By Peg McRoy Glover
Election 2020 has proven to be one of extraordinary voter turnout and it has not gone unappreciated by the candidates.
Avon resident and incumbent State Representative Greg E. Steuerwald, District 40, is grateful to the community for retaining his seat. He said, “I am obviously very thankful for the support of the good people of District 40 by allowing me to represent them once again. I was very impressed with voter turnout. I think that is wonderful for the State and democracy.”
Two county school boards, Northwest Hendricks County (Tri-West) and Danville, were heavily challenged and the voters clearly expressed their desire for change at the ballot box.
Joe Brooks unseated incumbent Craig Peoples and Abbie Morgan unseated incumbent James Diagostino. There was strong disconnect between the Tri-West board and the community regarding the board’s handling of a sexual misconduct allegation between a teacher and student at the beginning of the year.
Brooks and Morgan expect to bring more transparency and improve communication between the board and community.
“I am truly humbled and blessed by the overwhelming vote of confidence our amazing North West Hendricks Family expressed at the polls,” said, Brooks Your voices were heard loud and clear, and I will work hard to keep and maintain your trust. It is time for work Tri-West!”
In Danville, two failed referendums generated five candidates competing for two open seats on the school board. The referendums asked for an increase in teacher’s pay and $53 million to renovate and build new facilities. The community soundly rejected the referendums.
Candidates Christina Ward and Beth Cherry landed the two seats.
“I want to thank the Danville community for voting for and supporting me in the Danville School Board campaign,” said Ward. “I have been overwhelmed and humbled by their kindness, encouragement, and support! I am so excited to be a servant-leader for Danville Schools.”
Dennis Dawes, won the county commissioner seat that was left vacant by Matthew Whenstone. Dawes, currently a member of the Brownsburg Town Council is elected as county commissioner for District 2. He said, “I am thankful to God for this victory and for His work in my life. I am also thankful that now I will be able to work with the other county commissioners, Phyllis Palmer and Bob Gentry, the county council and the rest of the county leadership. There is a lot of work to be done in Hendricks County and I look forward to being a part of that.”
This article may be updated as new information becomes available.