CLARK COUNTY —
The lone incumbent to hold onto their seat was Democratic Councilwoman Barbara Hollis.
Hollis won, receiving 3,984 votes, or 53.6 percent, against Republican challenger James Pendleton, who received 3,448 votes, or 46.4 percent.
While Hollis, 66, said she was not surprised by the outcome, she was surprised by the final numbers.
“I had a real concern for the anti-incumbent movement that I felt,” she said.
Pendleton echoed Hollis comments.
“I think I had a pretty decent showing and I learned a lot, which is part of the reason for running,” Pendleton said. “I did not start nearly early enough [and] I think my showing has more to do with [the anti-incumbent sentiment] than anything I had personally done.”
With the change in the makeup of the council, Hollis said there will challenges ahead.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do and when there are new people there is a learning curve,” she said. “I don’t care who you are. It’s going to take a while for them to get acclimated.”
But Hollis still expects the council to work together.
“Its been my experience on the council that once the election is over and we start working together the Democrat and Republican signs go away,” she said. “I would hope there would be the same type of relationship. There’s going to be some tough decisions we’re going to have to make.”
District 1 includes Jeffersonville Township east of Interstate 65, precincts 1-18 and 20-25. The district represents about 37 percent of the county’s population.
The remaining three seats on the council are at-large appointments and the terms don’t expire until 2012.