Republicans won all
three judicial races in Tuesday’s general election.
In the narrowest
contest, Christopher Buckley defeated Democrat incumbent David Chidester for
the bench of Porter Superior Court 4, taking 42,978 votes to Chidester’s
42,253, a margin of only 725 votes or 0.86 percent.
incumbent Mary DeBoer--appointed to the bench of the Porter Circuit Court in
November 2019 to succeed retiring Judge Mary Harper--won election in her own
right, defeating Democrat Mitch Peters with 57.9 percent of the vote, taking
48,002 votes to Peters’ 37,387. In a statement released early this morning,
Peters congratulated DeBoer on her victory and “for running an honorable
campaign,” and thanked the voters for casting ballots in record numbers. “I
am humbled and honored having had the opportunity to run,” Peters said. “God
has other plans.”
Meanwhile, in the
race for the open seat on the bench of Porter Superior Court 1--created by
Judge Roger Bradford’s retirement--Republican Mike Fish edged out Democrat
Matt Soliday, taking 43,295 votes to Soliday’s 42,153, a margin of 1,142
votes or just 1.34 percent.