April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Republicans win across the ballot in Bartholomew County

By HSJ Online [email protected]

It was a good night for Bartholomew County Republicans up and down the ballot.

In unofficial vote totals in Bartholomew County, the Republican candidates won in every contested race from governor to Hartsville Town Council. At the state level, Indiana has chosen a Republican governor, state schools superintendent and new U.S. senator, as well as helped send President-elect Donald Trump and Columbus-native and soon to be vice president, Mike Pence to the White House.

In local races:

  • Hope Clerk-Treasurer Diane Burton, an independent, was unopposed for re-election and received 479 votes. On the Hope Town Council, all the candidates were unopposed including Democrat Ed Johnson in Ward 1 with 251 votes, Democrat Nellie Meek in Ward 2 with 482 votes and Republican Ohmer Miller in Ward 3 with 580 votes.

  • Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Board members Brian Rose and Steve Wilson were unopposed for re-election. Rose drew 645 votes, while Wilson had 1,281 to retain their seats.

  • Several Republicans were unopposed on the local ballot including State Rep. Sean Eberhart, District 1 County Commissioner Larry Kleinhenz, Circuit Court Judge Kelly Benjamin and County Surveyor E.R. Gray.

  • Republican incumbent Bartholomew County Commissioner Rick Flohr won re-election over Democrat Brad Woodcock 65-35.

  • Republican Clayton Nolting, a Columbus police officer, won the race for county coroner over Democrat Paula Rothrock, 63-37.

  • County Council incumbent Republicans Bill Lentz and Evelyn Strietelmeier Pence won re-election along with Republican Matt Miller, a first-time candidate. Lentz had 22 percent, Miller 20 and Pence 19 percent of the vote in the seven-way race for the three at-large seats.

  • Hartsville Town Council candidates Mike Crull, Rex Dora and Steve Rucker, all Republicans, also won over their Democratic opponents.

    For the complete list of unofficial Bartholomew County vote totals, click here.

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