The polls have closed for the 2011 Municipal elections, and voters have requested new leadership. Our State Representative Dennis Tyler (D) defeated Mayor Sharon McShurley (R) by a margin of 56% to 44%, to become the new mayor of Muncie on January 1st, 2012.
With 56% of the votes, Dennis Tyler (D) was very humbled by the victory, giving thanks to all of his campaign staff, and family for their support. He is ready to “move Muncie forward”. It’s a difficult road in local politics, and the republicans were in the attack mode during the last few weeks of the campaign. Despite their efforts, the people were looking for leaders that can work with each other, and many voters expressed to us throughout the day, that Mayor McShurley was too confrontational the past four years with other elected officials serving the community.
Despite a strong group of republican candidates this year for city council at-large seats, they lost to democrats Linda Gregory, Nora Powell, and Allison Quirk. They each made heart-felt speeches, and thanked their campaign staff for helping them through a difficult campaign year. Friends and family members were also appreciated for their encouragement and support.
Dianna Bennington (D) defeated Judge William Bruns (R) by a margin of 59% to 41% to become our new city court judge. She understandably got emotional during her acceptance speech while thanking her close friends, family, and campaign staff.
Maintaining her city clerk position was democrat Phyllis Reagon by receiving more than 59% of the votes.
As Muncie Voice concludes our first municipal election, we want to thank all the campaign workers, and Steve Craycraft, for putting together our municipal elections. It takes coordination, planning, and leadership to get 58 precincts working together from 6AM to 6PM, receiving ballot boxes, counting the votes, and returning results to the public.
Please commend all the campaign workers for doing an excellent job this year!
Again, congratulations to the winners, and be sure to thank all those who ran for public office over the past year. We should not lose sight that they made many sacrifices for our community, so please honor their time and monetary commitments.