News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 9, 2012

Clay County races: Clay officials hoping for better turnout in fall

Staff Writer
The Tribune-Star

BRAZIL — Clay County voter participation neared 26 percent Tuesday, as officials hope for a stronger turnout in the fall.

According to information provided by the Clay County Clerk’s office, 4,884 voters turned out for the May Primary, representing 25.91 percent of 18,851 registered voters.

Clerk Vicki Wheeler said the turnout was low, but not unpredictably so considering it was a primary.

“Everything went very, very smoothly today. Kind of slow though,” she said.

Contested races in the Democrat ticket’s race for county county at-large were expected to draw in the voters, she had stated earlier in the spring. Tuesday evening, she said overall participation was pretty normal. The presidential race in November, in which Democrat Barack Obama will most likely face Republican Mitt Romney, is expected to liven up the process, she said.

“I think so. I really do think it’ll be a better turn-out in the fall,” she remarked after the tabulations were complete for the evening.

Election totals are unofficial until certified by the Clay County Election Board by noon on May 18.

Republican Party

County Surveyor

Rustina Johnson    610

John R. Keller    2,097

County Council At-Large

Patricia (Pat) Hefner    2,188

John Nicoson    2,114

Lisa D. Rickert    1,749    

Democrat Party

County Commissioner 2nd District

Charles (Charlie) Brown    907

Michael L. (Mike) Wilkinson    726

County Council At-Large

Chip Hoskins    928

Dolores Johnson    961

Roger Laplante    404

William (Bill) Lovett     792

Michael McCullough    1,239