Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Yeah, that's all you need to know. It was another impressive performance by the Marion County Democratic Party and its leadership tonight as the countywide slate passed through fairly easily.

Melina Kennedy took a strong 77 percent of the vote in a 3-way race. Joanne Sanders led the at-large Council ticket for the Dems with Leroy Robinson, John Barth, and Zach Adamson outdistancing unslated challengers Pat Andrews and Sherron Franklin.

Angela Mansfield, Len Farber, Monroe Gray, Vop Osili, Brian Mahern, and Steve Talley all took down primary opponents easily.

On the Republican side, similar results were evident. Barbara Malone, Michael Kalscheur, Jackie Cissell, and Angel Rivera all won for at-large Council. All slated Republicans also won the district races.

It was a good night for the county party slates.

In some of the excluded cities, it was a different story.

In Lawrence, Mayor Paul Ricketts survived barely on the Republican side with just 53 percent of the vote, and independently-slated Democrat Buddy Templin went down big time to Dennis Buckley in Beech Grove. Beech Grove held its own slating convention independent of the Marion County Democratic Party slating.

Franklin Township taxpayers shot down a proposal to raise property taxes for school funding, and Perry Township passed its referendum on the schools.

Outside of Marion County, Mayor Charles Henderson lost in Greenwood, and Mayor Jim Brainard held on strongly in Carmel. On a personal note, a friend of mine, Robby Kendall (a Republican) won his primary fight against an incumbent to win a seat on the Brownsburg Town Council. Congrats Robby.

More on the results tomorrow!

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