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November 8, 2011

Moore’s the mayor

Moore defeats incumbent Galligan

JEFFERSONVILLE — Jeffersonville has a new mayor in Republican Mike Moore, who ousted Democratic incumbent Tom Galligan on Tuesday.

Moore received 5,396 votes, or 50.4 percent, while Galligan received 4,675 votes, or 43.6 percent. Libertarian Bob Isgrigg got 629 votes, or 5.9 percent.

Clark County Republicans gathered at a packed room at Kye’s in Jeffersonville to celebrate what turned out to be a night of victories. As Moore came in, he received a large ovation. He thanked Galligan for his 12 years of service and said they worked at the same polling location Tuesday and got along well.

“I have a great deal of respect for Tom,” Moore said. “People came to the polls today ready for something different.”

Moore said he planned to lower taxes, create jobs and try to keep sewer rates down. He said he will go to every neighborhood in the city and ask residents about their problems and concerns.

It was the same strategy he believes helped him win the election.

The campaign had been hard-fought on both sides with advertising and voter drives. Though there were a myriad of issues that each candidate campaigned, the vote was, in some ways, a referendum on Galligan’s proposed canal through downtown Jeffersonville. Moore is against it, Galligan was for it.

Moore said the city cannot afford some of the projects Galligan had planned, and he believes the campaign shows he can accomplish just as much at a third of the cost.

“I’ve got dreams I want to see [realized] to help Jeffersonville get better,” he said. “Jeffersonville is going to become the No. 1 city in Indiana very soon.”

Meantime, Democrats had gathered at their familiar spot at a bingo hall on 10th Street. The atmosphere was largely subdued, but Galligan was cheered as he entered the room.

“We got beat by things we couldn’t control,” said Galligan. “All my enemies rallied together.”

He said people wanted both lower taxes and services, which were promises he said his opponent would not be able to deliver in his coming term.

“They can’t do what they say they’re going to do,” Galligan told the Democratic crowd. “Come back four years from now and take this back.”

Mayor-elect Moore addressed rumors that he would lay off city employees. He said there will need to be adjustments, but that they would work together.

“The hard-working city employees are not the problem with Jeffersonville,” he said.

He believes voters sent a message by electing a new mayor and several new council members.

“I think people have spoken loud and clear that there is too much spending going on, and Jeffersonville needs to be run more efficiently,” Moore said.

Galligan indicated he would be going back into the construction business for the time being.

“You'll see me around — hopefully on a bulldozer somewhere. And I’ll probably be having way more fun than I had being mayor.”

Despite the 721-vote margin, Galligan indicated a challenge or recount my be in the works.

— Staff Writer Matt Thacker contributed to this report.

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Amy Harpenau is the new director of theater arts at New Albany High School. Harpenau is a 2007 graduate of Floyd Central High School, has appeared on stage at both high schools and worked in theaters since she graduated college.

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