The Burns Harbor
Town Council will be in mixed company as its slate for next year includes
two Republicans --Toni Biancardi and Andy Bozak -- and three Democrats --
Eric Hull, Marcus Rogala, Sr., and Raymond Poparad.
Those were the top
five voter-getters in the election with all five Council seats being
at-large this year.
the most votes with 175, followed by Poparad with 172, Rogala with 166, Hull
with 155 and Bozak with 149.
Voters could vote
for up to five candidates in nine-candidate contested race.
The results mean
that Republican incumbent Jeff Freeze was not elected to another term. He
had the sixth highest vote total with 144 votes.
Three others who
were unsuccessful in their bids were Democrat Nathan Tumblin with 125 votes,
Democrat Craig Barnes with 130 votes and Republican Phyllis Constantine with
candidates told the Chesterton Tribune this morning that they hope to
work well together.
“It’s going to be
really important that we build relationships with residents, businesses in
our community and also our neighboring communities,” Biancardi said.
Rogala and Hull
said they are excited to see the different skill sets that each candidate
will bring to the table.
“You’ve got both
the old town and the new town,” said Rogala, mentioning Biancardi and
Poparad have been on town boards for many years. “I think we have a great
mix and we have a lot of common views.”
Hull said he’s
“looking forward to working with the rest of the Council” and concurred it
has “a pretty good mix of experience” that can offer “fresh perspectives.”
Hull has been on the Council for a few months now, filling in for former
Council member Greg Miller who resigned in July.
Poparad, who served
on the Council previously from 1984 to 1992, said he’s “happy” with the
election results and hopes each member will “be on the same page” come
Bozak told the
Tribune that the election race showed that “everyone is very optimistic
about the future of Burns Harbor” and the citizens want to be involved in
planning for the development ahead.
“People want a
different town council and you can see that clearly based on the final
votes,” Bozak said. He said he intends to improve communication with
residents, as he purports that might be the reason incumbents didn’t fare so
well in the election.
Hull said he gives
kudos to Bozak for putting forth such effort in his campaign. “He worked his
tail off and it shows,” Hull said.
Harbor voters re-elected Democrat incumbent Clerk-Treasurer Jane Jordan, She
was elected to another term with 211 votes versus 92 votes for Republican
challenger Timothy Canfield, a margin of 70/30 percent.
This will be
Jordan’s fourth term in office.