Jackson & Scott County Election Results
About 30 per cent of eligible registered voters in Jackson County went to the polls Tuesday, May 4, to pick candidates for the general election in November.
In the contested race for county sheriff, incumbent Sheriff Marc Lahrman won the Democrat nomination over three opponents while Michael E. Carothers easily claimed the Republican bid. They will face each other in the November campaign as they did four years ago.
Lahrman received 2,126 votes to 1,145 for James C. Blevins, 255 for Shawn Minton, and 213 for Steven L. Ingle.
Carothers received 3,578 votes to 620 for Peggy Carter.
In a race for the Republican nomination for county commissioner from District 3, challenger Matt Reedy defeated the incumbent, Monte Striegel. Reedy had 2,057 votes while Striegel received 1,443, and Tom Callahan received 789. Michael Reynolds was unopposed for the Democrat nomination and received 2,908 votes.
There was also a race for the Republic nomination for clerk of the circuit court with Amanda C. Lowery receiving 2,496 votes, defeating Debbie Hanner Simmons, who had 1,637. Katrina Hoevener was unopposed for the Democrat nomination and received 3,091 votes.
In the only other local race to be contested here, incumbent Curt Kovener turned back a challenge by Todd Baker for the Democrat nomination for Vernon Township Trustee. Kovener tallied 203 votes to Baker’s 166.
The Democrats were unopposed for the 3-member Vernon Township Board: Odes Densford received 272 votes; Scott Kovener, 265; and Karen Metz, 232.
Roger Teipen was the lone Republican to file to run for Vernon Township Board, he tallied 191 votes.
The three school board posts were uncontested in the primary. Andrew Nehrt received 457 votes, Incumbents Ralph Hillenburg received 441 votes and Robert Spicer received 451 votes.
Ninth District Congressman Baron Hill won re-nomination with 2,392 votes to 743 for John R. Bottorff, 232 for Carol Johnson-Smith, 144 for James R. McClure Jr; an 120 for Lendall B. Terry.
Incumbent District 66 State Representative Terry Goodin was unopposed for the Democrat nomination and received 2,131 votes.
In the fall he will face Republican Jim Lucas who received 2,476 votes.
Republicans had primary races for two federal offices.
Dan Coats won Jackson County and the nomination as the GOP’s U.S. Senate candidate receiving 2,180 votes in Jackson County. John Hostettler received 1,022; Marlin Stutzman, 619; Don Bates Jr, 224; and Richard Behney, 156.
In the Jackson County race for the 9th congressional district Republican nomination, Travis Hankins received a majority of 2,243 votes but throughout the district it was Todd Young who won the nomination. In Jackson County, Young came in second with 1,404 votes; former 9th District GOP congressman Mike Sodrel gathered just 752 votes and Rick Warren received only 76 votes in Jackson County.
Candidates for the other county offices up for election this year were unopposed in the primary and will represent their respective political parties in the November election. Candidates and the number of votes they received included: Democats
Judge of Superior Court II: Mark E. Risser, 2,902.
Prosecuting attorney: no candidate.
County recorder: Traci Hubbard, 2,950.
County assessor: Beverly A. Gaiter, 3,158.
County council, District 1: Jack “Andy” Fountain, 1,032. County council, District 2: Debbie Hackman, 795. County council, District 3: Paul Bridgewater, 731; county council, District 4: Gregory V. Prange, 444.
Judge of Superior Court II: Bruce A. MacTavish, 3,792.
Prosecuting attorney: Richard W. Poynter, 3,866.
County recorder: Linda J. Auleman, 3,581.
County assessor: no candidate.
County council, District 1: Brian S. Wheeler, 902. county council, District 2: Leon Pottschmidt, 803; county council, District 3: Brian H. Thompson, 1,389; county council, District 4: no candidate.
SCOTT COUNTY RESULTS
There were 31.14% of all Scott County voters casting ballots in last Tuesday’s Primary.
On the Republican side, Scott County solidly backed Dan Coats for U.S. Senate giving him 747 votes or 58.27% in the five candidate field.
For 9th District Congressman, Scott County gave former 9th District Rep. Mike Sodrel 520 votes or 38.69% to eventual winner Rodd Young’s 468 votes or 34.82%. Travis Hankins polled 312 votes for 23.21%.
In the District 73 State Representative’s race, Scott County voters gave Henry “Hank” Taylor a slim 4 vote majority over Steve Davisson (144-140, but Davisson won the nomination district wide 2,648-2,078.
Running unopposed for District 66 House seat, Jim Lucas gathered 804 votes.
Dan McClain polled 715 votes or 52.61% to win the GOP nomination over Jeff LaMaster (316), Dennis Nicholas (279) and Jeff Case (49)
In the District 3 County Council race, Angela Beswick and Eric Gillespie tied with 224 votes each. According to the Scott County Clerk’s office the county election board will meet to open provisional ballots cast in the election to see if a winner will be determined.
In the Dist. 4 Council race, Larry Haven defeated Jeff Fortner 199-138.
Facing no opposition, Steve Phillips received 1,009 votes for District 3 County Commissioner.
Incumbent Vienna Township Trustee Gordon Julian polled 601 votes in an uncontested race.
For the Democrats, Scott County gave incumbent 9th district congreeeman Baron Hill 2,835 votes or 69.98% in a five candidate field.
In the District 73 race, Scott County gave Ryan Bower 701 votes or 66.51% over Douglas Leatherbury 353. District wide Bower received 4,252 to Leatherbury’s 2,631.
In the Scott Superior Court Judge race, Democrats nominated Marsha Owens Howser 2,624 vote (59.33%) to Raleigh Campbell Jr.’s 1,799.
In the Democrat sheriff’s race, Lisa Lizenby won nomination with 1,830 (41.73%) edging out Don Campbell 1,735 votes. Robert Amick received 524 votes and Edd Taylor 296.
In the District 3 County Commissioner’s race, incumbent Mark Hays polled 1,583 votes to 1,414 for Mike Zollman and 1,203 for Kelley Robbins.
In the County Council District 2 race, Albert Watts defeated Marvin Richey 615-391.
In the District 3 County Council race John Kimmick defeated Steven Bridgewater 536-505.
In the District 4 council race, Clara L. Adkins defeated Tom Richey 658-423.
In the race for Lexington Township Trustee, Danny Basham defeated Tim Soloe 336-222.
In uncontested Democrat races:
State Senator James Lewis, 3,351.
St. Rep. Dist 66, Terry Goosin; 2,731.
Circuit Court Judge Roger Duvall, 3,465.
Prosecuting Attorney, Jason Mount; 3,365
Auditor, Teresa Vannarsdall; 3,451.
Assessor, Teresa Rigsby; 3,292.
County Council Dist.1, Donnie Richie; 869.
Jennings Trustee, Virgil Johnson; 964.
Johnson Trustee, Evelyn Sue Cross; 362.
Vienna Trustee, C. Shawn Oak; 1,189.
Contested races will be decided in the Nov. 2 general election.