News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 3, 2012

Greene County

Staff Writer
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — A race for three open, at-large seats on the Greene County Council has attracted the most candidates for the May 8 Primary Election.

Republicans and Democrats combined have 10 candidates. Only three candidates from each party will advance to the Nov. 6 General Election.

Among four Republicans, incumbent Jerry R. Frye will face Bob Kirk, a Bloomfield School Board member; Gregg Roudebush, president of the Worthington Town Council; and Jo Ann (Hanauer) Carmichael, a former Bloomfield Town Council member.

On the Democrat ticket, the field of candidates includes Patti Jones, former mayor Linton; Donna (McIntosh) Kluesner, who is president of the Carnegie Heritage and Arts Center Board; Michael Riggleman, a teacher in the Linton-Stockton School District; Lori Brown, a former Taylor Township Trustee; Steve Schantz, a Bloomfield resident; and Ken Fordyce, a Linton business owner.

Greene County Clerk Susan Fowler said the county has a strong two-party base.

“Democrats are strong on the west side and Republicans on the east side of the [White] river,” Fowler said. “We get a lot of division from that river.

“Before the 2010 election, all of the courthouse was Democrat officeholders, then after that election, they were all Republicans in the courthouse, except for the treasurer, who is a Democrat, but she was not up for election then,” Fowler said. “It seems like it is one party or the other that always comes out more, but we don’t know which one will actually hit the polls” this year, she said.

“Rarely have I seen a good mix of Republicans and Democrats. It is usually all or nothing,” Fowler added.

Greene County has 20,187 registered voters. Despite the large candidate field for the County Council, Fowler said she doesn’t expect the Primary Election to attract as many voters as will the General Election, when voters will elect a U.S. president.

“Our absentee votes are down, so it doesn’t look like there will be a very big turnout, which would be a disappointment. We hope it is much as 30 percent,” Fowler said, but added voter turnout more likely may be in the low-20th percentile.

Thiselection is unique for Fowler, in that her husband, John Fowler, is a candidate for county commissioner.



Democrat

County Council At-large

Lori A. Brown, Ken Fordyce, Patti Jones, Donna (McIntosh) Kluesner, Michael Riggleman, Steve Schantz



Republican

County Council At-large

Jo Ann (Hanauer) Carmichael, Jerry R. Frye, Bob Kirk, Gregg Roudebush