Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Ballard Wins (I hope), GOP Sweeps Indy Council
Republican newcomer Greg Ballard has pulled off what appears to be one of the biggest political upsets in Indianapolis history if current trends continue. With over 70% of the vote returns tabulated, Ballard built a 52%-45%, or over 7,000 vote lead over Peterson. That lead has since narrowed with well over 80% of the vote counted to just under 6,000 votes. Ballard is sweeping into office with him four new at-large Republican councilors, including Ed Coleman, Michael Hegg, Barb Malone and Kent Smith as it now stands. Democratic incumbent councilor Sherron Franklin has been vanquished by her Republican challenger, Michael McQuillen. Dane Mahern is running neck and neck with Harry Liggestt. Only one Republican incumbent has lost. Scott Keller has been crushed by Democrat Brian Mahern. Other Democratic incumbents are struggling as well, including Angela Mansfield, who is trailing Bruce Schumacher. Vernon Brown (D) is running slightly behind Adam Longworth (R). Monroe Gray, in his overwhelmingly Democratic district has a relatively small lead over Republican Kurt Webber. Mary Moriarty Adams (D) is locked in a dead heat race with Republican Gary Whitmore. Republicans will hold at least an 18-11 majority in the new council if the results stand. Possible Republican seats at stake include the race between Billerman and Hunter for Langsford's seat. Evans and Henry are locked in a tight race for Randolph's seat.