The Herald Bulletin

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Local Politics

May 6, 2014

Incumbent officeholders win county GOP nominations

ANDERSON, Ind. — Madison County Treasurer Kelly Gaskill cruised to an easy victory Tuesday over challenger Micah Mitchell, even though he had backing from the county's Republican Party.

With 100 percent of Madison County's 112 precincts reporting, Gaskill beat Mitchell 4,383 to 2,241 votes, according to unofficial election results.

"She's pretty well got it wrapped up. For the most part people think she's doing a good job," Mitchell said.

"I will support her and I hope she wins the general election," he added. "After this, I hope the party will come back together and be a team."

Gaskill could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

In the Democratic Party primary, long-time Anderson political activist Tami Dixon-Tatum beat her opponent, Kathy Mougeotte, by 519 votes, (3,787 to 3,268), according to unofficial tallies.

"We are very excited and looking forward to the general election," Dixon-Tatum said.

She credited an "incredible team of people," including her father, Anderson City Councilman Ollie Dixon, and Madison County Councilman John Bostic, with helping to engineer the victory.

Dixon-Tatum said she doesn't plan to rest because "it's a big general election coming."

Mougeotte, a businesswoman, congratulated Dixon-Tatum. "I hope she does well in the fall and I will support her."

Mougeotte thinks her chances of victory were affected by the low voter turnout.

Madison County Clerk

Despite an aggressive primary challenge by local businessman Tim Nardoni, Republicans resoundingly backed incumbent Madison County Clerk Darlene Likens for the party's nomination for the November election. Her margin of victory was 3,466 votes.

Nardoni said he would have been surprised by a victory. He, too, said he would support Likens in the November election, but also thinks there's a lot that officials can do to make county government more accessible to citizens.

Madison County Recorder

Madison County Recorder Linda Smith beat her Republican primary opponent, Mike Miller, 4,512 votes to 1,987.

Smith has served as county recorder since 2012, and has worked for county government in varying roles for 23 years.

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