Elections & Politics

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Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes, who’d previously been vehement about his desire not to serve more than two terms in office, now says he’ll stand for re-election next year.

McBarnes was one of Indiana’s youngest mayors when he was first elected in 2011, shortly after he graduated college. For almost the entirety of his seven years in office, he’s said two terms was his limit.

But McBarnes held an official campaign kickoff Thursday night, and says as he looked at future career options, he felt out of place leaving government.

Braun's Alliance With Trump Key For Many Hoosier Voters

Nov 7, 2018

Republican Mike Braun’s senate win over incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly says just as much about President Donald Trump as it does about him.

Julie Roush Wins Race for Tippecanoe County Clerk

Nov 7, 2018
Miyu Sumimoto / WBAA

Republican Julie Roush won the race for Tippecanoe County Clerk Tuesday night, defeating Democrat Vicky Woeste by nearly 5,000 votes.

Both candidates had pledged to replace the county’s aging voting machines, which proved problematic both during early voting and again on Election Day, as they recorded some votes improperly. Roush says she’ll seek approval from the county council to pay for replacements.

Roush says she will push to replace the machines, "but I have to get the county, the entire county has to be involved in that,” she says.

SLIDESHOW: 2018 Tipp. Co. Midterm Elections

Nov 7, 2018
Miyu Sumimoto / WBAA

Tippecanoe County's 2018 Election Day featured the best turnout in years and saw some surprises, including an incumbent State Representative going down to defeat and a heavily-favored sheriff candidate losing.

It also featured some aspects that have become all too common, including long waits for votes to be tabulated and snafus with the county's aging voting equipment. WBAA's Miyu Sumimoto shot some photos at the Tippecanoe County Building Tuesday night to document the goings-on.

Goldsmith Wins Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Race

Nov 7, 2018
Chloe Weber / WBAA

Longtime sheriff’s department employee Bob Goldsmith shocked many by defeating West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski in Tuesday’s Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s race.

Goldsmith, a Democrat, entered the race after the May primary, and faced an uphill battle against Dombkowski’s significant name recognition advantage and backing from the county’s Republican establishment.  

Had Goldsmith lost, he’d have had to work for the man who beat him in the race. Now, he says he hopes to join forces with Dombkowski, who will go back to being police chief.

Ford Becomes First Openly Gay State Senator, Defeating Delph

Nov 7, 2018

Indiana’s 29th District was one of the few Indiana districts that turned blue. Republican state Sen. Mike Delph was defeated by Democratic challenger J.D. Ford.

Miyu Sumimoto / WBAA

Audiologist Chris Campbell has unseated Republican incumbent Sally Siegrist in the race to represent West Lafayette in the Indiana House of Representatives. Campbell beat the incumbent by a 13-percent margin Tuesday night.

Campbell says her base identified with her ideas about funding public education.

“We really need to start addressing the funding of the public education,” Campbell says. “The funds that have been diverted away from our schools to vouchers and charter schools have been very damaging to our schools throughout the state.”

Ron Alting Easily Retains State Senate Seat

Nov 6, 2018
Brandon Smith / IPB News

Incumbent State Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) easily won his bid for the Indiana Senate’s District 22 seat Tuesday, topping Democratic opponent Sherry Shipley, who’d entered the race late last year.

By 11 p.m., with nearly 40,000 ballots counted, Alting had secured more than 55 percent of the vote, compared to Shipley’s 45 percent.

Klutz Retains State Auditor's Office

Nov 6, 2018

Republican Tera Klutz has won her re-election campaign for state auditor.

Kelly Mitchell Re-elected As State Treasurer

Nov 6, 2018

Republican incumbent Kelly Mitchell will remain in office, after being Democrat challenger John Aguilera.