In the results for
the pick-three race for Porter County Council at-large in Tuesday’s
Republican primary election, Jeff Larson, Rich Parks and Travis Gearhart
will move on to the general elections in November, edging out candidate
hopefuls Ralph Levi and Howard O’Connor.
In the five-way
race Larson took the lead with 10,538 votes. In second was Valparaiso
resident Rich Parks with 9,937. Third was Westchester Twp. resident Gearhart
with 7,755 votes.
Fourth was Levi at
7,152. O’Connor was fifth with 6,626.
requested Republican ballots Tuesday and were eligible to vote in the race.
Liberty Township resident and a CHS teacher with no little name
recognition--was the big winner not only countywide but in Duneland, where
in a pick-three race he had pluralities in all but one precinct; and tied
for second in that one.
Chesterton resident who ran third countywide--finished in the Top 2 in three
Duneland precincts; and the Top 3 in 13.
And Ralph Levi--a
Jackson Township resident who ran fourth countywide--finished in the Top 2
in a single Duneland precinct; and in the Top 3 in 15 other precincts here.
Parks--a Valparaiso resident who countywide had the second biggest vote
total--did much better in Duneland than either Gearhart or Levi did. Parks
had a plurality in one precinct; and finished in the Top 2 in 27 others.
Hebron resident whose countywide vote total was fifth of five--ran a poor
fifth in Duneland as well, where he finished in the Top 3 only four times.
On the Democratic
ballot, no one challenged the three incumbents, Sylvia Graham, Robert
Poparad and Dan Whitten.
Although the three
ran unopposed, Democrats still had the chance to bullet vote.
Graham garnered the
most support, 14,181 votes, followed by Whitten, 12,536 votes. Poparad,
however, slumped drawing only 10,090 votes.
requested Democrat ballots Tuesday.
In November all
Porter County voters will be eligible to vote for up to three candidates
with Republicans Gearhart, Larson, and Parks facing Democrat incumbents
Graham, Poparad and Whitten.