Andy Bozak, Michael
Brickner, and Sylvia Graham took the three at-large seats on the County
Council that were up for grabs yesterday.
Bozak, a Republican
who has previously served on the Council representing Duneland in the first
district, captured 18.54 percent of the vote. Brickner, formerly Porter
County Public Safety Director, who oversaw the 911 Center and the Emergency
Management Agency, and was a Republican candidate for sheriff, was next,
with 17.65 percent. Graham, incumbent Democrat, defended her seat by a
narrow margin, with 16.76 percent,
Dan Whitten narrowly lost his seat, capturing 16.57 percent of the vote.
Bozak, Brickner, and Graham also beat back challenges from Craig Kenworthy
(R) and Susie Talevski (D) who captured 15.87 percent and 14.62 percent,
Brickner told the
Tribune this morning that he was pleased to come out one of the
winners in a close race, and he’s eager to build on the past work the
Council has done in concert with County officials and employees and bring a
that he and his son, who just turned 18, voted together for the first time
yesterday, and they talked about the importance of the vote. “I think when a
person runs for an elected position, earning somebody’s vote is a huge
privilege,” Brickner said. “That’s a lot of responsibility, just that an
individual is putting their confidence in you to represent them.”
Bozak said he was
excited to win another opportunity to serve Porter County. “My family and I
are super excited that we were able to get back in and help the people,” he
Bozak said he looks
forward to working with his colleagues on the Council and thanked his
supporters, noting he did his best to meet new people safely in spite of
COVID-19. “We did the best we could, and I think we got the message out.”
“I want to thank
all the people that voted for me and believe in how I’ve been handling
County affairs,” Graham said. “I promise I will continue to do everything I
can to listen to what my voters have to say and vote how I think they would
want me to.”
“I’m always there.
I’m always available. If anyone wants to talk, give me a call,” she added.
and Kenworthy were not available for comment at the time of this writing.
Porter County Clerk
Jessica Bailey announced the final unofficial election results as of 4:10
a.m. and reported that all votes had been counted--including a staggering
50,000 some early and absentee by mail votes. The Board of Elections &
Registration will count provisional ballots and certify the results of the
election on Nov. 13, ten days after election day, as usual.