The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Politics

May 6, 2014

Reese tops District 3 Democrats

ANDERSON, Ind. — Fred Reese ran away with the votes in the County Council District 3 race, defeating Richard Symmes and Paul McLish handily Tuesday in the Democratic Party primary.

The final tally gave Reese 1,349 votes. Symmes received 803 votes, and McClish got 217.

"I want to thank God," Reese said. "And I want to thank all of the people who believed in me. I got a lot of support from a lot of people."

Reese said he is honored to be representing the Democrats in the November election. District 3 crosses the city mostly on the south side of Anderson.

"I'm proud to be a Democrat," he said. "I think we have a good team, and I'm looking forward to represent the party and the people on the council."

To get on the council, Reese will have to defeat the GOP candidate for the District 3 seat, James Dodge, in November. Dodge was unopposed in the Republican primary.

Reese won his first-ever election after trying unsuccessfully for city council and mayoral spots. He said he was a little surprised by his margin of victory but found it satisfying that so many of the voters believed in his message.

"You never really know how these things are going to turn out," Reese said. "I wish Mr. Symmes and his family all the best. He would have been a great representative for our district, as well."

In the only contested Democratic primary for County Council, Reese started out with the lead when the first numbers were released and never relinquished it.

Reese reported slightly better numbers on the west side of Anderson.

Reese and Symmes were both out at polling site for most of the day, greeting voters and giving them one last chance to hear what the candidates had to say.

Symmes did not return a phone call from The Herald Bulletin seeking comment after the election.

Follow Zach Osowski on Twitter @Osowski_THB, or call 640-4847.

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