County commissioner Kellie Streeter has secured for herself yet another term to her District 3 seat.
Streeter, a Republican, emerged victorious from a challenge by Independent candidate Betsy Irvine at the culmination of Tuesday’s Mid-Term General Election, securing nearly 70% of the total votes cast.
“I feel relief!” she exclaimed as she gathered with friends and family at Old Chicago to await election results. “It’s been a long day of campaigning — a great day of campaigning, but you just never take anything for granted in an election.
“I worked hard, talked to people north and south, near and far, but until you see those numbers,” she said gesturing to a white wall where the election results were displayed, “you never feel relief.”
Streeter, who currently serves as commission president, said she credits her local involvements and a trusted track record for securing her seat for another four years.
“My experience and track record are proven,” she said, “and the citizens want me to continue doing my job.”
During her campaign, Streeter touted several successfully completed projects during her last term, not the least of which was a $36 million expansion to the Knox County Jail, which includes a new home for community corrections.
Too, Streeter was among those who led the charge in the development of a partnership with Good Samaritan for a totally new ambulance service, one for which local elected officials — ones in both the county and cities of Vincennes and Bicknell — approved a new Local Income Tax last spring to pay for it. Streeter, too, said she was proud of the millions of dollars spent in road maintenance and repair in the last few years as well as the time devoted to her role on the executive committee of Knox County Indiana Economic Development.
Streeter, who was appointed to finish a 2-year term in 2016, ran successfully for her own full term in 2018.
In the race for Knox County Circuit Court Judge, Republican and political newcomer Monica Gilmore earned nearly 59% of the votes cast, successful in her quest to unseat current Judge Sherry Gregg Gilmore, officially ending her 24-year career on the bench.
Celebrating alongside family and friends at Old Chicago, she said she was “still in shock,” calling it a bittersweet moment.
“Obviously, I have tremendous respect for Sherry Gilmore, and we got along fantastic the entire time,” she said. “Several people commented on how clean of a race it was, which I’m very proud of.
“You don’t ever want to say anything bad, only what you can do, and that’s what I did.”
This marked the first time Sherry Gregg Gilmore was challenged in more than two decades.
Monica Gilmore was born and raised in Vincennes, a graduate of Rivet Middle High School. After earning early degrees at both Vincennes University and Indiana University, she went to law school in Little Rock, Arkansas.
She moved back to Knox County and after working alongside several prominent attorneys early in her career, established Gilmore Law Office in 2016, specializing in personal injury law, social security and disability, estate planning, among others.
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In the race for Knox County Recorder, Kelley Kopp Hopwood, a Republican, handily defeated Democrat newcomer Laura Arial.
Hopwood secured 73% of the total votes cast, compared to Arial’s near 27%
Hopwood currently serves as the county assessor.
In other county races, Republican candidates Tony McCarter and Philip Shelton along with Democrat Darlene Decker secured three seats on the Decker Township Board.
Republican Toby Like will be the next Harrison Township Trustee, defeating Don Mize 78% to 21%.
In Harrison Township, Republican candidates Dane Cantwell, Herbie Nowaskie and Gary (Gene) Williams secured the three seats on the township board there.
And in Johnson Township, Republican Aaron Morris defeated Democrat Edward Banks for trustee.
Republican candidate Rachel Carnahan defeated Democrat Raymond Hatton for the post of Palmyra Township Trustee, and serving on the Palmyra Township Board will be Republican Scott Brown along with Democrats Douglas Hatton and Alan Hutchens.
Vincennes Township Board members will be Republican candidates Joe Millspaugh Jr. and Tracy Walker along with Democrat Duane Chattin.
And long-time Democrat Vincennes Township Trustee Michael Quinett was unseated by Republican challenger Michael Folsom, securing 57.7% of votes cast.
And in the race for the 8th Congressional District, local candidate Ray McCormick fell to incumbent Larry Bucshon in Knox County, securing just 28.4% of the votes cast here.
Voter turnout, too, was up this year, with 46.6% of the county’s more than 22,000 registered voters hitting the polls.
There were reports all day of lines at the county’s vote centers; voters at Gregg Park, for instance, were snaked around inside the enclosed shelter house, warming themselves by a fire.
Knox County Clerk David Shelton said he was able to quickly deploy more voting machines, increasing the number at each vote center by half shortly after the polls opened to voters at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.
“We’ve been able to keep most lines at about five minutes,” he said about midway through Election Day. “I’m not accustomed to seeing lines at my polls, but we’re dealing with it.”