Republicans sweep county offices in general election

Authored by Jim Langham on Nov 7, 2012

Tony Mellencamp had no question about who the real winner was in Tuesday night’s election results. Even though he captured an at-large seat on the County Council, the fact that his wife Kaye was by his side was the real winning moment.
“The real winner tonight is having my wife by my side this time,” said Mellencamp, whose wife is recovered from a brain aneurysm. “I am very humbled that I had this many votes.
“I appreciate the support of those who stood behind me. I will try to do the things that need to be done in this capacity,” Mellencamp.
Mellencamp garnered 8,090 votes in capturing a county council at-large seat. Other seats were won by Dennis Bluhm (7,325) and Randy Colclasure (7,029).
In the seat for Circuit Court Judge of the 26th District, challenger Chad Kukelhan (Republican) unseated incumbent Democrat Frederick Schurger.
Following the election, Kukelhan praised his family, parents Ed and Kathy Kukelhan, and wife Laura for teaching him what he stands for today and for supporting his efforts.
“I feel very honored to be the next Circuit Court Judge,” said Kukelhan. “I am so thankful, I feel like I have the best support system of anybody around.”
In the race for State Representative of the 79th District, Matt Lehman defeated Democrat Mike Snyder.
“This is an exciting night,” said Lehman of the evening. “It’s been a privilege to serve in this position. I am honored to be able to serve again and represent the entire 79th District.
“It’s been a good night for Republicans and all public servants,” added Lehman. “It’s an honor for anybody to serve in public.”
Other county winners include Deb Stimpson (county recorder), Thomas Krueckeberg (county treasurer), Kim Fruechte (county commissioner) and Doug Bauman (county commissioner).
Locally, for the town of Geneva, Bill Warren ran unopposed and was re-elected as clerk/treasurer as did Dick Clutter for Geneva Town Council District one.
In the race for South Adams School Board, Arlene Amstutz defeated Cheryl Caffee for District Two, and Amy Orr squeezed by Gresham Bearss in the South Adams At-Large School Board seat. Orr collected 1,192 votes to defeat Bearss by just three votes, 1,189; Deb Gerber finished third in the At-Large race. Also, for the SA Board of Education, John Buckingham and Julie Mansfield ran unopposed and were re-elected.
Four Adams Central school board members ran unopposed and were confirmed for another term. Those included Brian Tonner, Steven Bailey, John Sipe and Mike Brown.
Voting in Indiana closed at 6 p.m. The first results at the Adams County Clerk Office arrived at 6:42, with all precincts reporting by 8:30 p.m.
Seventy percent of the registered voters in Adams County exercised their right to vote on Tuesday, with 13,229 ballots being cast. The number of registers voters is 18, 675.
Voting officials indicated that provisional ballots will be counted on Nov. 16.

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