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Unopposed candidates grateful for support

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Mary Jo Alumbaugh
Several Clay County candidates on the general election ballet this year are keeping a watchful eye on the election, but are not sweating over the results in their particular races.

Candidates Mary Jo Alumbaugh (Democrat-Auditor), Debra S. James (Republican-Treasurer), Michael W. Heaton (R-Sheriff), Mark Barnhart (R-Assessor), Paul R. Sinders (R-County Commissioner, District 3), Rita E. Rothrock (D-County Council, District 1), Steven J. Withers (D-County Council, District 2), and Larry J. Moss (R-County Council, District 4) are all running unopposed in their respective races.

"I really appreciate the vote of approval by the citizens by allowing me to run in an election without any competition," Alumbaugh said. "I'm really thankful for their support."

All the candidates told The Brazil Times they are all looking forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Clay County.

"We have a good County Council and we're going to do the best for the residents of Clay County," Rothrock said. "I want to do the best with local residents' tax money as I would with my own. And I'm a frugal person."

Election Day for many of the candidates meant a normal workday, while making sure to vote and continuing to encourage people to exercise their right to vote.

"I've visited a few of the polls and talked with voters. Later, I plan on stopping by the headquarters for the results," Heaton said, adding the knowledge of knowing there's four more years to do the job has its privileges. "We will keep doing what is working now and improve on the future. I want to thank the citizens for their confidence in the sheriff's department and their continued support."

Rita Rothrock
However, without having to anxiously wait for election results to know their destiny for the next four years, a few of the candidates participated in some relaxing activities, including bowling, attending the Indiana State University basketball game and babysitting and/or spending time with family members before checking on this year's election results.

One candidate in particular had an especially busy Election Day.

Sinders said his day started early by casting his vote and then visiting several polling places and the republican headquarters.

Paul Sinders
"I'm the precinct committeeman and had to return to Harrison Township Precinct 2 to take down the signs and clean up before coming to get the results. After the local election results, I'm going home to watch the national returns on television," Sinders said. "I appreciate the opportunity for the last four years to work for our citizens In Clay County, it doesn't really matter whether a person is republican or democrat, we all work together really well to do what is best for the citizens of our community. We will all do our best."

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