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Kosciusko County

Republicans dominate council contests

Republicans had an easy victory in Tuesday’s Kosciusko County Council race.

Unofficial results showed all three Republicans seeking the at-large seats taking nearly 27 percent of the vote, while Democrats Lee Ann Brown and Joshua Bartman drew 11 percent and 9 percent, respectively.

Republican Jon Fussle, 34, said the win, while exciting, means more for what he wants to do outside the council chambers.

“We’d like to reach out to the younger generation to get more young people into the political process and get them interested in running for office,” Fussle said. “We’ve been given a fantastic legacy in Kosciusko County, it’s time for the next generation to step up.”

Fussle said the job description for the council – it oversees the county budget – is pretty limited, but will provide a platform for leadership.

“The council also appoints people to boards, and that’s another way we can get the next generation involved,” he said. “We’re hoping the door’s open and other folks will follow us through.”

Incumbent Larry Teghtmeyer, 68, said he looks forward to working with Fussle. Teghtmeyer has served five terms as a district councilman and is in his third term as an at-large representative.

“It’s always good to see a fresh face on the council,” he said. “Tom Anglin was a solid advocate for the taxpayers, but it’s always good to have a new perspective, as well. I feel confident Kosciusko County will be well served.”

Teghtmeyer thanked the voters for returning him to the council a ninth time.

“I’m very grateful for the support I’ve received,” he said. “I’m quite elated and proud to serve.”

He said he plans to continue the financial diligence that has served the county so well.

Incumbent Bob Sanders did not return calls seeking comment.

Democrat Lee Ann Brown, 35, said that while she did not win, she got more votes than she expected.

“I’m an optimistic person, but even I can’t be that optimistic in this area, which is so Republican,” Brown said. “I really ran to give voters a choice, not just because I’m a Democrat running against Republicans but because it’s been just men on the board for so long that I think putting a female voice on there wouldn’t have been horrible.”

Brown, who is co-chair of both the county Democratic Party and the Young Democrat Party, said she will stay involved despite the disappointing loss.

“It takes a lot to get me down,” she said. “And I got more votes than I expected, so I’m happy about that.”