Brown wins GOP nomination for Wabash County Coroner

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash County will have a new coroner in January.

Republican challenger Ken Brown defeated Republican incumbent Suzie Lewis in the June 2 Primary Election.

The election, generally held in May, was pushed back by Gov. Eric Holcomb because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of COVID-19, there were just two voting centers in the county, one in Wabash and the other in North Manchester.

In the coroner’s race, the lone contested race on the county level, Brown received 1,942 votes, or 56.47 percent, to Lewis’ 1,497.

All the other county races were uncontested.

Republicans Benjamin D.R. Vanderpool received 3,290 votes for Superior Court Judge; Marcie Shepherd received 3,153 for County Auditor; Luann Layman received 3,145 for County Treasurer; Cheri Slee received 3,188 for County Surveyor; Brian Haupert received 3,131 for County Commissioner District 1; Barry Eppley received 3,100 for County Council District 3; and Philip Dale, Matt Dillon and Lorissa Sweet received 2,651, 2,745 and 2,621 votes, respectively, for the three Wabash County Council At-Large seats.

There were no Democratic candidates on the county level.

In state races, Russell Reahard received 2,033 votes in Wabash County in his race for the GOP nomination for the Indiana House District 18 seat. His GOP challenger, Craig Snow, received 1,396 votes. Although Reahard won Wabash County, it doesn’t mean he won the nomination. The seat serves several counties, and the total of votes in those locations will determine the winner.

On the Democratic ticket, Chad Harris was unopposed for the Indiana House nomination, receiving 988 votes.

Also on the state level, GOP incumbent Eric Holcomb received 3,339 votes while Democrat challenger Woodrow “Woody” Myers received 962 votes.

On the national level, President Donald Trump defeated challenge Bill Weld, 3,248 to 242 on the GOP ballot.

Presumptive Democratic candidate Joe Biden topped his party’s vote, receiving 966. The other challengers, all of whom have withdrawn from the race, received between two and 154 votes.

In the race for the U.S. House of Representatives, GOP incumbent Jackie Walorski received 2,518 votes to challenger Christopher Davis’ 920 votes for the Second District seat.

On the Democratic ballot, Patricia Hackett received 700 votes to Ellen Marks’ 389 for the Second District seat.

As it is with the Indiana House seat, the U.S. House’s Second District seat is comprised on many counties, and the winners will be determined by the combined overall vote in those locations.

In one other race, Diana Bucher, Carol Cly, Melinda Lantz, Jane Long, Deborah Manges, Donald Rose and Nancy Whitmer were all elected as delegates to the State Democratic Convention.

There were 4,847 total votes case, or 23.56 percent of the registered voters in Wabash County. Of the 4,847, 2,732 votes were cast via absentee ballot.

Posted on 2020 Jun 09