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Incumbents look to continue progress

November 7, 2018

Allen County’s two competitive County Council races came to a close Tuesday with no change to the board’s partisan makeup. 

In District 1, incumbent Democrat Sharon Tucker defeated Republican challenger Kim Doster. January will mark Tucker’s second term on County Council. She is the only Democrat on the board. 

“Overall, I’m excited to be able to maintain my ability to serve the community,” she said. “I’m excited that the community has put their trust in me.” 

With all but 35 of the county’s 292 precincts reporting, Tucker received 11,348 votes, or nearly 57 percent of ballots cast. Doster received 8,710 votes. 

But Tucker described her victory as a bittersweet moment as one of the few Allen County Democrats to win.

“It’s bittersweet because we have so many worthy candidates on the Democratic ticket and to see them not succeed is heartbreaking,” Tucker said. “At the same time, I’m excited for myself. I’m honored and will serve and remember my community has put me in a position to represent them for another four years.”

Election results for District 2 show incumbent Republican Tom Harris defeated Democratic challenger Ben Schoch. Harris, who will begin his fourth term as a County Council member, received 16,932 votes or 64 percent. 

“I’m excited, real pleased and very blessed and fortunate to have the support of the 2nd District of Allen County and I’m excited to work another four years to grow Allen County,” Harris said.

Looking forward to his coming term, Harris said he’s excited the council’s financial position and strategic objectives are moving forward. 

“There is a number of things we’ll face as the county moves forward,” he said. “It’s a great place to raise a family, a great place to start a business and a great place to live. The challenge will be to keep that going while keeping government from getting too big.” 

Republican County Councilmen Joel Benz and Larry Brown were also up for re-election this year but ran unopposed. Both will retain their positions in January. 

dgong@jg.net

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