Archive - Nov 3, 2010 - News Article
A strong turnout by Whitley County voters put Republican candidates into nearly every office up for election Tuesday.
With the exception of four Democrats who hold positions on township advisory boards, every other seat went to the GOP. Even the Democrats who were elected were uncontested, as in Kevin Bollinger as Washington Township trustee, and the advisory board for Jefferson Township. The lone Republican running for Washington Townshipâ€™s advisory board had the most votes of the four candidates for the three-person board.
The voters from precincts in both Whitley and Kosciusko counties who live in the Whitko school district spoke loud and clear Tuesday about a property tax proposed by the school corporation.
In the Whitley County precincts, the referendum was defeated 1,154-486 a percentage spread of 70-30.
The referendum didnâ€™t fare much better in Kosciusko County where 1,038 voters squelched the proposed tax and 384 residents gave the referendum a thumbs up.
The total no-yes count for Whitkoâ€™s proposed tax was 2,192-870.
The school corporation decided to add the referendum to the ballot back in July.
A Columbia City woman grabbed the Indiana House of Representatives spot vacated by former District 83 Representative Matt Bell.
Former Columbia City Common Council member Kathy Heuer routed her Democrat opponent and fellow county resident Wray McCalester with 77 percent of the vote (2,147-626) and will represent the county and the rest of the district beginning in January.
â€śI am honored to have the support of the voters of District 83 and will be privileged to serve everyone in the district, regardless of their political affiliation,â€ť said Heuer.
How important is education?
Consider these facts:
â€˘ According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 90 percent of high-growth, high-wage jobs will require at least some postsecondary education.
â€˘ Indiana ranks 43rd in the state in percentage of adults with a bachelorâ€™s degree or higher. In Whitley County, 18 percent of adults have a bachelorâ€™s degree or higher. Slightly more than 19 percent of adults statewide have postsecondary degrees.