Candy Walker and Chuck Fidler

Poll worker Candy Walker goes over the voting machine with voter Chuck Fiedler on Tuesday at St. Bernard's Catholic Church.

Terri Gadd will remain clerk-treasurer for the City of Crawfordsville after winning Tuesday’s Republican primary race.

As the incumbent, Gadd defeated Shari Harrington with 526 votes. Harrington received 235 votes.

“I’m over the moon,” Gadd said. “I’m shaking right now. I just feel a sense of relief because now I can go to work tomorrow, and life and the city can go forward. And Mayor (Todd) Barton and I can get busy on the 2020 budget. Those are the things that I’m going to be focused on.”

Gadd was the deputy clerk-treasurer when she first ran and won in 2007, replacing Nellie Thompson who held the office for four terms. 

Gadd now boasts a 99.99 percent accuracy in estimating the City of Crawfordsville’s property tax revenue over the past

11 years.

“I’m just grateful that the taxpayers and citizens of Crawfordsville trust me and support me, and they know that they have someone sitting in the clerk-treasurer’s office who has a good handle of the finances for the city,” Gadd said. “This is my adopted community, but this is my home. And I love this community and I’m so gratful that I can continue to serve as the clerk-treasurer for the City of Crawfordsville.”

As expected, voter turnout was low with just one contested race. Only

8.6 percent of the 8,910 registered voters in Crawfordsville turned out, including 368 in early voting and 398 on Tuesday. 

Those totals are down from four years ago, when the primary had a 14.84 percent voter turnout, and up from 2011, which had a record-low 5.57 percent turnout.

For Crawfordsville, there’s also only one contested race so far for the general election in November with Democrat Joyce Burnette running against Ward 5 incumbent Stan Hamilton.

So far Barton (Mayor), Jeff Lucas (Ward 1), Jennifer Lowe (Ward 4), Andy Biddle (At-Large) and Mike Reidy (At-Large) are running unopposed. The Montgomery County Republican Party Central Committee must also find a new candidate for Ward 3 after incumbent Dan Guard was selected to fill a vacant seat at county commissioner.

Deadline to file as an independent for the city or small town elections is noon July 1. Deadline to file as Republican or Democrat for small town elections is noon Aug. 1.

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