News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 9, 2012

Vigo County Commissioner: Incumbent Anderson easily wins District 2

Howard Greninger
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Incumbent Vigo County Commissioner Judith A. Anderson soundly won the Democratic nomination for the District 2 seat over challenger Sean Patrick Feeney, winning 5,150 votes to 2,546.

Republicans did not have a primary election candidate for the District 2 seat and have until noon June 30 to select a candidate through a party caucus. Vote totals are unofficial until certified by the Vigo County Election Board by noon May 18.

“I feel really good about the election and what makes me feel good is to know that the people still have faith and confidence in me. You always hope everyday you are doing a good job and election day proves it one way or the other,” Anderson said.

“I think Sean [Feeney] ran a pretty steady race and ought to be proud for his first time attempting a county office,” Anderson said. “It is hard to run a countywide race for the first time.”

Anderson, 71, has served on the Vigo County Board of Commissioners since 2001. She also served on the Vigo County Council from 1997 to 2000.

Feeney said he could not overcome Anderson’s name recognition.

“One of these days we will see what the future holds,” Feeney said, adding he may seek office again in the future.  “It will be a while because there is no election next year.”

Still, Feeney said he learned a lesson. “Going door to door and knocking is the lesson I learned. I knocked on about 1,100 doors and got that many more votes than I did last year running for [Terre Haute] City Council at large seat,” Feeney said.

“At least I got a small victory in that commissioners will be putting their meeting minutes on their website and took part of my platform seriously,” he added.

Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached at (812) 231-4204 or howard.greninger@tribstar.com.