Washington Evening Journal
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Election Day has come and gone, and the results are in.
"Right at 7 a.m., when we opened up, we had people here,“ City Council member Bob Griffith said of the polling station in Mt. Pleasant’s VFW.
Only one locally contested race appeared on the Henry County ballot between Joe Mitchell and Jeff Shipley for House District 87 representative.
Marla Hitchcock of Mt. Pleasant made it a priority to get out and vote today.
While Hitchcock is a lifelong registered Democrat, she does not choose to stay in party lines.
At the VFW, Hitchcock changed her party affiliation so she could vote for her preferred State Representative for District 87.
“Both guys came around and I was more impressed with Shipley and his platform,” Hitchcock said.
House District 87
Joe Mitchell and Jeff Shipley went head to head election night for the Republican primaries due to redistricting, however Mitchell was able to pull out the win in Henry County with 697-243 votes.
Henry County native and small business owner Joe Mitchell currently serves as House State Representative for District 84, but due to redistricting he is running in District 87 for his third term.
However, while Mitchell won Henry County, he ultimately lost to Shipley 1,605 votes to 1,319 votes when results from Jefferson and Van Buren counties were tallied.
Shipley will face Democrat Mike Heaton in the General Election this November.
While uncontested races are becoming more common, it is noteworthy to have only one small section of Henry County participating in voting for a contested primary. This small portion of Henry County consisted of Center, Tippecanoe, and Salem portions of the county.
The vote tallies below include only the results from Henry County.
Governor (Republican) Kim Reynolds: 1513 votes, 11 write ins.
Governor (Democrat) Deidre DeJear: 531 votes, 3 write ins.
U.S. Rep. District 1 (Republican) Mariannette Miller-Meeks: 1444 votes.
U.S. Rep. District 1 (Democrat) Christina Bohannan: 525 votes, 1 write in.
Secretary of State (Republican) Paul Pate: 1437 votes
State Auditor (Democrat) Rob Sand: 539 votes
State Treasurer (Republican) Roby Smith: 1379 votes, 4 write ins.
State Treasurer (Democrat) Michael Fitzgerald: 539 votes
Secretary of Agriculture (Republican) Mike Naig: 1417 votes, 4 write ins.
Secretary of Agriculture (Democrat) John Norwood: 516 votes.
Attorney General (Republican) Brenna Bird: 1375 votes, 4 write ins.
Attorney General (Democrat) Tom Miller: 548 votes.
District 44 State Senator (Republican) Adrian Dickey: 825 votes, 2 write ins.
House District 95 (Republican) Taylor Collins: 572 votes, 6 write ins.
House District 87 (Democrat) Mike Heaton: 318 votes, 2 write ins.
Henry County Supervisor (Republican) Marc B. Lindeen: 1355 votes, 27 write ins.
Henry County Treasurer (Republican) Kellie Sloan: 1396 votes, 6 write ins.
Henry County Recorder (Republican) Lyannae Buffington: 1323 votes, 22 write ins.
Henry County Recorder (Democrat) Mindy Fitzgibbon: 479 votes, 1 write ins.
Henry County Attorney (Republican) Darin Stater: 1327 votes, 18 write ins.
While Henry County did not have many locally contested races, the state level had a few for voters to consider.
The unofficial Henry County tally for these races follows.
U.S. Senator (Republican)
- Jim Carlin: 420 votes.
- Chuck Grassley: 1135 votes.
U.S. Senator (Democrat)
- Abby Finkenauer: 244 votes
- Michael Franken: 308 votes
- Glenn Hurst: 19 votes
Secretary of State (Democrat)
- Joel Miller: 391 votes
- Eric Van Lancker: 122 votes
State Auditor (Republican)
- Todd Halbur: 646 votes.
- Mary Ann Hanusa: 669 votes.
- Write Ins: 2 votes.