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Monroe County Democrats Buck Statewide Trend, Keep Seats

In a year in which Republicans retook control of the Indiana House, two Monroe County Democrats managed to keep their seats.

Peggy Welch and Eric Turner

Photo: Bill Shaw/WFIU-WTIU

Peggy Welch (D-Bloomington) talks on the House floor with Eric Turner (R-Marion).

In a year in which Republicans retook control of the Indiana House, two Monroe County Democrats managed to keep their seats.  Peggy Welch and Matt Pierce both easily won re-election, despite voting against the publicly popular property tax cap referendum.  Welch said it’ll be difficult being in the minority in the Indiana General Assembly’s lower house, but says she’ll adapt to her new role.

“When you work as a cancer nurse, there are very few things in life that are life and death,” Welch said. “Nobody is going to die over this.  It hurts; it’s not comfortable.  But the sun’s going to come up tomorrow and we’re going to move forward and continue to do our best for the citizens of the state.  And that’s the way I have to look at it and the way I’m going to proceed.”

But Welch shrugged off the notion that Indiana House Democrats will offer consistent opposition like Republicans in the U.S. House have over the past two years.

“I’m not one to say I’m going to sit back and let things go bad just so I can win back the majority.  That’s not the way I play.  And I would not encourage any of my colleagues to be that way either,” she said.

Matt Pierce, who represents much of Bloomington proper, was never seriously challenged by GOP candidate Kevin Suddeth and collected better than 70% of the vote.

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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