News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 8, 2012

Bird tops Demos in Vigo Council at large race

Ping, Burger other Demo nominees; Treadway, Bales, Ellis win GOP nominations


The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — With all of Vigo County’s 87 precincts reporting at about 7:30 p.m., incumbents Mark A. Bird and Ed Ping won renomination for Council Council at large in a heavily contested Democratic primary that saw Terre Haute utility manager and community volunteer Rick Burger place second. The outcome meant that the third incumbent, William C. Bryan, was ousted.

Bird led Democrats in the race with with 3,922 votes, and Ed Ping was third with 2,890.

Running a strong second among Democrats was Burger, who had 3,214 votes.

Bryan ran fourth with 2,700 votes, losing out to Ping by 190 votes.

Other Democratic vote totals were: Adam Azar, 2,290; Curtis A. DeBaun IV, 2,248; Ann Marie O’Brien, 2,100; and SaRetta J. Brown, 1,188.

On the Republican side, Bill Treadway led three opponents with 4,193 votes. Craig A. Bales was second with 3,776, Steve Ellis third with 2,645 and Lonnie Moody II was fourth with 2,601.

The top three votegetters in each party will run for election in the fall.