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The results are in

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Clay County Judge of the Circuit Court Republican candidate James Deal waits patiently at the Clay County Courthouse as results from the 2012 Clay County Primary came in Tuesday. [Order this photo]
Clay County voters spoke Tuesday and they said they didn't want to see much change.

Arguably the most hotly contested race was for Clay County Commissioner District 2, where incumbent Charlie Brown faced a challenge from Michael Wilkinson.

But Brown maintained a steady 10-percent point lead throughout Tuesday evening, finishing with 907 votes compared to Wilkinson's 726.

"It was very stressful," Brown admitted after all 23 precincts were counted. "But this shows tonight that people understand what we face out there."

Brown added he was looking forward to the campaign heading into the November election.

"(Republican challenger Tony Fenwick) is a really nice guy," Brown said. "He will be a notable opponent."

Fenwick ran unopposed on the Republican ticket, finishing with 2,483 votes.

The Clay County Council At-Large position was another challenging race.

Five Democrats faced each other with three positions available.

In the end, Mike McCullough -- current council president -- along with incumbents Dolores Johnson and Chip Hoskins all earned their way to the November election.

McCullough received the most votes with 1,239, while Johnson finished with 961. Hoskins had 928. In addition, Bill Lovett had 792 votes, while Roger LaPlante tallied 404.

"I felt pretty confident," McCullough said. "I think, in general, people are pretty satisfied with what we've been doing. We've made it through some tough times."

McCullough, Johnson and Hoskins will face Republicans Pat Heffner, John Nicoson and Lisa Rickert in the fall.

There are only three At-Large seats available. Heffner led all Republicans with 2,188 votes, while Nicoson finished with 2,114. Rickert also had 1,749.

In the Republican race for Clay County Coroner, voters believed in incumbent Joel Reinoehl, who finished with 1,878 votes to his challenger, John Fagg, who tallied 914.

"I had a lot of positive feedback," Reinoehl said of the campaign trail. "Everybody was very congenial. I feel like we had a lot of positive feedback."

The only other contested race in Tuesday's Primary, at the county level, was on the Republican side for County Surveyor.

Incumbent John Keller finished with 2,079 votes, while challenger Rustina Johnson tallied 610.

Others heading for more campaigning through the fall include Republicans James Deal (Clay County Circuit Court Judge), Bob Pell (Clay County Superior Court Judge), Vickie Wheeler (Clay County Clerk of the Circuit Court), Bryan Allender (Clay County Commissioner, District 1) and Fenwick (Clay County Commissioner, District 2). All of these candidates ran unopposed in the Primary.

On the Democratic side, other candidates moving on who ran unopposed included Joseph Trout (Clay County Circuit Court Judge), J. Blaine Akers (Clay County Superior Court Judge), Joe Dierdorf (Clay County Recorder), Amy Shelton (Clay County Coroner) and Jack Withers (Clay County Commissioner, District 1).

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Congrats to all the winners, Democracy is awesome! Now come on Democrats lets get Joe, Dave and John elected this fall.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Tue, May 8, 2012, at 11:44 PM

Joe, Dave and John who?

And Charlie says "It was very stressful," Brown admitted after all 23 precincts were counted. "But this shows tonight that people understand what we face out there." Wait until November... Voters wake up! Vote Fenwick!

Congratulations Pat Heffner!

-- Posted by My Dime on Wed, May 9, 2012, at 8:31 AM

Joe for US Senate, Dave Crooks for Congress and John Gregg for Governor

-- Posted by Combat VET on Wed, May 9, 2012, at 10:16 AM

My Dime..

The Voters of Clay County have awakened and realize what they have in the Commissioner's Seat in District #2


Everything that Charlie has brought to that position for years.

This November, vote for someone that will not lead with an empty chair and keep responsibility in the courthouse.

Vote Facts..Not Fiction...Vote Brown!

-- Posted by Knightsvillegal21 on Wed, May 9, 2012, at 2:21 PM

I don't understand how anyone who is from Indiana can support Joe Donnely. People better wake up, he supported and voted for cap and trade. If cap and trade becomes law you can expect to see your electric rates double or triple. Coal generates approximately 95% of the electricity generated in Indiana and cap and trade would have a devastating effect on the Indiana economy. Think how many jobs are either in the coal mining industry or in related jobs. Obama and people like Donnely are trying to stop the use of coal by establishing regulations through the EPA since they could not get them through the congress. In my opinion Donnely either doesn't care about his constituents or doesn't understand what the results are going to be if cap and trade becomes law.

-- Posted by Dwisewti on Wed, May 9, 2012, at 3:53 PM

The current administration is pushing electric powered cars, but the electricity is made by burning COAL. Duh. So, how economic will it be to drive around a Chevy Volt then. Come on people, think.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Thu, May 10, 2012, at 6:27 PM

Clean coal LOL you SHEEP WILL BELIEVE ANYTHING. LOL Burning coal is very backwards move forward not back! We should use the good example of the Indiana state police and start using more solar power.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Thu, May 10, 2012, at 10:47 PM

Combat Vet: I am old enough to remember when evrybody heated their homes by burning coal. I can remember as a child going down the hill east of Terre Haute and the sky would actually be black from the coal that was being burnt in Terre Haute. For your information the utilities and a few commercia accounts still burn coal today. Perhaps you are not aware of the many advances that have been made to clean up stack emmissions. I will give you just one example from personal experience. I was contracted to a generating station in another state. In order to meet the new EPA requirements they switched from burning Illinois Basin coal to Powder River Basin Coal. To make this conversion they spent approximately thirty million dollars. Then about one year later EPA implemented their mercury regulations and the same station spent another thirty million and installed a bag house collection system. After this installation our stack was so clean you couldn't tell if we were on line. Incidentally this was a rather small plant and our total amount of mercury we amitted was less than twenty pounds per year. Thats right they spent over thirty million dollars to capture approximately twenty pounds of mercury. Really makes a lot of sense. Well to make a long story short the station has ceased operations because it just became too expensive to operate with prices for electricity in the thirty dollar per megawatt range even during peak load times. As I said earlier this administration needs to have a frank discussion with the american people and be honest with them if this country is no longer allowed to burn coal you can expect to see the electric rates double or triple and what is the poor people supposed to do when they can't afford the electric bill now. My other question to you is what are we going to replace coal with? I am sorry wind mills are a joke and the only reason they are being built is because of the breaks the government is giving the industry. I suggest you check what it costs to build and install one of these wind mills and then project the revenue stream that is generated with electricity at thirty dollars per megawatt and there isn't any way they will pay for themselves. Same is true for solar. The american people are being sold a bill of goods on this green energy and the true cost is not being shared. Look what they have done to us with ethanol. The amount of energy it takes to make the ethanol creates more pollution than it saves and once again the only reason these plants are running again is because gasoline is above $3.20 per gallon. Why do you think they were all shut down several months ago because the price of gas fell so sharply even with the government subsidy they couldn't make it. So I guess you like paying $3.50-$4.00 per gallon of gasoline. Once again the people of Indiana better open their eyes before it is too late. If we allow them to move forward with their current plans our state will be devastated. If that is what you want then go ahead and vote for old Joe Donnelly. His voting record tells me that is the direction he wants to go.

-- Posted by Dwisewti on Thu, May 10, 2012, at 11:50 PM

Lugar started the old Joe Donnelly can beat Richard Mourdock in November thing, so that those who bought into it would support Lugar, thus saving their own jobs.

Richard Mourdock, has now won 3 statewide elections. Mr. Donnelly, zero. The people may know who he is from the second district, but I can assure you that the MAJORITY of people in Indiana, have NO clue who Joe Donnelly is. Mr. Mourdock just defeated a 35 year INCUMBENT, Mr. Donnelly will be a piece of cake. Then, he will be unemployed like Brad Ellsworth, & Richard Lugar.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Sun, May 13, 2012, at 9:18 PM

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