incumbents on the Porter County Council successfully withstood the influx of
Republican voters in Tuesday’s General Election; one did not.
The race for the
Council’s three at-large seats saw Democrats Sylvia Graham and Dan Whitten
as the two top vote getters. Meanwhile, Republican challenger Jeff Larson
prevailed as the third successful candidate, edging out incumbent Council
member and Democrat Robert Poparad.
In the final
numbers from Porter County’s unofficial count, Graham won 31,566 votes,
Whitten won 30,111 votes, Larson won 26,373 votes, Poparad won 25,138 votes,
Republican Travis Gearhart won 23,452 votes and Republican Rich Parks won
With Larson being
the new face on the Council in January, the majority will shift to the
Republicans with four of the seven members. The Democrats have held on to
the majority for over a decade. The County Board of Commissioners is also
Graham and Whitten
maintained their lead throughout Tuesday night as the poll numbers were
rolling in. The margin however between Larson and Poparad shifted as time
residents, Poparad won more votes than Larson in the four Duneland townships
-- Liberty, Pine, Jackson and Westchester -- overall with 7,661 votes to
Larson’s 7,333. Larson captured more votes in Liberty and Jackson while
Poparad found more support in Pine and Westchester.
Poparad did not
fare as well outside of Duneland, losing in the south county townships.
Poparad told the
Chesterton Tribune today that he would like to thank all who supported
him and also the candidates in the race for running a clean campaign.
This morning by
phone, Larson told the Tribune that he feels “bittersweet” about his
win, saying that he and Poparad are lifelong friends, but he looks forward
to serving as a voice for his constituents on the Council and getting to
work on the issues.