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Three Clark County incumbents lose to challengers in primary election shake up

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JEFFERSONVILLE, In. (WDRB) - Clark County's leadership is moving in a new direction after Tuesday's Primary election. Democrats and Republicans can agree on the reason why.

"That means people were not satisfied with the job performance that they did," said Clark Co. Democratic Part Chair Tom Galligan.

"I think it was pretty clear that the electorate, especially the Democrat side, really wants change," Republican County Chair Jamey Noel told WDRB News.

Incumbent County Commissioner John Perkins lost his race. Two Circuit Court Judges, Daniel Moore and Jerry Jacobi, were defeated by Democratic challengers. It's something Clark County Clerk Barbara Bratcher-Haas hasn't seen before.

"I've been involved in politics in Clark County 40 plus years, first time I remember two judges, incumbent judges being defeated at the same time," she said.

While the primary election ramifications are big, voter turnout was low at just 13 percent, according to Bratcher-Haas.

She says an experienced politician once told her people come out to vote against things instead of 'for.' Bratcher Haas said, "So I think in this particular instance, I think it was probably to vote against."

Political newcomer Laura Harbison got more votes than Judge Jacobi in the Circuit Court Number 2 race. Jacobi had oversight of the county's troubled drug court. He wasn't available for comment Wednesday.

"I'd like to see that be permanently recertified and get the program back on track because I think its beneficial to not only the participants, but also the community as a whole," Harbison said about the drug program.

The Democratic candidates for circuit court, like Harbison, are unopposed right now but Republicans have until June 30 to nominate a candidate.
Jamey Noel is running for Sheriff and the County GOP Party Chair.

"As people well know, the last several years in Clark County, its really been trending Republican and I think it's going to continue that way," Noel said about the November election. He's also running for Sheriff. He'll face Democrat Brian Meyer.

"We think we've got great candidates in each area, each race and we're going to make sure all of them get elected. We're going to do the best we can," Galligan said.

County officials from both parties hope more people will cast their ballots in November.

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