ANDERSON – Political history was made recently in Madison County when Republican Rodney Cummings became the first candidate for prosecuting attorney to be unopposed in a general election.
The deadline passed this week for candidates to declare for offices in November's county election.
In years past, the campaign for prosecutor was as heated as the race for Madison County Sheriff, with candidates from both parties spending large sums of money and campaigning vigorously.
Cummings won election to the office in 2010 when he defeated Democrat Thomas Broderick Jr., who had defeated Cummings in the 2006 election.
Cummings said it would come to most as a surprise that a Republican Party candidate for prosecutor in Madison County would be the first to run unopposed, especially considering the tenure of Democrat Bill Lawler as county prosecutor in the 1970s and 1980s.
“I think we have a staff that does a great job,” Cummings said. “My personal attitude is not as brash as it once was.”
Cummings said he has strong support within the Republican Party but also has significant support among Democrats in the African American community.
“There are Democrats in elective office that have publicly supported me,” he said. “That would make it difficult for anyone to mount a challenge.”
The combination of support among Democrats and the performance of his staff in the prosecutor’s office, Cummings said, resulted in his running unopposed.
“I had been told this was going to happen,” he said. “It was hard to imagine it could really happen. It’s still incredible.”
Cummings said he had support from some elected Democrats and precinct committeemen in his re-election bid this year.
Like Cummings, two members of the Indiana General Assembly representing portions of Madison County are running unopposed and will be elected to another term.
Democrat Tim Lanane is unchallenged for the District 25 seat in the Indiana Senate, and Republican Robert Cherry is unopposed in the District 53 seat in the Indiana House.