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Early voting 'very' slow for municipal elections

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com

Turnout may be the turning point for municipal elections in New Castle, Knightstown, Kennard and Middletown today. And if early voting is any indication, ballots may be few and far between. 

Officials from the Henry County Voter Registration Office reported Monday less than a hundred people have cast absentee ballots so far. Veteran employees here agreed they could not remember an election where the absentee balloting activity was so slow.

In New Castle, the Ward 1 race will produce a new council member, since incumbent Mary Brewington chose not to seek re-election. Republican Mike Guffey is running against Democrat Glenn Ryan.

Democrat incumbent Ward 2 Councilman Jeff Hancock faces a challenge from Libertarian Lisa Joe Catron.

Incumbent Democrat Ward 3 Councilman Jerry Walden is being challenged by Libertarian Chris Guffey.

Likewise in Knightstown, the town council is where decisions must be made. Four candidates are seeking three council seats. The list includes:

Republican incumbent Cheryl Hammer, who was appointed earlier this year to finish the term of Kevin Knott;

Republican incumbent Roger Hammer;

Republican challenger Chuck Rhodes; and

Democrat incumbent Mitch Roland.

As in Knightstown, Middletown has four people seeking three town council seats. The list there includes:

Republican incumbent Gary Kendall;

Democrat incumbent Jake Smith;

Republican challenger Stephen Ahern; and

Independent incumbent Dave Wagner.

In Kennard, the clerk-treasurer’s race is being contested. It features Democrat incumbent Jan Lockridge vs. Republican challenger Susan Shelton.

Watch for election results on the Courier-Times Facebook page Tuesday night and full coverage in Thursday’s paper.