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Incumbents prevail in County Council race

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Incumbent County Council members Sylvia Graham and Dan Whitten came out on top after yesterday’s primary election, with 31.6 and 26 percent of the vote, respectively.

Close behind them was challenger Susie Talevski with 23.6 percent.

Graham, Whitten, and Talevski will now be the Democratic options on the November ballot competing with Republicans Mike Brickner, Craig Kenworthy, and Andy Bozak for three at-large seats on the Council.

Graham told the Chesterton Tribune this morning that she’s grateful for her supporters and looking forward to the fall race. “I feel like, this year, we’re kind of in uncharted waters, not only in the world, but also with what our county’s going to face,” Graham said. “I’m going to be doing the same things: supporting public safety, supporting programs that will hopefully stimulate job growth, and of course I’ll keep taxes low.”

“I’m still going to be a voice for the people, and available answering calls and letters, and hopefully I’ll be able to see another term,” Graham added.

Graham also noted she was pleased with how smoothly the election played out. She said she heard nothing but positive comments about voting equipment and is thankful for the quick work the County’s central counting machine made of the nearly 13,000 mail-in absentee ballots Porter County voters cast this election.

Whitten also commented on the election process, congratulating Clerk Jessica Bailey for running the election smoothly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting influx of mail-in absentee ballots. “I think the Clerk really pulled the election together and kept it moving true.”

Whitten also congratulated others who won their races. “I’m happy to have come through the primary and look forward to getting ready for fall,” he said. “I want to thank all the folks who supported me. I think we’re moving in the right direction in Porter County, and I want to keep going that way.”

Talevski was not available for comment before deadline this morning.


Posted 6/3/2020




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