News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 9, 2012

Parke County races: Incumbent ekes out county commissioner District 1 race

Staff Writer
The Tribune-Star

ROCKVILLE — Parke County saw a close race for the District 1 County Commissioner seat, the only contested race in the primary election.

Incumbent George Nicholas of Rosedale received 1,394 votes while challenger Dan R. Collom of Rosedale received 1,164 votes. Nicholas is in his sixth four-year term as commissioner.

Parke County saw voter turnout of 27.04 percent for Tuesday’s primary election in the county’s 17 precincts. The county has 12,309 registered voters, with 3,328 votes cast.

The Republican ballot had two candidates for three at-large seats on the county council. John K. Pratt of Rockville received 1,713 votes while J.B. Butler of Rockville received 1,624 votes. Both are incumbents already serving on the council. A Republican Party caucus will be called to select a third candidate for the fall ballot. The Democrat Party can also caucus to select three candidates for the fall ballot because there were no candidates on the primary ballot. The Republicans also will have to caucus for a candidate to challenge incumbent Democrat Mary Jo Harkrider, who received 561 ballots as county recorder. She is in her first term.

In the county treasurer’s race, Democratic incumbent Mary Alice Gregg received 570 votes. She will be challenged in the fall by Republican Laura Jean Fischer, who received 2,016 votes on Tuesday. Gregg is serving her second term as treasurer.

Parke County

Republican Party

District 1 county commissioner

George Nicholas     1,394

Dan R. Collom     1,164

Council at-large

J.B. Butler    1,624

John K. Pratt    1,713

Vermillion County


County Coroner

Roger P. Lewis     919

Brian Morris     652

Chuck Procarione     394


Jared Dreher    1,258

Lisa A. Gilman     718