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Biggs and Martin take Commissioner races

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Incumbent North County Commissioner Jim Biggs (R) captured 60.4 percent of the vote in yesterday’s primary election, fending off a challenge from County Council member Jeff Larson.

In the South District Commissioner race, Republican Fred Martin took 73.6 percent of the vote over Harvey Nix’s 26.4 percent to win the nomination. Martin is now slated to challenge Incumbent South Commissioner Laura Blaney (D) in November.

““I really appreciate the support Duneland voters have given me over the years. At the end of the day, what won out was reputation, experience, and trust,” Biggs told the Chesterton Tribune this morning.

Biggs said this election was unusual for him, as the first race where he wasn’t able to go door-to-door or debate, and he thinks vote totals reflect voters’ apprehension to turn out on election day amid the COVID-19 pandemic and recent protests. However, Biggs said the margin of victory in his race was clear.

“To this day, I don’t understand why he [Larson] filed on me other than for his own personal gain,” Biggs said. “With the job that the Board of Commissioners has done in recent years, I would have thought that as a fellow Republican he would be applauding that.”

Martin thanked his supporters and Nix. “I appreciate everyone who supported me. I look forward to serving the people of Porter County,” he said. “I also want to thank my opponent Harvey Nix. He ran a clean campaign. There was never a cross word.”



Posted 6/3/2020




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