Ravellette only Democrat to emerge victorious

There will be new faces on the city council come January.

A near Republican sweep decided the races in all but the District 4 race, where incumbent Democrat Dan Ravellette defeated GOP challenger Michelle James.

Ravellette received 363 votes (56.37%) to James' 281 votes (43.63%).

Ravellette, who secured his second term on the council, called it a “bittersweet win.”

“We worked so hard as a team,” he said of his fellow Democrat candidates. “We all fought very hard. I'm happy I won, but I wish the other Democrats could have come along with me.

Still, Ravellette said he looked forward to working with this new group.

“I congratulate them all,” he said. “I know we'll work well together. They all want the very best for Vincennes and as long as we work together, and we will, we can keep progress going and improve (Vincennes) even more.”

In District 1, incumbent Brian Grove, a Republican, defeated Democrat and political newcomer Will Drews, securing 133 votes (61.57%) to Drews' 83 votes (38.43%).

“I'm feeling excited,” Grove said, taking a step outside where the Republican candidates were celebrating at Blossom Hill, 2697 E. Ind. 61.

“We got in touch with the people,” he said of his campaign over the last few months. “We let people know who we are, we put our information out there, we used social media to its fullest.

“We ran as a team,” he said of his fellow Republican candidates, “and we let people know we can get things accomplished.”

In District 2, newcomer Ed Gornall, a Republican, defeated Democrat incumbent Traci Breece, who was appointed to the seat this year after the death of Jim Westfall. Gornall received 217 votes (58.65%) to Breece's 153 votes (41.35%).

His win left him speechless.

“I honestly can't explain it right now,” he said, struggling to find the words. “I'm just so overwhelmed with how the community has supported us. It was my first time doing anything like this — it feels like an out of body experience, it's surreal, from seeing my name on the ballot and hitting the button to, now, the result.

“I'm just so thankful (the city) put its confidence in me and our team," he said. "There are great things ahead.”

Republican newcomer John Stangle, a retired Vincennes police officer, received 264 votes (53.77%) in District 3, defeating long-time incumbent Scott Brown, a Democrat, who garnered 190 votes (38.70%) and Libertarian Party candidate Shane Lemler, who received 37 votes (7.54%).

Stangle said he was “overjoyed.”

“And I feel almost humbled by how many people out there believe in me,” he said. “We've been a team from the start, and we'll finish as a team.

“I think, as a team, we're going to do some great things.”

And in District 5, a seat vacated by Republican Tim Salters, who secured a council at-large seat on Tuesday, Ryan Lough, also a Republican, defeated Vicki Reeves, a Democrat. Lough secured 439 votes (54.88%) compared to Reeves' 361 (45.13%).

“I'm feeling very good,” Lough said excitedly. “I'm very glad with the election results today. And as a group, I think we're all feeling very strong about these next four years.

“We've shown we can work together to pull out an election, and I think that same spirit and that same drive will go forward over next four years as we look to move forward.”

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