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Garner Joins Race for County Commissioner

February 10, 2014

  02/11/14 Kurt Garner of Plymouth threw his hat into the ring and filed for the Republican, District 1, County Commissioner seat.   Born in Bremen in 1968, and raised in North Township Kurt worked at his family’s business before heading off to college.  Married to Christine Gerard Garner for 15 years; they have two children, Jack, 13, and Chloe, 11 and have lived in Plymouth from 1997 till 2009 when they purchased a farmstead and moved back to North Township.  The family attends Crossroads Evangelical Free Church in Plymouth where Chris is the children’s ministry directo

Kurt ventured out on his own and began a consulting business in 2008 that focuses on preservation, design, and research throughout northern Indiana.  When asked why he wanted to be a County Commissioner Garner said, “I’ve enjoyed serving the residents of Marshall County through a number of different ways over the years.  I feel that I have something to offer the county and pledge to work very hard for all of us if elected.”

  His civic involvement is varied and lengthy:  

With a small group of individuals, helped to found Habitat for Humanity of Marshall County in 1996; Treasurer through 2000

Member of Plymouth Kiwanis Club, 1996-2003; President 1999-2000

Assisted wife in directing Adams Street Youth Ministry, 1998-2003

Wythougan Valley Preservation Council, Founder & President 1999-present.  Recognition and preservation of historic sites throughout the county, development of county driving tour map and National Register districts.

Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. Northern Region Council member, 2004-present

Developed Historic Crossroads Project, securing funding for the Marshall County Museum expansion-Historic Crossroads Center, 2003-2006

Plymouth Greenways Development Team, 1999 & 2008

Member, Plymouth Plan Commission 1999-2002, 2004-2007 and Steering Committee for the Plymouth Comprehensive Plan-2003

Co-founder & member, Plymouth Urban Forestry Committee, 2002-2006

Organized & facilitated Andrews University redevelopment study of greater downtown Plymouth district, 2004

Elected to Plymouth Common Council, 3rd District in 2003, 2004-2007; member, Board of Works.

Member, Steering Committee, Plymouth Farmer’s Market, 2005

Member, Commission on Strengthening Neighborhoods, 2005-2006

Member, Marshall County Technology Initiative Committee, promoting/securing technology related industry and jobs to the community, 2004-2005.

Development team member, South Gateway Project, Plymouth, 2005-2006 Secured funding for redevelopment of near downtown area and public access to the Yellow River

Co-founder of Crossroads Church local outreach team, 2005-2008.  Sunday school teacher, 3rd and 4th grade boys, 2011-present

Member, Marshall County Yellow River Festival Committee 2006-2008

Developed Emergency Strategy for the Unprotected, Plymouth, 2006.  Focus on emergency preparedness which led to the installation of new severe weather sirens.

Historic State Byway development, Lincoln Highway & Michigan Road; economic development through heritage tourism.  Co-founder & President, Historic Michigan Road Byway Association, 2009-present

Marshall County Community Foundation Board of Directors, member 2010-2013.  Grants Committee Chair & Executive Committee member 2011-2013

Education & Recognitions


Bachelor of Business Administration – Bethel College, 1991

Bachelor of Architecture – Andrews University, 1996

Graduate, charter class, Leadership Marshall County, 1995-1996

Alpha Rho Chi Award for Service in Architecture, 1996

Member, Tau Sigma Delta architecture honors society, 1995-1996.

Graduate, Community Resource Planning, Ball State University, 1998

Distinguished Leadership Award, Natl. Assoc. for Community Leadership, 1999

Ernestine Raclin Community Service Award, First Source Bank, 2005

J. Marshall Legacy Society of the Marshall Co. Community Foundation, 2013