Pulaski County’s General Election ended with some incumbents unseated in tight races. Democrat Linda Powers lost her District 3 County Council seat to Republican Brian Young by a margin of 56-to-44 percent. Winamac Town Council Member Dan Vanaman lost his at-large seat by just five votes, coming behind fellow Republican Alvin Parish and Democratic challenger Dave Schambers.
In Francesville, Republican Cathy Elston has defeated Independent Edwina Guffey to replace Linda Bennett as clerk-treasurer. Sydney Cole, Lynn Johns, and incumbent Pam Antrim beat Rosa Wuethrich for the three Francesville Town Council seats.
Among the other contested races was the Indian Creek Township seat on the Eastern Pulaski School Board. Aaron Campbell defeated Kevin Hinz by a margin of 68 to 32 percent. Republican Rebecca Shepperd beat Democrat Christopher Hudson in the race for Cass Township Trustee, while Jeremy Beckner, Timothy Hoffa, and Kimberly Russell won the three Monroe Township Board seats.
Residents in the Tippecanoe Township portion of the Culver School District opposed the school referendum by a margin of 55-to-45 percent.
Superior Court Judge Crystal Brucker Kocher, Prosecutor Dan Murphy, Clerk Christi Hoffa, Sheriff Jeff Richwine, Commissioner Mike McClure, and several others were unopposed in Tuesday’s election. Pulaski County voters chose the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative, State Representative, and all the state-level offices.
Voter turnout was about 50 percent of registered voters. Almost a third of those who cast ballots voted absentee.