John Mullican

Political newcomer John Mullican defeated two independent candidates to win the race for Terre Haute City Council District 6.

Mullican, a Democrat, defeated Lonnie Moody and Margaret Lockard. Mullican received 872 votes; Moody, 123 votes; and Lockard, 442 votes, according to unofficial results from the Vigo County Clerk’s office.

“It’s both humbling and motivational,” said Mullican, 47, owner of Goetz Printing and Copy Center. He said he’s met a lot of good people on the campaign trail who are interested in and concerned about the issues. “I’m really looking forward to serving on the council,” he said.

His top priority as a council member will be economic development.

“Economic development is pretty much all-encompassing” and includes such quality-of-life issues as animal control and problems related to trash, Mullican said.

“We’ll be looking to solve a lot of those problems next year. I certainly plan to,” he said.

A Democrat, he said he’s not concerned about working with a Republican mayor. Republican Duke Bennett defeated incumbent mayor and Democrat Kevin Burke on Tuesday.

“I’m not concerned with that at all. Obviously, there always must be cooperation — especially for economic development — between the council and the mayor,” Mullican said. “We have to get it done. We have to accomplish those things no matter who the parties are.”

Mullican previously said that he’s concerned about vandalism/graffiti as well as curbs and sidewalks in his district.

Lockard, who received the second-highest vote total in the council race, said, “I want to thank those who voted for me.”

Both independents said they ran because they didn’t like the political process that led to Mullican becoming the Democratic nominee.

Lockard’s husband, Dan Lockard, lost the Democratic primary to Chuck Miles, whose name remained on the ballot even though he died April 18, several weeks before the primary.

Dan Lockard then ran in the caucus to select a District 6 Democratic nominee for the general election, but Mullican won.

Moody could not immediately be reached for comment late Tuesday.

Sue Loughlin can be reached at (812) 231-4235 or sue.loughlin@tribstar.com.

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