Elections & Politics

One newcomer elected to Tippecanoe County Council

Nov 7, 2012

Republicans will continue to hold all the seats on the Tippecanoe County Council.

Incumbents Kevin Underwood and John Basham won re-election. Bryan Metzger will fill the seat being vacated by Kathy Vernon.

Democrat Robb Haywood came up about 1,800 votes short. Libertarian Randy Young won about 9% of the vote.

Republicans also won re-election to the county treasurer, surveyor and coroner offices without opposition.
 Commissioners David Byers and Tom Murtaugh also were re-elected without an opponent.

Republican Jane Turner will be Benton County’s new recorder.

She had a three-to-one margin of victory over Democrat Christine McPeters. Her election comes after narrowly defeating the current deputy recorder in the May Primary Election.

Also in Benton County, there will be three new members on the county council.

Republicans Bruce Buchanan, Jack Duncan, and Jack Steele won election. Incumbent Democrat George Patrick Scherer and Democrat Devon Fritz fell short in the race for the three at-large county council seats.

Negele wins IN House District 13 race

Nov 7, 2012

A Republican won the open seat in Indiana House District 13. The district includes all or parts of eight counties: Benton, Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White.

Sharon Negele claimed roughly 59% of the vote over Democrat Mark Straw. She says she’s excited, humbled and proud to represent the district.

"I thought it was a very civil race. I really enjoyed getting to know a lot of people in the area, which I never ventured to before, because it's a brand new district. Overall, it was a clean, comfortable race."

Clinton County commission races decided

Nov 6, 2012

Two new commissioners were elected in Clinton County.

Republicans Bert Weaver and Cory Boyles each won more than half the vote in their races.

Weaver defeated Mark Newhart by a nearly two to one margin. Boyles claimed 59% of the vote over Mike Nichols.

Both winners defeated incumbents in the May Primary. Current commissioners Mike Beard and William Beard will end their terms in office this year.

Ritz wins IN Superintendent post in upset

Nov 6, 2012

In perhaps the biggest upset of Tuesday’s statewide election, Democrat Glenda Ritz came from behind to unseat GOP incumbent Tony Bennett as Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction.

In her victory speech, Ritz promised to lead the Department of Education as a teacher, not a politician. Relying heavily on grassroots support from the state’s teachers unions, Ritz secured 52% of the vote to defeat Bennett.

“This race should always be an elected position because it is just too important for the people to not have a say regarding the future of Indiana.”

New judge, council members for Carroll County

Nov 6, 2012

Republican Benjamin Deiner is the new circuit court judge in Carroll County.

After beating the incumbent in the May Primary, he easily defeated Independent candidate Nicholas McLeland Tuesday.

There will be two new at-large members on the Carroll County Council.

Republicans Al Auffart and Steve Pearson will join incumbent Republican Jim Hancock. Incumbent Democrat Marion Huffer could not claim enough votes to win re-election.

After 36 years in the Republican column, Indiana’s Senate seat has switched parties as Congressman Joe Donnelly defeated Republican Richard Mourdock Tuesday.

Tippecanoe Co Election Day Vote Center sites

Nov 5, 2012

Tippecanoe County residents who are registered to vote in Tuesday's General Election can vote at any of the following Vote Center locations. The polling places are open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Contact information to find out where to vote in surrounding counties is below.

Tippecanoe County General Election Vote Center Locations:

Brady Lane Church of Christ   2701 Brady Lane     Lafayette

Evangelical Covenant Church  3600 S 9th Street  Lafayette

Pence rallies in Lafayette

Nov 2, 2012
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The Republican candidate for governor is making another push for support from members of the Lafayette community.

Mike Pence stopped in the city Friday afternoon to meet with voters leading up to Election Day, Tuesday.

He says the state is moving in the right direction, but believes his vision will build the state’s economic momentum even more.

A new poll shows Democrat Joe Donnelly has opened a double-digit lead over Republican Richard Mourdock  in the Indiana Senate contest.

The Howey-DePauw Indiana Battleground Poll is the first independent survey to be publicly released since Mourdock said during a debate that he believes pregnancies that occur after rapes are intended by God.