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Lopez ousts Pomeroy by two votes; Wagner, LeBleu also win in Porter

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It was a down to the wire finish for the Town of Porter last night in the Ward 3 race with Democrat William Lopez upsetting Republican incumbent Rob Pomeroy’s hope for re-election by a margin of only two votes.

Pomeroy took three out of the four voting precincts in town but fell to Lopez in Westchester precinct 16 where they both reside in Porter Cove. Pomeroy took 39 votes there while Lopez took 81.

In the overall results, Lopez received 298 votes over Pomeroy’s 296 votes.

Pomeroy told the Chesterton Tribune this morning he is not planning on asking for a recount of the votes as he said he does not know of any statistical data suggesting there might have been a different outcome.

“Half the people voted for me, half of the people didn’t. It’s what it is,” said Pomeroy, who was elected in 2011. “I don’t have any regrets. I think I am leaving the Council in better shape than it was four years ago. I’m proud of that. It’s been a Council that has worked well together.”

Lopez had received campaign support from two union groups, $1,000 from Boilermakers Local 374 and $400 from Ironworkers Local 395. Lopez had been president of the Boilermakers Union for a number of years and believes that having the support of the union helped him in his election win.

“I like to thank everyone for coming out to vote. Every vote counts. I’ve always stressed that,” Lopez said.

Westchester precinct 16 had a significantly larger number of straight-ticket Democrat voters -- 23 -- comparted to straight-ticket Republican voters -- 9.

All three contested races saw the Democrat challenger as the victor. In the town’s first ward race, Democrat Erik Wagner beat out Republican Levi Louis Mele, taking every precinct, by an overall total of 427 votes to 163 votes -- a margin of 72/28 percent.

In a somewhat closer race, Democrat Ross LeBleu got a total of 381 votes over Republican Kimberly Fowler’s 205 votes, a 65/35 percent margin, to win the Council’s Ward 4 seat.

The Council on Jan. 1 will have four Democrats with the inclusion of Greg Stinson who ran unopposed in Ward 2 and one Republican, Tim Conroy, representing Ward 5. Conroy was unopposed in yesterday’s election.



Posted 11/4/2015




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