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Mayfield Unseats Democrat Peggy Welch In 60th House District

Republican Peggy Mayfield defeated Democrat Peggy Welch, who has held Indiana's District 60 House seat for seven terms.

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    Peggy Mayfield defeated incumbent Peggy Welch for the Indiana House 60th District seat.

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    Peggy Mayfield with her family after her victory.

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    Democrat Peggy Welch awaits poll results at her headquarters in Martinsville.

Morgan County Clerk Peggy Mayfield has wrested a previously safe Democratic seat in the Indiana General Assembly from seven-term incumbent Peggy Welch.

Mayfield benefited from a large influx of money from state Republicans, who identified her race early as one the party could win following statewide redistricting in the wake of the 2010 census.

Mayfield said her victory was a combination of excitement and relief.

Welch said she was disappointed and attributed her loss, in part, to the district being redrawn.

“But the voters have spoken, and I’m very proud to have served District 60 since 1998,” she said.

The campaign was criticized in the media for backing out of multiple debates and criticized by Welch for not signing a pledge to run a positive campaign.

Mayfield joins a Republican majority in the Indiana House.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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