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,
Close behind them
was challenger Susie Talevski with 23.6 percent.
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.
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.”
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.