sweep the races in Holton for the first time
Election brings changes in town leaders
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
In Ripley County, Decision 2007 saw Republicans sweeping the house
in the town of Holton which has predominately been governed by
Democrats. The upset came with newcomers Paul Hughes being the
front runner for town council with 134 votes, Ryan Lauber, 133
votes, and Angi Farrell with 120 votes to unseat the present democratic
board by a double margin.
Incumbent Robert Furst garnered 67 votes, Wilma Myers had 73 votes,
and Ronald G. Palmer, 45 votes. The new clerk-treasurer is Krista
Bartosz with 113 votes, also a Republican. Democrat hopeful was
Jodi Rowekamp, who had 79 votes. Democrat Lisa L. McConnell came
in with 41 votes.
A handful of candidates and supporters watched as the results
came in for the town of Holton just 35 minutes from the time polls
closed. Paul Hughes and Angi Farrell were among those watching
the votes scrolling onto the big screen in the lobby on the first
floor of the courthouse. Supporters Danny and Alice Beach were
visibly pleased with the results.
The first definitive results for the evening were for the town
of Versailles and came in just minutes before Holtons tallies
were given. Denessa Benkie took the high vote at 296 for town
council, followed by John Holzer, 283 votes, and incumbent Sue
Meisberger with 256 votes, all Republicans. Versailles Town Judge
Cheryl Richmond, Democrat, retained the seat with 240 votes over
Republican challenger James R. Waldo with 166 votes. Newcomer
Democrat Kiersten Libby, took the clerk-treasurer position with
245 votes over Michelle Sellers, Republican, with 148 votes.
Milans choices for town government remained unchanged with
Robert Branigan, (65 votes), Paul Hildebrand, (71 votes), and
Matthew Huffman, (66 votes) all Republicans retaining their seats
on the town council. Democrat challenger Jim Bode had 44 votes.
Clerk Treasurer Gladys Moody, Democrat, was unchallenged and received
At 7:10 p.m. Ripley County Clerk Ginger Bradford announced all
of the precincts with the exception of two for Batesvilles
race were tallied. Those came in shortly thereafter with Ripley
County results being:
Democrat Richard Fledderman retaining the seat for Mayor with
774 votes over Republican challenger Juanita Kaiser, who took
618 votes. Democrat John Kellerman unseated Republican Joseph
Radvansky by only 67 votes, 727 to 660 for city judge.
Batesvilles Council at Large went to: Democrat Gene Lambert,
748 votes over Republican Donald Dickey, Jr., 631 votes; District
1 seat was unchallenged with Republican Herman Struewing getting
1164 votes. For the District 2 seat, Democrat Ed Hunter had 76
votes over William Hines (618 votes); District 3 race saw Republican
Robert Narwold with 724 votes over Democrat Douglas C. Ambergers
653 votes. In the District 4 race Republican Brad Dreyer took
727 votes over Democrat Beth Scheele Meyers, who had 648 votes.
Clerk Treasurer Democrat Ronald Weigel was unopposed with 1128
Many of these races had close numbers disproving the theory, one
vote doesnt matter.
The custodian was closing the courthouse at 7:50 p.m. with election
workers closing the chapter on the election for 2007.
Clerk Bradford noted everything for Ripley County had been tallied
with the results posted in the courthouse first floor lobby as
well as on the Internet. She noted that Batesvilles results
were not final pending results from Franklin County, which werent
available at that time. As soon as the results from Franklin County
were available, the total votes changed to reflect that countys
voters, but the results did not change.
The clerk, who has one election left in her term, noted that everything
went smoothly for this election with 22.36% of the registered
voters participating. There were votes from six townships that
could vote in the 2007 election. Of the 9587 registered voters,
only 2144 exercised their right to cast a ballot.
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTOS
Pictured above from left are: Jim Waldo, who ran for
Versailles Town Court Judge, Denessa Benkie, who won a seat
on the Versailles Town Council and present Ripley County
Surveyor Jeff French and Ripley County Auditor Mary Ann
McCoy, all Republicans, who were watching the votes come
in at the courthouse Tuesday evening. It was a night for
Republicans as Paul Hughes and Angi Farrell, pictured left,
were also present to see the votes tallied giving the news
they had won in their bids for council seats for the town