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County voters elect Reberger

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Although he was still working, campaign workers Chris Thompson and Lea Vandever talked to Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger about election results. [Order this photo]
For nearly 10 months, Republican Lee Reberger has been in campaign mode.

His efforts paid off Tuesday evening as Clay County voters re-elected him as Prosecutor.

"It is an exhausting process for any candidate that gives it their all," Reberger said regarding 10 months of campaigning, first against Robert Pell in the primary and then against Democrat challenger Charles Hear.

"I appreciate the support," Reberger told The Brazil Times. "I really appreciate what the voters have said and the support of the community."

In the race for Clay County Prosecutor, Reberger began the evening with a commanding lead.

After eight precincts had been tallied, he had totaled 2,009 votes, while Hear, had 1,138.

As the tallies kept coming in, Reberger maintained close to 65 percent of the vote.

After 19 precincts had been tallied, Reberger had 4,282 votes (64.66 percent), while Hear had 2,340 votes (35.34 percent).

Through 23 precincts, Reberger finished with a total of 5,224 votes, while Hear managed 2,857.

"This was a hard-fought campaign," Reberger said. "My opponent campaigned very hard. Early on, my wife and I decided what my strategy would be. We left it in the voter's hands."

Hear said his campaign gave its best shot.

"We put 100 percent out there," Hear said. "I had tremendous people working for me.

"I had a great opponent. He ran a great campaign."

Reberger said his message during his second term will not change.

"I feel comfortable going on the last six years," he said, adding his focus will be on the ongoing drug issues plaguing Clay County and Child Support Enforcement. "I think we've made inroads in both of those areas."

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Congratulations Lee...this goes to show that smear campaigns don't pay. Thank you for taking the high road.

-- Posted by luvmylife9295 on Wed, Nov 3, 2010, at 6:00 AM

Congratulations, Prosecutor Reberger! The Gentleman won!

-- Posted by karebabe on Wed, Nov 3, 2010, at 8:12 AM

Oh but they did smear each other...go look at their facebooks

-- Posted by SKCC on Wed, Nov 3, 2010, at 8:16 AM

Congratulations Lee, Just know that the community is behind the deterent to crime that the police and prosecutor provide. As to smear, all should understand that candidates must point out differences. Also understand that individual supporters have their reasons for support and sometimes THEY say and write things that the candidate may not even agree with, but yet, it gets attributed as if it were their own words.

-- Posted by brazilian on Wed, Nov 3, 2010, at 10:18 AM

OK Mr Reberger now that you have won I only have one guestion and that is ! How do you plan to deal with out of control Teens , OTHER THAN kicking them out of the state of Indiana ?

-- Posted by bettyboop@joink.com on Wed, Nov 3, 2010, at 11:37 AM

Maybe a group of us can convince the new state legislators to change the home schooling laws so that many who are not really home schooled, but left to fend for themselves while parents are working will truly get an education and be able to support themselves. The way this state's law is written all a parent need do is take their child out of school and say they are going to home school them. No testing in place to make sure it is happening. While some actually do use a program and educate their children, for others it's just a free pass to truancy.

Not much a prosecutor can do...but legislators can. So can the Governor. Only thing a prosecutor can do is deal with the result of so many not getting educated....poverty, crime, substance abuse. It's all linked to lack of sufficient education.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, Nov 3, 2010, at 1:21 PM

Maybe so , but when he tells a 16 yr. old she has 2 mos. to get out of the state of Ind. because she said the 4-letter word in "HIS COURT HOUSE" Thats just wrong no matter how you look at it

-- Posted by bettyboop@joink.com on Wed, Nov 3, 2010, at 1:55 PM

Congratulations Lee! Integrity does count.

-- Posted by Sonshine77 on Wed, Nov 3, 2010, at 2:02 PM

Once elected, people experience power and it is addicting. Most will do what they have to to keep it - look at all the smear adds (probably some truthful and some not). Most abuse this power in some fashion or other as well. We must have term limits to stop this power mongering.

-- Posted by madman36 on Wed, Nov 3, 2010, at 2:10 PM

This county is screwed for another four years. Big name in a small town. Integrity?? Honesty? Give me a friggin break. He won through lies and you people beleived him. Oh and he also had every drug dealer vote because they were afraid someone might do a better job at putting scum away. The DEA of CCSD might as well take the next four years off, becasue the end result is going to be the same. Plea to nothing. Congrates Drug Dealers!! You got your Gentleman!!

-- Posted by sandman442 on Wed, Nov 3, 2010, at 4:17 PM

Those of you who feel Mr. Reberger is whatever you chose to call him, it is sad to think that you are too poorly informed about the justice system. I am not certain what your major problems with him are. I think that he has done an outstanding job in protecting the citizens and saving the taxpayers money. He has also done a lot of work in the community speaking to the schools and other venues. The right man definitely won!!!

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Wed, Nov 3, 2010, at 9:35 PM

Congrats, Mr Reberger! One cannot please everybody all the time, but u come close!

-- Posted by toats on Wed, Nov 3, 2010, at 10:38 PM

Congratulations Lee. So very proud of you! I know you will do an awesome job once again.

-- Posted by ronbh2o on Thu, Nov 4, 2010, at 8:15 AM

How can you say he saved us taxpayers money ? $300,000. is alot of OUR money to spend paying someone else to do his job !

-- Posted by bettyboop@joink.com on Thu, Nov 4, 2010, at 9:02 AM

and his opposition would be better how????????

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Thu, Nov 4, 2010, at 9:26 AM

Like the majority of the posts here .. I am very happy Mr. Reberger won this election - and not just because of his opposition.

Congratulations, Lee .. keep doing what you're doing. The people (majority) have spoken.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Nov 4, 2010, at 12:26 PM

Glad that we hired a "Manager" and not a "Prosecutor."

-- Posted by Remos03 on Thu, Nov 4, 2010, at 10:28 PM

Bettyboop,I think you better get your facts straight. You are commenting on alot of things(everything)that you have know idea what the truth is.And MOMMY, do you believe everything your 16 yr old says? And Sandman,Lee has been working with the police, trying to get all of the druggies off the street.Dont you read the headlines in the paper, or do you just read the comics? And did you go to school? Apparently you did not learn to spell!

-- Posted by Huntress on Fri, Nov 5, 2010, at 8:04 AM

Mr. Reberger deserved to win this election, obviously 65% of clay county thinks so as well!!! Great job Lee and congrats keep up the great work and the ladies in his office are very nice and care about the citizens just as much...

-- Posted by camaro queen on Fri, Nov 5, 2010, at 8:27 AM

Your right Huntress, I read the same comics that these people read. The same one were Lee works with the police, then drops the ball in court. Did you Gadiate Hi Schoo?? I don't no if you know how to use the word no and know. My opinion is not personal, I think Lee is a good man. Not a good prosecutor. Sorry.

-- Posted by sandman442 on Fri, Nov 5, 2010, at 9:28 AM

Sorry to say camaro queen and Huntress, but not 65% of clay county agrees with Reberger. Let me ask you a simple question. Does it matter if a Prosecutor is a Republican or a Democrat?

-- Posted by Remos03 on Fri, Nov 5, 2010, at 11:22 AM

This was a good election to be a Republican. However, with the margin of victory that Lee had, I think he would have won if he'd ran as a Democrat. There was too much negative campaigning, and right or wrong, the public perception seems to be that the other side was responsible for most of it.

This county has a history of splitting their tickets when they vote. We have two Democrats as Judges and the Sheriff and Prosecutor are Republicans. We have a mix of Democrats and Republicans on the County Council and we have both parties represented on the Board of Commissioners.

I don't think political parties mean nearly as much in our county as they do in larger cities and counties or on the federal level. I do think it's good to have a mix of both parties represented in order to keep the other side from getting out of control because, as the saying goes, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

-- Posted by snow on Fri, Nov 5, 2010, at 4:39 PM

Snow, Good point, but exactly answered it how most people would answer that question. Most people misunderstand the position of a Prosecutor, Judge, or Sheriff.

It doesn't matter if we have all republican or democratic judges, prosecutors, or sheriffs. These positions are called Bipartisan. Meaning, they don't make any laws, they have to uphold the laws made by both Republicans and Democratics.

So if we look at the polls, when someone goes to vote and votes whats called a party straight vote (they are voting on Republican or Democratic) and not even looking at the candidates.

Since a lot of people were upset at deomcrats this year, the bipartisan positions payed for it, due to the straight party votes for the Republicans. That's why they shouldn't put the R or D next to Bipartisan positions.

Secondly, only 36% of registered voters, voted, which debunks Camaro Queens theory of 65% of Clay County agrees with Reberger. Most of the people who wanted to vote, wanted revenge on the Democrats.

At last, my last point is this. Reberger has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on outsourcing his trials (facts, not negative campaigning, go to the clay county auditor), when he could had done them himself. His answering to this in his debate with Mr. Hear was that he was a "Manager" of his cases.

That's Good, but if he want's to be a "Manager" he needs to go work for a retail company, this position needs a "Prosecutor" that will uphold the law and actually send people to jail for the right time for the right crime. Plain and Simple!!!!!!

-- Posted by Remos03 on Tue, Nov 9, 2010, at 4:56 PM

Good comment Remoso3....not to sound like I am trying to de-rail your registered voter percentage but after all the precincts reported in the total registered voter turnout for Clay County was 45% (44.51%). Very poor indeed. I do however agree with your comments about the bipartisan positions. More people should be aware of that!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 11:35 AM

Congrats Lee, but now are you ever going to prosecute Harrison? Just wondering how that died out and no one ever asked.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 10:36 PM

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