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THE RESULTS ARE IN: Gatton, Rentschler, Judy win local contested primaries

May 7, 2014

Whitley County Prosecutor Republican candidate Matt Rentschler is greeted with a hug by Denise Spencer, employee of the Prosecutor’s Office, after news broke that he won his primary election. If elected in the fall, Rentschler will be serving his fourth term.

Tuesday’s primary election turn out may have been low, but nonetheless, votes were tallied and party candidates were selected.

Gatton, who currently serves as the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department’s chief deputy, won the Republican sheriff’s race with 69 percent of the votes.

“This has been a great experience — not only within the department, with with the whole community,” Gatton said. “A lot of people have helped me.
“Not only have I grown as a department employee, but as a Whitley County leader as well.”

“I am very pleased with the results,” Rentschler said. “We were cautiously optimistic, but you never know what’s going to happen.”

Overall, there were 4,230 people who turned out to the polls out of 21,946 registered voters — 19 percent.

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