Elections & Politics

Democrats pick Cornstuble to face Truitt in HD26

May 8, 2012

A former Lafayette City Councilor is going to try to further his political career as a state representative. 

Rick Cornstuble defeated Eric Thiel for the House District 26 Democratic nomination in Tuesday's Primary.

Cornstuble garnered nearly 59-percent of the vote. 

He says he is happy to have won the primary by such a wide margin, but knows he will have to fight hard to defeat incumbent Randy Truitt in November.

Before his term on the Lafayette city council, Cornstuble served for 30-years with the Indiana State Teacher’s Association.

Nineteen votes determined the final Republican candidate on the November ballot for the at-large Tippecanoe County Council seats.

Bryan Metzger got the nod over Gary Schroeder.

Metzger, who has worked both with the county extension office and fairgrounds, believes he can bring a unique set of skills to the council.

The county is going to examine 21-provisional ballots that were cast during Tuesday’s primary.  A determination on their legitimacy must come May 18th.

Incumbents John Basham and Kevin Underwood appear poised to return to the council.

Montgomery Co. incumbents win Primaries

May 8, 2012

Montgomery County voters seem satisfied with those representing them on the local level.

Seven county office holders faced a challenge during the Primary. All were able to claim their party's nomination.

County Recorder Kathy Traughber and Clerk Jennifer Bentley won the GOP nomination, both earning more than 60% of the vote.

County Council At-Large members Tom Utley, Michael Plant, and Aaron Morgan earned the three spots on the November ballot over Tracy Budd.

Early voting before Tuesday's election has ended and turnout in Tippecanoe County is lower than the last presidential and midterm Primaries.

According to the county clerk’s office, 4,794 people cast a ballot over the past few weeks. That includes 3,851 taking a Republican ballot and 942 choosing Democrat.

That’s a little more than half of the record turnout during the 2008 Primary, which featured a still contested race between senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Lugar and Mourdock make stops in WL

May 7, 2012
Mike Loizzo / WBAA News

The U.S. Senate candidates are making their final push for votes Monday.

Republicans Dick Lugar and Richard Mourdock are in a close race for the party’s nomination.

Lugar made stops in Otterbein, West Lafayette and Frankfort Monday morning.  The West Lafayette stop included a tour of the city's waste water treatment plant.

Mourdock is expected in West Lafayette at 4 p.m. He’s speaking at the Immanuel Reformed Presbyterian Church on County Road 600 North, just east of State Road 43.

Preview of Republican primary for District 27 House seat

Apr 30, 2012

WBAA's Kristin Malavenda previews the Republican primary for the District 27 House seat. Either Chuck Hockema or Jan Payne will challenge incumbent Sheila Klinker in the November General Election.

A candidate for governor is making the sales tax on gasoline a campaign issue.


Standing in front of a downtown Indianapolis gas station Wednesday, Democrat John Gregg announced that, as governor, he would push to immediately and permanently abolish the sales tax on gasoline.  Gregg says it’s a quick way to put money into the hands of Hoosiers.

“A Hoosier can be able to save up – a Hoosier family – up to over five hundred dollars per year.”

County Council Republican At-Large primary candidates

Apr 20, 2012

WBAA's Kristin Malavenda previews the Republican candidates on the ballot for County Council at-large seats in the May 8th primary.

House District 25 Republic Primary preview

Apr 18, 2012

Despite representing Hoosiers for about a decade in Indianapolis, Don Lehe is in some ways re-introducing himself to voters this year.  His opponent in next month’s primary, Franklyn Voorhies, has more work to do to gain name recognition.

As WBAA’s Sam Klemet reports, the two Republicans are both pushing to get their message across to a new group of voters in House District 25.

Indiana House District 13 Republican candidates

Apr 18, 2012

Redistricting last year changed many political boundaries within the state. Some were altered slightly, while others were drawn from scratch. One of those is Indiana House District 13.

WBAA’s Mike Loizzo profiles the two candidates running for the Republican nomination in that new district.