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Chairman: Dems down, not out after election

Chairman: Dems down, not out after election
Chairman: Dems down, not out after election
Harrison County Republican chair Scott Fluhr compiles election results on his laptop computer last Tuesday night at the Government Center in Corydon while others sneak a glance at those numbers. Photo by Ross Schulz

After a third consecutive General Election in which the Republicans did most of the celebrating in Harrison County, the Democrat Party is down but not out, according to party chair Jim Kincaid.
‘Politics is a war, not a battle, and the battle goes on,’ he said. ‘We will pick up and regroup and begin working to rebuild again.’
Kincaid, who completed his first General Election as chairman, thanked all the volunteers and party members for their hard work.
‘We had a good group that worked their tails off …’ he said. ‘It was a very disappointing defeat for many of our candidates. I don’t really know if it was because of low turnout on our side or what exactly produced the outcome. We had good candidates, but the environment just wasn’t friendly for Democrats this year.’
On a positive note, Kincaid said prospective Democrat Councilman Kyle Nix, who ousted incumbent and vice chair Phil Smith, will be a great member of the council.
‘Kyle understands what it means to be a public servant and will be an asset to Harrison County,’ Kincaid said.
The Democrats came up just shy of defeating the other GOP councilman in leadership, chairman Gary Davis. Democrat Donald (Donnie) J. Hussung garnered just 19 fewer votes than Davis.
On the other side, Republican chairman Scott Fluhr said his party owes a lot to ‘the best group of volunteers of any county political party in Southern Indiana.’
Fluhr took over as party chairman in 2008 and has seen the county turn decidedly red since then.
In 2008, the Harrison County Board of Commissioners was an all Democrat group; now, the trio is all GOP. The county council was controlled 4-3 by Democrats at that time; now it’s 5-2 Republicans.
The sheriff and prosecutor positions also have since flipped to GOP officeholders, as have the auditor and, as of last week, the Superior Court Judge seat.
‘I think we’ve always viewed campaigns as job interviews, not popularity contests,’ Fluhr said. ‘We’ve been fortunate to have very qualified candidates that work hard in the campaign. And, after the election, they work hard and take their elected offices seriously.’
The parties will soon begin preparations for 2016, which will be a presidential year, with that primary now less than 18 months away.
In other election news, no matter how close the race is, there’s no automatic recount in Indiana. If there’s to be a recount in the Blue River Township Trustee race, where Democrat Michael Beyerle narrowly topped Republican Jim Minter, 330 to 325, Minter will have to file with the Harrison County Election Board. As of yesterday (Tuesday), he had not, but Minter said he planned to discuss the matter last night and gain advice and a recommendation.
The Harrison County Election Board plans to look over provisional ballots on Friday.

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