Newcomer candidates in Hamilton County’s at-large council race bested two incumbents to advance to the general election, according to Wednesday’s unofficial primary election results.
The top candidates competing for Hamilton County’s three at-large seats retained the positions they held Tuesday evening when counting stopped for the night to come out on top in Wednesday’s 3 p.m. elections report. Hamilton County election workers tallied 72,257 votes from a pool of 247,304 registered voters for a turnout rate of 29.22%.
Kathy Williams, the Hamilton County clerk, said the following are the unofficial totals prior to a final review on June 12:
Hamilton County Council At-Large
Newcomer Republican candidate Sue Maki, a 58-year-old Republican and manager of environmental initiatives and education for the city of Carmel Utilities, established an early lead in the Hamilton County council race to end the night with just shy of 18% of the votes.
Incumbent Brad Beaver, a 61-year-old Republican and owner of Beaver Heating & Air Conditioning in Noblesville, garnered the second most votes. He now stands to continue his 24-year streak of serving on the council should he beat out at least one of his opponents in the general election.
The third Republican to round out the party’s nominations is Steve Nation, a 70-year-old, recently-retired judge from Noblesville. He received 14.96% of the vote.
Maki, Beaver and Nation will face 29-year-old Democratic nominee and Westfield resident, Gardiner Bink III, in the general election this November.
Not far behind the Nation was former Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear. The 77-year-old Republican received 13.9% of the vote.
Nation was followed by the council’s other at-large incumbents, Westfield resident Rick McKinney, 62, and Fishers resident Jeff Hern, 50. McKinney was vying to continue his 25 years on council and Hern was looking for a third term. McKinney received 11.18% of the vote and Hern got 11.08%.
In the final two spots were Cicero resident Lyneen Burrow, 62, with 8.14% of the vote, and 59-year-old Fishers resident Tony Scott, with 7.66%.
Susan Byer, a 41-year-old Arcadia resident and former bankruptcy lender clerk with the county, scraped out a victory in the treasurer’s race against her former employer, 50-year-old Cicero resident and Hamilton County Chief Deputy Treasurer Kim Good.
Byer received 52.71% of the vote to best Good’s 47.29%.
In the Hamilton County commissioners’ race, incumbent Steve Dillinger, 73, won the nomination for District 2 representative against 57-year-old newcomer candidate Charlie McMillan Jr. Dillinger received 61.76% of the vote and McMillan Jr. got 38.24%.
Mark Heirbrandt ran unopposed in the District 3 race and faces no challenger in the general election.