Incumbent Mayor Duke Bennett has won re-election for Terre Haute. Bennnett pulled ahead with an large lead early in the polls. Bennett has won approximately 69 percent of the vote compared to Democratic challenger’s Fred Nation’s 31 percent.
He addressed his supporters in Terre Haute, thanking the community for their continued faith in him. Bennett says he is looking forward to serving another term and spending a lot more time in the community during the next four years.
He says his first term focused largely on the budget and cleaning up financial issues. Bennett says the city is on stable ground, and that is why voters overwhelmingly supported him Tuesday.
“Even though we’ve been tight on money, we haven’t had any major layoffs, we’ve been able to continue to do infrastructure projects, and I think people looked at that and said I kind of like the way this ship just keeps moving forward,” he says.
Bennett’s challenger Democrat Fred Nation argued during his campaign that the city needed to keep its spending in check. Saying that Terre Haute spends more now than it did pre recession.
But Bennett said that claim was frivolous and like all cities in Indiana, Terre Haute, in fact cut its budget–in part because property tax caps have curtailed local government revenue.