Robert Linville, Osgood, beat out three others to win the Republican nomination for Ripley County District 1 commissioner in the primary election May 6.
When all the precinct votes were compiled from Election Day, he and Stan Wiedeman, Batesville, were tied at 1,076 votes each. However, once the absentee votes were added in, Linville received 1,221 votes to Wiedeman's 1,187.
During his campaign, Linville revealed, "I went out and just met people." After the results were posted, he emphasized, "I was very surprised at how close it was .... Stan's a good man, and I really expected him to win."
Earlier in the evening, Wiedeman revealed, "Over the past three months, I've been hitting all kinds of events. It's been a tremendous time for my family and friends. Win or lose, I'm a winner because of all the friendships I've made."
The other two contenders for the position were Bill Flannery, Batesville, who received 467 votes, and Jay Gayheart, Batesville, who had 527.
Flannery announced that the experience of running for office gave him "a much better understanding of how county government works."
Gayheart noted that campaigning "was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life."
Jeff Cumberworth, Holton, succeeded in getting the Republican nomination for sheriff with 1,774 votes. The other two contenders were Rob Bradley, Osgood, who received 1,205 votes, and Joseph Mann, Versailles, with 494.
Cumberworth pointed out, "I realized real quick it takes a team to do this (campaign for office). We put a lot of effort into going door to door to meet people .... To the public, my 31 years of experience with the Indiana State Police was important."
Bradley reported, "The last three weeks have been very busy, but it was good to go out and meet people."