The Herald Bulletin

December 30, 2010

2010's Top Stories: Republicans steal show in elections

By Abbey Doyle
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — The Republicans were the stars of this year’s elections with seven Democratic officeholders in the Madison County Government Center swept from power.

Voter turnout was consistent from that of four years ago but in the 2002 and 2006 elections, straight-party Democratic votes outpaced straight-party Republican ballots by an average margin of more than 2,900 votes. By comparison, Democrats held an edge of just 400 out of the more than 14,000 straight-party votes cast this year, according to a review of voting results by The Herald Bulletin.

The strong Republican voter turnout in Madison County was something seen nationwide in a time of economic downturn, officials for both parties have said.

Democratic Prosecutor Thomas Broderick Jr. was voted out of office in favor of Republican and former prosecutor Rodney Cummings. Other county offices where Democratic incumbents were ousted by Republicans included Clerk Darlene Likens over Ludy Watkins, Recorder Angie Shelton over Lisa Hobbs, Treasurer Kelly Gaskill over Kathy Stoops-Wright, Assessor Larry Davis over Cheryl Heath, County Council District I David McCartney over Bill Savage and Commissioner seat Steffanie Owens over Paul Wilson.