November 2010 election proved to be a landslide win for the
Ripley County Republican party. Several candidates and supporters
gathered at the courthouse in Versailles after polls closed
to await the final count of votes that will have many continuing
to serve their county as they had in the previous years and
some beginning a new era after ousting their opponents.
There are 20,103 registered voters in the countys 27 precincts.
Of those registered voters, nearly 43% cast their vote for this
election. Several of the candidates were unopposed, but there
were some races that were carefully watched by many.
Tom Grills was re-elected as Ripley County Sheriff with a vote
of 5,263 against Bill Dramann, who received 3,181 votes.
Ripley County Council District 1 continues to be served by Juanita
Kaiser who received 1,592 votes. Her opponent, Jerry Taul, received
Incumbent Amy Copeland received 378 votes for Brown Township
Trustee against Janice Wittich with 178 votes. William M. Kissell
ousted current trustee Gary Sapp in Franklin Township with 583
votes to Sapps 372 vote count. Paul A. Hardy was unopposed
for the Delaware Township Trustee seat.
It was a close race for Jackson and Johnson township trustees.
Challenger Annette Pindell took the position of Jackson Township
Trustee with 189 votes over incumbent Joan Menchhofer who received
166 votes. Toni Gray garnered 571 votes to take the Johnson
Township Trustee seat over Joyce Samples who received 480 votes.
Those local candidates running unopposed included: Prosecuting
Attorney Ric Hertel, Auditor Bill Wagner; Surveyor Jeff French
and Assessor Shawna Bushhorn.
Also unopposed were District 1 Commissioner Robert Reiners;
District 2 County Council member Patricia (Dephane) Smith; District
3 County Council William McDonald and District 4 County Council
Trustee candidates running unopposed included Saundra Nobbe,
Laughery Township; Brenda Warren, Center Township; Cynthia Melton,
Otter Creek Township; Stacey Schmaltz, Shelby Township; and
Ronald Denton, Washington Township.
The Osgood Town Council will continue to be served by current
board president Linda Krinop who received 221 votes over opponent
Jeff Volz who received 207 votes and Norman Kappes garnered
Those winning seats on the South Ripley School Board were: Becky
Turner and Robert Garcia who ran unopposed; Tim Taylor who received
1100 votes over challenger Denise Fields with 771 votes; and
James Miller retained his seat with 1155 votes over David Forwalt,
who had 581 votes.
Batesville School Board candidates on this years ballot
were Wanita Linkel and Steven Stein, both running unopposed.
Michael Norman, Glenn Scholl, Jeff Lyness and Joyce Huffman
received the majority votes to serve on the Sunman-Dearborn
The Republican trend continued to the state level with many
Republican candidates garnering the majority vote.
Two races that were very closely watched by Ripley County voters
were that of District 68 State Representative and US Representative
for District 9. Both races were hotly contested with Republicans
emerging the victors.
Republican Jud McMillan unseated Bob Bischoff, who has a history
of nearly 30 years as District 68 State Representative on the
Republican Todd Young took the lead to unseat incumbent Democrat
Baron Hill for US Representative District 9.
Other state offices also went to Republicans including Dan Coats
for US Senator; Charlie White for Secretary of State; Tim Berry
for Auditor of State; and Richard Mourdock for State Treasurer.
State Senator Johnny Nugent was unopposed as was State Representative
District 67 Randy Frye. Ricky Warren won over David Cheatham
for the District 69 State Representative race.
According to the Secretary of State website, election results
will be final after the November 15 deadline for counties to
report voting information.
The last question on the ballot regarding the constitutional
amendment concerning property tax caps received approval with
Ripley County voters casting 4351 yes votes and 2769 no votes.
Statewide it passed with 390,115 yes votes and 152,409 no votes.
Township board members also on the ballot include winners:
Adams Township: Douglas Smith, E. George Ammerman, and
W. Paul Voss
Brown Township: Scott Stutler, Kenneth Demaree, and Janice
Center Township: Carolyn Carpenter, Ruth Hughes and Donna
Delaware Township: Harold Turner, Robert Workman, and
Franklin Township: Marie Eisert, Norma Newton and Mark
Jackson Township: Larry Abplanalp, Jane Ann Vankirk,
and Jack Schuerman
Johnson Township: Carol Holzer, Marilyn Hunt and Raymond
Laughery Township: Helen Ellinghausen, Mary Mays and
Otter Creek Township: Matthew McNew, Janine Stratton,
and Ray Tucker
Shelby Township: John Meisberger, Phillip Morgan and
Washington Township: Michael Alloway, Kimberly Johnson,
and Emily Voss
I think that it is great that the Republican party stuck
together and worked really hard for this success in the election,
noted Ginger Bradford, Ripley County Republican Chairman. If
those we elected tonight will do as they say during the next
two years, it will make a difference on the national level,
ABOVE: Republican incumbent Sheriff Tom Grills is pictured
among supporters at the courthouse at Versailles Tuesday
evening as the results rolled in to show him the winner
of the race for sheriff of Ripley County.
BELOW: Cynthia Melton ran unopposed on the Democrat Ticket
for Otter Creek Township Trustee. She watched the numbers
closely on the monitor for other races at the courthouse