Meet the Candidates for Tippecanoe Co. Council, Dist. 4

West Lafayette
West Lafayette

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – The role of the Tippecanoe County Council is to monitor budgets and expenses. Two Republican candidates are running for the District 4 seat. A seat currently held by Andrew Gutwein, who decided not to run again.

Both Steven Knecht and Sally Siegrist believe their knowledge and prior experience would make them an asset to the county council.

“I felt a need to get involved now in the community,” Siegrist said. “I have the time, and I’m lucky enough to be retired and I have the desire and the experience. So, when I was approched to run, this seemed like a perfect fit in a way for me to serve and give back to my community.”

Siegrist is also a Tippecanoe County native and brings a history of business experience.

“I think my very broad base of business experience. I’ve owned rental properties. I’ve managed financial assets and trusts,” said Siegrist.

Steven Knecht has been an attorney and a Tippecanoe County resident for at least 30 years. His experience has allowed him to work with the judicial system and law enforcement.

“Those two departments are two of the three largest budget items in the county council budget,” Knecht said. “I think that the knowledge I’ve gained over the 30 years will make me a valuable asset.”

On July 1, Indiana is going to have a new criminal code, which will be an adjustment for the county.

Knecht said his background will help with budgets throughout the transition period.

“I’ve done a lot of criminal law work and based on that knowledge, I think that I would be an asset as far as figuring out what needs to be done to make that transition,” said Knecht.

Both candidates said they know how to budget for the county and look forward to the opportunity to represent District 4.

There are currently no candidates on the democratic ticket. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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