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Jeff Good ousts Nancy Adams in County Commissioner race

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Porter County Center Commissioner Nancy Adams failed to capture her party’s nomination for reelection in Tuesday’s Primary Elections as Republican voters chose challenger Jeff Good.

Good clinched the win with 4,156 votes in the countywide Republican race over Adams’ 2,322 votes. Netting 711 votes was third candidate William LaFever.

Good took over 57.8 percent of all votes compared to Adams’ 32.2 percent and LaFever’s 9.8 percent.

Good also claimed the four Duneland townships in the race - Liberty, Jackson, Westchester and Pine - with 941 votes here (53.3 percent of Duneland vote). Adams was a little bit closer in Duneland with 604 votes (34.2 percent) as was LaFever with 219 votes (12.4 percent).

Adams’ best Duneland township was in Pine with 43.5 percent of the vote. Good’s was Jackson with 65.5 percent of the vote and LaFever’s was Liberty with 15 percent.

Good is president of Good Hospitality Inc., which manages more than 20 hotels nationwide. It is his first time running as Commissioner although he has served on various boards, including the Porter County Convention, Recreation and Visitors Commission and currently is the County’s representative on the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority.

After his win Tuesday, Good issued a statement commending Adams for working “tirelessly” for a better county government. He said that during his campaign he heard the call of Porter County citizens wanting an elected official to reflect their values - “efficient, smart and effective” - regardless of whether it be a Democrat or Republican.

“We will begin to lay out a clear plan that is common sense that residents can believe in. It will be centered on cutting waste and adding jobs,” Good said in his comments to the media.

Adams, who is the former owner of Strongbow Inn in Valparaiso, said she is proud of what she has been able to accomplish such as revamping the County’s E-911 dispatch and radio systems, renovating the animal shelter and implementing ways of cutting costs for all County departments.

LaFever spent four years on the Union Twp. School Board. He ran his campaign promising good customer service to constituents, vowing to return phone calls and e-mail.

Running for Center District Commissioner on the Democrat side is County Council at-large member Sylvia Graham. She was unopposed in the primary election Tuesday.

Good and Graham will face each other in the upcoming general election on Nov. 4.



Posted 5/7/2014