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Election 2010

November 3, 2010

Grooms gets win

Smith upsets longtime incumbent Lewis in District 45

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Jeffersonville Republican Ron Grooms was elected to the Indiana Senate’s District 46 seat Tuesday with 21,052 votes, or 52.6 percent. He beat Democratic Floyd County Commissioner Chuck Freiberger, who had 18,971 votes, or 47.4 percent.

He’ll represent Jeffersonville, Clarksville and New Albany at the Statehouse.

In Senate District 45 — which covers parts of eastern Clark County, including Charlestown and Henryville, and six other counties — Republican Jim Smith defeated longtime Democratic incumbent Jim Lewis. Overall vote totals were not available in that race.

In Clark County, Smith got 10,343, or 56 percent of the vote. Lewis received 8,132, or about 44 percent. Both men are from Charlestown.

SENATE 46

“What a ride this has been,” Grooms said as results came in Tuesday night.

“This is, in my lifetime, undoubtedly what would have to be one of the pinnacles, one of the great thrills of my life to be able to represent this community [Clark County] or Floyd County as a state senator.”

He called it a great opportunity and a great time to represent the community.

“They want a conservative voice, they want someone who has a business background, they want someone that’s a proven community leader.”

He named the budget and education issues as the top priorities for the senate next session.

“We’ve got a big challenge.”

Freiberger said he wished his opponent luck with the new position.

“It was just a Republican landslide,” he said.

Grooms, 66, is a member of the Jeffersonville City Council and Freiberger, 50, is a member of the Floyd County Commissioners. Freiberger said he’d stay with that role.

During both campaigns, both candidates flagged jobs creations as a top priority, when the state legislature reconvenes in January. The two also sparred on the use of tolls to fund new bridges over the Ohio River — Grooms said he was open to the idea, Freiberger was against it.

The seat was up for grabs this year as incumbent Sen. Connie Sipes, a Democrat, decided not to seek re-election. In addition to Jeffersonville, Clarksville and New Albany, Indiana Senate’s district 46 seat covers Georgetown and Floyds Knobs.

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