Hamilton County’s early council, commissioner, and treasurer race numbers apply

According to the unofficial results of Wednesday’s primary election, the newcomer candidates in the race for the Hamilton County General Council defeated two incumbents to qualify for the general election.

The top candidates, who battled for the three seats in Hamilton County, held their positions Tuesday night when the count was paused for the night to stay ahead of Wednesday’s 3pm election report. Hamilton County’s election workers received 72,257 votes from a pool of 247,304 registered voters, representing a 29.22% turnout.

Kathy Williams, the Hamilton County clerk, said the following unofficial sums were before a final June 12 review:

Hamilton County Council in general

New Republican nominee Sue Maki, a 58-year-old Republican and manager of environmental initiatives and education for the city of Carmel Utilities, built an early lead in the Hamilton County council race to end the night with just under 18% of the vote.

Incumbent Brad Beaver, a 61-year-old Republican and owner of Beaver Heating & Air Conditioning in Noblesville, received the second most votes. He will now continue his 24-year term should he beat at least one of his opponents in the general election.

The third Republican to round out the party’s nominations is Steve Nation, a 70-year-old recently retired judge from Noblesville. He received 14.96% of the vote.

Maki, Beaver and Nation will face 29-year-old Democratic candidate and Westfield resident Gardiner Bink III in the November general election.

Not far behind the nation was the former mayor of Noblesville, John Ditslear. The 77-year-old Republican received 13.9% of the vote.

Nation was followed by the other council incumbents, Rick McKinney, 62, from Westfield and Jeff Hern, 50, from Fishers. McKinney vied to continue his 25 years on the council and Hern sought a third term. McKinney received 11.18% of the vote and Hern 11.08%.

In the last two places were Lyneen Burrow (62) from Cicero with 8.14% of the vote and Tony Scott (59) from Fishers (7.66%).

District Treasurer

Susan Byer, a 41-year-old Arcadia-based and former county’s bankruptcy administrator, clinched a treasurer’s race victory against her former employer, 50-year-old Cicero-based Hamilton County deputy treasurer Kim Good.

Byer received 52.71% of the vote for 47.29% of best good.

County Commissioners

In the Hamilton County Commissioners’ race, incumbent Steve Dillinger, 73, won the District 2 representative against 57-year-old newcomer candidate Charlie McMillan Jr. Dillinger received 61.76% of the vote and McMillan Jr. 38.24 %.

Mark Heirbrandt ran unhindered in the race for District 3 and faces no challenger in the general election.

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