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2011 Municipal Election Results

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By The Staff

John Tucker will remain in office as Mount Vernon’s mayor, and most of the other Democrats on Mount Vernon’s ballot will hold office as well.
Tucker, a Democrat, beat Republican opponent Paul Watzlavik in Tuesday’s General Election 1,345 votes to 753 votes.

Incumbent Becky Higgins will also keep her seat at Mount Vernon City Council At-Large representative. She defeated Republican opponent John Gerton 1,227 votes to 847 votes.

Incumbent Republican Andy Hoehn will retain his seat on Mount Vernon’s council. He beat Democratic opponent Ed Adams 291-279. This is the first time Hoehn has been elected for the seat. He was chosen for the seat when his wife, Nancy, vacated it after being elected Posey County Assessor last year.

Sue Shelton, who has served as Black Township’s deputy trustee for more than 20 years, will give it a shot in a different arena beginning in January. She was elected to represent District 1 on Mount Vernon’s City Council. She received 265 votes compared to Republican opponent Ron Salee’s total of 130 votes.

The polls closed at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8, and at about 6:22 p.m., results began coming into the Posey County Clerk’s Office. Election results won’t become official for at least 10 days, allowing time for officials to count provisional ballots. One provisional ballot was cast in this election, which is not enough to impact the outcome of any of the races.

Of Mount Vernon’s 4,914 registered voters, 43 percent turned out to cast their ballot in this year’s race.
According to Posey County Clerk Betty Postletheweight, election day ran smoothly from her perspective. The office experienced no problems during Tuesday’s election, she said.
Turnout for early and absentee voting was great, she added.

The town of Poseyville elected its new clerk Tuesday, and Republican Nancy Grimes won that election.
In Poseyville, 214 voters turned out, and 167 of them cast their ballot for Grimes.
“I’m very, very happy, and tired,” Grimes said. “It’s been a long day.”
Grimes said she started campaigning door-to-door after Poseyville’s Autumnfest celebration. Since then, she has also had the help of the Posey County Republican Committee running newspaper ads and helping with mailers.
“I want to thank the people of Poseyville for having enough conficence in me to elect me,” Grimes said. “I will do everything in my power to take care of the town.”
Her opponent, Democrat Jennifer Shell, received 47 votes.