The Herald Bulletin

November 7, 2012

Dems retain auditor, coroner, surveyor offices

By Steve Dick and Scott Miley
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — Democrats, including one incumbent, held onto three county courthouse offices in Tuesday’s election.

But the narrowest win was in a race where no incumbent was seeking re-election.

In the closest race, that of county auditor, Democrat Jane Lyons took a slim lead with 25,572 votes to win over Linda Smith, a Republican from Alexandria. Smith received 25,124 votes.

“I’m thankful to the voters,” Lyons said. “It was a lot of hard work, but I had a lot of support.”

Neither Lyons nor Smith served as auditor previously. Lyons has been second deputy with the Madison County auditor’s office. Smith has been office manager for the Madison County commissioners.

Lyons said she received a call from Smith offering congratulations.

“I appreciated that,” Lyons said. “It was a good race, and there are no bad feelings.”

Lyons said she would be back in her auditor’s office job today preparing to take over the office in January.

The coroner’s post switched from Ned Dunnichay to his wife, Marian, of Elwood, who received 29,000 votes.

She served previously as coroner from 1996 to 2004. In Tuesday’s race, Republican Randy Sizelove, who is fire chief in Summitville, received 21,786 votes for coroner.

Dunnichay said she knocked on a lot of doors during the campaign and asked people to be educated voters.

“I think people are looking at qualifications,” she said.

She added that she hopes to bring a new dimension to the office.

“Coroners investigate death scenes, and I’d like to educate how to prevent deaths,” she said.

Specifically, she wants to use her office to team with the county’s drug task force to educate kids about drugs.

For surveyor, Patrick Manship won his bid for re-election, receiving 26,052 votes. His challenger, Brad Newman, who served as county surveyor from 2005 to 2008, earned 24,426 votes.

Manship could not be reached for comment.