CLARK COUNTY —
In Clark County’s fourth district, Republican Steve Doherty beat out Democrat Brenda Ross by 1,760 votes.
Doherty, 42, collected 5,677 votes, or 59.2, percent to Ross’ 3,917 votes, or 40.8 percent.
During his acceptance speech at the American Legion — where Republicans were gathered in Jeffersonville — Doherty thanked his family for helping his campaign and said that it was the values his family instilled that helped him win the election.
“People know the type of person that I am and that’s what I ran on,” Doherty said. “That’s what people are looking for.”
When asked what he will do when he begins his term, Doherty said he would start by looking at county budgets and meeting with offices once the county receives its final budget figures back from the state.
“We’re in a recession. I still feel ... and I want to do what we can do to conserve and save,” he said. “I look forward to working with [Brian] Lenfert and Danny Yost on the council and we’re going to bring our conservative values [to the council].”
Ross, 45, said she was surprised by the results of Tuesday’s election.
“I guess the citizens decided they wanted a change,” she said. “I guess it was kind of shocking.”
Following her first campaign for elected office, Ross said she didn’t think she would run again.
“I ran because of the way the county was being run,” she said. “I wanted a change and I was for change, but I wasn’t the candidate they wanted.”
Ross cited the Republican party push as a factor for her loss and the loss of other Democrats losing their seats in the state.
District 4 includes Bethlehem, Charlestown, Oregon, Owen, Utica and Washington Townships and the council member represents 19 percent of the county’s population.
A former council Republican, Danny Yost, reclaimed his seat in District 3, collecting 6,364 votes, or 65.6 percent, to defeat Democrat Donnie Croft, who had 3,336 votes, or 34.4 percent.
Yost, 51, will begin his second term on the council, formerly serving from 2004-08.
“What a difference two years makes,” he said during his acceptance speech. “I wasn’t surprised by the wins, but I was surprised by some of the margins.”
Yost claimed his victory early in the night and his opponent was also somewhat surprised by the win.
“We had a rough time out there,” Croft, 57, said. “I knew it was going to be tough for me anyway [but] I was surprised by the results locally.”
When his new term begins in January, Yost said he will look to address budget issues right away.
“We’re going to have to address the spending,” he said. “That’s all we heard during the campaign. I’m looking forward to going to work in January.”
District 3 covers all of Carr, Monroe, Silver Creek, Union and Wood Townships and represents 20 percent of the county’s population.