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Kelley, Neal and Eaton voted onto school boards

Clinton County residents take advantage of the early voting period last week inside the courthouse.

By AARON KENNEDY - akennedy@ftimes.com

When the votes were counted, and Clinton County maintained its tradition as a Republican stronghold while also voting-in new school board and townships seats.

With seven of eight voting centers in Clinton County reporting by press time Tuesday night, Travis Kelley took 45.4 percent of the vote for an at-large seat on the Clinton Prairie School Board while Cindy Neal took 52.99 percent of the vote for Clinton Prairie School Board’s Washington Township seat.

In the race for an at-large seat on the Clinton Central School Board, Bryce Eaton had 57.98 percent of the vote with seven of eight voting centers reporting.

There were also a couple township board seats decided.

Republicans Mike Henry (33.92 percent) and Roger McClain (27.92) joined Democrat John Grice (20.06) in leading for the three seats available on the Kirklin Township Board, though Democrat Linda Harris was close behind at 18.10 percent of the vote.

With three seats available on the Washington Township Board, Republicans Robert Stinson (30.86), Jim Knapp (27.21) and William Fultz (26.37) appeared to take them with seven of eight centers reporting, leaving Democrat Mark Newhart (15.57) the odd man out.

Clinton County voters also sided with the public question (75.44) and Republicans Mike Braun for U.S. Senator (64.40), Connie Lawson for Secretary of State (72.10), Kelly Mitchell for Treasurer of State (74.39), Tera Klutz for Auditor of State (70.85), Jim Baird for U.S. District 4 Rep. (71.28), James Buck for District 21 (70.68), Donald Lehe for District 25 (74.60) and Heath VanNatter for District 38 (70.73) with seven of eight Clinton County voting centers reporting. There were also 2,522 straight-party votes for Republicans and 459 straight-party votes for Democrats with seven of eight centers reporting in the county.

Not all polling places in the state had reported as of press time Tuesday night.

In Monroe County, a request to extend voting hours to 7 p.m. at polling places was granted by Monroe Circuit Judge MaryEllen Diekhoff.

For complete results, reaction and more information on how Indiana and the rest of the nation voted, see Thursday’s Times.