Canaan resident Norbert Schafer has been selected as the Republican candidate for the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners upper district.

Schafer will face incumbent Democrat Tom Pietrykowski, who was unopposed in the May primary. No Republican filed for the upper district seat in the primary, leaving a vacancy for an appointment.

Parties can caucus or party chairs can appoint candidates to ballot vacancies until noon Thursday.

Schafer holds an agricultural engineering degree from Purdue University for worked the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for four years. He moved to the Canaan area in 1984 and began operation of a 180-acre farm.

Schafer helped his wife, Deena, create the Canaan Community Academy when the Canaan Elementary school was closed by Madison Consolidated Schools in 2010.

"I have been active in community affairs my entire life. A fresh set of eyes and an open mind may help solve some of our seemingly intractable problems and move our county forward," Schafer said in a news release.

Schafer has been active in the Historic Hoosier Hills Resource Conservation & Development, the Plan Commission, the Extension Board, the Farm Bureau organization, the Soil & Water Conservation District, Canaan Utilities and was a member of the Canaan Volunteer Fire Department from 1985 to 1995.

The Schafers are active members of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church and have four grown children and six grandchildren.