City Councilman John Crawford, R-at large, agreed that the poor turnout helped Kelty.
Crawford said Kelty was able to spur blocks of voters to the polls by taking stances on wedge issues like Harrison Square and by gaining the endorsement of abortion-rights opponents and pro-family groups, which appeal to staunch Republican voters.
Downs said Peters’ perceived waffling on certain issues likely kept some of his supporters from voting at all.
“I think part of it is regular Republicans ended up being disappointed in Nelson as the campaign wore on,” Downs said.
Kelty said turnout wasn’t overly low based on history, but he said it was disappointing to see so few people participate. He said he was able to compel voters to the polls by giving them a message of reducing the government’s role.
Note Kelty's claim that he delivered "a message of reducing government's role." And then recall that his first reaction to news reports that a couple of young students at a Warren Township school in Marion County had engaged in a sexual act in a classroom was to call for a crackdown on sexually-oriented businesses. “We must do more to come together as a community and say enough," Kelty said at the time. He added, "The obvious place to start is exactly where our current leadership failed, in that there are virtually no meaningful ordinances that regulate SOBs." Is that "reducing government's role"?