The Herald Bulletin

November 7, 2012

Incumbents sweep in local state rep races

By Baylee Pulliam
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — The results are in, and the local state representatives are staying pretty much the same.

Incumbents swept districts 32, 35, 36, and 53 — some by a wide margin. 

District 32: Eric Turner, R-Cicero

In an uncontested race, Republican incumbent Eric Turner carried District 32 with 100 percent of the vote.

Turner could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

District 35: Jack Lutz, R-Anderson

After a tight race, Republican incumbent Jack Lutz took District 35 over

Democrat Melanie Wright with a narrow margin of 444 votes.

He said he’s “nervous on every election, but this one more so because we knew it would be close.”

Lutz spent the evening at home with his family, fielding phone calls and getting vote tallies.

“I’m tickled,” he said. He added he’s “looking forward to moving the state and district forward with economic development and jobs growth, and improving education.”

District 36: Terri Austin, D-Anderson

In a landslide victory, incumbent Terri Austin, D-Anderson, won 63.8 percent of the vote over Republican Jim Lycan.

“I’m thrilled to have won, and I’m glad people have confidence in me and my work,” Austin said.

“Now it’s time to put down the yard signs and work together to get things done,” Austin said.

She said first on her to-do list is to work with the state to “write a sound, responsible state budget,” and work with communities to develop innovative ideas to cut spending, boost economic development and fund education.

Austin said with her revised district boundaries this year, she’s “enjoyed meeting all the new voters” she’ll be representing.

There’s no break for celebration, though. “I’ve got to get back to work in the morning,” Austin said. “Now I think I’m just going to go get a good night’s sleep.”

District 53: Bob Cherry, R-Greenfield

And in District 53, incumbent Bob Cherry, R-Greenfield, took 75.4 percent of the vote, for a wide-margin victory over Libertarian challenger Kim Brand.

Cherry could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

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