Lucas, Goodin win Indiana House races
Updated - 3 p.m.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 10:00 AM
Republicans gained a local seat in the Indiana House of Representatives on Tuesday after Seymour businessman Jim Lucas won the election for District 69.
Pictured, from top to bottom: Terry Goodin (D) of District 66; Randy Frye (R) of District 67; and Jim Lucas (R) of District 69.
Updated - 3 p.m.
Incumbent Republican Randy Frye has been declared the winner in the race for the District 67 seat in the state House of Representatives. So far, Frye has won 14,039 votes compared to the 10,160 votes cast for Democrat Tom Cheek of Aurora. In all, 99 percent of precincts have reported.
The seat had been held by Democrat Dave Cheatham who decided earlier this year to not seek re-election. The pick-up is one of nine Republicans made across the state, giving the party their highly sought supermajority.
Republicans currently have 69 seats in the House, meaning they can still conduct business even if no Democrats are present. The push for the supermajority was the result of Democratic walkouts over right-to-work and education legislation.
Lucas finished with 13,785 votes to McCormick's 10,068 votes. Lucas won Jefferson County with 1,268 votes to McCormick's 1,086.
"Realizing the culmination of so many hours of hard work and seeing the efforts of so many people ... it's incredible," Lucas said. "It still hasn't sunk in yet."
Lucas said he'll be going to Indianapolis today to take part in the Republican caucus to choose the party's leadership for the upcoming year.
After the 2011 redistricting, Jefferson County was split into three House districts: Districts 66, 67 and 69. District 66 encompasses the city of Madison, the town of Hanover and all of Hanover and Saluda Townships.
In that race, incumbent Terry Goodin won by fewer than 1,000 votes over Republican challenger Justin Stevens. Goodin had 13,161 votes. In Jefferson County, Stevens outgained Goodin by a count of 4,063-3,998.
Goodin said he's glad the election is over and he is ready to get back to work with a new governor. Goodin said he isn't concerned about the supermajority in the House and hopes to be able to work with Republicans during the next session.
"We have to stop this partisan bickering. Today's the first day to start this," Goodin said.
In the still undecided District 67 race, incumbent Republican Randy Frye has 14,039 votes while his challenger, Democrat Tom Cheek, an Aurora business owner, has 10,160 votes. Only half of the Dearborn County votes were in as of this morning, and 92 percent of all precincts have reported.
Frye won the vote in Jefferson County, taking 1,265 votes while Cheek won 983 votes.