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Election 2012

November 6, 2012

Poll workers show their support

ANDERSON, Ind. — Judi Egbert said that sharing a passion for the beliefs of Melanie Wright — Democratic candidate for state representative — brought her to the polls Tuesday.

Egbert, along with several others, was campaigning Tuesday at Bethany Christian Church, 1920 N. Rangeline Rd.

“I read up on her background and her belief in strengthening the public school system and her desire to invest energy into that and I wanted to support her,” she said. “I believe in being an active supporter. It isn’t enough to cast our vote, but I want to encourage others to support my candidate.”

Wright was running against Republican incumbent Jack Lutz for the Dist. 35 seat.

Egbert said she had been greeting voters and talking about what Wright had to offer.

In addition to those working to support candidates, some of the candidates themselves were at the polls talking to voters.

“There might be a few undecided voters out there,” said Mike Gaskill, Republican candidate for Madison County Council. “Answering a question may make the difference.”

His plans were to stay at Bethany Christian as the numbers he’d seen indicated that more people vote there than any other polling location with four precincts all housed at the east side church.

“I don’t have any idea if Mike Phipps and I are going to win but I feel good because I’ve done what I said I was going to do,” Gaskill said. “Now it is up to the voters.”

He filled an open council seat vacated by former councilman Larry Crenshaw giving voters what he called a preview of how he would behave as a full-fledged councilman. Gaskill pointed out that he balanced the budget, reduced taxes and made police protection and roads a top priority — the things he committed to doing when he took office 11 months ago, he said.

“No matter how it turns out, I will sleep well tonight because I told the voters what I would do and went out and did it.”

Gaskill, a Republican, was seeking one of three at-large council seats. Others vying for a post were Republicans Lisa Phillips and Mike Phipps and Democrats Tamie Dixon-Tatum, Lisa hobbs and Robin Wagner.

Also a Bethany, Thomas Winters was donning a red shirt supporting Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock. Winters said he wants to see Mourdock win and, with a projected close race with Democrat Joe Donnelly, wanted to show his support.

“I support his convictions,” he said of Mourdock. “We are like-minded; he’s fiscally responsible, supports small government and has a strong stance on right to life and opposes abortion in all cases except when it endangers the life of the woman.”

Winters said Mourdock is a “typical politician” and doesn’t say only what he thinks people would want to hear.

Robert Jozwiak was at Anderson Elementary School campaigning for Dan Ferris, Libertarian candidate for county commissioner. He was talking to voters as they went inside, sharing with them information about the commissioners race.

“We’ve had $250,000 in lawsuits because of the repealed wheel tax,” Jozwiak said. “And 80 percent of the gas tax at the pump is not going to roads. We are providing a solution to the county with Dan Ferris — a software engineer and Rose Hulman graduate. Instead of suing and costing the county money we will solve their IT issues.”

Ferris was running against Republican John Richwine and Democrat William “Tom” McCarty.

Jozwiak was the only person campaigning at Anderson Elementary by midday, a precinct that had already reported about 50 percent of its registered voters having come to the polls. He suspected there were fewer people out supporting candidates because they’ve lost their enthusiasm for the political process and feel betrayed by traditional party candidates.

“That’s why I think there is more support for third party candidates,” Jozwiak said. “And I think we will do well today.”

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