ANDERSON — Democrat Tom Broderick’s victory in the municipal election was by the widest vote margin in at least the past four decades.
Broderick won a second term as Anderson mayor on Tuesday by 1,990 votes over Republican Rick Gardner and Libertarian Rob Jozwiak.
That winning margin surpassed the 1,593 votes that Democrat J. Mark Lawler defeated Republican Lani Czarniecki by in 1999.
It was Lawler’s fourth term as mayor and was the largest winning margin he received during the four campaigns, starting in 1987. The margins were also thinner in Republican Thomas R. McMahan’s two victories in 1979 and 1983, according to The Herald Bulletin archives.
In winning a second term in office, Broderick carried 46 of the 51 city precincts with Gardner winning in four precincts and one ending in a tie.
Gardner carried two precincts in Anderson Ward 1 and the two Adams Township precincts that vote in the Anderson election.
In the strongly Democrat Ward 4, Broderick carried all seven precincts with 952 votes compared to 297 for Gardner and 113 for Jozwiak.
The 4th Ward vote represented 16% of Broderick’s total number of votes. Jozwiak’s total in the ward was 13% of his total vote and for Gardner it represented 8% of his total.
In the Republican 5th Ward, again Broderick carried all six precincts with 1,007 votes as compared to 788 for Gardner and 159 for Jozwiak.
The 5th Ward vote for Gardner represented 21% of his total vote count of 3,780 while Broderick received 17% of his 5,770 votes in the ward. Jozwiak’s total in the ward represented 18% of his 888 vote total.
The 28% turnout of registered voters in Anderson exceeded the expectations of the county’s Democratic and Republican parties’ chairmen. Both predicted a turnout of 20%.
Voter turnout in the city election was the highest in the 5th Ward where 37% of the registered voters cast ballots. It was followed by 33% in the 3rd Ward and 30% in Ward 1, the traditional Republican Party strongholds.
In the normal Democrat areas the voter turnout was lower led by 25% in Ward 4, 23% in the 6th Ward and 21% in Ward 2.
The turnout in Alexandria was 34% where Republican Todd Nasalroad carried three of the five precincts with Democrat Penny Stevens winning in one precinct and there was a tie in one precinct.
In Fall Creek Township, where there was a hotly contested race for the Pendleton Town Council, the turnout was 34%.