Frank Lucchese was able to avoid an upset Tuesday night and avoid becoming another incumbent to fall in the primary.
Lucchese held off Rick Easton in Tuesday night’s Republican primary of the County Commissioners District 1 race.
Lucchese earned 7,121 votes to Easton’s 5,063.
“Rick Easton ran a good race worked hard. He’s a good man. An asset to our highway department,” said Luchesse in a phone interview Tuesday night. “I’m honored and humbled to be elected to my third term.”
In the County Recorder’s race, Jennifer Doriot unseated incumbent Jerry L. Weaver. Doriot tallied 5,284 votes to Weaver’s 3,798. Jessica Sanders finished third in the primary with 2,511.
The Goshen News was unable to reach Doriot for comment Tuesday night.
In the auditor’s race, incumbent Pauline Graff edged out Jim Erb 5,306 to 4,532 votes. John Loos finished a distance third with a total of 1,246 votes.
“I am just extremely elated that the voters in Elkhart County picked the person with the experience,” Graff said in a phone interview Tuesday night. “I’m excited to serve another four yeas and keep doing the job and keep working with everybody in the county.”
Bristol Town Council
Cathy Burke and Ron Norman won the two Bristol at-large town council spots in the Republican primary. Burke earned 128 votes, good for 41.29 percent, while Norman had 115 votes, good for 37.10 percent. William A. Dempster finished third with 67 votes (21.61 percent).
Wakarusa Town Council
Annette Brown and Alex Cook earned the at-large spots in the general election of the Republican Party on the Wakarusa Town Council Tuesday night.
Brown earned 134 votes (37.02 percent) while Cook garnered 120 votes (33.15 percent). Mark H. Bemiller finished in third with 108 votes (29.83 percent).