CEDAR CREEK TOWNSHIP | Judith Mathias' feelings about Cedar Creek Township have changed since she and her husband W. Brian Mathias moved there 46 years ago from East Chicago.
"My husband brought me here with a 3-month-old baby and one car, and I thought he had brought me to the end of the world," Judith Mathias said Saturday. "But I've learned to love it over the years. I live on a lake (Dalecarlia), which is wonderful with the serenity and watching the water. The quietness and the dark at night. And the people. My neighbors are fabulous people. While my husband was sick, they came to our aid and helped us so much."
On Saturday the Cedar Creek Republican precinct committeemen returned some of the love by unanimously choosing her to serve the remaining months of her husband's term on the Township Board. Her husband died Aug. 8 after a lengthy illness. He was serving his fourth term on the board.
"They asked me to run, and I said yes," she said. "My husband was a fireman, and I'm very interested in making sure they have what they need to be safe and in watching the taxpayers' money."
She plans to seek election to a full term in November to continue those efforts.