By Sarah Naron

Messenger Reporter

ANDERSON COUNTY – Residents of Elkhart and Palestine took the polls Saturday, May 5 to let their voice be heard in a number of general and special elections held in the two cities.

According to Elkhart City Secretary Carla Sheridan, Lucia Butler was elected to serve in the Place 1 position on the Elkhart City Council, securing 102 votes to surpass opponent Carl Hallmark’s total of 78 votes.

Running unopposed for the Place 3 position on the council was former Elkhart Mayor Raymond Dunlap, who received a total of 130 votes.

Chuck Conner, Chris Sheridan and Darryl Faulk ran for the Place 5 position on the council. Winning the race was Conner with 99 votes. Sheridan received a total of 79 votes, while no votes were received by Faulk.

The general election held in Palestine resulted in a tie between Dana Goolsby and Doug Smith, who each received 77 votes in their race for the District 5 position on the Palestine City Council.

Running for the District 3 position on the council were Vickey Chivers and Janice Hall. Chivers proved victorious with a total of 62 votes, while Hall received 29.

Residents of the city also cast their votes regarding several propositions in a special charter election. The results are as follows:

• Proposition A (Public Hearings for Any Annexation) – 425 for, 79 against

• Proposition B (Utilize State Law for Financing; Municipal Court Judge) – 336 for, 169 against

• Proposition C (Clarifies Conflicts of Interest to Follow State Law) – 354 for, 139 against

• Proposition D (Lengthens Residency Requirements for Mayor, Council) – 403 for, 103 against

• Proposition E (Utilize State Law for Municipal Elections) – 379 for, 112 against

• Proposition F (Clarifies City Manager Residency Requirement; Employee Grievances) – 391 for, 105 against

• Proposition G (Utilize State Law for Budget Preparation) – 343 for, 146 against

• Proposition H (Changes to Salary for Mayor, Council) – 245 for, 245 against

• Proposition I (Utilize State Law for Recalling Mayor, Elected Official) – 391 for, 93 agaisnt

• Proposition J (Utilize State Law for Franchising Fees) – 305 for, 177 against

• Proposition K (Requires Charter Review Every Five Years) – 383 for, 108 against

• Proposition L (Non-substantive Changes) – 363 for, 132 against.

As of press time, Elkhart City Secretary Carla Sheridan and Nate Smith, Communications and Best Practices Officer for the City of Palestine, reported no changes due to provisional ballots.

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