critique of the Porter Clerk-Treasurer’s Office--and more generally of town
hall functions and staff--got no traction in Tuesday’s municipal primary
Clerk-Treasurer Carol Pomeroy decisively won the Republican nomination by a
two-thirds margin, taking 209 votes or 67 percent to Sexton’s 104 votes or
Pomeroy is seeking
her fourth consecutive term as Clerk-Treasurer and appears over the last 11
years to have garnered a great deal of loyalty throughout the town. All four
precincts--Westchester 5, 7, 13 and 16--safely went to her.
Pomeroy ran on her
record: the modernization and rationalization of the Clerk-Treasurer’s
Office over the years and a high level of customer service.
Sexton ran on her
representation of Pomeroy’s record. That is, she intimated that the latest
accounting and management technology may be beyond Pomeroy; accused town
hall staff of rudeness and favoritism; and said that Pomeroy had failed to
implement a credit-card payment system authorized by the Town Council.
Pomeroy told the
Chesterton Tribune this morning that her margin of victory is a pretty
thorough-going repudiation of Sexton’s charges and an endorsement of her own
record of service in office. “I guess everybody’s happy,” she said. “By the
vote they are. A big majority of the people voted for me. I’m overwhelmed by
that. I love this town.”
Clerk-Treasurer after November, I’ll continue to give all residents the same
high quality service,” Pomeroy added.
rate on Tuesday was 10.36 percent, slightly higher than Chesterton’s 8.03
percent but lower than Porter County’s overall turnout rate: 14.51 percent.
The latter rate, though, was heavily impacted by a flood of folks, 5,777 of
them, who pulled non-partisan ballots to vote in a pair of Valparaiso
Community Schools referendums.
Democrats had no reason to go to the polls on Tuesday--there was no
contested primary race for them to vote in--72 Dems faithfully showed up
anyway, to vote in the non-contested races.