Huntertown residents boot two council members

Huntertown, Ind.

HUNTERTOWN, Ind. (WANE) – A contentious battle over sewer and water service in Huntertown may have cost two incumbents their council positions.

Huntertown has a council made up of five at-large members who each serve a four-year terms at the same time.

Council President Pat Freck and councilman Jim Fortman did not win re-election bids in Tuesday’s Primary.

Seven Republicans were on the ballot.

Republican councilwoman Sue Gongwer did not seek another term.

Mike Stamets (17 percent), Dave Garman (17 percent), and Brandon Seifert (15 percent) each won enough votes in the crowded race and will likely be unopposed in November’s general election.

Incumbent Republicans Gary Grant and Michael Aker won re-election.

Freck garnered 13 percent of the vote and Jim Fortman had 9 percent – the lowest of the seven candidates.

A new wastewater treatment plant could cost the city more than $10 million has crowded council meetings for the last several months. A rise in utility rates and annexation discussions have made council meetings a gathering place for the community recently.

There were no Democratic candidates on the May 6th ballot.

With no challengers expected on the November ballot the new Huntertown Town Council in 2015 would include current members Grant and Aker with newcomers Stamets, Garman, and Seifert.

Cathy Mittendorf (R) won the nomination for Huntertown Clerk-Treasurer defeating Janine Rudolph by 181 votes. No Democrats ran for the position.


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