Kokomo Perspective 10 31 2018 E Edition Page A1

With only a week left for voters to take to the polls, Howard County proved to be campaign hotspot for the two candidates vying for Indianas Senate seat. Last week incumbent Democrat Sen. Joe Donnel- ly swung by Kokomo to make his case to local vot- ers as to why they should choose him over his oppo- nent, Republican business- man Mike Braun. Don- nellys appeal to the local population comes during a race that could tip the scale of power within the Senate in Washington D.C. Donnelly, who comes into the race against an opponent who leans heav- ily in favor with President Donald Trump, attempts to appeal to voters who also support the presidents agenda. That may come as a tall order, but Donnelly said hes asking voters to choose him because his voting record aligns with Hoosier interests, not sole- ly with the president of the United States. Heres one of the big- gest differences between Mike Braun and myself This is the nature of this job, which is that you dont work for any president. You work with presidents, but you dont work for any president, said Donnelly. I work for the people of Indiana, and Mike Braun doesnt understand that. When asked why hes running he said, I want to be there to help Don- ald Trumps agenda. You know what? Ill help it too when its the right agenda for the state of Indiana, but the job of a senator from In- diana is to represent How- ard County, is to represent Grant County, is to repre- sent us and to work with the president when hes right. Ive been with him 62 percent of the time and almost 80 percent on judg- es. That is truly one of the biggest differences boiled down; I understand what this job is about. Along those lines, Don- nelly stressed that siding with Trump on issues is on a case-by-case basis, de- pending on the interests of the state. I work together with the president when he has a good idea, like Right to Try legislation, like the opi- oid legislation. I partnered with him on that that he signed just yesterday. That made it. I had 50 legisla- tive proposals that Ive Across the state, political candidates remain locked in campaign battles ahead of Election Day, and in How- ard County voters are turn- ing out to the polls in histor- ically unprecedented levels for absentee voting. Voter turnout rates this year crushed the rates expe- rienced locally during the last midterm election. So far nearly three times as many local voters have cast ab- sentee ballots during early voting than they did during the 2014 midterm election, and both local parties remain hopeful that those votes are in support of their candi- dates. From Sept. 1 through Oct. 24 in 2014, the Howard County Clerk's ice ac- cepted 1,187 absentee votes. Since then, in 2016, Howard County launched its new vote center system, and vot- ers are responding to that system at great rates. During the same period this year, 4,252 absentee ballots were acceptedbytheclerk'sice, more than tripling the early voter turnout from 2014. That rate nearly puts Howard Countys early voter turnout on par with presidential election years, which typically draw more enthusiasm from the voting populace. Comparatively, during the same early voting time frame from the 2016 presidential election, 4,853 absentee bal- lots were accepted in How- ard County. Clerk Kim Wilson at- tributed the increase to the charged political climate of the day, which she believes has driven citizens to the polls. Its the climate. Its the political climate, said Wil- son. Thats what drives people to vote. People were apathetic for a long time, and I think theyve come to real- ize how important this is. Of course its hard to say how this increased voter turnout will impact election outcomes. The chairs of both local parties are optimistic as the high stakes Indiana Senate race remains in the national eye, with incumbent Dem- ocrat Sen. Joe Donnelly and his opposition, Republican Mike Braun, seeking a victo- ry that could help tip the bal- ance of power in the Senate. Jamie Bolser, the chair of the Howard County Repub- lican Party, didn't attribute the high voter turnout to only voter enthusiasm. She said it could be attributed partly to the voters growing accustomed to the new vote center system. Regardless, she said higher voter par- ticipation was a win for the country as a whole. I think it bodes well for our country when more peo- MORE THAN 31,000 DISTRIBUTED WEEKLY & MORE THAN 320,000 MONTHLY PAGE VIEWS AT KOKOMOPERSPECTIVE.COM Kokomoperspective.com 209 N. Main St. - Kokomo 765.452.0055 Oct. 31, 2018 by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com VOTE DEBBIE STEWART FOR CLERK EXPERIENCE SERVICE INTEGRITY paid for by commitee to elect Debbie Stewart YOUR SUPPORT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. Perspective Photo / Devin Zimmerman ELECTION - Sen. Joe Donnelly greets supporters last week at Main Street Cafe. QUESTION OF THE WEEK Who do you plan to vote for in the midterm elec- on for the Indiana U.S. Senate seat: Republican Mike Braun or Democrat Joe Donnelly? Vote in our anonymous poll online at kokomoperspecve.com Inside: Section C Sheriff A11 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID KOKOMO, IN PERMIT NO. 60 **************ECRWSSEDDM************** Residential & Business Customer Voter A2 Donnelly A11 VOTE DEBBIE STEWART FOR CLERK EXPERIENCE SERVICE INTEGRITY paid for by commitee to elect debbie stewart The Howard Coun- ty Sheriff's Department provides online access to its warrant list every day of the year on its website, www.howardcountyin. gov, but the Kokomo Perspective is making it even easier this week to read through it. Well over 1,000 names appear on the list that begins on Page C1. The list is current as of Mon- day, Oct. 22. The list is updated daily, and the most up-to-date list can be found on the sheriff's departments website. If your name appears on this list, contact the Howard County Sheriff's Department at 765-457- 1105. Disclaimer: As a public service, Howard Coun- ty Sheriff's Department is furnishing this infor- mation on outstanding warrants issued by the Howard County Courts. Information is current as of the date posted but is updated periodically. The county shall not be liable for any act or fail- ure to act based upon the information posted. Do not attempt to make an arrest based upon any of this warrant information. Only law enforcement icers are authorized to arrest a person for an outstand- ing warrant. If you have information concerning the exact current location of anyone named in a warrant, you should con- tact the Howard County Sheriff's Department at 765-457-1105. If you need further in- formation on your war- rant, contact the appro- priate court; the sheriff's department cannot re- scind or change warrant information without court approval. Warrant list on Page C1 Asher Jones WHY OR WHY NOT? SHERIFF The following piece is an effort to educate the voting public by illustrating significant talking points about each of the candidates running for Howard County sheriff. REPUBLICAN JERRY ASHER WHY : The Republican in the race, Jerry Asher, comes to the fold with a host of experience with- in the Howard County Sheriff's Department. He's served as the departments chief deputy since 2011, and his experience within the force began in 1995. His more than two decades of experience span the gamut, from work within the jail to being a shift supervisor, transport icer, training lieutenant, and patrol com- mander prior to taking the second-in-command posi- tion. This experience lends itself heavily to the role in which he hopes to step. WHY: In addition to understanding the ins and outs of the patrol work Voter turnout exploding in Howard County Totals more reminiscent of presidential election than midterm Donnelly makes his case Locked in tight senate race, incumbent stopped by Kokomo last week to campaign

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