CROWN POINT — Lake County Councilman Eldon Strong is mulling a recount after his two-vote loss in Tuesday's Republican primary.County election officials said the incumbent councilman will have to weigh the possibility of a miscount in an era when electronic voting reduces counting errors, against the cost, which could amount to thousands of dollars and the possibility a recount won't change the outcome.The unofficial final canvas for the spring primary shows Christian Jorgensen, of St. John, received 2,219 votes and Strong 2,217, to represent the 7th District, which includes Cedar Lake, Crown Point, Lowell, Schneider, Winfield and rural south county.Strong said Wednesday he wanted to thank those who voted for him, but is putting off a decision on a recount until after the May 18 election board meeting when election officials rule on the validity of any provisional and other questionable votes that could change the final totals.Pat Gabrione, the ranking Republican on the county … [Read more...] about Lake County Councilman Eldon Strong signals that Tuesday night’s closest primary race — decided by just 2 votes — may not be over
INDIANAPOLIS — Longtime state Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, likely will be succeeded at the Statehouse by the daughter of the man who inspired Brown to enter Hoosier politics decades ago.Gary City Councilwoman Ragen Hatcher appears to have prevailed Tuesday in the Democratic primary for House District 3 against community activist Jessica Renslow.Hatcher is the daughter of former Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher, the first black mayor of a major American city and a mentor to Brown, who is leaving the Indiana House after 36 years of service.Ragen Hatcher currently is unopposed in the November general election as no Republican has yet filed to run in the heavily Democratic district spanning Gary's downtown and east side, Lake Station, New Chicago and Hobart.If elected, she plans to use her six years of experience as a local government official to “bring a new perspective to the Statehouse” and halt state policies that harm her district."There are a host of issues that are … [Read more...] about Hatcher wins Gary House contest, Hammond’s Mrvan on track to become longest-serving Indiana senator
Voters in Lake County showed their support for school referendums in a big way.At 8:45 p.m. with the majority of precincts reporting, support for the Crown Point Community School Corp. referendum was overwhelming with more than 70 percent of voters supporting it.The vote was a little tighter among Lake Central school district voters in Dyer, Schererville and St. John, where the winning percentage was just over 53 percent.Crown Point school officials sought an extension of a school funding referendum voters initially approved in 2011.Crown Point Community School Corp. Superintendent Teresa Eineman said last month the extension provides funding to continue support for teachers, school nurses and hundreds of extracurricular activities.Eineman repeatedly told voters and various groups that she is not asking for any new taxes.The vote was a renewal of the 21-cent-per $100-of-valuation referendum passed by voters of the district in 2011 and currently funds more than 70 teachers, more than … [Read more...] about Voters support referendums in Crown Point and Lake Central School Corps.
VALPARAISO — Democrat Randy Wilkening will face Republican Cyndi Dykes in the Porter County coroner's race this fall.Wilkening, a Portage firefighter and paramedic, defeated Dale Bagnall, who works as a deputy coroner, to win the Democratic nomination.Dykes, a histology technician, defeated Tom Ampeliotis, who volunteers with the coroner's office, to win the Republican nomination."I'm overwhelmed. I didn't know what to expect when I went into this," Dykes said Tuesday night after hearing the final numbers. "I just hope I can fulfill what I want to for the Porter County citizens.""We both ran a race a different way, and it was all good," she said.Dykes plans to take a few days to soak in the results before working on her general election campaign."That's what I'm doing it for, is Porter County," she said. "I don't think I'm going to change my strategy."Dykes said she is just happy to be nominated."I have so much respect for all the citizens," she said.Wilkening was also … [Read more...] about It’s Dykes vs. Wilkening for Porter County coroner this fall
INDIANAPOLIS — A former state representative who cast himself as an outsider businessman akin to President Donald Trump has won Indiana's Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.Mike Braun, of Jasper, prevailed over two congressmen, in one of the nastiest primary contests in the country, for the opportunity to take on U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., in the November general election.Braun celebrated his victory Tuesday night amid cheering supporters at a brewery in the Indianapolis suburb of Whitestown."Tonight, Hoosiers spoke loud and clear — they want a conservative outsider representing them in the U.S. Senate and I am grateful to have their support," Braun said."This fall, we’re going to send a message to Senator Donnelly and the rest of Washington that politics shouldn't be a career and if we want to change things we need to change the people we send there. I'm going there to get the job done and come back home, and the only people I'll owe anything to is the voters … [Read more...] about Businessman Mike Braun wins Indiana’s Republican U.S. Senate nomination