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Thanking supporters, make state/county ‘best it can be’ PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Thursday, November 08, 2012 5:02 PM

Indiana will have a new superintendent of public education, as voters ousted incumbent Tony Bennett, replacing him with newcomer Democrat Glenda Ritz.
A Republican, Bennett said in his concession speech he has no regrets. Ritz said the next four years will focus on quality education. Hoosiers made it clear they don’t want their tax dollars going toward the privatization of schools and they don’t want Hoosier educators to be teaching to the test.


In the United States Senate race, Indiana Rep. Joe Donnelly beat Republican Richard Mourdock. The latter said Hoosiers made their voices heard.

“The American voting process and our peaceful exchange of power is one of the rarest and therefore most valuable the world has ever seen,” said Mourdock. He thanked supporters and said he will treasure his travels around “our great state” and the people he’s been able to meet.

Luke Messer, who easily won the seat for U.S. 6th District over Brad Bookout, thanked everyone who played a role in the victory.

“It was truly a team effort,” he said, thanking the voters for their trust and asking for their prayers.

Democrat Tom Cheek won in his home county of Dearborn, but lost to incumbent Republican Randy Frye for State House District 67. Neither appeared to have posted comments on their websites Wednesday morning.
State House District 68 was retained by incumbent Jud McMillan, Brookville, a Republican, who was challenged by Jerome “Jake” Hoog, Sunman. Neither appeared to have posted statements regarding election results by early Wednesday afternoon.

In a local race, challenger Allan Miller congratulated Dearborn Superior Court II Judge Sally Blankenship on her victory.

“While our campaign was hard-fought, I have no doubt that I share with her a desire to see our county be the best it can be,” he said, wishing her the best of luck.

“It is my hope … that those who represent the people of this county will not rest until our system is the absolute best it can be,” he said.