With 67.4 percent of the votes, incumbent Republican District 2 commissioner Tom Linkel, Batesville, had an easy time getting past M.P. Allen, Metamora. The primary win after his first term left Linkel “very excited.” When asked about issues, he sighed, “Potholes, potholes and potholes! Roads are the big topic. Everybody worries, ‘Do we have enough money to keep the bridges open for the school buses?’ We’re going to be all right.” He explained only one bridge, Pipe Creek, is closed now and vehicles have other access.
Linkel will square off against Democrat Louis Fasbinder, Brookville, for the seat Nov. 4.
For the District 4 council seat, incumbent Republican Aaron Leffingwell, Brookville, gained 56.2 percent of the votes. He defeated Curtis Ward, Brookville, at 33.6 percent and Jimmy Webb, Brookville, at 10.2 percent.
The next day, Leffingwell said, “I was pleasantly surprised by my win in the primary. It was a tough decision for me to sign up again. It has been a difficult year on council and with my other community involvements, it all takes a lot of time away from my family. But apparently, the voters of this county somewhat agree with the hard work Daryl Kramer and I have done on balancing the county budget and that there is still more work to be done.”
Leffingwell will be challenged by Democrat Carroll Lanning, Brookville, who has served on the council before.
Unopposed in the primary were Republicans Clay Kellerman, Oldenburg, circuit court 2 judge; Karla Bauman, Brookville, circuit court clerk; Stephen Brack, Brookville, auditor; Wanda “Tink” Lee, Brookville, coroner; Joe Sizemore, Metamora, District 1 council; Keith Hall, West Harrison, District 2 council; and Jeff Koch, Oldenburg, District 3 council; and Democrats Mel Wilhelm, Brookville, prosecuting attorney; Jerry Erfman, Brookville, auditor; Sharon Halcomb, Brookville, assessor.
John Worth, Franklin County Republican Party chair, pointed out the preliminary May election is “the American way ... people make their choices.” As the head of the party locally, he admitted, “I’m always glad when the primary comes and goes. It’s like a family feud. Now we know who our winning team will be in the fall!”