Candidates who lost by narrow margins have until Tuesday, Nov. 18 at noon to file a request for a recount with the county clerk’s office. Unofficial vote totals in Starke County indicate three candidates lost by miniscule margins. In the County Council District 4 race, Democrat Pamela Stalbaum edged Republican Don White by two votes for the seat currently held by Marvin McLaughlin. Republican Railroad Township Trustee challenger Mandy Thompson got three more votes than incumbent Roger Chaffins, Sr. Oregon-Davis School Board President Christopher Lawrence nudged challenger Annette M. Ferch by a three-vote margin as well.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.