Single Vote Gives Democrats Council Control In Pence’s Indiana Hometown

Columbus City Council District 1 candidate Jerone Wood, right, celebrates after winning his race during the Bartholomew County Democratic Party election results watch party at Hotel Indigo in Columbus, Ind., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Unofficial results from Tuesday’s local election show Democrats winning a 4-3 Columbus City Council majority as they defeated two Republican incumbents. (Carla Clark /The Republic via AP)


COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Democrats will hold a City Council majority in Vice President Mike Pence’s Indiana hometown for the first time since the 1980s if a candidate’s one-vote victory margin holds up.

Unofficial results from Tuesday’s local election show Democrats winning a 4-3 Columbus City Council majority as they defeated two Republican incumbents. The (Columbus) Republic reports that Republican Councilman Dascal Bunch might seek a recount of the 260-259 tally favoring Democrat Jerone Wood.

Bartholomew County Democratic Party chairman Bob Hyatt says that the council victories came from young candidates stepping up and wanting to make a difference.

Republican Mayor Jim Lienhoop was unopposed for reelection. He says city leaders have worked across party lines for a long time.

The county clerk says Democrats last won a City Council majority in the 1983 election.

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Information from: The Republic, http://www.therepublic.com/


 

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