Terre Haute mayoral candidate Duke Bennett defeated incumbent Kevin Burke in Tuesday’s municipal election. Bennett says the 30 minutes before the final votes were counted were nerve-wracking because the numbers were so close. He received 50.45 percent of the votes, while Burke received 49.55 percent. Bennett says the tight race goes to show every vote counts.
He says he wants to get to work immediately so he’ll be prepared to take office in January. As a Republican, Bennett says he’s not concerned about working with a Democratic city council. Candidates George Azar, James Chalos, and Don Morris won the three at-large seats in Terre Haute. Richard Dunkin defeated Kevin Anderson in the common council district one race, while “Turk” Roman defeated Robert Guell for the district two seat. Norman Loudermilk won the district three race over Robert Flott, while Neil Garrison secured the district five seat over Jennifer Harpole. Common council district six candidate John Mullican bested two other candidates in that race. Ryan Cummins was unopposed in district four.
Just over 30 percent of registered voters in Terre Haute participated in Tuesday’s election. In other races in the WFIU listening area, Kokomo city councilman Greg Goodnight defeated opponent Rick Hamilton in the race to succeed outgoing mayor Matt McKillip. Columbus mayor Fred Armstrong secured a fourth term in office with 75-point-9 percent of the vote over challenger Mark White. In Bloomington, Mayor Mark Kruzan bested outgoing city councilman David Sabbagh with 61 percent of the vote.