my ability.”