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Huntington County

Troubled incumbent stays a commissioner

Despite a pending criminal case against him, incumbent Huntington County Commissioner Tom Wall cruised to re-election over challenger Kenneth Zuk.

Wall, a Republican, won 9,127 votes to Zuk’s 5,824 in the 1st District race, according to unofficial results. The race was the county’s only contested partisan contest.

First elected to the Huntington County Board of Commissioners in 2008, Wall was fighting not only Zuk, but also an indictment issued in late September charging Wall with seven misdemeanor counts of battery.

He is accused of inappropriately touching two women who worked for him and is set to appear in Huntington Superior Court on Nov. 20.

Knowing that it is always an uphill slog in Huntington County if one runs as a Democrat, Zuk thought that perhaps he had a vulnerable opponent this year.

“We always knew that it would be uphill. We keep trying and we keep putting someone up. We did not spend tons of money,” he said.

But the total of about 60 percent for the Republican to 40 percent for the Democrat was consistent with what is frequently the case, Zuk said.

“We knew it was going to be tough,” Zuk said. “We thought we had an opening, a candidate in Mr. Wall who was vulnerable.

“The voters believed Mr. Wall claiming his innocence, and I can only say that every man has the right to his day in court.”

A message left for Wall at his home was not returned Tuesday night.