There were several races in Tuesday’s Republican primary — both contested and uncontested — as the party sets its slate of candidates for the November 6th General Election.
— In this year’s County Council races, the four council members who represent specific districts are elected. Those four candidates are only voted on by voters who reside in that district.
• In District 1 (Jefferson I and Jefferson II), incumbent Elizabeth ‘Itsy’ Jones received 283 votes.
• In County Council, District 2 (Jefferson III, York, and Posey I), incumbent Mike Bear received 227 votes.
• In County Council, District 3 (Craig I, Craig II, Pleasant I, and Pleasant II), Lance Collier defeated Aaron Cutter by a count of 197-114.
• In County Council, District 4 (Cotton I, Cotton II, and Posey II), Todd Chase received 225 votes.
— Each township is also electing a Trustee this November, and in Tuesday’s Republican Primary:
• In Cotton Township, Kelly Purvis received 153 votes.
• In Jefferson Township, Helen Peelman received 310 votes.
• In Pleasant Township, Shannon Phipps received 109 votes.
• In Posey Township, incumbent Joey Rider received 105 votes.
• York Township saw a contested race in the primary, and on Tuesday incumbent Kenneth Byars defeated Erin Deck by a vote total of 68-64.
— For Clerk of the Circuit Court, incumbent Gayle Sullivan was unopposed in Tuesday’s primary, and received 1,043 votes.
—The Republican Party did not have a candidate in Tuesday’s primary for the following races: Prosecuting Attorney; County Auditor; County Assessor; County Commissioner in District 3; and Craig Township Trustee.
In the Township Advisory Board races:
• In Cotton Township: Rita Works received 171 votes
• In Craig Township: Roberta Von Bargen received 121 votes.
• In Jefferson Township: Gayle Rayles received 310 votes; Debbie Hickman received 286 votes; and Alan Konkle received 271 votes.
• In Pleasant Township: Donald Morton received 124 votes; Jim Phipps received 93 votes; and Travis Richards received 92 votes.
• In Posey Township: Jill Hutcherson received 118 votes.
• In York Township: Scott Gregory received 94 votes and Shannon Jackson received 62 votes.